Adventure sports for action fans

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 October, 2007, 12:00am

Action enthusiasts will have plenty of adventure sports events to participate in during the next few months thanks to Action Asia's Challenge and off-road races.

Athletes taking part in the one-day Action Asia Challenge Hong Kong on December 15 will tackle a 40-kilometre course of adventure sports.

The endurance event is designed for a maximum of 150 teams of two athletes aged 18 or over, who must race together. Depending on your fitness level, the whole course is estimated to take between five and nine hours to complete.

The course includes mountain biking on trails and roads, trekking, orienteering, ocean kayaking, abseiling, and special tests of courage.

A good warm-up event is the Gatorade Action Asia Off-Road Duathlon. The two races, which are open to individuals and teams, will take place on October 14 and November 4.

The first features 5km of trail running and 20km of mountain biking along Tai Tong and Tai Lam Country Park. The second race at Chi Ma Wan, Lantau Island, is 8km of trail running and 15km of mountain biking.

'Unknown to many people, Hong Kong actually has many challenging mountain bike trails,' says Michael Maddess, race director and course designer of Action Asia Events.

'Many of the trails are quite technical, with boulders, rock and staircases, which are more suitable for more advanced bikers. However, the trail that we have chosen for the October 14 race is one of the easiest bike trails in Hong Kong.

'It's almost flat. We hope that beginners or bikers with less experience can also take part in the races.'

The adventure sports expert also advises bikers to cycle on technical trail when possible.

'It's best to ride with friends, then you can copy and learn from them. Don't try to compete with one another. Being fast will not guarantee you to know how to ride properly.

'If you encounter a technical part in the trail, go over it a few times until you've mastered it,' he advises.

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