For the primary time ever, the Journey Racing World Championships shall be hosted on the African continent in 2023. Expedition Africa, an annual multi-day journey racing organisation will host the championship occasion within the Kouga area of the Jap Cape in October.
The 700km multi-disciplinary race would be the fruits of the 2023 Journey Racing World Collection and can embody mountain biking, path operating and trekking, river kayaking and navigation.
‘After we staged our first Expedition Africa 11 years in the past, we by no means dreamed of this, and over these 10 races now we have met great athletes and groups from all all over the world,’ mentioned Heidi Muller, a Race Director of Expedition Africa. ‘It is going to be a celebration of all that’s good about journey racing; exploration, achievement, teamwork and connecting individuals from all over the world.’
The primary Expedition Africa occasion was held in 2011 within the Western Cape and the race has visited most provinces of the nation, in addition to neighbouring Swaziland. This yr, the Tenth-anniversary race passed off within the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho the place the Estonian ACE Journey Crew gained the race. Their workforce captain Silver Eensaar mentioned: ‘Dot-watchers get pleasure from exploring Africa whereas following the groups and the race at all times offers world-class media content material for followers all over the world. They are going to stage a fantastic World Championships.’
‘For an Journey Race of this magnitude, we have to discover an space which is way away from any human growth, to make sure groups have a real wilderness expertise and race in distinctive terrain,’ added Stephan Muller, additionally a Race Director. ‘On the similar time now we have to have the ability to ship quick and reliable logistics, transition areas that supply a welcome respite from the wild and lodging with robust web services for the world’s media.’
The Jap Cape is a becoming vacation spot with its 800 km of unspoilt shoreline and a few of the world’s finest seashores. Wildlife is considerable and the massive 5 will be noticed at non-public reserves, similar to Kariega Sport Reserve, and nationwide parks just like the Addo Nationwide Park.
The 60,000 sq. kilometre Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve was just lately created a World Heritage Web site and the Kouga Wilderness space is an unlimited expanse of rocky passes and gorges, indigenous forests, crystal mountain streams, sheer cliffs and waterfalls.
The race venue is on the Cape St Francis Resort. Entries for the 2023 Championships open in November 2022. For extra data, e mail [email protected]
Photos: Bruce Viaene
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