The Crazy Kea

5th December 2021

This is a 4, 8, and 12-hour adventure race run as a fundraiser for junior orienteering in Canterbury. Returning for a third edition in 2021! For the first two years this event was called the Banks Peninsula Adventure Race. However, a location change required a name change and so The Crazy Kea was born.

The key reason for this location change is that it allows us to plan a bike course with more gradual climbs and less technical riding. Feedback from 3 and 6 hour competitors at past events indicated that the climbs were too steep and they spent more time pushing their bike than they would like.

Just like in previous years there will be a range of events available, combining trekking, navigation, biking, and some mystery challenges. Rest assured that the rest of the terrain and navigation will be just as challenging as in past years.

Event Timing

The times listed for each event below are the course closure times for each event (i.e the maximum time a team can spend out on the course). Most teams can expect to complete the course within this time, with winning teams taking around 2/3 of the allotted time. Teams that finish after the course closure time will be penalised a number of points per minute that they are late.

4hr Race

The 4hr event is designed for families and beginners to adventure racing. If you’re keen to try an adventure race but unsure if you could do it then this is the race for you. The navigation in this event will be easier than in the longer events.

To complete the 4hr event you will need to be able to jog/walk approx. 5km off road, and mountain bike approx. 20km on forestry roads and 4wd trails. Competitive teams who are aiming to collect all the controls may end up doing more than the stated distances.

8hr Race

The 8 hour event is designed to be an achievable event for all competitors with a reasonable level of fitness and some navigational competency.

To complete the 8 hour event you will need to be able to jog/walk approx. 10km off road, and mountain bike approx. 30km on forestry roads and hilly 4wd trails. Competitive teams who are aiming to collect all the controls may end up doing more than the stated distances.

12hr Race

The 12 hour event is designed to be an exciting challenge for more experienced adventure racers. The navigation in the 12hr race will be challenging and will require a competent navigator in your team. There will also be technically challenging sections of mountain biking that may require riders to get off and walk.

To complete the 12 hour event you will need to be able to jog/walk approx. 20km off road, and mountain bike approx. 50km on forestry roads and hilly 4wd trails. The biking may involve short sections of hike-a-bike. Competitive teams who are aiming to collect all the controls may end up doing more than the stated distances.