The navigation is pitched at the various categories:
3 HOUR RACE:
Basic map interpretation is required and an understanding of orientating a map off major land features. A compass is not required. In orienteering speak, expect yellow level navigation.
6 HOUR RACE:
The navigation is not designed to be difficult but it is set to reward strong navigators. A compass could be handy at times and being able to keep contact with the map as you travel through the course will be important. It is set at orange level in orienteering.
9 HOUR RACE:
Advanced navigation, red level orienteering.
The mountain bike stages typically link the paddle and hiking stages, so they are not intended to be difficult or technical. However, if there are really fun trails in the region that excite the course designers then they maybe included. Most of the mountain biking is on vehicle sized trails and roads, with some single track.
3 HOUR RACE: Easy beginner riding.
6 HOUR RACE: Intermediate riding.
9 HOUR RACE: Advanced riding.
A full suspension bike with good brakes is advised, in other words, a Juliana!
The kayaking will be in stable 3-person boats. Paddles and personal flotation devices will be supplied. The paddling will be in sheltered waters that could include the ocean, estuaries, lagoons, lakes and gentle rivers.
Will be location dependent but coasteering could be included, a mixture of scrambling, swimming and jumping while traversing coastline and beaches (helmets and PFDs must be worn).
Each team will require a Support Crew which is 1-2 people that help the team transition from one stage to the next, they move the teams gear around the course and refuel and motivate the team.
Each Support needs a vehicle that can carry 3-bikes, ideally a 4x4. The Support Crew has an adventure of their own and it is a superb way to introduce people to the sport, many Support Crew members go on to participate in later events.