Round 1

Tasmania

The Adventure Racing World Series kicks off in Tasmania, Australia. Through the first four episodes of this twenty four episode series, we follow the intrepid teams through almost 700 kilometers of treking, kayaking, mountain biking and caving. The teams have to fight every step of the way, against the clock, the terrain, the cold, the dark, the wilderness, the rain, the Sleep Monsters and themselves.

Teams only receive the course briefing 24hrs prior to the start - they must then prepare all the supplies for the days of racing ahead - once sealed in the registered boxes the next time they get to specific supplies are at designated transition areas. From here they are on their own. From the start, lead teams push hard to open gaps that they feel will be hard to close down over the coming days. As they say - "When it's go time … suffer".

As the round continues, teams begin experiencing the phenomenon of Sleep Monsters. Fatigue brings with it more psychological challenges than physical challenges as the teams continue their journey towards the half way point across Lake Macintosh.

In the final stages, the event becomes less a race and more an exercise in survival as they complete the marathon breaking trek and face even more punishment. Tensions are stretched and the strain on body and mind now reach new levels. This is an adventure of epic proportions with still a long way to go and Tasmania's wilderness is not finished with them yet.

Round 2

Ecuador

The next round of the Adventure Racing World Series replaces the cold and wet climate of Tasmania with the lung-crushing altitudes of Ecuador. But whilst the climate has changed dramatically, the life threatening challenges they will face will be just as real.

Over the first 24 hours of constant racing, the lead teams work hard to open a lead that they feel will be hard to close down over the coming days. As they say - "When it's go time … suffer".

Those teams who survive the most brutal first day in Adventure Racing history find new challenges in horizontal rain and some epic stages presenting some extreme moments and life threatening situations. Some of the world's greatest athletes will be hit hard by the altitude and conditions. This is real life drama unfolding right before your eyes.

Over the final stages, the teams face an ever changing ecosystem as they head down from the dizzying heights and into the more tropical landscape that this regions is renowned for. The finish is in sight though all that seems to be on the minds of the leaders is pushing ahead to keep the gaps on the chasers. It is a true exploration in the mind, body and soul of each team.

Round 3

New Zealand

From cold and wet in Tasmania, to the dizzying heights of Ecuador, the Adventure Racing World Series now takes on the freezing conditions provided by New Zealand. The home of the Lord of the Rings saga's is a fitting place to send our adventurers on a path through one of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet.

As always, the first 24 hours of this event is the most debilitating, with the more experienced teams working hard to open a lead that they feel will be hard to close down over the coming days. As they say - "When it's go time … suffer".

After a staggering first day adventure, teams are now widely spread as a result of a blistering pace from the local New Zealand teams. All will face formidable challenges - dropping temperatures, gale force winds and extreme navigation all culminate in a truly epic journey. For those that seek adventure there is reward. For others there is just one option, survival.

In the final stages, as the list of teams drastically declines, this challenging course has brought many veteran adventure racers to their knees. Those that have risen again have found new found solace in the thought that the finish is in their sights. With each leg comes new challenges and new terrain to endure, both making life and times that more difficult.

Round 4

Costa Rica

After the wet and freezing conditions encountered through the first three rounds of the Adventure Racing World Series, competitors are now challenged by the staggering wilderness of Costa Rica. With it's extreme terrain, wild animals and sketchy (at best) trails, just finding their way will take all their skills.

As always, the first 24 hours of this event is the most debilitating, with the more experienced teams working hard to open a lead that they feel will be hard to close down over the coming days. As they say - "When it's go time … suffer".

As the race progresses, the teams lap up the punishment dished out by the course, but finally there is some respite at hand. Though "respite" is a relative term, as racing through crocodile infested rivers and technical night time challenges is only for the self-initiated.

Please don't this at home.

Round 5

South Africa

From wild to wilder, the Adventure Racing World Series now take our competitors to the birthplace of us all - Africa. Starting in Port Alfred on the Eastern Cape a land to rich in history, staggering wilderness and the wildest animals on earth. The teams will be challenged by extreme terrain and natural hazards, countless hours of trekking without trails and the challenge of the extremely harsh countryside. All this coupled with no sleep and the relentless pursuit to finish will prove too much for many though there are always those that rise to the top.

As always, the first 24 hours of this event is the most debilitating, with the more experienced teams working hard to open a lead that they feel will be hard to close down over the coming days. As they say - "When it's go time … suffer".

Finding ones limits is in itself a journey, and once put up against the challenges of racing under such conditions it is truly a real life drama. As the round progresses, the burdens of fatigue and injury are added to longer and longer legs, stretching each team to breaking strain, and some beyond.

Round 6

Switzerland

Starting in the exquisite alpine village of Interlaken, the Swiss round exposes our athletes to a natural landscape unlike that which they have faced in any previous rounds. From the mythical Eiger through the pristine alpine lakes it is truly a staggering environment in which to test ones endurance and capacity to survive the elements, all whilst attempting the most challenging race series on the planet.

As always, the first 24 hours of this event is the most debilitating, with the more experienced teams working hard to open a lead that they feel will be hard to close down over the coming days. As they say - "When it's go time … suffer".

Are we seeing smiles of joy or relief, that finally this amazing journey through one of the most majestic landscapes on earth is complete?

There are no losers or second places, as for all that accomplish this adventure take with it their own victory over their own challenges.