Race Course Overview
We always receive many questions well in advance about the race course. Below is a general summary race course overview including what makes each category different. For more thorough information please come to a race overview seminar (see Training Section), or wait for race day. This outline below briefly summarizes the location & routes, activities, distances, & lengths, with associated category differences. There is also more information in the FAQ section. Remember, this is an adventure race, so we can't give away too many of the details - we must maintain the sense of adventure!
New for 2005: Mini-STORM
The sign-in and finishing area will be at Capilano College, and all categories (except mini-STORM) will be bussed to the race start at Cates Park, North Vancouver; and the race route is Indian Arm/Deep Cove (paddling), and then the trails on and around Mt Seymour towards Fisherman's River and over to Rice Lake and the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve back to Capilano College (mountain biking and running).
Start/Finish & General Route:
The sign-in and finishing area will be at Rice Lake, and you will be bussed to the race start which will be at Cates Park, North Vancouver; and the race route is Indian Arm/Deep Cove (paddling), and then the trails on and around Mt Seymour towards Fisherman's River and over to Rice Lake, back to the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve (mountain biking and running).
Activities, Lengths & Distances:
The STORM race is designed to take you 3.5-6 hours long, depending on your category and speed (fitness). You will be racing in a team of 3 for each category, or as a solo intermediate or elite. Each leg/component is summarized below:
- Canoeing: All categories will have one ocean canoeing leg which will vary from about 4-5km for the novice and intermediate, to about 6-7kms for elites (about 50-80 minutes depending on efficiency, speed & conditions).
- Mountain Biking: All categories will have 15km-35 km (1.5-3.5 hours) of mountain biking, depending on your category and speed: about 15km for novice, 25km for intermediate, and about 35km for elite. The route includes road, groomed trails, fire/logging roads, and single track. The main difference between the novice and intermediate route, is that the intermediate course is longer and includes more technical single track. The elite course includes a 10km hill climb and some very technical downhill riding.
- Trail Hiking/Running: All categories will have a 20-30 minute uphill hike to the bike transition, as well as a 20-40 minute run (depending on your category and speed) later in the race.
- Navigation & Orienteering: All categories will be required to complete an orienteering course based off a traditional orienteering map, and using magnetic north (you will not be required to use declination). Basic orienteering experience and navigational skills are essential.
- Mystery tests and team challenges: All teams will experience these along the way at random locations - good luck!