It was my turn to navigate and I enjoyed the challenge in the dark. The route took us up a hill where we had to find checkpoints in a canyon. We found them without too much drama, however some of the other teams were left running in circles in the dark.
On our way back down the mountain, the route took us through another canyon section that was really slow going, so we opted to scramble out sooner and find a smoother way down. Although it seemed like a good idea at the time, we ended up running into some confused and somewhat angry farmers, who politely forced us in a different direction to what we had in mind. After taking a bit of a detour, we finally made our way back to the transition.
At 9 p.m. we left on the final 35 km bike leg back to the start. With the very experienced Cobus in charge of navigation, Douglas on the bungee and Wiehan making a slip for me, we made short work of the final bike leg back to the finish line.
A tough 11 hours and 15 minutes later we crossed the line in second place in the Male category, with the very well-known Team Cyanosis taking the win in just 8 hours and 44 minutes. In the Mixed Team category, Team Sugar Monsters clinched the win in only 9 hours and 15 minutes, followed by the KeyHealth mixed team.
At the finish line we were richly rewarded with cold beer, champagne and hot dogs, and a very sociable vibe as we waited and cheered the other teams in until the early hours of the morning. The final teams arrived shortly after 8 a.m., having made full use of the night.
Kinetic Events hosts a range of adventure races, from 25 km to the full 500 km. The shorter races are a fantastic challenge for the intrepid multisport athlete looking for a bigger challenge than a triathlon. The next event will be the double moon adventure race in February offering a 100 and 200 km option.
For more information on the races on offer, visit www.kinetic-events.co.za or www.kineticgear.co.za