SEQ Bulletin – February 2018
The ‘Creeping Round Cressbrook’ Upside-Down rogaine (held at night) is a favourite for many and a great chance to test your navigation skills. This year’s event is being held at Lake Cressbrook, about 1.5 hours drive NW of Brisbane.
To get more info and enter the event, please visit the entry page!
Breakfast will be provided after the closure of the course followed by the Qld Rogaine Association AGM. Please email me if you are able to put up your hand to help on the committee this year, or help with any of our events.
The 2018 Australasian Rogaining Championships – 25/26 August
Planning is proceeding very well for the Australasian Championships to be held near Manumbar in the Gympie Region on 25-26 August. Entries will open on 1 March on the event website. There will be a discounted Early Bird entry fee for those that enter within the first month after entries open. When you enter you will have the option of buying bus tickets to and from the event and some cool event merchandise.
Remember, this event is not just for elites, everyone is welcome to enter. If you haven’t been to an Australasian Champs before, you are in for a treat. The course is bigger and better, the map is bigger scale and higher quality, there’s more food on offer, including an All Night Cafe out on the course, and you get to meet and compete with rogainers from all over Australia and New Zealand. Put this event in your calendar, now! Also, please ‘like’ the Event Facebook Page.
Please also spread the word to those that you think might be interested within Qld and interstate. If you can’t compete please think about volunteering to help.
The Gympie Regional Council have generously offered financial support to the event (see http://www.visitgympieregion.com.au for information on the region).
Following on from the popular Night Nav series, Questgaines are back for a new season this year. These weekly 1-hour mini-rogaines can be done as individuals or in a group, and best of all, they’re free! Check out the blog for information.
Bayside Paddlegaine Results
Congratulations to all of those that made the trip over to Karragarra Island in southern Moreton Bay for this year’s Paddlegaine. A great day on the water was had by all, and a big thank you goes out to all the volunteers and especially Adam Power and Mark Wilson who put a lot of effort into the event. Congrats to Gavin Cole and Dylan Magee who won the event by sweeping the course, closely followed by Liam St Pierre and Dave Schloss in second place and Christine Perry and Gary Sutherland in third (winners of the Mixed category).
You can see the full results, read the Organiser’s Report, check out videos, photos and the Strava Flyby on the Results page.
The following events are open for entry on the Rogaining Queensland Calendar:
|24 March 2018||Training Day||Our annual training day to be held at Bunyaville State Forest just 12km from the Brisbane CBD. The program is aimed at both novice and semi-experienced rogainers. The day will be adapted to the number of participants, and their level of navigation experience. The programme will consist of both theory and hands on exercises.|
|25 March 2018||Mini Rogaine||Our 3hr Mini-Rogaine this year, ‘Scarpering on the Escarpment’, will be held near Mt Cotton, a short drive SE of Brisbane. This 3hr event is perfect for beginners, but will also test the endurance and navigation of experienced racers – can you clean up the course and make it back before anyone else?? This event is held on the day after the Training Day.|
|15 April 2018||Colts Academy||In an Australian first, the Colts Academy is a youth development pathway into Adventure Racing. The day is structured around a skills clinic based on the core disciplines of adventure racing: navigation (hosted by Orienteering QLD), mountain biking (hosted by Bike On) and kayaking (hosted by Paddle Perfect), followed by a practice event. So if you are a young person interested in getting into the sport, grab a bunch of friends, sign up for the Colts Academy, and throw a team together for the Colts Raid (see below).|
|22 April 2018||Colts Raid (youth event)||Australia’s first youth-only Adventure Race. Building on the Colts Academy youth development program, the Colts Raid represents a pathway for youth to put their navigational and adventure racing skills to the test. And once you’ve tried your hand at the Colts Raid, why not step it up to one of the longer format Raid races? To lower the barrier to entry even further, we have now made the Colts Raid race open to both teams of 2 and teams of 4.|
|22 April 2018||Scatter Raid||The Scatter Raid is an all new event in the Raid Adventures line up, adopting a scatter scoring format. Open to teams of 2 or Solo entrants, competitors will race to collect as many check points (of equal value) as possible over a 3 hour time period. The scatter course introduces a different element of strategy to the race, with teams able to work to their strengths across the disciplines of mountain biking, kayaking and running. Note that this is a stand alone event run on the same day and course as the Colts Raid.|
|05 May 2018||Rogue Raid||This year’s 24hr race is another sell out and set to be the biggest 24 hour adventure race in terms of competitor numbers in Australia ever. We have almost 200 competitors signed up and ready to race with a waitlist looking for a place on the start line. As the second race of the Adventure 1 Series, we’re guaranteed some fierce racing at the pointy end with everything to play for. Course scouting has been going well and teams are in for a physically challenging and strategic race this year. The riding is a real mix from single track through to sealed semi-urban sections. The trekking tends to cover extensive track networks with terrain generally slower off trail than some previous editions of the Rogue Raid. All kayaking will be on flat water with a mixed fleet of boats provided. We have also welcomed Moreton Bay Regional Council as a sponsor for the event with teams travelling from afar as every state of Australia as well as Singapore, New Zealand and New Caledonia for the race. For those looking to secure accommodation, there is no camping or on-site accommodation at race HQ, so check out the Visit Moreton Bay Region link for accommodation options.
Note that places in the 6 hour event option are still available, but are over half full. Full details on the race including entries can be found via the link on the left.
|13 May 2018||Cyclegaine||Richard Robinson writes:
Tamsin and I spent all last weekend checking and taping for the Cyclegaine in the Granite Belt. We have both been there many times but it is so easy to forget how spectacularly beautiful it is amongst those massive rock formations. In addition to the sheer beauty of the area the course offers a wonderful variety of terrain and track types from bitumen sealed roads to country lanes through fire trails to slightly gnarly forest tracks. Best of all we covered the entire course, something I challenge the entrants to do in the 6 hours, with only about 1,500 metres of climb.
You just don’t want to miss it.
|28 July 2018||Wildfire Raid
(former Frontier Raid)
|We are excited to announce that Wildfire Sports have come on board as title sponsors for the former Frontier Raid, which will now be known as the Wildfire Raid. We are also pleased to announce that the Wildfire Raid will be hosted from the Kindilan Adventure Camp in Redland Bay. This is an all new area to adventure racing in QLD and offers up a plethora of fantastic course options for a sprint length adventure race. Entries for both the 6 hour and 3 hour events are now open and limited, so get in soon to secure a spot.|
For details on all the other events this year, check out the Rogaining Queensland Calendar
QRA AGM 2018
The AGM of the Association will be held after breakfast at the conclusion of the Upside Down at Lake Cressbrook. If you have any interest in helping on the Committee this year please let us know.
Attention Event Organisers
Richard Robinson writes:
I was recently in the QRA shed and noticed that there were a number of CP markers in need of repair. If you organise an event and notice any markers that are not in good condition please put them to one side in the shed, and place the good ones back in the big wooden box, and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will grab them and repair them. So long as we keep on top of this on an ongoing basis, it is not a big job.
Also, can event organisers and others who take stuff from, and return it to, the shed please just take a few minutes when you are returning stuff to put it back in its proper place. I know everyone is tired after and event and keen to get home, but just taking those few minutes makes it so much easier for the next person.
The first event on the Multi Terrain Bike Orienteering calendar will be held on Sunday 11th March in the Samford Valley.
The 2018 Australian MTBO Championships will be held in SE Queensland on 19 and 20 May this year. There will be a Sprint and a Middle Distance event on the Saturday with a Long Distance event on Sunday morning. All events are between 30 and 60 minutes’ drive north of Brisbane. Here is a chance to test yourself against the best MTBO riders in Australia or just to have fun on some top class courses. Details can be found at www.ausmtbochamps.com
SEQ Rogainer of the Year Competition
Liam St Pierre and Kim Beckinsale won our inaugural competition last year, and will be presented with (rather modest) prizes at the AGM on 4 March. Full results are now on the QRA website. We have tweaked the points system this year, to make it a bit simpler, see this document for details. Who will be our winners this year?
Call for Volunteers!
The rogaining association and all QRA events are run entirely by volunteers. We actually need all QRA members to volunteer some time each year to sustain the sport. If you are interested in organising or assisting in running a rogaine please get in touch, it’s a fantastic opportunity to explore Queensland and practice your nav all while giving back to the organisation.
The Rogaining Queensland Event Calendar is available at qldrogaine.asn.au/event-calendar. The volunteer page on the website has a description of each of the event volunteer roles. Please send an email to email@example.com to put your hand up. It’s a lot of fun, you learn heaps about rogaining and we have many experienced hands to support you.
There are also vacancies on the QRA committee. The Land Access Coordinator and Health and Safety Officer positions are vacant and we always welcome general committee member nominations too. If you have any interest in a particular role please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Rewards Policy
Volunteers at QRA or Raid Adventures events who have contributed at least a full day to an event and have given up their opportunity to compete are offered a $50 credit towards entry in a QRA or Raid Adventures event of their choosing within the following 12 months. A list of people who have earned rewards is on the website. The reward can be claimed by emailing the email@example.com when entering an event.
Rogaining around the world…
The first 24hr rogaine to be held in Romainia will be held on 30 June 2018: https://rogaining.ro/en/
…and across Australia…
We’re always keen to hear from QRA members about your rogaining or other outdoor experiences. Please share your stories by posting on the wall of the official QRA Facebook page. Don’t forget to ‘like’ our Facebook page. If you don’t have access to these sites and would like to share some news, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post it.