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Tough Mudder look out there is a new game in town for the true extreme among us. Red Bull Divide and Conquer is happening on June 16th, a team event that involves a Mountain Runner, Mountain Biker and Whitewater Kayaker. Sounds easy enough; however you want to pick your discipline carefully. The mountain runner is up for a near double ascent of Grouse Mountain and 6000 ft of climbing, the mountain biker enjoys a grueling uphill before dropping in to a flowy downhill with all the features of the famous North Shore trails, pick your stead carefully, this section is not about the bike but the rider. Handing off to the Kayaker on your team they will drop into the Capilano River for a fun and varied 10 km river ride that will put them into the ocean for the final leg.
Finishing up at Ambleside Park in Vancouver this is not about where you place as much as getting it done! With a total of 8000 meters of vertical and no less than 70kms covered, finishing is the goal! Men and Women are invited to take part in this event that is expected to take five to seven hours to complete. The teams can be any dynamic you choose, at the end of the day the it is the first Kayaker across that line wins it for their team.
Interested? There is no time to lose registration closes on May 15th, 2012 or until all 100 spots are filled. Competitors must be 19 years of age or older. The cost per team is $275 and includes the official Red Bull Divide and Conquer/The North Face tee plus a voucher for food and drink at the post-event BBQ at Ambleside Park.
Check Out all the details below and we will see you there!
THE ULTIMATE TEST FOR COMPETITORS’ METTLE ON THE MOUNTAINS, RIVERS, AND SHORES
- Registration for Red Bull Divide and Conquer is now open to men and women –
Vancouver, BC –– Red Bull Divide and Conquer, a multi discipline endurance race on Vancouver's breathtaking North Shore, will test the competitors’ mettle on the mountains, rivers, and shores of Canada’s unparalleled West Coast on June 16, 2012. Teams of three participants will be challenged by a course that will include mountain running, mountain biking, and whitewater kayaking. Starting in the old growth forest laden North Shore of Vancouver, the Red Bull Divide and Conquer course will wind up and down over 8,000 meters of vertical, then make its way down the Capilano River and finish in the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean. The total distance covered by this behemoth will be no less than 70 kilometres. Registration is now open to men and women.
Each team will be composed of three competitors: a mountain runner, a mountain biker, and a kayaker. They will push their limits in a mix of locations on the North Shore of Vancouver, including Grouse Mountain. The river portion takes the course from North to West Vancouver, finishing in Ambleside Park. The anticipated race time is between five and seven hours. The first divided team to conquer the course takes the win. Categories will include women, men and mixed but once everything is said and done, the first kayaker to cross the finish line will be crowned the champ, regardless of team dynamics.
Runners will kick off the race from the incredibly scenic Cleveland Park on Vancouver’s North Shore with The Lions, the most iconic peaks in British Columbia's lower mainland. With almost 6,000 feet of climbing and a near double ascent of Grouse Mountain, runners will navigate the legendary technicality of the North Shore’s Baden Powell Trail and will push their limits until reaching the top of the Grouse Mountain ski area, where they will tag their teammate mountain biker.
Physically and technically challenged by the mountain bike section of the Red Bull Divide and Conquer course, the mountain bikers will sharpen their skills and bring a good set of lungs with a five-kilometre-section of fireroad to begin at the top of Grouse Mountain. The competitors will enter the first single track on Mount Fromme, followed by the Baden Powell trail, which is a popular training spot. These climbs will give the riders an open connection to the legendary trails of the North Shore before the initial descent with a number of newly reworked trails giving speed and flow over the natural rock and root that define the North Shore. The door is open for any bike to win; it could be a four, five or a six-inch steed, but the pilot who wins this segment will most certainly be an All Mountain stallion.
Paddling the drop and pool Capilano River is an unforgettable and challenging ten-kilometer plus read and run course that will transport the kayakers far from the urban environment that surrounds it. The run offers a variety of small feature playspots ranging from the occasional surf wave to the odd lateral spin/cartwheel pourover. Red Bull Divide and Conquer kayakers will put in with a seal launch off the rocky riverbank at the Capilano Salmon Hatchery in the shadow of the imposing Cleveland Dam. Water levels are high and reliable in June and can reach class IV but can also fluctuate quickly, depending on the dam and Mother Nature. Kayakers will close out the race, finishing an ocean leg upon completion of the Capilano River. This is the final stretch completing the circuit in Ambleside Park.
Register your team now!
Registration will be open until May 15, 2012 or until all 100 team spots are filled. Competitors must be 19 years of age or older. The cost per team is $275 and includes the official Red Bull Divide and Conquer/The North Face tee plus a voucher for food and drink at the post-event BBQ at Ambleside Park.
Teams of three competitors can register online now at https://redbull-divideandconquer-registration.raidthenorth.com/ or a competitor – mountain runner, mountain biker, or whitewater kayaker – can find a team mate on the event website via the team finder. Open categories are welcome: men, women, or mixed. Red Bull Divide and Conquer will run rain or shine.
Red Bull Divide and Conquer is a multi discipline endurance race on Vancouver's breathtaking North Shore and will test the competitors’ mettle on the mountains, rivers, and shores of Canada’s unparalleled West Coast.
What: Red Bull Divide and Conquer
Who: Teams of three competitors: one mountain runner, one mountain biker, and a whitewater kayaker
Where: North and West Vancouver, BC
When: Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 10 a.m.
* Team check in is mandatory on Friday, June 15th from 6-7 p.m. at Grouse Mountain parking lot.
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