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XPD – Rivers of Gold

10 Editions in the Making

Rivers of Gold

XPD 11th Edition

The 2021 edition of the XPD Expedition Race is themed “Rivers of Gold”. From the 18-24 July adventure racing teams from Australia and around the world will step back in time to follow the legendary 1870s Cape York gold rush of the Palmer and Hodgkinson Rivers.

This gold rush was described as “one of the wildest, most lawless and most dangerous gold rushes the world has ever seen. It was characterised by mountainous terrain, hundreds of kilometres of jungle track, violent aboriginal people, a dry season in which a man could die of thirst and a wet season that could wash away entire settlements to leave stranded men to starve to death”.

The Adventure Race

as much an expedition as a race

After starting on Turquoise ocean, sheltered by Great Barrier Reef, teams will come ashore and be confronted by the formidable Rainforests of the North. They will journey through boulder-strewn rivers, lush forest, and misty waterfalls, to cross the Great Dividing Range at over 1,000+m in altitude.

Flowing West to the Gulf of Carpentaria are the remote Outback Australian “Rivers of Gold”. Bold teams will paddle these flowing and turbulent waters, mountain bike vast open spaces and hike over ancient landscapes, in search of the ultimate but elusive… XPD Gold!

Palm Cove

Race Headquarters, Australia

Palm Cove is a quiet and relaxing village by the sea where centuries old “paperbark” Melaleuca trees line the casual esplanade. The town will host the modern day adventurers of the 11th Edition of XPD.

Teams arriving at the Cairns Airport on Friday the 16th July 2021 have the option of a transfer to the event headquarters at Palm Cove. A gateway to the Cape York of Australia, the town is a vibrate tourist destination with average July temperatures of 17-25 degrees Celsius.

About

XPD is Australia’s own expedition length adventure race

Teams of four competitors from around the globe trek, mountain bike, and kayak for three to six days in this world-renowned expedition. These adventurers race day and night over a 500km course pushing themselves to the ultimate limits of human endurance. All team members complete all sections of the course and they must never be separated by more than 100m. Learn More Here

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Geocentric Outdoors

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1 month ago

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XPD - 6 bits of kit you NEED but might not have thought of

If you are a new team to XPD here are 6 bits of kit you should take on the race that you might not have thought of. Or, if you’re an experienced team, do you have any personal favourites you would also recommend?

1- FOAM PADDING FOR KAYAK SEAT
You can spend a long time sitting in the XPD kayaks - and a piece of foam for your bottom is going to make your time paddling a whole lot more comfortable. Bring a thicker piece if you want to sit a little higher and take some pressure off your abdominal muscles. We've seen cut up foam sleeping mats, pool noodles taped together, inflatable cushions, and more.

2 - TRUSTY TOOTHBRUSH
Do you really want to go 3-6 days without brushing your teeth? No way! Many racers will have a toothbrush handy in their backpack to give their teeth a quick clean on the go. Toothpaste optional - kept in small container/ bag. Carrying it in your backpack allows you to keep your mouth feeling fresh because multiple days of race food will leave your teeth pretty furry! Weight weenies - cut the bottom off to save a couple of grams.

3 - INDIVIDUAL BAGS FOR YOUR TA BOX.
At XPD your team will share a box for transitions with your re-supply food and equipment. Sometimes this box will go to multiple TA’s. You can imagine that things can get pretty messy and disorganised. Have each team member keep their food and other small items together in their individual dry bag (let's avoid single-use plastics where we can eg garbage bags). At a TA, grab your bag and avoid confusion and lost gear. Pack a smaller dry bag for your rubbish and/or any wet or used clothes - then you won’t contaminate your food/ gear for the rest of the race. Tip - if you are really pedantic, assign each team member their own special colour for the race!

4 - STOW YOUR BACKPACK WHILE PADDLING.
Bring a large dry bag that will fit your backpack and stow it - don't wear it - for the kayak legs. It will help keep your gear dry for your next leg - and also keep it together if you capsize. Don’t forget to clip your bag to the kayak or secure it under the Bungie straps. Buy or borrow a PFD that has a pocket for easy access to your food while paddling. Likewise with a pouch for a water bladder.

5 - BIKE BOX COMFORTS.
At XPD you can carry up to 30kg in your bike box and this is a great way to take some creature comforts on the course. Obviously, you only get these where you have a bike transition - so plan carefully. A lightweight tarp is handly to lay on the ground - it can keep you off potentially wet or muddy ground and help avoid losing tiny bits and pieces when assembling or disassembling your bike. A pair of thongs (or flip flops) and a jumper are worth thinking about as well. Bike boxes are a great place to pack a sleeping mat and sleeping bag (and small pillow?) and double as protection when your box is being transported.

6 - FINISH LINE FOOD.
It happens - teams finish late at night, all the shops are closed, and no one told you how hungry you might be. We’ve seen desperate racers going through used transition boxes searching for anything to get them through the night until the cafe’s open. Think about what you might need/ want ahead of time and put it together as your “finish line bag”. Food, beer, clean clothes, soap, towel - you get the idea.

BONUS TIP - CHAFING CREAM.
Ok, maybe you've already thought of this - but don’t forget it!!! Even if you don’t normally chafe, there is every chance you will on a long race like XPD. Some teams will assign one member - normally the “pack horse” - to carry a communal tub of cream for re-application during each leg - but there is definitely a no double-dipping rule in this instance!

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XPD - 6 bits of kit you NEED but might not have thought of

If you are a new team to XPD here are 6 bits of kit you should take on the race that you might not have thought of. Or, if you’re an experienced team, do you have any personal favourites you would also recommend?

1- FOAM PADDING FOR KAYAK SEAT
You can spend a long time sitting in the XPD kayaks - and a piece of foam for your bottom is going to make your time paddling a whole lot more comfortable. Bring a thicker piece if you want to sit a little higher and take some pressure off your abdominal muscles. Weve seen cut up foam sleeping mats, pool noodles taped together, inflatable cushions, and more.

2 - TRUSTY TOOTHBRUSH
Do you really want to go 3-6 days without brushing your teeth? No way! Many racers will have a toothbrush handy in their backpack to give their teeth a quick clean on the go. Toothpaste optional - kept in small container/ bag. Carrying it in your backpack allows you to keep your mouth feeling fresh because multiple days of race food will leave your teeth pretty furry! Weight weenies - cut the bottom off to save a couple of grams.

3 - INDIVIDUAL BAGS FOR YOUR TA BOX.
At XPD your team will share a box for transitions with your re-supply food and equipment. Sometimes this box will go to multiple TA’s. You can imagine that things can get pretty messy and disorganised. Have each team member keep their food and other small items together in their individual dry bag (lets avoid single-use plastics where we can eg garbage bags). At a TA, grab your bag and avoid confusion and lost gear. Pack a smaller dry bag for your rubbish and/or any wet or used clothes - then you won’t contaminate your food/ gear for the rest of the race. Tip - if you are really pedantic, assign each team member their own special colour for the race!

4 - STOW YOUR BACKPACK WHILE PADDLING.
Bring a large dry bag that will fit your backpack and stow it - dont wear it - for the kayak legs. It will help keep your gear dry for your next leg - and also keep it together if you capsize. Don’t forget to clip your bag to the kayak or secure it under the Bungie straps. Buy or borrow a PFD that has a pocket for easy access to your food while paddling. Likewise with a pouch for a water bladder.

5 - BIKE BOX COMFORTS.
At XPD you can carry up to 30kg in your bike box and this is a great way to take some creature comforts on the course. Obviously, you only get these where you have a bike transition - so plan carefully. A lightweight tarp is handly to lay on the ground - it can keep you off potentially wet or muddy ground and help avoid losing tiny bits and pieces when assembling or disassembling your bike. A pair of thongs (or flip flops) and a jumper are worth thinking about as well. Bike boxes are a great place to pack a sleeping mat and sleeping bag (and small pillow?) and double as protection when your box is being transported.

6 - FINISH LINE FOOD.
It happens - teams finish late at night, all the shops are closed, and no one told you how hungry you might be. We’ve seen desperate racers going through used transition boxes searching for anything to get them through the night until the cafe’s open. Think about what you might need/ want ahead of time and put it together as your “finish line bag”. Food, beer, clean clothes, soap, towel - you get the idea.

BONUS TIP - CHAFING CREAM.
Ok, maybe youve already thought of this - but don’t forget it!!! Even if you don’t normally chafe, there is every chance you will on a long race like XPD. Some teams will assign one member - normally the “pack horse” - to carry a communal tub of cream for re-application during each leg - but there is definitely a no double-dipping rule in this instance!

#arworldseries #WorldsToughestRace #adventurerace #arwsoceania
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Here is alternative to creams for chaffing. Make sure u get the stretch version. Like a second skin.

Some very good tips there! Yes....don't forget the fixamol!

2 months ago

Geocentric Outdoors

Are you a new team to XPD? Here are 5 things you must know about the race.

1- YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONES. If this is your first XPD, particularly if it is your first expedition race, or even your very first adventure race, you won’t be the only ones. Each year XPD welcomes novice and first-time teams. On average maybe a quarter, or sometimes more, of the field are doing their first expedition race. Don’t worry - the other teams are friendly and it is actually quite supportive. XPD tends to attract people with can-do attitudes, modern-day explorers if you like! So don’t stress, you won’t be the only ones.

2 THERE IS ENOUGH TIME FOR YOU TO FINISH THE COURSE - JUST...It sounds like 550km could take a long time - but we leave the XPD course open for a full 6 days so you can travel at your own pace without being worried about cut off times along the route. The key to success is constant forward progress, it doesn’t necessarily need to be fast, just consistent. Oh, and you need to plan both day and night travel - don’t expect a full night sleep each night - but sleep strategy is a whole different topic. If things don’t go quite as expected for your team, XPD normally has a short cut option towards the end so you can still make it home in 6 days.

3 - YOU DON'T NEED TO TRAIN AS MUCH AS YOU PROBABLY THINK YOU DO. While I’m not saying you “don’t” have to train, I am saying that many new teams put unrealistic or excessive expectations on how much training is required - then everything gets overwhelming and it isn’t fun anymore. I personally think it is about the quality of the training you are doing, not the quantity. You might also be surprised to learn that your success when you are on the course may be just as attributable to your mental attitude when things are tough. Each race I see quite fit and strong athletes withdraw or give up, and not so fit adventurers succeed and cross the finish line. For training advice, do your own research and talk to people who have done XPD before and know what it takes.

4 - KNOWLEDGE IS SUCCESS - RESEARCH PREVIOUS XPD’S If you want to get an insight into XPD that will help stack the deck in your favor - read the race reports teams have written from previous editions. They are on the website under “Past Races and Results”. These are a treasure trove of real-life experiences and have lots of examples of what teams have done right, and what they did wrong. The reports go all the way back to the very first edition of XPD 16 years ago when everyone at the race was a first time team! (Well there was one team who had done an expedition race before…but the rest hadn’t!).

5 - IF YOU REMEMBER ONE THING WHEN YOU GET ON THE COURSE, REMEMBER THIS. Highs and lows are inevitable - and both will pass... especially the lows - because you ARE going to go through a low point or even multiple low points, and I guarantee they WILL pass. It won’t seem like it at the time but hang in there and you will be out of the hole before you know it.

BONUS TIP. Don’t make any race-ending decisions on the second night. For most people - the adrenaline has dissipated, your mind is fighting for something "normal" and sleep deprivation is taking hold. This is the "Twilight Zone" and you are transitioning... out the other side is the blissful experience of being “present” with your surroundings, your teammates, and yourself…. Go with it, once you get into the zone, or the flow, days and nights will melt together and you will be rewarded with an experience that is a lifelong memory.

ARWS - Adventure Racing World Series Adventure Racing World Series - Oceania Region ARWS Oceania Team Mate Finder - Adventure Racing Sleepmonsters - The Adventure Racing Website Worldstoughestrace
#arworldseries #WorldsToughestRace #adventurerace #arwsoceania
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Are you a new team to XPD?  Here are 5 things you must know about the race.

1- YOURE NOT THE ONLY ONES. If this is your first XPD, particularly if it is your first expedition race, or even your very first adventure race, you won’t be the only ones. Each year XPD welcomes novice and first-time teams. On average maybe a quarter, or sometimes more, of the field are doing their first expedition race. Don’t worry - the other teams are friendly and it is actually quite supportive. XPD tends to attract people with can-do attitudes, modern-day explorers if you like! So don’t stress, you won’t be the only ones.

2 THERE IS ENOUGH TIME FOR YOU TO FINISH THE COURSE - JUST...It sounds like 550km could take a long time - but we leave the XPD course open for a full 6 days so you can travel at your own pace without being worried about cut off times along the route. The key to success is constant forward progress, it doesn’t necessarily need to be fast, just consistent. Oh, and you need to plan both day and night travel - don’t expect a full night sleep each night - but sleep strategy is a whole different topic. If things don’t go quite as expected for your team, XPD normally has a short cut option towards the end so you can still make it home in 6 days.

3 - YOU DONT NEED TO TRAIN AS MUCH AS YOU PROBABLY THINK YOU DO.  While I’m not saying you “don’t” have to train, I am saying that many new teams put unrealistic or excessive expectations on how much training is required - then everything gets overwhelming and it isn’t fun anymore. I personally think it is about the quality of the training you are doing, not the quantity. You might also be surprised to learn that your success when you are on the course may be just as attributable to your mental attitude when things are tough. Each race I see quite fit and strong athletes withdraw or give up, and not so fit adventurers succeed and cross the finish line. For training advice, do your own research and talk to people who have done XPD before and know what it takes.

4 - KNOWLEDGE IS SUCCESS - RESEARCH PREVIOUS XPD’S  If you want to get an insight into XPD that will help stack the deck in your favor - read the race reports teams have written from previous editions. They are on the website under “Past Races and Results”. These are a treasure trove of real-life experiences and have lots of examples of what teams have done right, and what they did wrong. The reports go all the way back to the very first edition of XPD 16 years ago when everyone at the race was a first time team! (Well there was one team who had done an expedition race before…but the rest hadn’t!).

5 - IF YOU REMEMBER ONE THING WHEN YOU GET ON THE COURSE, REMEMBER THIS.  Highs and lows are inevitable - and both will pass... especially the lows - because you ARE going to go through a low point or even multiple low points, and I guarantee they WILL pass. It won’t seem like it at the time but hang in there and you will be out of the hole before you know it.

BONUS TIP. Don’t make any race-ending decisions on the second night. For most people - the adrenaline has dissipated, your mind is fighting for something normal and sleep deprivation is taking hold. This is the Twilight Zone and you are transitioning... out the other side is the blissful experience of being “present” with your surroundings, your teammates, and yourself…. Go with it, once you get into the zone, or the flow, days and nights will melt together and you will be rewarded with an experience that is a lifelong memory.

ARWS - Adventure Racing World Series Adventure Racing World Series - Oceania Region ARWS Oceania Team Mate Finder - Adventure Racing Sleepmonsters - The Adventure Racing Website Worldstoughestrace
#arworldseries #WorldsToughestRace #adventurerace #arwsoceania

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Regarding point 3, can you (anybody) recommend a suitable training plan? For a novice team looking to just finish the course, we would still need the capacity to do 100km per day for 5 consecutive days (allowing 1 day up our sleeve). I'm trying to work out what level of commitment/capability I need to encourage my team to work towards!

Madelein Nienaber

Pax Kuriger

Great advice! Other key thing I'd add is to all pay attention to, and look after, your feet right from the start, a lot more than you think you should or have the time for. You'll be very grateful for it later in the race as you pass all the other teams hobbling along in pain

I love the bonus tip - I have never heard the expedition race experience expressed so well.

Great bonus tip!

Love this - love this team!

On the list

Great!

Angela Signal

Absolutely spot on. Put it on the fridge peeps.

Great advice!!!

Tanya Laporte David Nahrung Sandy Smythe

Nicole if the travel bubble goes both ways...

Doug Strachan all over it?? 😜

Hmm who can I team up with

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2 months ago

Geocentric Outdoors

"The struggles we endure today will be the 'good old days' we laugh about tomorrow" Aaron Lauristen

XPD Expedition Race - 6 Days - 500km - North Queensland July 2021 - Entries Open. Find out more - xpd.com.au

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The struggles we endure today will be the good old days we laugh about tomorrow Aaron Lauristen

XPD Expedition Race - 6 Days - 500km - North Queensland July 2021 - Entries Open. Find out more -  xpd.com.au

ARWS - Adventure Racing World Series Adventure Racing World Series - Oceania Region Sleepmonsters - The Adventure Racing Website 

#arworldseries #WorldsToughestRace #adventurerace #arwsoceania
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