Alpine Quest is returning for its long-awaited second edition with an epic 48 hour Transalpine course. We are excited to announce that it will do so as part of the Adventure Racing World Series Oceania Circuit.
Alpine Quest will now be reinforced by knowledge, experience and the spirit of the worldwide adventure racing community. Expedition course teams will also have an opportunity to gain points in the AR Oceania Regional Ranking.
The Adventure Racing World Series Qualifier Circuit unites in competition the world’s best endurance athletes at premiere expedition length Qualifier events around the globe and we’re super excited finally to become a member of it. The Oceania circuit includes Australia’s longest-running and prestigious events including GeoQuest, Hells Bells and Terra Nova.
Participating teams earn points towards their AR Regional Ranking and the winner of each round gains entry to the ARWS Oceania Championship. The winner of the Regional Championship gains an entry to the global Adventure Racing World Championship.
“Our philosophy is to offer teams the memorable and rewarding experience with an outstanding friendly atmosphere the adventure racing community has always been proud of. Every year we’re working hard on making our events better. We believe joining Oceania Series will give Alpine Quest participants and us all the benefits joining a world-class circuit of racers and race directors can bring: world ranking, collaboration, community spirit and sense of belonging,” said Serge Kurov, course director.
The epic Transalpine course will not have a start/ finish line in one location, instead of taking teams on an extraordinary journey across the Great Dividing Range in its highest section.
Teams will travel to the start line to begin their incredible adventure. They will navigate, trek, mountain bike, kayak and packraft over a vast array of different landscapes that test the mental and physical skills of participants to the ultimate limit. The participants will be covering around 200 km with 4000+ meters of elevation gain with the fastest teams anticipated to reach the finish within 30 hours, while other teams will be travelling for up to 48 hours with the option to skip some later sections of the course if required.
Sound gruelling? It is. However, tremendously satisfying for those who reach the finish line and we hope to see you there to celebrate.