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New challenges for Aussie XPD Expedition Race

Tuesday 28 May 2013, 8:54PM
By Geocentric Pty Ltd

In a world first, the Australian round of the Adventure Racing World Series will give competitors a real inland experience with a lengthy trek across a vast and remote salt lake. Organisers of the South Australian expedition race have also confirmed one of the largest ropes course ever assembled in the event's history is included in the course. 

The XPD Expedition Race is the seventh race in the 2013 Adventure Racing World Series and will be held in the Flinders Ranges region between 1 -13th September.

Teams of four competitors from Australia and from around the globe will trek, mountain bike, and kayak for five to ten days in this world renowned expedition. These adventurers race day and night over a 700km course pushing themselves to the limits of human endurance.

XPD Race Director, Craig Bycroft said, "We are planning an incredible trek on a salt lake during the race. This will be a special part for every adventure racer. Teams will get a unique experience with only salt and sky as far as they can see!"

An amazing ropes course has also been added.

"The ropes course has been six months in planning, and we have included a spectacular 100m ascent." said XPD Operation Manager, Louise Foulkes. "This will be one of the greatest physical and mental challenges in the race."

On the mountain biking and trekking legs the course will cross a number of authentic working outback stations. The event has been able to receive support from various station owners which will allow teams to visit some exclusive places inaccessible to the general public.

"Some of these outback stations are so large it may take some teams more than a day to cross them," said Bycroft.

Entries have come from every continent and there are a few spots for teams available by contacting the event website,

The XPD Expedition Race receives generous support from South Australian Tourism Commission through Events South Australia, Macpac and Port Augusta City Council. 

XPD and it's competitors acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians whose ancestral lands they will be travelling on. We acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal people to country. We also pay respects to the cultural authority of Aboriginal people from other areas of South Australia/Australia who may be taking part in or assisting with the event.

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