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Clarence Valley, NSW

Location

Clarence Valley, NSW

Date

1-2 DECEMBER, 2018
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ADVENTURETHONDEMOLISH

Once again we are unleashing Adventurethon Demolish in the Clarence Valley region in NSW, 23rd & 24th November 2019.

The 2017 and 2018 events were well received and provided participants and spectators with a truly memorable experience amongst some spectacular scenery. Gorge swims were a real highlight of the run stage in 2018 due to the hot conditions and swims will again feature in 2019. We are hoping to announce another major ‘fun’ element into the run this year, stay tuned for news on that. The Clarence River turned on beautiful water for a fast and scenic paddle last year with a few fun rapids to spike adrenalin levels. Rumour has it that some competitors went back to repeat some rapids during the race because it was such good fun! The weekend will conclude with the mountain bike stage on the fast and flowing Bom Bom trails. No big climbs here, just crank up the small slopes and let rip down the other sides for a big dose of sweet fun.

As with all Adventurethon events we aim to cater for all skill levels in all the different disciplines, paddling, trail running and mountain biking so there is a discipline, distance, and technical level appropriate to you.

Note:

We are presently working on details for the 2019 Adventure Run. Change of ownership of the property it is held on has placed our access in limbo until a new access agreement can be negotiated. Please use information below about the run course as a planning guide only because maps and descriptions are from 2018. We hope to retain these courses for 2019 but cannot guarantee retention at this point in time. Dates and times are set for 2019 and are as per the information below.

Keep up with our news and visit back shortly. We will be releasing run confirmation details soon!

For some time we have wanted to put on an event with every leg being a stunner in its’ own right, with no need to compromise on quality. We often found that there were people who would love to do one discipline but not all three and that finding teammates was kind of a hard process if they weren’t already part of the multisport circles. Hence the evolution of the Adventurethon Demolish Format onto the scene. Demolish is essentially an Adventurethon event which has been pulled apart to create 3 stand alone individual races, with times that can be tallied together in a stage race format at the end to find an overall champion. However, it can also can be raced as a team, in pairs, or simply just attempt your favourite leg.

The Clarence Valley event will feature an amazing tour of the area taking in some challenging but mostly fun mountain biking, adventure trail running and paddling over 2 days. Bring your family and mates and settle in for some great camping and entertainment with seriously easy logistics and a warm, country atmosphere at the heart of the weekend.

“Having travelled a lot of the country I must say I was completely blown away with the Clarence Valley and the hardest bit has been trying to figure out what not to include… the area really has some amazing scenery and I actually felt like I was out of the country with no beach in sight and great water flow through the rivers, amazing Gorges on the run, and a stunning mountain biking area. It was hard to think I was only 3 and a bit hours south of Brissy at times”.

– Joel Savage.

We can’t wait to be sitting around a campfire with you all – Chatting about the amazing adventure course you made it through earlier or how you tried your first paddle in rapids and flowing water and are now hooked.

Adventurethon Demolish will be a weekend of spectacular courses and amazing atmosphere. We can’t wait to share it with you.

Clarence RiverRush

The Clarence Valley event provides a really stunning river paddle. This paddle will be very exciting for first timers in rapids and also safe enough for beginners to just “have a crack” & learn as they go. More proficient (older?) paddlers have opportunities to get ahead at rapids and try to fight off fitter younger paddlers as they fight back on the flats.

You can forget about all the stresses and routines of life and completely lose yourself in the adventure of this paddle. It is quite an isolated / remote / Wilderness paddle – so you won’t see any roads until you reach the finish line.

This is the perfect opportunity for an ocean paddler to try their first rapids race.

There are deep pools followed by adrenaline producing shallow gravel races at each of the grade 1 and 2 rapids. This paddle is great even when river levels are low as its mainly the speed of the gravel races that change. In low river levels we sat in a couple of the rapids with no paddling and recorded 12 kph based on the flow of the rapids alone.

A gravel race is one of the least technical features where the river narrows and water shoots down faster without major large rocks or features to avoid. These Gravel races are fun to run because you simply aim the nose down into the moving water (aiming for the bumpiest [read fastest] water surface) and all will be fine. A couple of the rapids have easier slower and less obstructed lines as well as faster but riskier lines which will be marked for your ease come event weekend.

Hot tip! switch out that ocean rudder for something much smaller and preferably a trailing rudder. The Gravel races get around 3 to 4 inches deep in sections so its just smart to avoid the risk and fit a kick up rudder or similar. OR by an Old tk1, or racing k1 you can bash around a bit perhaps fit a light spray skirt to avoid splashes of water getting in. Other options could include a plastic ski like a spirit racing ski, PRS or Fury or if you want a custom Ski for the Job Grafton Paddle sports has a few tried and true boats that have won events of this nature before.

This course can be completed as an individual or as a double.

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Ultra (20km)

ULTRA (long) COURSE – Distance  20 km

(feels like 15-18km depending on flow) 2 hr average (fastest time approx 1hr 26mins Guy Andrews 2017)

Location Start:  Lillydale Bridge, Winegrove road

Location Finish:  Copmanhurst Riverbank,  Lawrence St Copmanhurst (Just off Grafton -Tabulam Rd)

Date: 23rd November

Race start: 7:30 am

Course description

Deep pools followed by shallow gravel races make for a rush of adrenaline at each of the grade 1 and 2 rapids. This paddle is great even when river levels are low as its mainly the speed of the gravel races that change. Even in low river levels you will achieve speeds of  12 kph without paddling in the gravel races (paddling speeds of almost 17 kph from the 2018 event on one rapid).

Gravel races are relatively simple to run so provide an ideal place to get started in down river events without major risks to life or boat. A couple of the rapids have easier slower and less obstructed lines as well as faster but riskier lines which will be mentioned for your ease come event weekend.

This is the perfect opportunity for an ocean paddler or flat water paddler to try their first rapids race and a flatwater paddler to get a bit of a thrill. Complete the course as an individual or double.

Enduro (9km)

ENDURO COURSE – Distance  9 km  1 hr

Location Start:  Clarence river Medium Course start (private property off  Amos lane Upper Copmanhurst follow signs to start line)

Location Finish:  Copmanhurst Riverbank,  Lawrence St Copmanhurst (Just off Grafton -Tabulam Rd)

Date: 24th November

Race start: 8:00 am

Course description

This is a perfect opportunity for those competitors who love the bike and run legs but not as confident on the paddle to choose the slightly less technical, but no less fun, paddling leg. All paddlers will be able to achieve this leg, with the more skilled paddlers able to complete it faster, using the gravel races to move ahead. Complete the course as an individual or double. (NOTE DO NOT ACCESS THIS SITE FOR TRAINING WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM PRIVATE LAND HOLDER, GATE IS LOCKED & THERE ARE DANGEROUS BULLS THAT WILL CHARGE YOU)

Taste & Junior (2km)

Location Start/ Finish:  Copmanhurst Riverbank,  Lawrence St Copmanhurst (Just off Grafton -Tabulam Rd)

Date: 24th November

Race start: 9:00 am

Course description

If you are new to the sport, have children who want to get involved or paddling isn’t your best leg, but you still want to give it a go then this is for you. 2 km is a perfect distance to have a bit of fun, and push yourself, but not require the endurance and technical skill of the ULTRA & ENDURO options. Expect it to take between 15 & 25 minutes for most paddlers.

All forms of kayaks welcomed here from wide sit on plastics to sleek river and ocean racers, there are no rapids in this race so a surf rudder will be fine to use. However keep tabs on the river depths as certain lines are better than others.

Complete the course as an individual or double.

Registrations open soon so get training and start planning your weekend away.

The Gorge AdventureRun

At present we cannot finalise the run location. Recent sale of the property on which the Gorge run course presently goes has left access availability in limbo. We are presently trying to contact and negotiate with the new owners for access. If access is not granted to the Gorge property we have an alternative and adjacent property where a similar course can be established. COURSE DESCRIPTIONS below relate specifically to the Gorge run course which we hope to retain, property owner willing. DATE, START AND PRESENTATION TIMES are the 2019 scheduled times.

Completely escape the “same-same” of regular trail running and become magically absorbed in the adventure experience as you run along the edge of the Clarence Valley Gorge, through cattle tracks, water crossings, rock scrambles and so much more.

Our Taste / Junior (short) course turns and crosses the Gorge early and allows a safe crossing amongst the pools, with the gentle sound of rapids and waterfalls close by. The ENDURO (medium) run takes you further upstream than the Taste / Junior course to a safe crossing point before diverging from the ultra course and returning through different country for a real adventure. The ULTRA (long) course continues beyond the Enduro turn along the edge of the Clarence River to the Gorge property boundary before returning and crossing the river and taking in the bulk of the amazing Gorge waterfalls and rapids from the rocks that line its edges.

This Adventure run has a couple of safe sections to cross the river with rope crossings and signage in a few areas.

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Ultra (18km)

ULTRA COURSE – Distance 18 km (feels like 22km) 2 hr fastest time, slowest 3 hrs 30 min

Location:  Clarence Valley Gorge Homestead

Date: 24th November

Race start: 2:30 pm

Course description:

The run leg begins along cattle tracks that dance with the edge of the Clarence River and the edge of the gorge a few times early in the piece, with sections veering higher in the landscape and through different vegetation and crossing small creeks and wetlands. After the cattle track you will turn to the edge of the river and follow the rocks along to a course junction where the medium (Enduro) course diverges right to cross the river.

The medium (Enduro) course turns and crosses the Gorge early. the longer Ultra course continues much further upstream along the river’s edge (to the Gorge property border) before coming back and crossing the river and taking in the bulk of the amazing Gorge waterfalls and rapids from the rocks that line its edges.

This Adventure run has a couple of safe sections to cross the river with rope crossings and signage in a few areas.

Enduro (11km)

ENDURO COURSE – Distance 12.5 km – 50 mins to 1 hr

Location: Clarence Valley Gorge Homestead

Date: 24th November

Race start: 2:30 pm

Course description

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The ENDURO (medium) run leg begins along cattle tracks that dance with the edge of the Clarence River and the edge of the gorge early in the piece, with sections veering higher in the landscape and through different vegetation and crossing a few small creeks and wetlands. After the cattle track you will turn to the edge of the river and follow the rocks along to a course junction where the Enduro (medium) course diverges right to cross the river (the Ultra course continues further upstream from here). There will be plenty of markings to show this track divergence through to a safe crossing amongst the pools with the gentle sound of rapids and waterfalls close by. The longer (Uutra) course will continue much further upstream along the edge of the Clarence River.

This Adventure run has a couple of safe sections to cross the river with rope crossings and signage in a few areas.

Taste & Junior (6km)

TASTE & JUNIOR – Distance 6 km

Location: Clarence Valley Gorge Homestead

Date: 24th Novcember 

Race start: 2:30 pm

Florest FlowMTB

If you are looking for a challenging, yet visually spectacular mountain bike course, this one is for you. With many kilometres of well-built single-track winding its way through the Bom Bom State Forest, sections of really unique riding, along with some exciting dirt jumps – this mountain bike course is just heaps of fun.

Skilled riders will find they are able to navigate the course faster and can take ‘A line’ options for extra fun and some race specific benefit. Beginners can feel confident in that there are ‘B line’ options for many of the features.

There are options to suit your preferences with Ultra (45km), Enduro (22.5km) and Taste/Junior (12km), so be sure to bring the whole family and make a weekend of it.

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Ultra (45km)

ULTRA (long) COURSE – Distance 45 km 2 hr-3hr

Location: Bom Bom State Forest

Date: Sunday 25th November

Race start: 10:00 am

Course description (Long course = 2 x laps of the Enduro course)

bikeThe ULTRA mountain bike course covers TWO LAPS of the Enduro course and is for the seasoned rider, one who just wants to get out and have a good crack at a great course, or one who just wants to double their fun. Bom Bom State Forest has sections of really unique riding and some exciting dirt jumps (which makes for heaps of fun) on mostly flowing single track.

Skilled riders will find they are able to navigate the course faster and can take A line options for extra fun and some race specific benefit. Beginners can feel confident in that there are B line options for many of the features.

Enduro (22.5km)

ENDURO (medium) COURSE – Distance 22.5km 50 mins to 1 hr30

Location: Bom Bom State Forest

Date: Sunday 25th November

Race start: 10:00 am

Course description

Bom Bom State Forest has kilometres of well-built flowing single-track with sections of really unique riding in addition to some exciting dirt jumps (which makes for heaps of fun). A single loop of our circuit will have you smiling for days after you finish, it really is that much fun; uphills are short and not too steep and it feels like you spend more time going down than up.

Skilled riders will find they are able to take the course faster and can take A line options for extra fun and some race specific benefit. Beginners can feel confident in that there are B line options for many of the features.

Taste & Junior (12km)

TASTE & JUNIOR – Distance 12km

Location: Bom Bom State Forest

Date: 25th Novemeber

Race start: 10:00 am

Course description

If you are new to the sport, have children to who want to get involved or mountain bike riding isn’t your best leg, but you still want to give it a go then this is for you. 12km is a perfect distance to have a bit of fun, and push yourself if you want. You won’t need all of the endurance and technical skill of the ULTRA & ENDURO athletes on this shorter, easier course, in fact it’s a perfect opportunity for mum and dad to have a go with the kids.

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Information Booklet

For all the information you need on the event weekend download the competitor information booklet below

View Info Booklet. 2019 Information book will be available soon.
Format

Adventurethon Demolish has 3 different stages for you to choose from. PADDLE, &/or RUN, &/or RIDE.

The beauty of the DEMOLISH format is the opportunity to choose JUST 1 discipline. So if you are an avid Mountain biker and can’t paddle, or find it hard to get a team – this is perfect for you.

The Clarence River Rush Paddle is Saturday (24th November) morning

The Gorge Adventure Run is Saturday (24th November) afternoon

The Forest Flow Mountain Bike Leg is Sunday (25th November) morning

You can choose to do JUST 1 Stage (or 2 stages) or complete the ULTIMATE DEMOLISH (which is all 3 stages). It really is up to YOU, and your preferences. There are also multiple distances to choose from in each of the stages.

location

All races will be in the Clarence Valley region over the weekend of 24th & 25th November. We have allowed sufficient time between races to allow you to easily transfer between race locations if you wish to compete in multiple stages or to spectate and see what great fun the competitors are having in the other disciplines.

 

How to get to Grafton & the Clarence Valley event

Grafton is located 300km south of Brisbane, 90km from Coffs Harbour and 600km north of Sydney

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Equipment checklist

Please be sure to read the entire checklist below as there are mandatory items on the checklist which you will need to make sure you have before race day. There will be mandatory gear checks on course and you will be pulled out of the race if you are missing any mandatory gear.

Let us know if you have any questions. This is the full checklist for those doing all three disciplines, however, if you are doing one or two stages please go through each relevant list to ensure you have what you need.

Mandatory gear checklist will be available soon
Start location & transitions

Stage 1: Paddle Leg – Starts 7:30 am at Lilydale Bridge, Winegrove Road & Finishes at Copmanhurst (45 min drive from Stage 2). Presentations at Copmanhurst. Camping Available

Stage 2: Adventure Run Leg – Starts 2:30 pm at The Gorge, Heifer Station, Clarence Valley  (45 min drive from Stage 1)

Overnight Camping at The Gorge

Stage 3: Mountain Bike Leg – Starts 10:00 am at Bom Bom Forest Mountain Bike Park, Grafton

Accommodation

The Gorge camping option will depend on gaining access to the Gorge homestead for 2019

We like to ensure our competitors always have a comfortable and relaxing home to settle into & at the same time have a fun trip, this event is great in that our home will be a camping area where we can all enjoy each others company and remove the distraction of electronic devices, phone calls and facebook notifications ! yeeha !

Friday 23rd November at:

Lillydale riverbank – Ultra Paddle Start
Copmanhurst riverbank HQ (TBC – but probably Rest Point Family Hotel: 59 Grafton St, Copmanhurst)

Pre race safety and logistics briefing and race pack pick up are on Friday 23rd November at Copmanhurst riverbank HQ (Rest Point Family Hotel: 59 Grafton St, Copmanhurst) from 5:30 pm.

Saturday 24th November at The Gorge

The Gorge camping option will depend on gaining access to the Gorge homestead for 2019.

Camping may available on Saturday 24th at The Gorge (after the run leg) at a cost to be determined. Enjoy a special camping area allocated right near the Run event start/ finish area so we can enjoy some time mingling before and after the event.

The Campsite overlooks the river and is on a privately owned Cattle station

The area has toilets and bins onsite and is BYO toilet paper and everything else (as it’s quite remote).

The Dirt road to access The Gorge requires a little bit of clearance. We took a few vehicles out on our reccy trips and although a VW golf made it all the way to the campsites its hardly the best choice if you have access to a slightly beefier vehicle with more clearance for dirt roads and puddles / should there be rain leading into the event. Sometimes with rain there is a small river crossing which requires a bit of clearance any standard 4wd will easily get through…some sedans also.

Camping trailers/ caravans/ campervans are welcomed on site.

This area is perfect stay over for those wanting to do the run event and with travel times all sorted and a late start for the MTB the next day you will find it easy to get to the start line of the MTB the next morning.

Limited campsites available. Pre-book now!

Pre-book The Gorge
Car hire & Transport

If you need to Hire a car we suggest you consider clearance when driving on dirt roads, as well as having to potentially cross a puddle or 2.

The dirt road to The Gorge requires a little bit of clearance. We took a few vehicles out last year and although a VW golf made it all the way to the campsites, it’s hardly the best choice; if you have access to a slightly beefier vehicle with more clearance for dirt roads and puddles should there be rain leading into the event. Sometimes with rain there is a small river crossing which requires a bit of clearance any standard 4wd will easily get through…some sedans also.

Buses

Athletes competing in the Ultra/long and Enduro/Medium Clarence River Rush paddle transport is on offer. Athlete are to drop off Kayaks at starting line and drive to the finish line. Here a bus (MUST BOOK) will pick athletes up and drop back to starting line therefore cars are parked at the final destination.

There are 2 time slots available, 6:10 am, 7:00 am (Ultra/Enduro). You will need to book as part of your registration and preference will be given to those without a support crew.

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Transporting equipment

You will need to provide your own equipment for each stage of the race.

Kayaks both individual and double are available for hire. Click here and select your kayak, then choose whether to add a paddle and/or pfd.

If you don’t see what you are after in this list, please email Joel at info@adventurethon.com.au along with your particular kayak requirements so we can endeavor to locate an appropriate craft for you.

Activities

Lets face it we all want to cram as much fun stuff into one trip especially when these trips tend to be family together time, catch ups with friends or romantic getaways for the active.

So having a few activities you must have a go at in the area seems like a good idea of which you can pick and choose which if any you want to add to an already awesome weekend. More to follow

  • Fishing in the Gorge for Bass (catch and release only)
  • Bush-walk with Friends / Family
  • Watch the sunset over the Clarence river
  • Wake up with River views

Or you might decide to have a look around and come back on another adventure, perhaps finding some more advanced sections of river further upstream on the Mighty Clarence Canoe and Kayak trail.

Bike & Kayak Hire
Kayak Hire

For INDIVIDUAL kayak Hire options. Select your kayak, then choose whether to add a paddle and/or pfd.

There are also DOUBLE KAYAK options at $80 per kayak.

Book them HERE.

 

If you don’t see what you are after in this list, please email Joel at info@adventurethon.com.au along with your particular kayak requirements so we can begin to facilitate this for you.

Bike Hire

Bike hire is available from John at CycleSport,135 Prince St, Grafton (https://www.cyclesportgrafton.com) and from Al at Ventoux Cycles, 27 Beach Road Coffs Harbour, info@ventouxcycles.com.au.

Want to use your own equipment but travelling by air?

Please email Joel at info@adventurethon.com.au along with your particular requirements so we can assist you in working out logistics of this.

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