Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: March 2017

Questions will be answered on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. Well, also the Less Frequently aked Questions. Check this page out before you send us your question. We might have published the answer already. Newest question on topside of the page.

Q: Can I use my phone for aking pictures?

A: If you want to use your phone to take picures you need to use an extra phone without a SIM card. Your emergancy phone must be sealed. NEW

Q: Is it allowed to use a gps watch in order to log the GPS-track of the race?

A: You may use a GPS watch to record your track and other information. Your watch may not contain usable maps and must be set to the limited view (only time, date, altitude). Otherwise the watch should be sealed in your backpack and must unabled to be opened (taped).

Q: Can we bring and use our own paddles for the canoes?
A. No, everybody uses the same paddles;

Q: Will there be water at every transition?
A: Water will available or supplied at …tba

Q:  Can we leave our bike shoes and helmet (with light and battery) with the bikes during the running/canoe legs?
A:  No, you need to carry everything. You must have a headlight a person with you at all times for emergancy reasons.

Q: Can you tell me about waterproofness of the maps? Do we need to equipt ourselves with special map bags?
A: Yes. You must seal it yourself or use a waterproof mapholder. The maps are not waterproof.

Q: What is a “Breaklight, (any colour will do)”.
A: A glowstick seems to be a better word. More info.

Q: Can we decide when we take the 4-6 hours rest? Where and when are we resting?
A: The CHALLENGER teams will rest at a desgnated Transition area.  If you plan well you can also plan which time you sleep. Keep in mind teams will come in and go out continuously, but there are not many CHALELNGER teams. The CHALLENGER teams will hand in a backpack with 2 mattresses and 2 sleeping bags (nothing else) prior to the race. The CHALLENGER teams may still decide to race in the PRO category until two weeks prior to the race.

Q: Do we need to wear our helmets during all the run/orienteering legs?
A: No but you need to carry them with you at all times.

Q: Can we leave some food and other equipment at the transition area with the bikes?
A: No. Only a small repairkit and bicycle lights may be left behind. No big panners, or stearingwheel bags.

Q: Will we need to carry more than two litres?
A: No. We don’t check on the amount of litres in your backpack.  You need water to race, it´s your planning and responsibility how much you will need.

Q: Can we get water from the streams? (is it clean?)
A: No, the water is not clean. However there is enough water in the Harz. If you want you can bring a purification device but we don´t advise you to do this.

Q: What will the size and shape of the gear bag be?
A: It will be a simple bag, approx. 30×40 cm’s.  Not too big, because you must take everything with you when you meet your gear bag. Leaving your gear bag will result in penalties.

The CHALLENGER teams may also hand-in a large backpack or sports bag in which they can put two sleeping mattresses en 2 sleeping bags.

Q: Is there a pasta party or something like it before the start on Friday?
A: You are self supporting before and during the race. You can buy a  meal a restaurant in town.

Q: Do we get a meal after the race?
A: After the race those who have ordered a race snack will get the race snack.

Q: Can we sleep at the racebase?
A: Only the organization can sleep at the racebase (location A). You need to organize your place of stay.

Q:Do we need a gearbag?
All teams: yes. The organization will provide a gearbag. But you must take the complete bag with you after receiving this bag. You will receive the bag after …. hours at TA … …tba;

CHALLENGER teams will also need an extra gearbag, this will not be provided by the organization. It must be a bag which can be closed. The bag may only contain2 matresses and 2 sleepingbags. All other equipment and food will be removed.

Q: Is it possible to use a 29″ trekkingbike instead of a 26″ mountainbike?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a copy of the ID-Card and the insurance card enough? I worry about losing this important documents during the race.

A: Yes.

Q: Will there be information for supporters in able to follow the race on location?
A: Yes, we will we will sell extra racemaps after the briefing on Friday for supporters or for teams whou would like to keep a brand new map as an excellent souvenir.

Q: How is the race set up?
A: There will be several sections and various disciplines. At the transition area’s you will leave your bike(s) from which you will do sections i.g. running/trekking or run&bike (orienteering section with one bicycle per team and one person on the bike – not two).

Q: In case of orienteering – will it be score or a route from start to finish via checkpoints in a given order as 1-2-3-4….?
A: Most cycling checkpoints will be in the normal given order. Most other sections are free of order.

Q: Will all sections be based on orienteering;?
A: Yes, it’s all orienteering on maps with a variety of mapscales. You will not have to put the CP’s on the map by using coordinates.

Q: Do you use an electronic checkpoint card?
A: No. We use old fashioned pouches end pouch cards.

Q: Do you have a mass start?
A: Yes..

Q: How does adventure racing work?
A: Well that’s hard to describe in just a few sentences.

In short AR is a team experience in which teams follow an unknown course using various disciplines. On their way thay have to pass several special tasks such as climbing, swimming etc. It’s all up to the creative and sometimes nasty mind of the race course designer. And yes there will be some times during the race you will dislike the course designer but a few hours after the race you will love it for ever.

The thing is that orienteering is in many cases the key to succes in combination with mantal and fysical strenght. Your team should be in balance. The winner is the team with all or the most checkpoints, follwed by the fastest time to cover the course. The less you sleep the more you can do, but the less you sleep the more mistakes you are about to make. It’s up to you.

Q: Will newly formed teams be allowed to do the long course?
A: Yes, we have had unexperienced teams in the past few years and all had a great time. The CHALLENGER teams will be able to sleep max 6 and min 4 hours.

Q: In order to form a team, I need to know if there might be any tasks which could be to difficult or dangerous for some prospect team mates, e.g.: climbing above a certain level.
A: …tba

Q: Is it a tough race?
A: This depends on your physical and metal condition, and of the speed of the pace you set. But you can also take your time and just enjoy the sports and scenery. You might find it demanding having only a short sleep prior to the race and will have to choose: will I sleep or will I study my map.