If the Ledlenser Wartrail challenge was a movie, it would carry a family-friendly rating with parental guidance highly recommended. This family is full of crazies.
The event runs from 19 to 21 March 2016. A tough, multi-sport challenge that welcomes a posse of repeat participants each year, along with new names stepping up for an unforgettable first time. A 265km race designed to sate the brave-hearted, extreme multi-sport athlete, the Ledlenser Wartrail takes place over ideal terrain in the North Eastern Cape. The race can be broken up in to three stages for solo athletes, or done in a non-stop format by teams of two.
The first stage is the 65-km Skyrun route which starts in Lady Grey and is followed this year by a revised mountain bike route that begins at Balloch and comes back to Lady Grey; a ride of 120km with D+ 2600m. The Orange River hosts the final stage; a 65km canoe paddle all the way to Aliwal North.
Fireside war stories of hail stones and heavy bike hikes abound annually, as the weather is known to change without warning. Director of Pure Adventures, Michael de Haast, “Conditions look good, and the river is flowing well. We are unlikely to have to make any last minute route changes, and look forward to welcoming new and old faces back for another fantastic adventure. This year we have a record field with over 100 maverick athletes taking to the start, which includes 16 doing the non-stop version.”
Bruce Woodroffe, MD of Awesome Tools, the exclusive distributors of Ledlenser in South Africa outlines their partnership, “Ledlenser embodies innovation, durability and versatility. All qualities represented by the Ledlenser Wartrail event. It’s not for the faint hearted and will certainly test you on every level. It’s a challenge and we, at Ledlenser, like to take on a challenge. We wanted to have our products tested, as they should be, in the thick of things. Our partnership with the event is in its third year this year and we’ve enjoyed playing a supporting role each year. It’s certainly an event we’re very proud to be associated with. Anyone wanting to challenge the boundaries of their sporting capabilities should take part.”
A new presenting sponsor, Fluid Kayaks, paddles in for 2016. Says Fluid Kayaks’ Marketing Manager Brigitte Joubert, “The paddle part forms the last part of the race; when you are exhausted and feel you can’t anymore. But when you get into the water, magic happens. Fluid Kayaks is so pleased to be part of that magic.”
Capetonian veteran Mark Preen is returning to defend his 2015 solo win, where all three stages took him a total of 24h 45min. In first place in the 2015 non-stop Wartrail Challenge was Team Cyanosis (Clinton Macintosh & Nicholas Mulder) in a time of 27h 47min.