This event is the brainchild of 3 people, Ivan Park the man behind the Beast of Ballyhoara, Avril Copeland a prolific Adventure Racer (who is retiring again!) and James Thurlow has organised over 100 Adventure Sports events in the UK over the past 11 years with Open Adventure. The idea of showing off the country at its finest is what motivates the team behind the ITERA.
ITER – Latin for “journey”.. and the “A” stood for little more than the ADVENTURE (where on that journey the outcomes are uncertain)…
The teams will be racing through Ireland over five days in August 2016. The race will finish in Killarney – and the start – you will have to wait till August in 2016 to find that out..
The tracking link for next weeks’ ITERA Ireland will go live when the race starts next Wednesday as 12:00 you can bookmark if here itera.ie/live and add Team 34 #TriHarderAR to your favourites.
You can see from the team bio that we are arriving at the start line prepared, despite the ups, downs and crashed of this season. We’re rocking on a high from our past experiences and know that this is a race that we want to prove ourselves at.
A tight knit, fun loving team with a never quit, #GoDark kinda attitude! Click To Tweet
If #TriHarderAR can execute the plan they will surprise a few in this years ITERA, which is their first foray into the Adventure Racing World Series.
Sean is half the nav duo and brings most of the laughs to the party. He tends to make the smart calls and has regularly saved the team from trouble.
Peter is the rock, unshakable, unbreakable and will keep the team pace honest.
Kate, holds the team accountable to the plan, jobs and having the craic.
Mike is the other half of the nav duo and team captain.
We are genuinely delighted that ITERA has come to the Emerald Isle and have been tracking developments since it was first announced in 2014.
We are also grateful for the support of our team sponsors Silva, Kalas, For Goodness Shakes and Gotta Run sponsoring Sean (Check out our Sponsors page
Yesterday the schematic for 5 days of racing dropped quietly into our email box and what followed swiftly was a barrage of messages on WhatsApp as everyone went into overdrive guessing, justifying guesses, rooting for maps, picking likely routes, dismissing them, finding others
The internet must have been glowing last night with the back & forth chatter!!
For those who have no idea what a schematic looks like here is the one for ITERA:
Basically a rough, very rough outline of what to expect for each stage with nicely rounded numbers offered for an indication of duration and distance.
All this serves to do is get teams cogs whirring, ramp up the rumour mill (of course no one offers their thoughts outside of their own team…it’s very hush, hush like that 🙂 ) and then throw us all for a wobbly when we actually get the rule book and race format at the Team meeting the day before the off. It does give us some idea of what to expect and how much to pack – lots of shoes and spare socks!!
Here are Kate’s thoughts on the lay of the land:
It gives an outline of the stages (length and discipline)
As promised there is a heavy focus on kayaking with 135k to be covered regardless of whether you go long course or short course and two massive stages (50k and 75k). Other ‘interesting’ things are the stage 2 trek with 5000m of elevation and the 200k mountain bike.
The race website will be live for tracking once the race starts.
There will be tough competition between the Irish teams for a place on the podium and first Irish team also wins a spot in the ARWS final in Australia. Enduro’s team took the honours in the ARES Beast of Ballyhoura this time last year and are bound to be one of the favourites but they’ll have to be on top of their game this time around for national honours with competition from, amongst others, the Defence forces, DAR Dingle who have experienced ARWS action in Africa this year, a Moxie team bolstered by the addition of Pavel Paloncy and the strong and experienced team making up Rachel’s adventurers.
Godzone will likely be favourites for the win but Swecco, Issy adventure, team endurance life and the Irish teams will all give them a good run for it!
Best of luck to all
No matter how you look at it, kicking off in 1 week, 5 days and a fistful of hours will be one of THE most epic adventures we will have undertaken.
Can’t wait!! 😀
Where to start?
Back a few month ago when ITERA was off the cards I struggled to find something to focus on and motivate myself to train so I stumbled across the 1st running of the Sligo Trail Ultra a 50mile track from West to East through Sligo.
Grand so, entered and started running again.Continue reading
I have to say last weekend was going to be a shock for the team. A little bit of scheming and secret planning between Mike & myself for a bit of an unveil.
I was nervous myself as I wasn’t sure what the reaction would be from the others and Mike was not confirming I was in or out… “Team decision.”