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Adventure Racing by Jacques Marais & Lisa de Speville
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Adventure Racing

Take the ultimate endurance challenge!
Learn the best tips, tricks and techniques from the best adventure sports athletes. Adventure Racing is the complete guide to the skills, equipment, strategies, navigation, and nutrition used by the top adventure racers around the globe. 
Start with the right gear to perform your best—even in desert, rainforest, and subzero environments. Then learn the skills for trekking, mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, and mountaineering.

Insights on team strategy, use of support crews, map reading, and magnetic deviation will keep you on track. And the right fuel for changing conditions, medical know-how, and survival skills will keep you in the race.

Profiles and stories from the top races and adventure racers provide a taste of the exciting challenges of the sport. They’ll inspire you to test yourself time and again in the most addictive team endurance sport on the planet.

About the Authors Jacques Marais is a professional photographer, writer, and consulting editor who specializes in adventure, eco, and wilderness activities based in southern Africa. He is a regular contributor to a host of leading South African magazines and newspapers, and his work is regularly featured in magazines such as Men’s Health, Sports Illustrated, Discovery Magazine, and Runner’s World. Through his extensive international travels, Marais has compiled a vast library of photography showcasing the most remote and beautiful corners of the globe.

Marais lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

Lisa de Speville received her honors degree in medical cell biology, but her passion for sport and adventure has dominated her career direction. She is the owner and editor of South Africa’s adventure racing Web site,, and works as a freelance journalist, Web designer, and adventure racing camerawoman. Speville won Brazil’s Jungle Marathon in 2003, and she has completed numerous multiday adventure races and solo self-sufficient ultra footraces.

Speville lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The Origin of Adventure
Chapter 2. The Adventure Racing Experience
Chapter 3. Thinking Through the Race
Chapter 4. Gear Inspection
Chapter 5. Adventure Racing Skills
Chapter 6. Tactics and Strategy
Chapter 7. Navigation
Chapter 8. Support Crews
Chapter 9. Fueling Your Body
Chapter 10. Medical Know-How
Chapter 11. Ten Amazing Races

Words of Praise
"This is a thorough guide for all levels of athletes, especially those getting involved in adventure racing for the first time. Jacques and Lisa have left no stone unturned when it comes to preparing for and competing in an adventure race."
Brian Metzler
Editor, Adventure Sports Magazine
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