Dixon secures GeoQuest rights
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.”
EXPANDING PORTFOLIO: Event organiser Chris Dixon of Wild & Co.