To grasp all the experiences we had during the Eden race in a few pages will be demeaning. Once again, I fully understand the reason why we do Adventure Racing – it is not only the extreme adventures which we undergo, but the feeling of being a champion!
The story of the Merrell Eden Duo is one that illustrates the restless heart of the adventurer… always wandering deeper into new territory, beyond the known, testing skill and leaving comfort zones. We think, live and perform outside. The athletic prowess, basic survival instincts and a passion for the outdoors all get mixed up.
Many people can honestly say they enjoy the following: Endless moonlit walks on the beach; Lush forested river valleys; Views to the sea from miles away on top of a mountain range; Historic mountain passes; Swimming in the cool waters of natural rivers; Losing yourself amid the smells and sights of the fynbos, plantations and forests…
This race started at the outskirts of the city and after a quick view at Google maps we realized that it will take us more on gravel roads than the previous race. Our game plan was clear, and we decided beforehand to do the long run first, thereafter the long bike and lastly our weak point: Navigation!
As the sun rises over a hungover Joburg, a motley collection of Lycra clad racers are steadily gathering outside one of Joburg’s trendiest pubs. It’s Sunday morning and the latest race in the Kinetic Urban Challenge is starting and finishing on the expansive lawn of Outer Limits in Fourways.
The team of Jeff Willcocks, Chris Crewdson, Amanda Van Zyl and James Stewart along with seconds Dirk, Brandon and Andries arrived at Oudebosch Farm near Riversdale relaxed and ready for the 200-250 km race. Great hospitality and dinner bought us to a short briefing and then Jan put up a master map for us to plot the check points.