Burnie, Tasmania will have around 90 teams of four, from 23 countries arriving over the next few days, all with one common goal – to compete and finish XPD World Adventure Racing Championships 2011. Teams from all over the world have qualified for their spot in the world championships through participation in the Adventure Racing World Series Events in counties such as UK, Canada, Equador, Switzerland, France and Costa Rica and will be joined by a large contingent of Aussie Teams like “Team Mountain Designs” who have managed to gain a spot in this prestigious event based on solid performances in recent Adventure races in Australia.
Our team consisting of Gary Sutherland, Kim Beckinsale, Andrew Pike and Luke Haines are finalising sorting all our equipment and backing off our training schedule so we are ready come race day -Wednesday 2nd November 2011. Thanks to Tri Adventure www.triadventure.com.au for the financial and IT /media support through our website page so we are able to acknowledge the ongoing support of our major sponsors. We know that the products we have tried and tested in the months leading up to the XPD will help us perform to the best of our ability in all conditions during the 6-10 days of extreme adventure in Tasmania’s wild, wild west. You can follow our progress on the live spot tracker which you will find by going to the official race website http://www.xpd.com.au/
Our Sponsors and a snapshot of some of the products we will be using in XPD
Mountain Designs – Mountain Designs “Flash” Gore-tex Waterproof Breathable Jacket, Mountain Designs “Merino Thermals”, Mountain Designs “Polypro Thermals”, Mountain Designs “Evaporaid” Performance Shirts, Mountain Designs Coolmax Socks, Mountain Designs Polar Fleece.
Packs:- the boys will use the XA Sky 30 Plus for lightweight performance and plenty of space for all the gear and Kim will use the XA 20 as the boys will be carrying most of the gearShoes:- Kim will use XT Wings and the boys will wear XT Wings S Lab 4 for the longer rougher treks and we will all use the Speedcross for any shorter legs especially if there is a beach trek as they are super light weight and fast!
We will be using the following products during the race. The Hammer Bars are very special as they are organic and raw and assist in maintaining a healthy functioning body, Hammer Gels for instant energy, Heed for hydration, Perpetuem for recovery and Endurolytes Fizz to maintain electrolyte balance.