Note that this article was first published 19 February 2015 at Rogue Adventure.
Part adventure race, part rogaine, the Mojo-Rogue6 is a race where teams compete to collect as many check points as possible via trekking, mountain biking and kayaking all while navigating with map and compass. Run in partnership between Mojo Adventure and Rogue Adventure, we will be offering up two course options of either 2 hours or 6 hours length. The event will return to the scene of the 2014 Rouge24 – Lake Perseverance – but never fear, we will cover predominantly new ground never used in a race before.
Set for Saturday 22 August 2015, this will be one of the best value adventure races you’ll ever get your hands on, and a perfect introduction to beginners in the sport. Mojo Adventure are intimately familiar with the location and will bring you a course highlighting the best bits of the area. Full event details including timings, gear and logistics can be found below.
- Date: 22 August 2015.
- Race HQ is the Lake Perseverance Aquatic Club.
- 2 hour and 6 hour course options available.
- Teams of 2-5 competitors. Racers must complete the course together (no relays).
- Mixed, female and male team categories.
- Disciplines: Trekking, Kayaking and Mountain Biking all with navigation.
- Rogaine format – multiple legs of each discipline with all checkpoints optional.
- Maps, post race meal and electronic timing included in entry fee.
- Option to bring your own boat or use one of the double spirit skis we provide (first 30 teams only).
Saturday 22 August 2015
2 Hour Course Timings
- 7:45am Map/course handout opens at Race HQ.
- 8:30am Return indemnities and receive Navlight tags.
- 8:50am Final briefing.
- 9:00am Event START.
- 11:00am Event FINISH and post race lunch.
- 11:30am Announcement of results.
6 Hour Course Timings
- 7:45am Bike drop opens (if required).
- 8:15am Map/course handout opens at Race HQ.
- 9:30am Return indemnities and receive Navlight tags.
- 9:45am Final briefing.
- 10:00am Event START.
- 4:00pm Event FINISH and post race lunch.
- 4:30pm Announcement of results.
Sunday 23 August
- Additional optional training day TBC.
Race Head Quarters
Race HQ for the Mojo-Rogue6 will be at the Lake Perseverance Aquatic Club. The address is 854 Perseverance Dam Road, Crows Nest. For those using a GPS, co-ordinates are -27.288669, 152.124307. A google maps link can be found here. Note that this HQ location is further west than the race HQ location used for the 2014 Rogue24 event. Parking at the centre is limited, so please consider car pooling where possible. Toilet facilities and limited sheltered areas area also available at race HQ.
A team list will be made available here in the lead up to the race.
The following list of compulsory equipment must be carried by the team at all times:
- Whistle – one per person.
- First aid kit – one per team. Adequate for dealing with common injuries in the bush (cuts, sprains, breaks, bites, stings, blisters, burns, etc).
- Mobile phone – one per team. Number to be provided to officials along with indemnity forms. Water proofed. For use in an emergency.
- Water – Means of carrying a minimum of 2L per person.
- Mountain bike (capable of riding on rugged dirt trails)and Australian Standard approved helmet (Only required on Mountain Bike legs).
The above list is the bare minimum requirement for compulsory gear. Everyone participating is an adult and is responsible for their own safety, and the safety of those around them. Hence, it is strongly recommended that you carry additional gear, in particular:
- Dry bag.
- Additional first aid items.
- Toilet paper and trowel.
- Water purification tablets.
- Bike pump, tubes, tyre levers, spare parts and mapboard.
- Sunscreen and mosquito repellent
A number of items are forbidden, both during map preparation and race time, and teams found using these items to assist themselves will be disqualified:
- Any form of GPS that displays location or distance travelled.
- Any other maps than those provided.
- BICYCLE COMPUTERS
Cost and Entries
Entry fees are as follows:
- 6 Hour – $60 per person.
- 2 Hour – $30 per person.
Entries have gone live on the QRA website. There is no cap on the field size as there is a BYO boat option (more details below). Concession prices available for students. Entry includes event specific maps, electronic timing, kayak hire for teams requiring a boat and post-race meal. Teams wishing to secure one of the limited provided boats should look to enter as soon as possible.
Teams will be required to attempt multiple legs of alternating race disciplines. Each leg must be attempted in order, and once a leg is completed teams may not return to it to collect missed checkpoints later unless otherwise specified in the course notes. However, within each leg, teams may collect as many checkpoints in any order that they wish. All check points are optional. Note that teams may only collect checkpoints that are from the current leg that they are on. Note also that some stages of the race may have “opening” or “closing” times.
This format of event allows for a very social atmosphere of racing with teams constantly brought together. Each stage of the Mojo-Rogue6 is separated by a transition area where an event official will be present. Any team that makes it back to Race HQ under their own power will be considered ranked with an official result.
Competitors in the 6 Hour event option may need to perform a bike drop prior to the start of the race. If this is the case, ample time will be given for the drive to HQ prior to map hand out. Further details will be released in the week before the race. Note that if you use clip-in bike shoes, you may need to carry your running shoes with you on bike legs.
Event specific maps have been produced with OCAD software using digital data and adjusted according to course vetting and satellite imagery where available. The size and scale of each map will be released in the lead up to the event. Duplicate copies of each map will be provided to every team so that both members can co-navigate if they wish. Hence, teams may wish to consider putting a map board on both bikes. Teams are also strongly advised to bring a map case or other means of waterproofing and protecting their maps, such as contact.
Two-man, sit-on-top plastic skis along with paddles and PFDs will be provided to teams that require a boat for use on the kayaking stages. These are the Spirit Double CTR skis provided by Peak Adventure and used at races such as XPD. Note that there is a limited number of these boats available and they will be assigned on first request basis so it is worth getting an entry in early if you require one of these boats (teams with an odd number of competitors will need to bring their own additional single boat).
Competitors are also welcome to bring their own kayaks and skis to the race. Lake Perseverance is suitable for boats with underslung rudders such as Mirages and ocean skis, and there will be no significant portages in the race.
Scoring will be performed using the electronic Navlight Timing System. Please advise officials at registration if you are unfamiliar with the use of this system. The Mojo-Rogue6 will adopt a traditional rogaine scoring format where each checkpoint will be assigned a certain score value. Teams arriving after the finish time will receive a penalty of 10 points per minute they are late or part thereof, up to 30 minutes. At this point the course will be closed down and teams that have not finished will lose all points.
Prizes and Sponsors
The Mojo-Rogue6 is proudly supported by:
Trophies and prizes will be awarded to the first place getters in the mixed, female and male team categories. A number of random draw spot prizes will also be awarded at the presentation ceremony.
Volunteers play an integral role in an event of this size going forward. There are multiple small jobs for which we require assistance. These include control hanging and collection before and after the race, as well as assistance on the day with such jobs as event registration, manning transition areas, gear transport, first aid safety officers, online reporting and photography. If you or a friend or family member are able to offer assistance, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An adventure racing training day course will be run on Sunday 23 August 2015 hosted by leading multisport athlete Jarad Kohler from Peak Adventure. Full details can be found here. The training day will have a focus on paddling technique, team work, navigation and race strategy, with places strictly limited.
For entry information or any further inquiries, please visit the QLD Rogaine Associations website. Alternatively, informal race information updates will be posted on the Mojo Facebook site. Event co-organisers can be contacted directly as follows: