Dixon se­cures GeoQuest rights

Multisport Mecca - - News -

AUS­TRALIA’S premier ad­ven­ture race will come un­der the guid­ance of Woom­bye-based event man­ager Chris Dixon.

Or­gan­is­ers had put GeoQuest on the back­burner, but Dixon and his com­pany Wild & Co will now run the event in con­junc­tion with the Fully Rad Ad­ven­tures ‘Wild­side Spe­cial Edi­tion’ event as part of the A1 Ad­ven­ture Rac­ing se­ries.

GeoQuest is an iconic event on the ad­ven­true rac­ing cal­en­dar and has been held on the June long week­end an­nu­ally over the past 16 years.

“I saw how dis­ap­pointed the ath­letes around the coun­try were that this in­cred­i­ble event was be­ing post­poned, and hav­ing been a com­peti­tor my­self in this mag­nif­i­cent race, I know how im­por­tant GeoQuest is to our AR com­mu­nity,” Dixon said.

“So I reached out to Geo­cen­tric to see if there was any­thing I could do to keep the event go­ing this year and be­yond.”

Pre­vi­ous event di­rec­tor Craig By­croft said there were many fac­tors lead­ing the orig­i­nal de­ci­sion to post­pone, in­clud­ing in­creas­ing com­mit­ments to the AR World Se­ries.

“We de­cided it was the right time to step away from run­ning this race. We are su­per ex­cited that Chris is go­ing to con­tinue the tra­di­tion of GeoQuest,” By­croft said.

The race is fa­mous for its con­sis­tently high qual­ity courses, which are well bal­anced for both ex­pe­ri­enced ath­letes and teams new to ad­ven­ture rac­ing.

A draft course had al­ready been de­vel­oped for the 2018 event which has been passed over to con­tinue plan­ning.

Fully Rad Ad­ven­tures had al­ready planned a ‘Wild­side Spe­cial Edi­tion’ race for the week­end, so for 2018 GeoQuest will be run in con­junc­tion to bring to­gether a truly his­toric race.

En­tries opened this week and in­clude a spe­cial early bird price of $450 per per­son ($1800 per four per­son team if the full fee is paid by the end of April). The race head­quaters lo­ca­tion is about four hours drive north of Syd­ney.

The GeoQuest event has been held an­nu­ally since 2002 and hun­dreds of teams from around Aus­tralia and over­seas have been part of this an­nual pil­grim­age of ad­ven­ture rac­ing.

Teams of four ath­letes race non-stop in the dis­ci­plines of moun­tain bik­ing, trekking and kayak­ing for up to 52 hours. They choose to en­ter ei­ther the full course or the half course and their team com­po­si­tion can be premier mixed, all fe­male or all male.

Wild & Co also or­gan­is­ers Hells Bells 24hr Ad­ven­ture Race on the Sun­shine Coast.

“Like in a race it­self, great team mem­bers are crit­i­cal to suc­cess­fully or­gan­is­ing a race. To en­sure GeoQuest main­tains its top rep­u­ta­tion we are putting to­gether a ca­pable and ex­pe­ri­enced team to or­gan­ise the event into the fu­ture,” Dixon said.

“David Schloss will con­tinue to work with the team bring­ing a wealth of com­peti­tor and race di­rec­tor ex­pe­ri­ence in the ar­eas of course de­sign, com­pe­ti­tion man­age­ment and lo­gis­tics.

“Run­ning the 2018 event in con­junc­tion with Richard Old as part of the A1 Ad­ven­ture Rac­ing Se­ries will be an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to bring to­gether the AR com­mu­nity and en­sure that the GeoQuest legacy is main­tained.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

EX­PAND­ING PORT­FO­LIO: Event or­gan­iser Chris Dixon of Wild & Co.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.