Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can our team use a bungy cord to assist each other while racing?
Yes. There are no rules against using a bungy cord or tether between two team members. However there must be a quick release system in case of emergency.
Q: What sort of Mountain Bike do I need?
Any mountain bike will do, although a bike with front suspension makes for a smoother ride. You can use a hybrid bike, however you may need to walk some rougher sections of the course.
Q: Do I need to bring my own Kayak and Mountain Bike?
Kayaks, PFD ’s and paddles are supplied for all Paddy Pallin Adventure Races, which is covered in your entry costs. The Kayaks used are Toyboy Voyager II sit-on-top two person kayaks. Team members are required to provide their own Mountain Bike and Helmet for the event. If you need to hire a bike, check out our Gear List page for details on who to contact.
Q: Are there any core competencies that I need to demonstrate before being able to race?
The entry page lists the requirements for this type of event. There is no need to demonstrate these requirements to be able to participate, as part of your entry you declare that you agree to the entry requirements for the event.
Q: What equipment do I need to compete?
You will need a sense of adventure and:
- Supplied Map (bring some contact paper to waterproof it with)
- Mobile phone, in a waterproof bag
- Pealess whistle per team member
- Drink, at least two litres per team is recommended
- Basic first aid kit (one crepe bandage, adhesive tape, wound dressing and six adhesive dressings
- Emergency blanket (space blanket)
- Pen (for marking map)
- Mountain bike
- Cycle helmet
Q: How good do my navigation skills need to be?
A basic level of navigation is recommended, if you can read a street directory, you will be able to complete the course.
Q: Is the mountain biking very technical?
The mountain biking consists mostly of fire trails with single track included where available. There may be some technical sections depending on the layout of the course. If you are not comfortable riding any section of the course we recommend you dismount and walk your bike.
Q: I have SPD pedals, should I swap my pedals?
Generally there is a running leg part way through the mountain bike leg, so people with SPD peddles will need to carry trainers for this leg or swap their peddles. The advantages of wearing SPD's are generally out weighed by the time lost in transition for these types of sprint races.
Q: What do I need to do when I get to the event?
Once you arrive at the event you will need to visit the registration tent to register your team, collect maps, instructions, race card, bibs and goodies bag. You then have time to plan and prepare yourself for the race. Just before race start time, a briefing will be given on any information that competitors will require to complete the course. The teams are then called to the starting line and READY, SET, GO!!!
Q: Is there car parking close to the start/finish point of an event?
Yes, car parking is readily available and accessible to all competitors in the vicinity of the event area.
Q: Do you provide directions to the event?
Yes, directions, full gear list and rules will be available in the Event Program emailed to all participants 1-2 weeks before the race as well as being published as a Latest News article on our website here.
Q: Where can I leave my belongings while racing & will they be safe?
Spare gear (towel, change of clothes etc), food and water can be left at the transition and registration area. Volunteers and race officials will be located around the course and at transition areas. Event organisers hold no responsibility for loss of personal items.
Q: Which event would be the best place to begin competing for a novice?
Any of the Paddy Pallin Adventure Sprint Races is an ideal starting place for novice. All events cater from the beginner through to the experienced athlete.
Q: Can I enter an event on the day of the race?
No. Entries for each race close 3 days before the race, so you will need to enter before the closing date. Once you have entered, you can update or change your entry details at registration, on race day or send us an email before hand.
Q: Where are the events held?
- Blue Mountains, NSW
- Sunshine Coast, QLD
- Sydney, NSW
- Lake Macquarie, NSW
Q: What is the Paddy Pallin Adventure Race?
The Paddy Pallin Adventure Race involves teams of two, racing a secret course by foot, bike and kayak. Teams navigate the linear course, collecting checkpoints to show they have completed each leg. Teams change disciplines at transition areas, putting them onto a different leg of the course. There are multiple legs of each disciplines that add up to the distances quoted.
Q: Are there prizes for the winners?
Prizes are awarded to the top three teams in each category (Mixed, Male and Female) of the Classic course. There are also a random draw prizes given away at the presentation. There are no podium prizes for the Novice course as we try to encourage beginners to the sport to have a go rather than 'compete' for a position/prize.
Q: How long does the race go for?
The Paddy Pallin Adventure races take 2 – 6 hours to complete depending on how competitive teams wish to be.
Q: What sort of training should I do before I compete?
Most people with a basic level of fitness will be able to complete an adventure race of this nature. The Adventure Racing Clinic training day will enable you to improve your skills for adventure racing, including practical advice on individual preparation, gear requirements and nutrition. The key emphasis will be on enhancing navigational skills with respect to mountain biking, trail running and kayaking during the day. Click here for more information.
Q: Where can I find a team mate?
Look for a race partner on our Find A Partner page. We can help you find a partner - just enter your details into our Find A Partner form and we'll post your info.
Q: Is there a minimum or maximum age to be able to race?
The minimum age is 8 on both courses (Novice & Classic), when accompanied by an adult and 14 years if two teenagers are racing together. There is no maximum age for racing, just a basic level of fitness and a sense of adventure.