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X-adventure series to roll at Kirkwood

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Kirkwood Ski Resort will host this year’s “make or break” U.S. edition of the X-adventure Raid Series.

Aware of the substantial costs entailed by U.S. teams travelling to Europe for a weekend race and the imposing domestic race agenda, the organizers have decided this event will serve as a Raid Gauloises 2003, “sudden death” qualifier for the first three U.S. teams past the post.



Spectators are invited to watch, as the games kick off at 7 a.m. Saturday and end at the finish line around 2 p.m. Sunday. The 37 teams competing will do challenges around the clock through Sunday.

At 7,800 feet, Kirkwood is Northern California’s highest base elevation ski-resort.



This year teams from around the world will go head to head in the third stage of the X-adventure Raid Series.

The first three American teams to cross the finish line will automatically qualify for the 2003 Raid Gauloises, creating a race within a race as the “old campaigners” of the European circuit battle hard to consolidate existing positions or establish tactically advantageous new ones.

The public is encouraged to watch the teams gruel through 17 discipline changes, ranging from the, often decisive, adventure-race staples of high-altitude cross-orienteering, mountain biking and canoeing to the more exotic flying-fox and other technically demanding rope activities, the teams will cover about 160 miles and around 16,400 feet of positive ascension.

The lure of the “one-off qualifier” will no doubt push some teams to extremes and create a spectacle perhaps never seen before in adventure racing circles.


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