Colts Academy

Length: 7 Hour training day + practice event
Next Date: 15 April 2018
Location: Enoggera Reservoir, The Gap
Team Size: Open to individuals
Disciplines: Mountain Biking, Kayaking & Navigation Training
Cost: $60 / person
Event Document: Colts Academy Event Document
Organising team: Rogue Adventure

What is an Adventure Racing Colt?

In adventure racing, a colt is a term used to refer to a youth racer. The definition varies slightly from race to race, but typically teams with an average maximum age of 25 – 27 years old will qualify for the colts category. Special opportunities exist for Colts teams in adventure racing: In 2017 eight colts teams had their entries paid for and flights subsidised to race at the China leg of the AR World Series and in 2018 there is a $10,000 cash purse for the top colts team at GODZone.

What is the Colts Academy?

In an Australian first, the Colts Academy is a youth development pathway into Adventure Racing. In collaboration with the Queensland Rogaine Association, the Academy is structured around a skills clinic based on the core disciplines of adventure racing: navigation (hosted by Orienteering QLD), mountain biking (hosted by Bike On) and kayaking (hosted by Paddle Perfect), followed by a practice event.

So grab a bunch of friends, throw a team together for the Colts Raid and jump into the Academy to skill up on what it takes to be an adventure racer.

Colts Academy Program

8:00am Arrival, registration and set up
8:30am Session 1
10:00am Session 2
11:30am Lunch (provided)
12:00pm Session 3
1:30pm 1 hour mini practice event
3:00pm Wrap up and farewell

Colts will be divided into three, age-based groups and will rotate through one of three different skill based sessions:

  • Navigation based training hosted by Orienteering QLD
  • Kayak skill based training hosted by “Paddle Perfect”
  • MTB skill based training hosted by “Bike On”

The skill based sessions will be followed by an short, informal race, where Colts will be paired up to practice their new found skills.

Equipment

  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc)
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder
  • A camp chair for lunch
  • Mountain bike and helmet – bike hire options may be available
  • Paddle and PFD – if you don’t have a set, these can be provided for free
  • Compass – if you don’t have one, we can provide one for free
  • Energy food for outside of lunch
  • A change of clothes and a towel

Please indicate upon entry if you would be interested in the hire of a mountain bike for a small additional charge if made available.

Waiver and Release

The relevant Waiver and Release form can be found here.

Age Categories

Colts – 21 and Under
Cubs – 17 and Under (guardian optional)
Family – 13 and Under (must be accompanied by a paying parent)

Don’t Have a Team?

Don’t worry. All the Colt Academy skill clinics can be entered as an individual. And if you are keen to race the Colts Raid race, reach out to us at rogueadventureracing@gmail.com and we will help fix you up with some teammates of similar age and abilities. An excellent way to make new friends crazy enough to want to try this adventure racing gig.

Why Do We Need a Colts Academy?

Read more about the philosophy behind the Colts Academy here.

Entry

Cost is $60 / individual.  Guardian’s will incur an additional charge of $35 to participate.  Guardian’s are compulsory for students aged 13 years or younger. Entries are now open.

Places will be capped at 36 to ensure small group sizes, so get in early if you think Adventure Racing could be your thing.