600km UK World Series TERREX Race Underway

Report by Dave MacFarlane
Tuesday 21st August 2012

As we publish this news piece 36 teams of four members are entering stage 3 of the UK round of the Adventure Race World Series taking place in Scotland. The adidas TERREX Sting is the penultimate event in the 11 round series and sees competitors take on a course of over 600km over 5 days.

 adidas TERREX Sting 2012 Open Adventure planetFear

Earlier in the year we reported on the adidas TERREX Swift event, a two day race that was designed as a warm-up to the Sting. Teams will typically be taking between 4-5days to complete the course, the primary emphasis is on endurance and most teams will take very little sleep. The top teams will be expected to take between 3-6 hours sleep over the whole 5 days.

 adidas TERREX Sting 2012 Open Adventure planetFear

The ten stage race saw a start in Stirling, setting off from the iconic Stirling Castle overlooking the city, competitors took a short run around the city and then quickly made off on mountain bikes for an 80km ride over the Trossachs to Loch Tay, a short canoe stage of 6km took them on to the first trek stage of 32km over Ben Lawers in a circular route back to Loch Tay where they then continued for a further 38km on to the next transition. Competitors will soon enter stage 6 which sees them take on a huge mountain bike section of 216km through the Cairngorms National Park.

 adidas TERREX Sting 2012 Open Adventure planetFear

Expectations before the expedition started were that it would be a two team race, with the favourites Team adidas TERREX currently finding themselves in first position and as expected Team Mountain Hardwear close behind. The race is in its early stages yet and literally anything can happen. Competitors yet need to take on a scramble over Lochnagar, several Orienteering stages and over 300km of Scottish terrain, tactics regarding sleep, hydration and nutrition and pace will play a big part yet and the action can be followed via live GPS tracking on the adidas TERREX website.

 adidas TERREX Sting 2012 Open Adventure planetFear

Photos and video are being uploaded on a daily basis and full information on the whole course can be found on the adidas TERREX Sting website.

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