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LED-Lenser Wartrail 2014

65 km wilderness run – 135 km mountain bike – 70 km paddle

The Wartrail is one of South Africa’s oldest and most adventurous multiday multi-sport events. This weighted statement is earned through it’s the lack of route markings, insane distances and the isolated but breathtaking scenery experienced along the way.
 

The camaraderie around the campfires each evening is also a very special part of the event. Everyone swops war stories and reflects on the day’s events
 

This year, we were lucky enough to, once again, be kitted out top to toe in Capestorm gear. Come rain or shine - we were ready.
 

Training for an event that includes a full day on the feet followed by a generous serving on the bike and a few pain staking (long) hours confined to a canoe is always difficult but we hoped we were ready. Preparations were in the bag. Now for the fun stuff….

The Run

4 am start with an aggressive ascent up the Witteberg, overlooking Lady Grey, served as the cold and dark start to the run. The 65 km wilderness run follows the same route as the iconic Skyrun, also hosted by Pure Adventures. We were with the front group until half way to the second check point, at which stage Jigs decided pacing for the three days had better kick in. We watched the front runners clamber over fences and skip past snow patches ahead of us. For the remaining breathtaking 40 + kms it was just the two of us, traversing what felt like the top of the world. After saving the legs a bit in the beginning we were able to finish strong.
 

Our teammates for EA (Expedition Africa, an upcoming 500 km + adventure race at the end of May) did us proud by coming in at 9hr25min, with us arriving in at a humble 11hr05min (position 10th and 11th over all). Back markers would be out for close on 16 hours.
 

Dinner in the Balloch cave, far out-did anyone s expectations. As usual, and it was fun to hear how fellow competitors had enjoyed the day’s adventure. Although chilly and windy, the weather had been kind with clear skies boasting spectacular views the whole way.

The Bike

The bike the next day started with a good climb which quickly split the field. We managed to re-group at the top and ride with the front bunch for the first 40 km as the route undulated through stunning farmlands. 2014 heralded a new mtb route including Joubert’s pass (South Africa’s third highest pass) roughly 80 km in to the ride. The descent on the other side snaked it s way ‘forever’ down into the valley of Lady Grey. The final 30 km were fast and scenic as we crossed fields, rivers and local villages to reach Mdlokovana 8hr18min after starting that morning in 7th and 8th place overall.
 

The Paddle

After some wild wind and brilliant food we curled up for a nights rest before the final paddle leg. We were in a K2, our fist opportunity to keep up with our teammates, who were both taking on the 70 km stretch of the Orange river in K1’s. With the first half of the paddle being in a steep gorge the water was moving quickly. The second half , however, involved dodging sand banks and trying, in vain, to find the faster flowing currents. Eventually the finished was in sight and we came in 5hr37 long minutes (7th position).
 

All in all it was a special race for us, many incredible hours spent in the wilderness together, experiencing some of South Africa s most rewarding landscapes. We were lucky to finish 7th and 8th over all, taking top honors in the pair’s category.

 

We strongly encourage anyone up for an EPIC adventure to give this event some thought for next year.  Enquiries contact: Mike De Haast, email: Michael@pureadventures.co.za or 0720785278.

It can be entered as an individual, a team or a relay event.

 

Essential gear:
 

Capestorm Jet Stream jackets

Jigs: “it s brilliant, it keeps the morning chill off and it s not too heavy, you so can wear it all day. I didn t take mine off for the entire ride.

Chris: “The Capestorm Jet Stream jacket is my new favorite item of gear! Fits like a glove, no flapping whilst cycling and packs into a pocket… what more could your ask for?... oh yes… it also looks super cool!”
 

Capestorm Storm tights

Jigs: “The material is so light and soft and with the perfect cut, it honestly feels like you re wearing a second skin. They are great to keep you warm in the early hours of the mornings and also to keep the midday rays of sun off. I don t plan in taking them off for two weeks over the Freedom challenge.”
 

Capestorm Magma Thermal Top

Chris: “This thermal is great I rode with it on all through the day, it keeps the warmth in and body dry, highly recommend it!”
 

Capestorm Merino base layer

Jigs: “Having a merino base layer in your backpack is a real life-line. You never know when you’ll need it but you know it s got your back when you get into a tricky spot. I wish I had one at last year’s Expedition Africa.”

 

 

Expedition Africa on TV

In 2012 Team Capestom WCAD Racing raced Expedition Africa as a "feature team" for the Wild Racers television series produced by NothinButShorts from Austrailia. The TV series is currently airing in South Africa on Supersport as per TV schedule below:


"Adventure Racing is the one of the wildest and most dramatic sports on the planet. Teams of four, pitting themselves against the elements, for days on end. Non Stop. “No second chances, no support and nowhere to go but the finish line”. Wild Racers

Freedom Challenge 2013 Video

This is a video from Chris and Julia Fisher's 2013 Freedom Challenge Race Across South Africa. 
 
The 2300km Freedom Trail route is non-stop, unsupported and self-navigated from Pietermaritzburg to Paarl. 
 
For more info visit www.freedomchallenge.org.za
 
Music: 
Radical Face - Always Gold
Radical Face - Welcome Home
 
For more of Chris' videos visit: www.advlog.co.za

 

FREEDOM CHALLENGE 2013

By Chris Fisher:

 

Jigs and I recently completed the 2300km Freedom Challenge Race Across South Africa. The slogan for the race is "the soul of mountain biking" and this could not be more true as the event is all about soul!!! 

 

The people organizing are full of soul, the hosts at the stop-overs have the kindest souls, the race takes you through the soul of South Africa, there are times when it tests you down to your soul and by the end of it all... your soul has been rejuvinated!!! I now understand why people return year after year to take part in this seemingly crazy event. The truth of it is that it gets into your soul, it becomes a part of who you are and once you have done the Freedom Trail... most other things in life become relatively bland!

 

There is no doubt that we will be back... hopefully many times over! Below are a few pictures from our journey. We have some wonderful video footage and are busy putting togerther a video of our experience. Watch this space.

 

Huge thanks must go out to those behind the scenes of the Freedom Trail for giving us what, has undoubtedly, been one of the best experiences of our lives! 

 

We must also thank our sponsors; Capestorm, Osprey packs, Glider Sunglasses and Bridgedale Socks for their continued support and fantastic gear that helped us through the event!

 

Chris and Jigs set for Freedom Challenge

Chris and Julia will be setting off on the 2013 Freedom Challenge on Monday 17 June. This is a 2300 km Mountain Bike race, non stop and unassisted, starting in Pietermaritzburg in mid-June every year and following South Africa's Freedom Trail to end in Wellington outside Cape Town.

Chris and Jigs will be treating this as a delayed honeymoon 'of sorts' and are not looking to break any records but rather just enjoy a few weeks of the simple life... riding their bikes through the heart of South Africa. As usual, they will be taking their GoPros along and filming their journey so watch this space for a new adventure film... with a twist.

For more information on the Freedom Challenge and live Tracking visit: http://freedomchallenge.org.za

Follow them on twitter: @advlogger @jigst

 

 

Grant and Quintin dominate at High Noon AR

It had been 3 weeks since completing Expedition Africa and although the legs were still tired, they were clearly recovered enough as Grant and Quintin raced to victory in the long course of the WCAD 3 High Noon Adventure Race which took place on I June 2013 in some pretty extreme weather conditions!

 

It was Chris' turn to organize and he managed to coincide his race perfectly with a storm of epic proportion. This race tested everyone and the determination was immense.

 

Team Capestorm WCAD racing had a consistent race with good route choices to come out trumps and win the 70km Long Course overall in 6h45, more than an hour ahead of the next male team.

 

Get the full results, reports and pictures at www.wcad.co.za

Expedition Africa Race Video

 

 

What is it really like to race an Expedition length Adventure Race? This movie takes you through some of the highs and lows experienced by team Capestorm WCAD Racing during Expedition Africa 2013. Team members; Julia Fisher, Quintin Smith, Grant Ross and Chris Fisher headed out on another adventure together, this time in the Drakensburg mountains of South Africa. The team finished the incredible 550km course in 9th place after 128 hours of racing amongst a very strong field including 6 of the top 20 teams in the world. Race honours went to team Haglofs Silva from Sweden.

 

For more information on Expedition Africa visit: www.kineticgear.co.za

For more reports and videos and info about AR in South Africa visit: www.ar.co.za

For more information on Capestorm WCAD racing visit: www.wcadracing.co.za

For more videos by Cape Advlog visit: www.advlog.co.za

 

Music:

Jonsi - Around us

Jonsi - Boy Lilikoi

Jonsi - Tornado

 

Pre-Expedition Africa

 

Team Capestorm WCAD Racing chat about the imminent start of Expedition Africa 2013 which starts at first light on Monday 11 May.

 

Now in it's 3rd year of existence, this 500km 'expedition style' event has quickly earned it's rightful reputation as South Africa's premier Adventure Race and deserved inclusion in the Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS). The 2013 edition takes place on 6-11 May in the Drakensberg and boasts a full compliment field of 31 teams including 11 international teams and all the local suspects, among them; Capestorm WCAD Racing.

 

Follow live tracking at: www.kineticgear.org

www.wcadracing.co.za

It's Expedition Africa Time!

It’s that time of year when all eyes in the AR world are on SA’s very own Expedition Africa. Now in it’s 3rd year of existence, this 500km ‘expedition style’ event has quickly earned it’s rightful reputation as South Africa’s premier Adventure Race and deserved inclusion in the Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS). The 2013 edition takes place on 6-11 May in the Drakensberg and boasts a full compliment field of 31 teams including 11 international teams and all the local suspects, among them; Capestorm WCAD Racing.

 

We are proud to be the only unchanged team to attend all three editions and we are hoping to make it three out of three finishes. Expedition style racing is always exceptionally demanding on the body and mind and crossing the finish line, team in tact, is the main goal for most entrants. Winners can expect to take 72 hours or longer and back-markers have 132 hours in which to through the 500 grueling kilometers. The field this year is exceptionally strong with 6 of the top 20 ranked teams in the world on the start line. We will hope to find ourselves somewhere in the middle, playing cat and mouse with ‘Pennypinchers’ and ‘Castle Lite’ as usual.

 

The race will start and finish at the Orion Mont Aux Sources Hotel and weather predictions are on the chilly side with temperatures ranging between -5 and +8 degrees celsius. We have packed all the warmest Capestorm gear we have but with snow predicted on top of the mountains, we are still expecting some very cold times ahead!

 

We arrive at the hotel on Friday evening and begin final preparations for the start at first light on Monday 6 May. 

 

Thanks to our great product sponsors: Capestorm, Osprey Packs, Glider Eyewear, Bridgedale Socks and Buff

 

Follow the race:

  • There will be an updated leaderboard and live online tracking a www.kineticgear.org
  • Follow race organizers’ Kinetic on twitter: @kineticgear and Facebook/kineticgear
  • Follow AR.co.za journalist, Lisa de Speville, on twitter @adventurelisa
  • Keep checking facebook/wcad

 

www.wcadracing.co.za

 

Meet the team CLICK HERE

 

Watch the video of Capestorm WCAD Racing’s 2012 Expedition Africa below.

 

 

 

 

team signs osprey as new pack sponsor

Thanks to the awesome folk at Adventure Inc. Team WCAD racing will now be racing with OSPREY Packs. There is no doubt that OSPREY are 'leading the pack' in terms of design and quality and our team is honored to be associated with this great brand and super stoked to be using, what we honestly feel, are the best packs on the market. It is almost like the OSPREY Talon Series was design specifically for Adventure Racing with all the design features one needs during AR.

 

We have been enjoying testing out the OSPREY Talon packs in training and can't wait to put them through their paces at Expedition Africa 2013. We are certain they are up for the challenge...as are we!!! 3 weeks and counting...eeek!!!!!

 

PACK YOUR PASSION.GO!

 

Check out the video below to see just why we think these are undoubtedly the best packs for AR.

 

nice win at first wcad race of the year

Team WCAD Racing (Grant and Quintin) held on to a narrow lead over both Olympus teams throughout the first leg of the 2013 WCAD series of Adventure Races, which took place on 2 March in Franschhoek. Olympus raced as a four and were looking strong in preparation for the upcoming expedition Africa in May but WCAD raced hard and edged them off the top spot on the podium! WELL DONE CHAPS!

 

WCAD 1 Drakenstein was organized by Steve Burnett. It started and finished at the Groot Drakenstein Games Club and involved a 5km micro-nav on surrounding farms, followed by a MTB leg to a transition at Mont Rochelle. Teams then completed a trekking loop before returning back to the start/finish on their bikes.

 

 

Video produced by Chris Fisher of Cape Advlog: The Product of Adventure www.advlog.co.za

Training run

Just for fun, we caught the train from Claremont out to Kalk Bay and ran back along the top of the mountains. Cape Town is a beautiful place to live and we should all take more advantage of our pristine surroundings!

 

Runners: Chris Fisher, Nick Carkeek, Quintin Smith

 

Music: Explosions in the Sky- Trembling hands

 

For more movies By Advlog visit: http://advlog.wordpress.com/

 

 

New team promo video

Quantum Leap 2012

The inaugural Quantum Leap AR was a roller-coaster ride for Team Capestorm WCAD Racing. The route was incredible. It was evident that a great deal of homework had gone into the preparation of the course and this was hugely appreciated from a racer’s side!

 

Our race started off fairly well, we maintained a conservative speed for the first day and night and made our move on the big trekking leg on day 2. Things were going really well and we even found ourselves in 2nd place for parts of this leg. After bumping into Merrell and Cyanosis on the last MTB leg our spirits were lifted, realizing we were within reach of the race leaders but unfortunately we got caught up in some very nasty weather on top of a mountain soon after. Chris had been nursing a nasty chest throughout the race and a brush of hypothermia through the worst of the storm did not help. The team made the wise decision to withdraw after this harrowing ordeal on top of the mountain but vowed to all be back to finish what they started in the 2013 edition of Quantum Leap.

 

This race is an extremely exciting edition to the calendar and a true testament to adventure racing values. We would urge any Adventure Racer out there who is looking for a real challenge, to make their way to next year’s start line. Watch our Video race report below to get a good impression of what it was like racing the Quantum Leap 2012.

 

Capestorm WCAD Racing getting ready for Quantum Leap

 

Team Capestorm WCAD Racing has begun their preparations for the upcoming inaugural Quantum Leap 250km Adventure Race which takes place on 22-25 August 2012 in the Cederberg. This event is being organized by Ugene Nel of Quantum Adventures and promises to be an adventure of epic proportion. The race will include awesome whitewater rafting on the Doring river and some mammoth abseils en route. With Uge’s experience and the pristine setting, the race is sure to be special and one that will hopefully become a permanent fixture on the SA race calendar.

 

Team Capestorm WCAD Racing would not miss the opportunity to do this race for the world. With quite a bit of information available regarding discipline breakdowns, leg distances, etc they have started to prepare accordingly. The team spent some time together in the Mother City’s backyard mountains this weekend training in some adverse weather conditions. Taking on an AR in the Cederberg in August leaves the weather predictions wide open but one thing is for sure… the nights will be cold!

 

For more information on the Quantum Leap AR visit: http://www.quantumadventures.co.za/

WCAD Series 3: Grabouw AR

The 3rd leg of the 2012 WCAD Series took place in Grabouw on 2 June 2012. Team Capestorm WCAD Racing took top honors in the Mixed category of the 100km Long course. Well done Quintin Smith and Tarryn Povey. It was a great day and brillant race. Hope to see you all at the next WCAD Series race on 28 July in Kleinmond. 

Expedition Africa 2012: Capestorm WCAD Racing Video

What is it really like to race an Expedition length Adventure Race? This movie takes you through some of the highs and lows experienced by team Capestorm WCAD Racing during Expedition Africa 2012. In May 2012, team members; Julia Thomas, Quintin Smith, Grant Ross and Chris Fisher battle the landscape, the elements and sleep deprivation for 500km through the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The team finished the race in 5th place in 86 hours, during which time they only got 4hours of sleep. 

For more information on Expedition Africa visit: www.kineticgear.co.za
For more information on Capestorm WCAD racing visit: www.wcadracing.co.za
For more videos by Cape Advlog visit: advlog.wordpress.com

Music:
Wes- Awa Awa
Gomez- Airstream Driver
Noah and the Whale- My Broken Heart
Band of Horses-Is there a ghost
Moby- Porcelain

 

Jigs' take on Expedition Africa 2012

 

By: Julia Thomas of Capestorm WCAD Racing

A fervent extravaganza of adventure, Expedition Africa, spanned over the East coast of South Africa this past week. Groups of four person teams wild for life and passionate for living adventure gathered in Port Alfred on Monday morning. Their challenge for the week was to ride, run and paddle for 500 km.

 

While most people are tucked up in bed or sitting at their desks these lucky few were overcoming impenetrable forests, raging river crossings and night time navigation trough the lush game regions of the Eastern Cape.

 

Race organisers and adventure mentors Heidi and Stephan Muller sought out the most diverse, intense spectrum of wilderness for the location of this year’s Expedition Africa. It challenged the competitors’ intensity of spirit, technical navigation and endurance capabilities. Incredibly, every single person that was on the start line on Monday morning reached the finish line by Saturday morning. 

 

“I would drift off to sleep whilst riding downhill at 30km/h ” reflects Grant Ross from CAPESTORM WCAD Racing as he describes what it’s like going through the night. His team went through the first night with no sleep, and only 3 hours sleep at the half way mark. “For the second half of the race we only had half an hour’s sleep” reports Chris Fisher, also from CAPESTORM WCAD racing.

 

A strong bond soon developed amongst team mates and teams alike as they overcome challenges and experience the ecstasy of the brilliant outdoors alongside each other.

 

Immense thanks must go to Heidi and Stephan for providing an experience like this for such an indebted group of lucky individuals from around the world. 

 

 

Wild Racer's video clips from Expedition Africa 2012

 

Pre Expedition Africa Teaser

Capestorm WCAD Racing chasing wildebeest, giraffe and zebra in preparation for Expedition Africa 2012. Check out the EA teaser video done by world renowned film makers as part of the international Wild Racers series.

 

Capestorm WCAD Racing will be followed by the film crew for the duration of the 500km starting Monday the 7th May.  Follow and track us live on our website www.wcadracing.co.za.

 

See you on the other side

Team Capestorm WCAD Racing getting ready for Expedition Africa

 

What an epic day!!!

 

We arrived in Port Alfred last night ahead of the 2012 edition of Expedition Africa to a warm welcome from race organizers Stephan and Heidi Muller.

 

Just the sight of the base camp, with all the feather banners and massive start arch was enough to kick me in the stomach with that feeling of nauseating nervousness.

 

Today was a different story with the race focus distracted by some absurdly adventurous video shots. We were doing some pre race shooting with a crew filming for Wild Racing. They film the AR World Series for which we are a feature team for EA :). Chris was especially in his element, "It s brilliant to see how the pro’s do it" and was quite inspired by their commitment and awesome attitudes to film and adventure.

 

Somehow they convinced us, while filming in a game reserve, to stand and wait behind some bushes while they directed a herd of wildebeast up a steep road towards us. As the galloping beasts came around the corner we were supposed run out in front, to get us and the wildebeasts in the shot together. Needless to say as the cloud of dusty animals came around the bend and caught site of us they headed off into the thick bush... thank goodness!

 

These adventures were followed by some play on an absolutely stunning bit of deserted coast line only a few minutes away from the grazing herds.

 

It was a great opportunity to test our new race kit thanks to Capestorm. Team WCAD Racing have now become ambassadors for this premier outdoor brand!

 

Tomorrow evening is registration and we will get our maps for the first half of the race...

 

You can follow us during the race on live tracking via the links from our website: www.wcadracing.co.za

 

Thanks for your support!!

 

Wish there were more Cape Town teams to enjoy this with-- next year!!!

 

 

 

Official Garmin Wartrail Production by D4 Productions

D4's Production of the 2012 Garmin Wartrail! Its amazing... give it a watch and look out for team WCAD Racing!

 

Wild Racers at Expedition Africa

With only 3 weeks left until Expedtion Africa the team is putting in their final preperations. We are very excited that the Nothin'ButShorts team will be there filming for their 'Wild Racer' TV Series and even more excited that we will be one of the three 'Feature Teams' that they will be focussing on throughout the race. Watch the Wild Racers Series teasere below to get a feel of their awesome production quality!

 

We are now desperately looking for a sponsor to help with team kit and hopefully some of the entry fee.
If you are interetsed in getting some great TV exposure through the most awesome and adventurous sport in the world then please dont hesitate to contact us. 

Garmin Wartrail 2012: Team WCAD Racing

The Garmin Wartrail is a 3 day multi-sport stage race consisting of a 65km Trail run, 135km MTB and a 70km paddle down the Orange river. The race takes place in the southern Maloti mountains in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Competitors are treated to some of the most magnificent scenery that South Africa has to offer as they traverse the relatively untouched landscape. 

This is a video of Team WCAD (Western Cape ADventure) Racing's 2012 race. The team traveled from Cape Town to take part in what is arguably SA's most beautiful multi-sport event. The four used the event as training for the upcoming Exdedition Africa adventure race so stuck together throughout claiming first places in the mens pairs and mixed pairs categories. 

Thanks to the organisers at Pure Adventures for a superb event! For more information on the Garmin Wartrail visit: http://www.pureadventures.co.za/

 

Batrun: Race Report: 3 March 2012

by: Chris Fisher

 

There was a gentle breeze gaining momentum as we gathered in the Kloof Nek parking lot on Saturday evening and this meant only one thing... it was likely to be hurricane material atop the mountain!!!!

 

The staters call set the 100 strong field off in a flurry at 7pm. This is not your everage start time for a 26km, 3 peak trail run but the Batrun is not called the Batrun for nothing and this is definitely not an average race!

 

The route takes competitors from kloof nek, along tafelburg rd, up Devil's Peak, back down to tafelberg rd, up Platties to Maclears, back down to Tafelberg rd and up Lion's Head before finishing back where you started anywhere from 3.5 to 9 hours later!!!

 

Batrun Route

 

We had planned to all race together even though Grant was off on his own mission slotting beers somewhere. We got into a good group and all stuck together up Devil's peak. The top was in very thick cloud but it was far from hurricane conditions and actually seemed quite pleasant relative to 2011. 

 

Same story for table mountain... we maintained a good pace, careful not to overdo things early on. We stuck with Phia O'kennedy as her and Jigs were the leading ladies so they were not too keen to let one another out of each other's sights. The thick mist slowly turned to drizzle and decending platties was a dangerous affair with the wet and sandy rocks. This was not made any easier by my inner thighs which had decided to intermittently turn to rock, bringing me to a grinding 'holt and stretch' each time!

 

We went past the start line and headed for Lion's head in high spirits! It was at this point that Jigs decided that she had had enough of our company and promptly 'left us for dead'!!! It is no secret that Jigs has some uber athlete in her, particularly when she has been training, and this showed through when she completely obliterated Lion's Head. By the end of the race she had managed to put 8 minutes onto us and won the ladies race comfortably in a new record time of 4h12mins!!!!! Quintin and I hobbled over the line with our male ego's slightly deflated but super happy to have conquered yet another Batun!

 

Before and after.... enough said!!!!

 

Huge thanks must go to the guys and girls from Mountain And Trail Enthusiasts (MATES) who did a sterling job of organizing! Well done to all who took part!!! See you next year... Same Time.. Same Place!!!

Team WCAD Racing plan to take on the Wartrail 2012

 

Team WCAD Racing plan to take on the Wartrail 2012. This is an event not to be missed by multisport/adventure racers who like to push their limits and let their sport land them in the middle of the most beautiful landscapes imaginable!!!! Still not sure... watch D4" brilliant production of last year's race here:https://vimeo.com/22617007
 
Also watch our video of last year's wartrail (previously racing as bikesnwines.com) on the video page of our website.
 
vimeo.com
‎3 Day staged multisport challenge for the eco-athlete consisting on a 265km route: Stage 1 - 65km Mountain Run. Lady Grey to Balloch. Stage 2 - 135km MTB. Balloch to Mdlokovana. Stage 3 - 65km Paddle on the Orange River. 
 
 

Welcome Glider Sunglasses

We would like to thank Glider Sunglasses for getting behind team WCAD Racing and providing us with some amazing shades!!!! If you have never put on a pair of Gliders you wont understand what i mean when I say they change the way you see the world but it's true!!!! 

ALL 'Gliders' have polarised lenses which seem to make everything just that much more crisp!!! Try them out for yourself... you will agree... i promise!!! They are undoubtedly amoung the best value for money quality shades on the market with great designs for the sporting or casual wearer.

visit http://www.glidereyewear.com/ for more info.

 

Sponsorship for 2012

Unfortunately competing in multi-day events across the country comes at a price and we are always looking for sponsorship to help us continue doing what we love. In recent years the in interest in these "extreme" events has grown substantially and fortunately, this has led to the TV broadcasting of the big events which provides sponsors with valuable exposure.

 

In the 2011 televsion show of Expedition Africa our team was pictured/interviewed no less than 10 times, team name displayed on screen 6 times and we were mentioned by the comentator at least 11 times. This show was broadcast more than 10 times on Supersport and viewed by many. The situation was similar at the 2011 airing of the Garmin Wartrail where we finished first in the male pairs category which gave us some valued TV exposure. 

 

The TV and online viewership of these "extreme" events is where the value for sponsors lies and perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of sponsoring our team is that we produce "movies" of all of our exploits which attract thousands of online views and provides a perfect platform for sponsorship exposure. View the VIDEOS category on our website to see some of the movie clips we have made to date.

 

If you can help with team sponsorship, either financial or gear sponsorship then please don't hesitate to contact us at wcad@live.co.za, we would love to set up a meeting to discuss the options further.

 

 

Plans for 2012

 

2012 is sure to be an exciting year for team WCAD racing. Our main focus of the year will fall on Expedition Africa Adventure 500km Race where we hope to go better than our 6th place finish in 2011. Exciting news recently released is that the EA is now part of the AR World Series. Being part of the world series automatically gives the race more international acclaim and is likely to attract more international entrants to our shores come race week which will surely stiffen up the competition.

 

Another exciting prospect for 2012 is the addition of the "Quantum Energy Leap 250km AR" to the calendar in late August. Team WCAD racing will look to carry their fitness through the winter to put in a big effort at the inaugural staging of this event.

 

We will be using the Garmin Wartrail as our main building block for Expedition Africa and hope to be joined by many at all the exciting new WCAD series races throughout the year.

 

Goals and events in the crosshairs for team WCAD Racing in 2012 include:

 

  • Totalsports Challenge (Jan)
  • WCAD Series 1: Franschhoek (Feb)
  • Batrun (Feb)
  • Garmin Wartrail (Mar)
  • WCAD Series 2 (April)
  • Expedition Africa 500km (May)
  • WCAD Series 3 (June)
  • WCAD Series 4 (July) 
  • Quantum Energy Leap (August)
  • WCAD Series 5 (November)

Watch this space for race reports and videos of racing throughout the year!

 

 

Expedition Africa 2011

 


Team WCAD racing, previously racing as team Bikesnwines.com, consisting of Julia Thomas, Quintin Smith, Grant Ross and Chris Fisher, competing in Expedition Africa, a 500km Adventure Race in the Western Cape, South Africa. This was a return to multiday adventure racing for the team after 4 years. They last raced together as team UCT at the Eden 250km Adventure Race in Hermanus in 2006. For More information on the race visit www.kineticgear.co.za
 

 

Garmin Wartrail 2011

Team WCAD Racing racing under their previous name: bikesnwines.com travelled to Lady Grey in the eastern Cape in March 2011 to tackle the Wartrail 2011. The three day multisport event involves a 65km unmarked trail run on day 1, 140km MTB on day 2 and a 65km paddle down the Orange River on day three. Quintin Smith and Chris Fisher raced and won in the "male pairs" category. It is well organised and a truely magestic route and a must for all endurance multisport athletes! View the video of their experience below.

 

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