WildsideAR Bulahdelah was one great big adventure
Adventure racing made its impact on Bulahdelah as teams from across Australia converged on the small highway town to take on the Wildside Adventure Race. With 3 race formats the race attracted new and experienced racers all keen to test themselves on the course.
Race briefings were a tense start to the race as the course was revealed and teams started to think through what they had ahead of them. The course took them all to new places with some legs exploring parts of the region that no one had visited in a very long time.
The 36hr race started at midnight on Friday night. These teams took on a 27km trek through the Wallingat National park before a 42km mountain bike ride through the Myall Lakes National Park and a 25km paddle from Bombah Point to Bulahdelah. It was a long night for the teams with some teams not arriving in Bulahdelah until after midday on Saturday.
At 12 on Saturday the 12hr and 24hr teams kicked off starting with a rogaine around Bulahdelah answering historical questions. From there they paddled the Myall river, rode to Violet Hill around the back of Mt Alum, trekked through the bush collecting checkpoints before riding back to Bulahdelah via the Grandis and Wootton and then another paddle down the river. All through the night while ‘normal’ people slept Wildside racers were pushing themselves to their physical and metal limits.
The first across the line in the 36hr race was Team AdventureJunkies from Victoria. They raced a near perfect race pushing hard from the front and finished in 30hrs. Team BMX Bandits from Sydney won the 24hr race and Team Belrose Cycles won the 12hr race. Local team Travel Play Live were the first female team across the line in the 12hr race and 3rd overall.
Each team across the line were greeted with a shiny finishers medal and a welcome hug from their support crew.
Behind the scenes was a dedicated team of volunteers from the local region all working with little sleep and ensuring the race went well. “The event would not have been a success without the team we had” Richard Old, Race Director, “They worked long into the night and then into the next day. All racers owe them a huge thanks for the time and effort they put in”