On July 14th the next race in the German Adventure Series started. Markus invited me this year to Bayerwald where the race would take us to the highest part of the mountains. Racing with Markus is always special because of the amount of ideas he has for the different sections. That’s why we were happy to go there.
The teams participating in the race were very strong – four foreign teams and more than ten from Germany in the masterclass.
On Saturday morning all teams came to the market place of Bodenmais and at 7 o’clock the race started. In the beginning we had to absolve several short sections: orienteering, orienteering in a silver mine using a map probably generated by a former miner, once again orienteering. The next part – tobogganing had been skipped because of the rain. And than we had to go an archery section with 10 different stations. The sections that followed became longer and we went deeper into the forestry – mountainbiking, canoing, trekking and bike and run. These sections took us right up until 5 in the afternoon.
This was the finishing time for the challenger class. To synchronize the different levels we had to go to mandatory checkpoints and for those having enough time there were additional checkpoints by choice.
Next there were 2 additional sections. One for mountain biking and the last trekking. The last one took us few times to the highest mountains of the Bayerwald and the length of the trekking was around 35 km. The total trekking was around 60 to 70 km, 80 km for biking and 10 km canoing. I would say it was a challenging race and the total elevation of 5500 m has exhausting.
At the beginning we started slow. We made no major mistakes, nevertheless the maps are difficult to handle. Therefore a few minor mistakes led to a delay. At first we were placed around 7th. In the middle of the race we made progress and went to 5th place. The final trekking we finished after 8 hours. Finally we heard that 4 teams made all the checkpoints and we were the last team finishing. But, one of these teams, Team Flashmob, had been disqualified. Because of this we ended up finishing 3rd – we were really happy. Two teams from Czech Republic, Team Salomon Suunto and our sister team Berghaus from Czech finishing first and second.
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