Race starts tomorrow morning (in a few hours). Who's following? Seems like there's a wide selection of European teams (incl. the U.K.) and several from the US. Tracking Link
With Wilderness Traverse starting in a few days, I’ve got a ton of AR work to do this week but I’m really interested in ITERA so I’ll be watching for good photos on social media and (hopefully) dot watching discussion here.
It's underway. Starting in the rain. Who would have guessed? https://fb.watch/eUHUqSJ5ZN/
Very Scotish. The rest of the UK is suffering from a heatwave and they have 2 or 3 wet days by the forcast. Should get better by the end of the week I think.
There is an aufull lot of padeling in this race by any UK standards people may be looking forward to the foot sections by the end.
The Midges can be very bad along all the west coast especially. You will be wanting enough wind to keep them at bay.
Garry from on here looks to of got off to a solid start with Team Endurancelife.
Hi from Scotland! Most of our team + spouses made the trip over to support the racers in a cool location. I'm not sure if we will spend much time on the course but I'll be sure to post any tidbits I pick up. For now, I can say that the forecast was grim but it ended up being a mostly sunny day with only a few hours of rain - none of it all that heavy. No wind to speak of. The photos of the opening paddle looked beautiful.
Looking like at least one bit of hike a bike on the bike leg they will be doing after the paddle back from Mull. The rest of it looks very pleasant on the maps at least.
The teams are all taking a long break after the bike before the next treck. I don't really see an obvious reason for wasting the daylight. They look to be just out of the bad weather. The treck looks easyer than Mull. No obvious route choices to make just 2 CP's on good sumits. The steap terain betwen them want be fun in the dark if I remember those hills from 25 odd years back when I did a Mountain maraton there. I guess there are no obvious stopping points and maybe the midges really are bad so a decent sleep in a midge proof tent maybe the best option.
Seems a mandatory 6 hour stop from what I am told so that logistics can move the kayaks. Not sure what sort of DZ/time credit is to be given, or if it is the same time hold for each team...but that is why they are stopped.
Here's from Open Adventure on FB: As those following the race tracker can see, teams have been held at the transition at Strontian tonight. It's a course change to hold teams there for 6 hours to allow the kayaks to be put into the following remote transition at Polloch and teams were advised of this at TA3-4 at Lochaline, so they could plan ahead.
It's a bit unclear from the rest of the message if they are enacting a 6hr hold for ALL teams or if it is only for full course teams and short course are just being advised not to pass full course teams. Apparently the next TA is "very basic" to get onto the paddle. Teams were told to bring their food for the next paddle stage on this trek as they will only see paddle bags and aren't allowed to put food in them.
SWECO arrived at TA4-5 at 27:38 and the current elapsed time is 33:36. With the 6 hour hold, they should be departing momentarily.
Just making sure I understand the leaderboard:
After the team name, the last known CP/TA, and then a time (elapsed race time, I assume). Is that right? If so, there's about a 30 hour range of teams' time since last tracker update? A result of poor cell coverage?
Thanks for any clarification
Okay I get it, that time includes all of the applied time penalties, explaining the wide range. Sorry for the premature comment!
Any idea about what happened to CP26? Was it removed? Why are top teams skipping it?
Had the same question and came here for info. Oh well.
Facebook says it's been removed
26 and 32 have both been removed. There's a pop-up in the upper right of the tracker page. If you missed it, just load the tracker link in a private/incognito window and it'll show up again (or at least it does here).
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