Five Days Until Australia’s Toughest Race Begins


Next Wednesday the 5th of August at 0900, 36 teams representing 10 different countries will set off on the start of Australia’s toughest race, XPD Expedition Adventure race. These adventurers race non stop, day and night over a 650km course pushing themselves to the ultimate limits of human endurance. They must navigate, bike, hike and kayak through a course that is only revealed to them 24hours before the start.
This years race is hosted out of the Mercure in Townsville.They will kayak around tropical islands, trek over rain forested mountains and make their way through vast outback canyons during this epic event. 
XPD is an international event on the Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS) calendar. The winners of this years race will win an entry into the World Championships, which will be staged at the end of the year in Brazil. 
Teams carry satellite trackers with them and are able to blog about their progress during the race.  Follow all the action live at 
Quick summary
Event: XPD Australia
Date: 3-14 August 2015
Start Date: Wednesday, 5 August 2015 0845 at the Strand in Townsville
Winning time: approx. 100 hours (four days of racing to finish on Sunday afternoon,  9 August 2015) which includes around 5 hours of sleep.
Last teams: approx. nine days
Location: Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Number of four-person teams: 36
Countries represented: Australia, France, Netherlands, South Africa, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Kuwait, Japan, United Kingdom, Ireland
Australian Teams: 
2 representing ACT
5 representing NSW
9 representing QLD
3 representing South Australia
2 representing Tasmania
5 representing Victoria
3 representing Western Australia
Distance: 642 kilometres, non-stop
Sporting disciplines: trekking, mountain biking, ocean and river kayaking, canyoning, snorkelling, SUP (stand up paddle board), navigation
Live GPS tracking and news feeds:
Race reporting:
Event information:
Twitter: #xpdar
Instagram: #xpdar
About XPD
XPD is Australia’s own expedition length adventure race. Teams of four competitors from around the globe trek, mountain bike, and kayak for five to ten days in this world renowned expedition. These adventurers race day and night over a 700km course pushing themselves to the ultimate limits of human endurance.
2015 marks the 8th edition of this race. XPD has visited the Tasmania, Flinders Ranges, Alpine NSW and Victoria, Cairns and Broken Hill. This year the race will be staged out of the Mercure in Townsville, QLD.
XPD is organised by Craig Bycroft and Louise Foulkes from Geocentric.
About ARWS
XPD is a part of the Adventure Racing World Series. The Adventure Racing (AR) World Series unites in competition the worlds best endurance athletes at premiere AR World Series Qualifier adventure race events around the globe.
Each international Qualifier event in the AR World Series sets a unique expedition race course to test mixed teams of four for up to 10 days of non-stop racing in the disciplines of trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, navigation and more.
XPD is round 7 of the ARWS for 2015. Previous events in the series this year have been in New Zealand, Chile, South Africa, Spain, USA and Alaska. The 2015 World Championships will be held in the Pantanal . November.

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