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Discussion: XPD

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Mar 9, 2018 2:28 AM # 
Course schematic just released.

I have pictures, but don't know how to upload them here. Tips?
Mar 9, 2018 2:32 AM # 
Upload them to Flickr (or equivalent) which then provides an address for you to link to here.
Mar 9, 2018 2:37 AM # 
Does this work?
Mar 9, 2018 2:51 AM # 
nope. You actually want to embed the image not link to it, sorry.
Mar 9, 2018 3:13 AM # 

Mar 9, 2018 3:15 AM # 
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Mar 9, 2018 4:23 AM # 
Well done! First time I've seen a wildfire warning on a course schematic - fun. ;)
Mar 10, 2018 4:25 AM # 
Alas, we will have to watch this race without the help of Broots or Abiperk - unless they can find cell service at the TAs. ;)

Rootstock Racing will be: Abigail Perkiss, Brent Freedland, Eric Caravella, Ryan VanGorder

Have a fantastic time, Rootstock! Race smart, go fast, stay safe and be sure to jump over any snakes or spiders.

Any other Attackpointers racing?
Mar 10, 2018 4:25 AM # 
The main race website
Mar 10, 2018 5:39 AM # 
From FB:

The Course/ Logistic Overview for XPD 10th edition in the Bay of Fires Tasmania, Australia has now been released.

In just one week teams from Australia and overseas will be arriving at the HQ town of St Helens in preparation for this 541km journey on the North East Coast of Tasmania.

The course will feature 14 adventure racing legs including 4 trekking, 5 mountain biking and 5 kayaking as follows:

Leg 1 - Kayak - 11km
Leg 2 - Trek - 16km
Leg 3 - Kayak - 11km
Leg 4 - Mountain Bike - 22km
Leg 5 - Kayak - 13km
Leg 6 - Mountain Bike - 63km
Leg 7 - Kayak - 38km
Leg 8 - Trek - 43km
Leg 9 - Mountain Bike - 115km
Leg 10 - Trek - 25km
Leg 11 - Mountain Bike - 100km
Leg 12 - Trek - 38km
Leg 13 - Kayak - 11km
Leg 14 - Mountain Bike - 35km

The winning team is expected to take 3.5 days to complete the course and remaining teams have 6.5 days to finish.

While the actual course and race maps remain secret until the Lock down just 3 hours before the start, the Course/ Logistic Outline gives teams the chance to start preparing their equipment and food prior to leaving home.

XPD is the second Qualifier race of 2018 for the ARWS - Adventure Racing World Series . Follow teams live from the 18th March at
Mar 10, 2018 2:20 PM # 
Excited for this one! Go Rootstock!
Mar 13, 2018 12:05 AM # 
Solid mix of teams entered: 8 Mixed Open (4 countries), 6 Mixed Masters, 1 Mixed Youth, 5 All Male and 2 All Female.

Looks like it will be a fast start with a lot of early transitions (up to 7 legs in Day 1). Should be a great race in really an awesome location.

Go Rootstock!!
Mar 13, 2018 12:28 AM # 
So looking a little deeper into the competitors (in ARWS races only):

- Rootstock: Ranked #60 with 2 of the 4 racers the same from ARWC 17 and Itera (however Eric and Ryan, #101 with DART, will be strong). First race in Aus for the entire group.
- Hard Day's Night: #131 with 2 of the 4 (Andre #190 on Cameltoes) ARWC 2016 and Exp. Africa
- Aussie Battlers: #167 with 3 of 4 returning from Xtrail last year
- Juggernaut: #206 with 2 of 4 returning from ARWC 2016
- Goldfish: #229 with 3 of 4 returning from ARWC 2016
- Dash: #285 with Andy in Exp. Africa
- Muppets: #300 from Godzone 2016
- Tri Adventure: #313 from ARWC 2016

As expected, many of the teams competed in the 2016 WC edition of the race and have significant experience racing on the east coast of Australia. Should be a fun race to follow!
Mar 13, 2018 6:44 PM # 
Thanks jbrown!

We're excited to race XPD for the first time (though I know our teammate Ryan has raced there at least once before).

For what those ARWC rankings are worth....The Tri team has two multiple time XPD champs on it. So, I suspect they will be gunning for the win, rightfully so. And the Nordic team is interesting as well: two top level Swedish racers (Staffan and Marika) with two great athletes but newbies to AR. And I expect there will be some strong locals who don't pop up in the ARWS race scene much if ever.

As for us: Eric is excited to take pictures of every animal we see. I'm looking to capture a Tasmanian Devil for release in the New Jersey Pine Barrens (Jersey Devil for those who don't know our east coast folklore; Eric will take pictures), Ryan sold all of his gear when he moved to Hong King, so he is racing naked, and Abby impaled her foot last night on a brake pad spring. Literally. So, we're going for the experience;)
Mar 13, 2018 7:00 PM # 
Race hard dammit! You get to experience it faster that way. There will be plenty more things to impale yourself on so it’s good you have a head start over the others.
Mar 13, 2018 7:55 PM # 
Quick like a Bunny! Or like a Tasmanian Devil. (I assume this is what Tasmania looks like.)

Mar 13, 2018 10:16 PM # 
In my defense, it was Brent who left the offending spring on the floor of the living room...
Mar 13, 2018 11:37 PM # 
In MY defense, she walked through an active bike mechanical explosion and labor zone...:)
Mar 13, 2018 11:39 PM # 
Details, details...
Mar 14, 2018 12:18 AM # 
Ah, racing with spouses - been there, done that. ;) Sending healing vibes!
Mar 14, 2018 1:16 AM # 
Luckily we still like each other okay :)
Mar 14, 2018 1:40 AM # 
So do we but that conversation was soooo familiar. :) Hope your foot is good.
Mar 14, 2018 12:45 PM # 
Thanks -- feels better today than yesterday!
Mar 14, 2018 1:21 PM # 
Schedule details for spectators:

In Tasmania, it’s 15 hours later than Toronto/New York.

Race checkin is Saturday in St. Helens.

Maps distributed Sunday morning 7:30 am with lockdown.

Race starts Sunday at noon, i.e. 9 pm Saturday in Rootstock’s home time zone.

Winners expected to finish on Wednesday.

Course closes Saturday at noon after 6 days.

There are many “short” legs by expedition racing standards so efficient TAs will be key. This may make it challenging for spectators to keep up so I hope we’ve got a few different time zones represented in this forum. We’ll need a night shift!
Mar 15, 2018 9:33 PM # 
Reading the schematic required me to go sit down for awhile. I think I just got a spontaneous blister out of sympathy. Good luck to all, but especially @Broots as he attempts to catch and contain his new wombat, Fuzzy.
Mar 16, 2018 3:31 AM # 
Rootstock's FB page says the race will start at 9:30 am local time on Sunday so maybe the XPD website is wrong and we can start cheering them on a little sooner!

Live tracking site is up.

The race organization says they'll also post updates on their FB page.
Mar 16, 2018 9:27 PM # 
ARWS will be covering the race too. From FB:

Anticipation is building as teams start arriving in St Helens, Tasmania for XPD 10th edition in the Bay of Fires. XPD, the 2nd qualifier in 2018 in the Adventure Racing World Series, will see Australian and international teams competing to win and secure a berth in the World Adventure Racing Championship in Reunion Island November 2018.
On Sunday 18th March, teams in XPD Bay of Fires will paddle kayaks, mountain bike and trek 541kms in the scenic, pristine and remote areas of North East Tasmania over the course of a week. The expedition length adventure race will see top teams complete the course in 3.5 days and remaining teams 6.5 days.
“The most difficult challenge” says Race Director Louise Foulkes “has been working out what sections to leave out as there is too much to include in one race.”
First team to arrive at HQ was Goldfish, who have competed in every XPD since its inception. Mardi Barnes from the team says ‘We are excited the race is in Tasmania and we are looking forward to where we will be going. Craig and Louise always find special places.”
Team Aussie Battlers, the youngest team to race says “Our goal is to finish. We are looking forward to having a spin at Derby. The weather is concerning and we are not sure we are prepared for the rain.”
Rootstock Racing from USA says “We love the beautiful geography here and can’t wait to get into the aussie bush.”
The logistics commence tonight, as teams must prepare bikes and pack equipment and food to race. Tomorrow sees the teams register, complete compulsory competency tests and ‘pose’ for team photos.

Dot watchers can follow the race online with live tracking:
Social Media updates will be available on the Geocentric Outdoors Facebook page:
The AR World Series will also be covering the race:
Website News
Search or use the hashtags #xpdar #arws
You can also add in #arworldseries #dotwatcher #bayoffires
Mar 17, 2018 1:41 AM # 
Registration is underway. No surprises in this video but you can see the boats they'll be using.

Mar 17, 2018 2:48 AM # 
A couple course changes we learned about today -- due to high winds, they've canceled Legs 1 and 3, and modified Leg 2 to be 13km, from 16km.

Sounds like we may encounter snow and high winds on one of the alpine sections. We're guessing Leg 8, but won't know until we see maps tomorrow.
Mar 17, 2018 3:01 AM # 
Have a great race, Abiperk!
Mar 17, 2018 3:57 AM # 
Thanks! Excited to get started!
Mar 17, 2018 5:16 AM # 
Btw Legs 1 and 3 were paddle legs. Leg 2 is on foot so it sounds like they'll transition from that to the 22 km Leg 4 bike ride.
Mar 17, 2018 5:21 PM # 
Looks like they’re using Jared’s plastic surfskis. Not bad boats, we used them for 2016 ARWC. Certainly better than the 3 person sit-on-tops we also had to use. Surprised they cancelled the first two paddles, we took them thru some pretty rough water without much trouble.
Mar 17, 2018 6:32 PM # 
JayXC, apparently the winds will be rough enough that the coast guard canceled a training and the safety boats told Craig and Louise that they won’t be able to launch, hence the cancelation.

Modifications pushed the start to 10:45am local time. Lockdown starts in 2.5 hours.

And we saw our first kangaroo last night, hopping past our cottage!!
Mar 17, 2018 9:43 PM # 
Cool! So the start will be tonight at 7:45 pm in Philadelphia, Rootstock's home town.
Here are some great photos from Rootstock's team photo session - click "see more":

Mar 17, 2018 9:44 PM # 
No safety boats, that’s a pretty good reason to cancel. ;)
Mar 17, 2018 10:01 PM # 
Here's Rootstock with their maps. Could you please hold them up for the camera? Without Randy's help, this might be as close as we'll get to the race maps.
Mar 17, 2018 11:56 PM # 
And they're off! Looks like the rejiggered opening trek is heading north along the coast.L The satellite images show they're on a combination of trails and sandy beaches.
Mar 18, 2018 12:33 AM # 
Wild Yaks and Tri-Adventure Antelopes taking it out fast. Elizabeth Dornom of the Antelopes, fresh off an eighth-place finish in the Coast to Coast in New Zealand, talked about her team a little bit on this week's TA1.
Mar 18, 2018 1:21 AM # 
Rootstock leading the pack back from the end of the St. Helens Conservation Area peninsula!
Mar 18, 2018 1:29 AM # 
Go Rootstock! Here's a video clip from the start.

Mar 18, 2018 1:35 AM # 
"XPD Leg 2 - modified weather course: Teams hike, rock hop and raft their way for 16kms around the beautiful coast line of the Bay of Fires. They must navigate to collect 12 CPs in any order that are scattered amongst rocky outcrops, enormous dunes and coastal bushland. They must also battle the tide as they try to raft across Georges Bay."

It says elsewhere it's only 13 km. In any case, it may not be clear who's ahead of whom until the TA.
Mar 18, 2018 1:39 AM # 
Rootstock is 5th after the opening trek but the top 6 teams arrived at the TA within 3 minutes of one another so it's wide open. On to the bikes!
Mar 18, 2018 1:42 AM # 
Up next: Leg "4". Teams mount their bikes for a short 22km ride through forest trails that are punctuated by sharp inclines and several route options.
Mar 18, 2018 1:54 AM # 
I was basing Rootstock's lead off the time-stamp, but I perhaps was over-eager in my statement.

Antelopes out first from the TA and biking south. Bash, have you used your super-sleuthing skills to find the maps anywhere?
Mar 18, 2018 2:29 AM # 
No luck but I just posted a comment on the Geocentric Facebook page in case they're looking for extra work. ;)

Rootstock is now in 3rd but the top 7 teams are all close together with a significant gap behind them.
Mar 18, 2018 2:51 AM # 
I sent Craig an email asking for maps
Mar 18, 2018 3:04 AM # 
All the CP icons on the tracking have photos of the view from the point if you click on them. Nice little feature.
Mar 18, 2018 3:14 AM # 
Thanks, Randy. Even when you're not there, you're still our map guy! :)
Mar 18, 2018 3:23 AM # 
The Antelopes have a lead of several kms on the bike. Rootstock is part of a 3-team chase pack.

The Replay feature is not super helpful since it thinks the "present" is 45 minutes ago.
Mar 18, 2018 3:27 AM # 
The Wild Yaks and the (Mountain Designs) Wild Women are taking a wild route to the east. They will need to backtrack now to get CP7.

Update a few minutes later: The Wild Women have turned toward the CP without losing much time. The Wild Yaks took longer to realize their mistake. Coming from the east may be a decent route choice but both teams missed the turn.
Mar 18, 2018 3:30 AM # 
Hope there's a night shift to help us follow this race! Here's what's coming up after this bike leg:

Leg 5 - Teams kayak 13km up the beautiful Scamander River Estuary. It is a tidal river which means the direction of the tide will hinder or help them. All teams will be undertaking this paddle on the first night of the race and in the dark. The final stretch of the river is shallow and may require some carrying over sand banks.

Leg 6 - The race starts to get more difficult as teams leave the coast and climb up to the midlands. Teams must find their way through a maze of forest trails on their bikes from Scamander to Fingal. Some trails are wide and others are ancient and almost closed over with vegetation. (63 km)

Leg 7 - This 38km paddle is on a section of the longest river in Tasmania, the South Esk. Water is moving with small rapids and gravel races. Teams speed will be dictated by recent rainfall which will impact the river levels.
Mar 18, 2018 3:37 AM # 
I wonder if the gale-force winds that caused the early paddle stages to be canceled will have come with rain as well? If so, those rivers will be running higher and faster.

Also, I'm headed to bed as well. Good luck, night shift and go Rootstock!
Mar 18, 2018 3:45 AM # 
Geocentric is being very responsive on Facebook.

Here is the route book. They say they will link a PDF to the live tracking system soon.

And here are the maps for this section.

Now I really *am* going to bed!
Mar 18, 2018 6:47 AM # 
Antelopes opened up a decent lead on the rest of the field on the paddle. Not sure if that's a result of tide changes, wind effects or just paddling prowess.

Rootstock dropped three places between the transition to the paddle and during the paddle itself. Wondering if they are having a technical difficulty with a boat or maybe they're just gassed?
Mar 18, 2018 11:31 AM # 
Leg 6 maps

Leg 7 maps

Leg 7 updated description from Geocentric:
Leg 7 - This 38km paddle is on a section of the longest river in Tasmania, the South Esk. Water is moving with small rapids and gravel races. There are also a number of log jams teams will need to use team work to get through. The river is low - so organisers have moved team kayaks to CP15 as the first 5 kms of the river was too difficult to get through. Teams now hike with paddle gear across farm land to access their kayaks from cp 14. It will be a slow leg with leaders expected to take 8 to 9 hours to finish.
Mar 18, 2018 2:05 PM # 
On Monday at 1 am local time, the Antelopes have a significant lead. They have just started the modified Leg 7 kayak, which means they are hiking with their paddling gear until they reach CP15.

All other teams are on the Leg 6 bike. MMI had been in 2nd place but took a different route choice from CP13 (or made an error) and lost their position.

Hard Days' Night and Rootstock are riding together on the "red line" route in 2nd place.
Mar 18, 2018 2:14 PM # 
So far 3 teams have passed the turn off McKays Rd. near Sandy Marsh. There is a route to CP13 from the south but it's hard to imagine that it would be faster than the red line.
Mar 18, 2018 2:20 PM # 
Yay! This wasn't working last night but we now get breadcrumbs after clicking on a name on the team list or clicking the "More Info, Routes and Splits" link.
Mar 18, 2018 2:30 PM # 
Wow, check out the breadcrumbs for the Wild Yaks, one of the teams taking the alternate route to CP13, which the top 5 teams seemingly found with no trouble. They tried to get there on the red line before turning back.

The other two teams on this alternate route to CP13 - Wild Women and Nordic Islands - also tried the Red Line route first before returning to Sandy Marsh and heading south. It looks like the teams all turned around close to the same time. Maybe the sight of headlamps going the opposite direction influenced one or two of them.

Also, the breadcrumbs show that MMI had trouble after CP13, even hitting a dead end and turning back. They will soon reach the Red Line in 4th place and will not be far behind Rootstock and Hard Day's Night.
Mar 18, 2018 2:32 PM # 
Apparently, there is a clear night sky with lots of wind.
Mar 18, 2018 3:04 PM # 
MMI just took another wrong turn. I'm not sure where they think they are. Meanwhile, the Aussie Battlers seem poised to move into 4th place on the Red Line route.

Rootstock is now 2 km ahead of Hard Days' Night in 2nd place. There is a big gap ahead to the Antelopes and a smaller - but still significant - gap back to 4th place behind these teams.

And now I'd better go running after all this inspiration!
Mar 18, 2018 3:26 PM # 
Yay for tails and breadcrumbs!
Mar 18, 2018 6:48 PM # 
The Antelopes are leading on the Slow, Dark Paddle - Leg 7.

Weirdly, the teams that were taking the alternate route to CP13 (Wild Yaks, Wild Women and Nordic Islands) never got within 6 km of the CP as marked on the race map and tracking map - and they aren't the only ones. I'm wondering if CP13 was in a different location from what is marked; I've asked on the race FB page. At this point, the Wild Yaks are tied for 2nd with Rootstock, assuming they got CP13. They're shown as a full course team after TA7, as are the others.

MMI had a real adventure around CP13 (the one marked on the map).
Mar 18, 2018 7:35 PM # 
Sleepmonsters report on Day 1:
Mar 18, 2018 8:21 PM # 
Info and maps for the Leg 8 Trek:
"This gruelling 43km trek, expected to take 14 to 28hrs, is the hardest and also one of the most beautiful legs of the race. Most of the leg has no defined trail and teams must navigate to find the easiest route. Teams will hike up Australia’s largest scree / boulder slope and over of one of the most pristine and exposed alpine areas in Tasmania, the Ben Lomond Plateau. The plateau averages around 1400m, one of the highest areas in Tasmania and is fully exposed to the elements."
Mar 18, 2018 8:26 PM # 
Yes, the organizers did move CP13 so teams had the choice of pushing through on a shorter, more technical route or taking a longer, easier route around. (Less risk, more time on the bike.)
Mar 18, 2018 8:52 PM # 
It looks like Rootstock had an efficient TA and headed out to paddle Leg 7. The team they'd been battling for 2nd place on the bike, Hard Day's Night, arrived at TA7 21 minutes later and seem to have stopped for a couple hours of sleep. The sun is up now (it rises just after 7 am) and Rootstock has moved 1 km ahead of the Wild Yaks on the paddle. The Antelopes are 4+ hrs ahead, approaching the end of the paddle and will have plenty of daylight left as they start the challenging trek.
Mar 18, 2018 9:06 PM # 
Summary video of Day 1. It features a clip of a serious-looking Broots gazing into the distance with a map in his hand. I expect he often looks this way when he is commenting on our discussions here. ;)

Mar 18, 2018 9:10 PM # 
Day 1 Photos

...including the same shot of a serious-looking Broots.

There is another North American team, Checkpoint 26. They're not contending for the win but this will be an amazing experience.
Mar 18, 2018 10:44 PM # 
The Antelopes started the Leg 8 trek around 9:30 a.m. Meanwhile back in the mangroves, the Wild Yaks snuck past Rootstock on the paddle but the teams are still less than a km apart. It took the Antelopes about 3 hrs to reach TA8 from the current position of Yaks/Rootstock.
Mar 19, 2018 1:06 AM # 
Video of the Antelopes, 1st team to TA8. They're going to try to complete the 14-28 hr trek before sleeping.

Mar 19, 2018 2:02 AM # 
That makes sense. They’ll have the benefit of daylight for a good portion of it. It’s kind f early to sleep anyways (26 hrs in). Teams a little further back will have a tougher decision as they’ll end up in Ben Lomond Natl Park (1400m) at night.
Mar 19, 2018 2:10 AM # 
On this trek, it's especially fun to click the CPs on the tracking map to see the photos. So jealous!

The Wild Yaks arrived at TA8 about half an hour ahead of Rootstock. It's 1 pm now and the sun will set around 7:30 pm. Maps for the trek are here.
Mar 19, 2018 2:22 AM # 
This is what the start of the trek looks like.

Mar 19, 2018 3:13 AM # 
Anyone know why they're wearing their bike helmets for the trekking leg?
Mar 19, 2018 4:08 AM # 
Helmets were required for the Leg 7 paddle. Teams who used bike helmets for that purpose would need to carry them along on the Leg 8 trek so they'll have them for the Leg 9 bike.

By the way, the route book has now been posted in PDF format. It provided the info to figure out this mystery!
Mar 19, 2018 4:20 AM # 
The Wild Yaks and Rootstock have started the Big Trek. Rootstock gained some time with their TA and are now 15-20 minutes behind the Yaks. The Antelopes are 4.5 hrs ahead of the Yaks and are not at the halfway point yet. It's 3:15 p.m. so the teams only have 4 more hours of daylight.
Mar 19, 2018 4:21 AM # 
There are 5 teams at TA8. Most teams are on the Leg 7 paddle, including the part where teams have to trek with paddle gear. Wolfpack is the only team still biking on Leg 6.

And... over to the night shift! (If there is one?)
Mar 19, 2018 8:27 AM # 
Bash, I should assume night shift living in Western Australia at the moment... busy day in the office.

Antelopes continue to move well on the Trek. Yaks and RS are neck and neck but RS appears to be moving a little fast on foot and passed Yaks on the climb to CP18. Changi has opened a little bit of a gap for the fourth position en route to CP17.
Mar 19, 2018 11:51 AM # 
Looks like Yaks had some trouble with CP19 and perhaps had a short rest and RS have opened up about a 2.5hr lead from 3rd
Mar 19, 2018 12:40 PM # 
It looks like RS may have found shelter for a quick rest near CP 20. Taking a look at the aerial it looks like there are a couple houses and sheds in the area.
Mar 19, 2018 12:45 PM # 
(Bash, how do you embed images to the discussion thread?)
Mar 19, 2018 1:26 PM # 
Bash’s dayshift hasn’t started yet...
Save the photo to Smugmug or Flickr and then select their Embed option, copy that code here, bingo!
Mar 19, 2018 1:32 PM # 
Thanks, JBrown - and JayXC too! I haven’t been online and it’s great to sign in and learn that Rootstock had such a good night. Also nice that they appear to have had a nap.
Mar 19, 2018 2:07 PM # 
Looks like Wild Yaks just caught up to them mid-nap. Not sure if they've rested yet or not.
But now I want RS to wake up and move again! :)
Also seems The Antelopes may be get a wee sleepy and sloppy on their nav.
Nothing extreme, but a little.
Mar 19, 2018 2:59 PM # 
Yeah, wondered if they were thinking of going go way around on the road but apparently not.
Mar 19, 2018 3:05 PM # 
The Antelopes have just finished The Gruelling Trek shortly before 2 am. It took them about 16.5 hrs. Time for a nap!
Mar 19, 2018 3:08 PM # 
If anyone wonders why the average paddling pace seemed slow, this Day 2 video summary explains all. Rootstock makes a cameo appearance as they slide under a very low bridge.

Day 2 photos including the start of the spectacular trek:
Mar 19, 2018 3:31 PM # 
And RS is moving again.
Mar 19, 2018 3:44 PM # 
RS should be well rested after spending some quality time resting in shelter (presumably). Off to the night time trek and jumping wombats in the Ben Lomond NP!
Mar 19, 2018 3:44 PM # 
Yay! They stopped just under 4 hours so hopefully they had a good rest. The area where everyone is stopping is a former mining area that still has a small number of residents and an outdoor centre. I'm guessing it's a staffed CP since this would be one of the few places to evacuate injured racers by road. Also, racers are required to clean their feet here prior to entering the "pristine alpine area between CP20 and CP22".

By the way, it's great to see some new people contributing. So nice to check in quickly and get news without diving into the details. :)
Mar 19, 2018 3:48 PM # 
Antelopes don't appear to have slept yet and are making a few minor errors, occasionally taking the wrong road and quickly correcting themselves. Should be interesting to see what the chasing teams speed through the same section.
Mar 19, 2018 3:48 PM # 
Rootstock arrived at CP20 in 2nd place, 2.5 hrs before the Wild Yaks, who were 1.5 hrs ahead of MMI in 4th place. DASH and Aussie Battlers arrived 15 minutes later in 5th and 6th.

The race has spread out behind these lead teams. The other American team, Checkpoint 26, is still paddling under those low bridges. I wonder if the wind has died down yet.
Mar 19, 2018 3:50 PM # 
Anyone know the folks from Checkpoint 26? I love the harmonica playing! Though I don't want to give my dad that idea or he will become even more annoying to race with :)
Mar 19, 2018 3:52 PM # 

Since JBrown reminded me of the existence of those wild Antelopes, they arrived at CP20 almost 6 hours before Rootstock but didn't stop, as per their plan. They got to TA9 about 5 hours before sunrise, which is pretty much perfect for them.
Mar 19, 2018 3:55 PM # 
The zingers were in the group chasing RS (in 4th) but have also bunked down for a couple hours at the houses following CP19. It looks like their pace was slowing, so it was probably a good call
Mar 19, 2018 4:05 PM # 
Posting again to keep them handy - maps for the Leg 8 trek.
Mar 19, 2018 4:16 PM # 
I'm loving the place names on the Ben Lomond map!
Tranquil Tam
Land of Little Sticks
Bent Bluff
Ossians Throne

It looks like all trail from CP20 to CP22 except for a couple of options to cross a short distance between trails.
Mar 19, 2018 4:23 PM # 
I wonder why the Geocentric site says "Most of the leg has no defined trail and teams must navigate to find the easiest route."
Mar 19, 2018 4:33 PM # 
It looks like that was true for CPs 17 and 18 and part of the way to CP19. I'm guessing it might be hard to get permission to put CPs off-trail in the national park. Also, there are a lot of cliffs!
Mar 19, 2018 4:36 PM # 
Here is the info on the upcoming Leg 9 on mountain bikes:

Leg 9 - This 115km ride from Carr Villa on the slopes of Ben Lomond to the famous MTB haven of Weldborough is the most difficult ride in the race. It is named the Tin Trail as it traverses through many once thriving mining towns hidden in the forest that are now ghost towns. The ride finishes down the iconic Blue Tier MTB trail, recognised by many as Australia’s best piece of single track.

Maps and photo here
Mar 19, 2018 4:46 PM # 
Is there a way to see two teams dots on the same screen?
I've only been able to switch between them.
Mar 19, 2018 4:49 PM # 
With some tracking systems you can do that but I haven't figured out a way to do that for this one, other than setting up two browser tabs. Anyone else?
Mar 19, 2018 4:58 PM # 
After 1.5+ hrs of climbing, Rootstock is crossing the cliff line near the top. Looks amazing on the map! In case anyone hasn't noticed, the "stack of pages" icon on the upper right of the tracking map lets you look at different types of maps.
Mar 19, 2018 5:07 PM # 
No one else has left CP20. Teams resting there now at 4 am are Wild Yaks, MMI, DASH, Aussie Battlers and Hard Day's Night.

No signal from the 1st place Antelopes but they have presumably been resting for the past 2 hours at TA9. Sunrise is 7:15.
Mar 19, 2018 5:16 PM # 
I’m surprised RS stopped for so long. It doesn’t appear it was out of concern for climbing the head wall to the top in the dark as they’re on it now and it’s 4:15am.
Mar 19, 2018 5:46 PM # 
And MMI has now left CP20.
Mar 19, 2018 5:49 PM # 
while Rootstock has made it up to the top of the head wall.
Mar 19, 2018 5:50 PM # 
MMI left CP20 around 4:30 am. They arrived 4 hours after Rootstock in 4th place but departed about 2 hrs 15 mins after RS in 3rd place. Will the Wild Yaks start moving soon?

RS had a long rest but I wonder if it will be helpful later. The fastest estimated time from TA9 (where the Antelopes are resting) is 35 hours. Maybe RS is hoping to get through the race with just this one big sleep and a few cat naps along the trail?
Mar 19, 2018 6:18 PM # 
Rootstock is taking a different route from the Antelopes, now that they're up top - more direct. I wondered if they would get their feet wet but it seems to be working out!
Mar 19, 2018 6:22 PM # 
Looks like the weather is improving - less wind and virtually no precipitation in the forecast.
Mar 19, 2018 6:29 PM # 
With daylight and improving weather RS should be able to make up some time across the plateau. Footing and terrain look pretty good from 20,000’. ;)
Mar 19, 2018 6:45 PM # 
The route from CP20 to CP21 is along a ski trail and the map indicates there’s no track but there may be trail markers.
Mar 19, 2018 6:53 PM # 
Ah, I was thinking that was a track off to the side but you're right; it looks like they mean the marked trail is actually just trail markers in the summer. So that fits with their description.
Mar 19, 2018 7:01 PM # 
Looks like the Wild Yaks are moving around and ready to start the climb up the bluff in 4th place. They arrived in 3rd with a 1.5 hr lead.

MMI is in the boulder field on the last part of the climb to the plateau. It will be interesting to see their route choice compared to the top two teams. Rootstock is only half a km from rejoining the Green Line route but they seem to be moving slowly in what looks like very rocky terrain.

The Antelopes continue to nap at TA9.
Mar 19, 2018 7:02 PM # 
And they just jumped! Almost at the Green Line now. :)
Mar 19, 2018 7:07 PM # 
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the direct route paid off. The Antelopes took about an hour from the top of the cliffs to the place where RS will join the Green Line. It will take RS about 1.5 hours. Good gamble though!
Mar 19, 2018 7:09 PM # 
The Antelopes haven't started the 115 km Leg 9 bike ride yet but Geocentric has just posted a photo and maps of the Leg 10 trek.

Leg 10 - Teams traverse the magical Rattler Range on this 25km hike. Nick-named “Lord of the Rings territory”, they will navigate their way under a thick canopy past enormous trees hidden in Gondwana rainforest.
Mar 19, 2018 7:16 PM # 
Bikewhack to the NE leaving CP22?
Mar 19, 2018 7:19 PM # 
The Wild Women are fourth out of CP 20.
Mar 19, 2018 7:36 PM # 
Has anyone else noted that the tracks for teams are more detailed than the breadcrumbs alone would indicate? It seems like the trackers are pinging more frequently than every 10-15 minutes which appears to be the typical time gap between each crumb. For example, see the track for Rootstock around the SE side of the knoll just after timestamp 5:25 Mar 20. One breadcrumb at each end of that segment, but several other inflections in the track between. Never mind the big left-turn looking inflection with no crumb just after that.
Mar 19, 2018 7:53 PM # 
Yay, Wild Women!

I’ve noticed that with the track too.
Mar 19, 2018 7:56 PM # 
Lots of teams on the climb at first light. Also, the Antelopes are biking! I can’t see breadcrumbs on my phone. When did they start?
Mar 19, 2018 7:59 PM # 
They started about 45 minutes ago. They must be zooming down the hill as they haven't tracked for a good distance.
Mar 19, 2018 8:03 PM # 
Did MMI drop something or is the track wonky? They seem to be going backwards.
Mar 19, 2018 8:14 PM # 
Ah, just a wonky track for a bit. Let's see which way they go now that they're up top.
Mar 19, 2018 8:45 PM # 
What the heck are the Antelopes doing? Must be a darkness induced detour. Did I miss a route update that moved CP23 to the south?
Mar 19, 2018 9:00 PM # 
I suspect wacky tracking since that's a heckuva lot of elevation to gain in that short amount of time - esp with no visible roads/tracks there.
Mar 19, 2018 9:43 PM # 
Strange to get 3 consecutive weird points but looking at the map, there doesn't seem to be another explanation. (Back on my laptop again. I missed my breadcrumbs! :) )
Mar 19, 2018 9:51 PM # 
The Antelopes and Rootstock stopped for 3 hrs 50-ish mins at TA9 and CP20 respectively so they've had a chance to be equally "rested". RS is currently at the place on the plateau where the Antelopes were a little more than 10 hrs ago. However, RS will probably take less than 1 hour at TA9 so the real gap is around 7 hours.
Mar 19, 2018 10:00 PM # 
MMI is about 2 hrs behind Rootstock in 3rd after stopping for 2 hrs to rest at CP20.

The Wild Yaks and Changi are a few hundred metres apart about 1.5 hrs behind MMI. Both teams have rested more than MMI. The Yaks stopped for 5 hrs at CP20 and Changi stopped for 4.5 hrs in the small village of Rossarden.
Mar 19, 2018 10:36 PM # 
Rootstock is within 2 hours of TA9 at 9:30 a.m. so they'll enjoy daylight for most of the Leg 10 bike. This may provide a significant nutrition advantage, according to the route book:

"‣ There is a pub and tiny shop in Mathinna (CP24)- both with intermittent opening hours
‣ There is a famous “Pub in a Paddock” with meals past CP 25. Open 10:30am-10pm
‣ There is a famous cheese factory with food/ coffee at Pyengana Open 9am-5pm
‣ When you arrive at CP26, you are at the trail head of the famous Blue Tier Single Track trail. It is compulsory to follow this trail to the TA (CP27). It is well marked, enjoy!
‣ The TA at the end of the leg is located at the famous Weldborough Pub. Meal times are 11:30am to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm. Coffee, drinks and snacks are available when the pub is open - from 11:30am to late."
Mar 19, 2018 11:37 PM # 
Good to see RS moving well over night and maintaining a two hour lead over third. The Blue Tier trail network boasts of several nice descents, looks to be a fun leg of the race.
Mar 19, 2018 11:46 PM # 
Good to see Checkpoint 26 arrive at TA8. They have a lot of daylight now to make good progress on the trek.
Mar 20, 2018 12:28 AM # 
RS arrived at TA9. Antelopes have a 9.5 hr lead checking in to this transition. Plenty of racing still to come...
Mar 20, 2018 1:08 AM # 
GO RVG! Go RS!!!!
Guarantee they take advantage the pub stops and cheese joint! So awesome!!!
Mar 20, 2018 1:33 AM # 
Wow, lots of food options, Bash. Makes me hungry thinking about it. If it were me, I would definitely be turning this race into a culinary tour of Tasmania.

The Rootstockers, while tougher and much faster than myself, aren't above stopping into eateries that happen to be conveniently located along their route. I literally bumped into Abby and Brent as they stepped out of a pub during the last trekking section of ITERA Ireland in 2016.
Mar 20, 2018 1:59 AM # 
I hope they weren't out too late drinking green beer the night before the race!

As expected, Rootstock spent less than an hour at TA9. They're now 6 hrs 20 mins behind the Antelopes on the Leg 10 bike.

As a reminder, here's what Rootstock's Broots had to say about the Antelopes before the race: "[The team has] two multiple time XPD champs on it. So, I suspect they will be gunning for the win, rightfully so."

It's AR and anything can happen!

Only the top two teams have finished the trek so far. MMI is 1 km ahead of the Wild Yaks about 45 minutes from TA9. Changi and DASH are about an hour behind them. There's a 1-1.5 hr gap from those two teams to the next group consisting of the Aussie Battlers, Wild Women and Hard Day's Night. After that, it's a big gap.

Meanwhile back in the mangroves, the Wolfpack is still finishing the paddle and Checkpoint 26 is playing the harmonica at the paddle/trek TA8.
Mar 20, 2018 3:10 AM # 
Tight battle for 3rd right now as the tracking sheet shows Yaks and MMI checking in to TA9 within a minute of each other.
Mar 20, 2018 3:31 AM # 
Nothing like a sprint after 51 hours of racing!

Bad news for the Antelopes. At 2:30 pm, they're on the final stretch of single track with about 8 km to go to TA10. However they've missed the 11:30-2 lunch at the famous Weldborough Pub and they'll be way too early for the 6-8 pm dinner.

It's not looking good for Rootstock making it in time for dinner either. But there will still be snacks, coffee and drinks.
Mar 20, 2018 3:35 AM # 
Bash - you make it sound like they are on a tour of Tazmanian food joints...which, maybe they are at this point given the time gaps.
Mar 20, 2018 3:41 AM # 
Podium struggle party at TA9 right now. All those teams are surely feeling some extra pressure.
Mar 20, 2018 3:41 AM # 
Top Ten Tasmanian Food Experiences
Mar 20, 2018 3:44 AM # 
I'm sad that Rootstock will be doing the Blue Tier single track in the dark. I didn't watch all 12 minutes but it looks like sooooo much fun.

Mar 20, 2018 3:57 AM # 
I was going to comment that MMI has had less sleep than the other three teams at TA9 (Wild Yaks, DASH and Changi) but I just noticed that they took a 2 hr 43 min break at TA7 after the bike leg where they had nav issues and lost 2 hours to Rootstock. So they're not that far behind on sleep compared to the others.
Mar 20, 2018 4:17 AM # 
Wild Yaks left TA9 first at 2:40 pm. They are currently biking 2.5 hrs behind Rootstock.
Mar 20, 2018 5:33 AM # 
The antelopes didn't stop long for much of Bash's food tour and on the next trek that concludes with Ralph Falls.
Mar 20, 2018 5:35 AM # 
The Antelopes talk about The Gruelling Trek (mostly) including their small error near the end.

Mar 20, 2018 7:48 AM # 
Time gaps remaining very steady as the sun sets for the third time:
1 - Antelopes
2 - +7 hr Rootstock
3 - +2.5 hr Wild Yaks
4 - +1 hr DASH
5 - +:10 min MMI
Mar 20, 2018 9:44 AM # 
Back a little farther in the race, it appears the Bulk Nutrients may have elected to skip CP18 heading out to the road (but they did double back and grab CP19). Wine & Cheese grabbed CP18 but are also electing for the longer but easier navigational route on the road to CP19.

Rootstock still holds a 2.5hr lead over Wild Yaks as they hit CP26 and enter the night time single track riding. They are about 1 hr 45 min from the TA and may have to settle for the late night snack options much to Bash's disappointment.
Mar 20, 2018 11:55 AM # 
Aww, too bad. The route book doesn’t advertise any food options for the next leg.

Apparently, Bulk Nutrients advised the organizers that they were fine but planned to shorten their course a bit.

Here’s another video of the Antelopes including some GoPro on the single track. They aren’t certain but they might have another sleep break. They also mention burgers and chips!
Mar 20, 2018 12:29 PM # 
Rootstock is just arriving at the famous Weldborough Pub (TA10) around 11:30 pm. Hope there are still some snacks!

The Antelopes are just arriving at TA11, the end of the next trek.
Mar 20, 2018 1:29 PM # 
It took the Antelopes 8:30 hrs to complete leg 10, close to the slow estimate, over half of that time was in daylight. RS will be in a similar situation as its about 12:30am Wednesday there now assuming they leave soon.
From the Antelopes current position its just under 24 hours to the finish if they travel close to the fastest estimates or 36 hours if on the slower side so plenty of racing left.
Mar 20, 2018 1:33 PM # 
Photo and maps from the Leg 11 bike ride.

Leg 11 - Teams mount their bikes for a 100km ride that will take them from the subalpine region, through rolling countryside and right up into the forgotten corner of Tasmania, the far North East. The going is relatively easy as over half is on sealed road.
Mar 20, 2018 1:33 PM # 
Video of teams on Ben Lomond. The XC ski trail is marked with posts.

Mar 20, 2018 1:34 PM # 
This doesn't happen very often in ARWS events. Marika Wagner of Nordic Islands apparently posted on Facebook during The Gruelling Trek.
Mar 20, 2018 2:23 PM # 
Rootsotck has otped for rest in the back of a truck at TA 10.
Seems they had some debate about where/when to rest a bit while warming up around the campfire, but opted to hunker down in the back of a truck there for a bit.
Looks like Wild Yaks may catch up with them at this point.
Lots of racing left!
Mar 20, 2018 3:31 PM # 
Wake up and get moving Rootstock!!! The Wild Yaks are right on ya!
Mar 20, 2018 4:33 PM # 
Rootstock is off, with the Yaks still in TA. Looks like they got in a good snooze! Thanks @vnerd for the videos on Facebook - nice to see those sleepy faces :)
Mar 20, 2018 4:55 PM # 
.... and the Yaks are right on their heels. Looks like they opted not to sleep. They are a little over 1km back. Exciting!

Also good to see Checkpoint 26 moving well through the big trek. They passed a couple of Aussie teams who wandered off course.
Mar 20, 2018 5:21 PM # 
.... and since I'm on a roll, Antelopes now veering off course on the bike down the Tasman Highway A3. Only about 1/2 k off for now, wonder how long it will take them to correct?
Mar 20, 2018 5:29 PM # 
No time at all apparently. They took a slightly different route than expected by the RDs but are back on the expected route now.
Mar 20, 2018 8:07 PM # 
Oh man, Rootstock is wandering the woods back and forth near CP28 but not able to find it yet. Ugh!
And the Yaks are gaining! Oh my!
Mar 20, 2018 8:10 PM # 
They've been in that area for about 90 minutes - yikes! The photo shows dense forest and the sun is just rising now. It's hard to tell from dots but it looks like the Antelopes may have found CP28 a little north of its position marked on the tracking map. [Edit: Looking at the race map, I think that was just when they tracked on their way to the CP.] Rootstock seems to be looking a little south of the CP on the tracking map. Here's hoping it becomes more clear in daylight! The Yaks are less than an hour behind now.
Mar 20, 2018 8:23 PM # 
Looking at the map, it appears RS has gone a little too far south on the trail and is looking on the wrong spur - very easy to do in the dark and may be related to the fact that the trail bend at their current location on the map is drawn with a much larger angle than the Green Line indicates. They need to descend about 100' in a northerly direction.

The other possibility is that they *did* find the CP and have moved away from it to stop for some other reason. Their dots have been on or near the trail and the distances between tracks are small.
Mar 20, 2018 8:32 PM # 
You guys are making us nervous. Come on, Rootstock!
Mar 20, 2018 8:34 PM # 
While we're waiting, here are Leg 12 photo and maps.
Mar 20, 2018 8:35 PM # 
That is a tough location. Parallel features on the trail and the spur.
Mar 20, 2018 8:37 PM # 
The sun is up and RS just jumped toward CP28. Fingers crossed!
Mar 20, 2018 8:49 PM # 
Aack, there's no breadcrumb showing where they jumped north and now they're back where they were so maybe it was an anomaly. Hoping the next dot moves them along the trail.
Mar 20, 2018 8:57 PM # 
Yayyyy!!!! They're moving on!
Mar 20, 2018 8:59 PM # 
Looks like the 3rd place Yaks are just 1.5 km behind now.
Mar 20, 2018 9:07 PM # 
DASH is about an hour behind the Yaks in 4th place; they left TA10 about half an hour ago.

The Aussie Battlers are at the Weldborough Pub (TA10) in 5th place, waiting for morning snacks to be served. They arrived at TA10 two hours after DASH.

DASH spent almost 3 hours at TA10. Rootstock spent almost 4 hours there.
Mar 20, 2018 9:12 PM # 
Looking back at the Leg 9 bike, the Wild Women, Changi and MMI are all on the Blue Tier single track now and will reach TA10 in that order in 6th-8th.

Meanwhile back in the mangroves, Checkpoint 26 is nearing the end of the climb from CP20 to the Ben Lomond plateau. They've moved ahead of a couple of teams over the past day so their harmonica playing must be working!

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