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Rogue Raid Goes Ahead in Queensland and Tri Adventure Thunderbolt Take The Win

Liam St. Pierre / 07.09.2020
Out having fun at the Rogue Raid
Out having fun at the Rogue Raid / © Rogue Raid

After a long hiatus, adventure racing has returned to Australian shores with the running of the Rogue Raid 24 hour adventure race. Now in its eleventh year, the Rogue Raid is the largest 24 hour adventure race in the country by competitor numbers. The race adopts a unique, rogaine format where teams are competing to collect the highest score possible within a 24 hour period via multiple stages of mountain biking, kayaking and trekking.

This year’s race took in the bayside area south of Brisbane with a course that spanned South Stradbroke Island, the bayside waterways through to the local mountain bike parks in Bayview through to Daisy Hill.  A reduced field of 126 competitors spread across 44 teams toed the start line: all of them Queenslanders with interstate and international teams unable to travel due to the state border restrictions. Indeed, with varying levels of covid-related restrictions across the country, the race was very fortunate to get the go ahead to run at all given the current climate.

At the Rogue Raid Adventure Race in Queensland
Racing at the Rogue Raid Adventure Race in Queensland

Hot favourites to take out the title in 2020 were team Tri Adventure Thunderbolt. The team was composed of two competitors from team Thunderbolt who finished seventh at Eco Challenge last year, with Sunshine Coast athlete Dave Schloss also holding the enviable statistic of never having lost a Rogue Raid that he had entered. And indeed, the team took an early lead in the race, sweeping the first two stages in a little over 3 hours with a handy lead of around 20 minutes over the chasing pack.

The third stage of the Rogue Raid was one of the crux legs, with a long paddle from Stradbroke Island back to race HQ on the Logan River with a swathe of optional check points on offer. Mistakes started to creep in for teams on this stage as night fell and it was only two teams, Tri Adventure Thunderbolt and Tiger Shackelton who emerged with a full scorecard after six to seven hours paddling, although the time gap had grown to over an hour between these teams.  However, chasing all the check points is not necessarily a winning strategy at the Rogue Raid, and a number of teams had made strategic decisions to drop low value checkpoints with the hope that they could make up for it later in the course.

Ready for the kayak start at the Rogue Raid Adventure Race
Ready for the kayak start at the Rogue Raid Adventure Race

Over the subsequent mountain bike stage, which took in some of South East Queensland’s most iconic bike parks, a number of teams made the most of their local knowledge including Shackelton Tiger and Every Day Life Fitness Tiger.  A few mistake by Tri Adventure Thunderbolt seemed to open the door slightly for these teams to make a comeback on them. 

However, on the large 30km+ overnight trek leg, Tri Adventure Thunderbolt dropped the hammer and powered through the remaining course to take the overall win.  In total, the team collected 60 of the 67 available check points posting a score of 2160. In second place was the veteran team Shackelton Tiger on 2000, edging out Every Day Life Fitness Tiger on 1990 points by the barest of margins.

A full recap of the race including the live tracking replay can be found on the event website.  The next edition of the Rogue Raid is set to return on 1 May 2021 and is a qualifying member of the Australian Adventure 1 National Series. To learn more, visit RaidAdventures.com

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