Adventure Racing Tips for Beginners

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Recently, I had the pleasure of taking part in ITERA-lite 2023 as a pair with my good friend David. We crossed the start line (our main ambition) and made it to Transition 3 after 26 hours and 150km before my fitness gave up and we withdrew.

However, in the process of preparing for the race, we were lucky enough to be supported by a bunch of people who have a lot of experience with this event and adventure racing in general. During the many hours of cycling around a forest, we discussed the tips that we had been given that don’t necessarily appear in other ‘beginners adventure racing’ articles.

We will assume that you can google just as well as we can and have therefore seen the numerous kit lists and ‘make sure you have shoes!’ type articles that are out there. This is a list of the things that are quality of life tips. They may not make or break your event, but might make things easier.

Disclaimer: These tips may be ITERA specific, or more suited to longer events. Check your event rules and mandatory kit lists.




Even if you aren’t planning to be the fastest team out there (if you’re reading this, you won’t be) then you’ll likely have the ambition of getting as far as you can. This means limiting the amount of wasted time standing still. That means efficiency.