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Demolish – Clarence Valley

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The 2017 and 2018 events were well received and provided participants and spectators with a truly memorable experience amongst some spectacular scenery. Gorge swims were a real highlight of the run stage in 2018 due to the hot conditions and these will again feature in 2019. We are hoping to announce another major fun element into the run this year, stay tuned for news on that. The Clarence River turned on beautiful water for a fast and scenic paddle last year with a few fun rapids to spike adrenalin levels. Rumour has it that some competitors went back to repeat some rapids during the race because it was such good fun! The weekend will conclude with the mountain bike stage on the fast and flowing Bom Bom trails. No big climbs here, just crank up the small slopes and let rip down the other sides for a big dose of sweet fun.

How to enter the Demolish – Clarence Valley

  1. Stage 1 Paddle Ultra

    Swim 20km
  2. Stage 1 Paddle Enduro

    Swim 9km
  3. Stage 1 Paddle Taste & Junior

    Swim 2km
  4. Stage 2 Run Ultra

    Run 18km
  5. Stage 2 Run Enduro

    Run 11km
  6. Stage 2 Run Taste & Junior

    Run 6km
  7. Stage 3 MTN Bike Ultra

    Bike 45km
  8. Stage 3 MTN Bike Enduro

    Bike 22.5km
  9. Stage 3 MTN Bike Taste & Junior

    Bike 12km

Demolish – Clarence Valley routes

STAGE 1 PADDLE

Ultra 20km

(feels like 15-18km depending on flow) 2 hr average (fastest time approx 1hr 26mins Guy Andrews 2017)

Location Start: Lillydale Bridge, Winegrove road

Location Finish: Copmanhurst Riverbank, Lawrence St Copmanhurst (Just off Grafton -Tabulam Rd)

Race start: 7:30 am

Course description

Deep pools followed by shallow gravel races make for a rush of adrenaline at each of the grade 1 and 2 rapids. This paddle is great even when river levels are low as its mainly the speed of the gravel races that change. Even in low river levels you will achieve speeds of 12 kph without paddling in the gravel races.

Gravel races are relatively simple to run so provide an ideal place to get started in down river events without major risks to life or boat. A couple of the rapids have easier slower and less obstructed lines as well as faster but riskier lines which will be mentioned for your ease come event weekend.

This is the perfect opportunity for an ocean paddler or flat water paddler to try their first rapids race and a flatwater paddler to get a bit of a thrill. Complete the course as an individual or double.

Endruo 9km

Location Start: Clarence river Medium Course start (private property off Amos lane Upper Copmanhurst follow signs to start line)

Location Finish: Copmanhurst Riverbank, Lawrence St Copmanhurst (Just off Grafton -Tabulam Rd)

Taste & Junion 2km

Race start: 8:00 am

Course description

This is a perfect opportunity for those competitors who love the bike and run legs but not as confident on the paddle to choose the slightly less technical paddling leg. All paddlers will be able to achieve this leg, with the more skilled paddlers able to complete it faster, using the gravel races to move ahead. Complete the course as an individual or double. (NOTE DO NOT ACCESS THIS SITE FOR TRAINING WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM PRIVATE LAND HOLDER, GATE IS LOCKED & THERE ARE DANGEROUS BULLS THAT WILL CHARGE YOU)

STAGE 2 RUN

Ultra 18km

Distance 18 km (feels like 22km) 2 hr fastest time, slowest 3 hrs 30 min

Location: Clarence Valley Gorge Homestead

Race start: 2:30 pm

Course description:

The run leg begins along cattle tracks that dance with the edge of the Clarence River and the edge of the gorge a few times early in the piece, with sections veering higher in the landscape and through different vegetation and crossing small creeks and wetlands. After the cattle track you will turn to the edge of the river and follow the rocks along to a course junction where the medium (Enduro) course diverges right to cross the river.

The medium (Enduro) course turns and crosses the Gorge early. the longer Ultra course continues much further upstream along the river’s edge (to the Gorge property border) before coming back and crossing the river and taking in the bulk of the amazing Gorge waterfalls and rapids from the rocks that line its edges.

This Adventure run has a couple of safe sections to cross the river with rope crossings and signage in a few areas.

Enduro 11km

Distance 12.5 km – 50 mins to 1 hr

Location: Clarence Valley Gorge Homestead

Race start: 2:30 pm

Course description

The ENDURO (medium) run leg begins along cattle tracks that dance with the edge of the Clarence River and the edge of the gorge early in the piece, with sections veering higher in the landscape and through different vegetation and crossing a few small creeks and wetlands. After the cattle track you will turn to the edge of the river and follow the rocks along to a course junction where the Enduro (medium) course diverges right to cross the river (the Ultra course continues further upstream from here). There will be plenty of markings to show this track divergence through to a safe crossing amongst the pools with the gentle sound of rapids and waterfalls close by. The longer (Uutra) course will continue much further upstream along the edge of the Clarence River.

This Adventure run has a couple of safe sections to cross the river with rope crossings and signage in a few areas.

Taste & Junior 6km

Distance 6km

Location: Clarence Valley Gorge Homestead

Race start: 2:30 pm

STAGE 3 MTN BIKE

Ultra 45km

Distance 45 km 2 hr-3hr

Location: Bom Bom State Forest

Race start: 10:00 am

Course description (Long course = 2 x laps of the Enduro course)

bikeThe ULTRA mountain bike course covers TWO LAPS of the Enduro course and is for the seasoned rider, or one who just wants to get out and have a good crack at a great course. The MTB stage has kilometres of well-built single-track that winds its way through the Bom Bom State Forest. There are sections of really unique riding in addition to some exciting dirt jumps (which makes for heaps of fun).

Skilled riders will find they are able to navigate the course faster and can take A line options for extra fun and some race specific benefit. Beginners can feel confident in that there are B line options for many of the features.

Enduro 22.5KM

Distance 22.5km 50 mins to 1 hr30

Location: Bom Bom State Forest

Race start: 10:00 am

Course description

This mountain bike course has kilometres of well-built single-track that winds its way through the Bom Bom state Forest. There are sections of really unique riding in addition to some exciting dirt jumps (which makes for heaps of fun).

Skilled riders will find they are able to take the course faster and can take A line options for extra fun and some race specific benefit. Beginners can feel confident in that there are B line options for many of the features.

Taste & Junior 12km

Distance 12km

Location: Bom Bom State Forest

Date: 2nd Decemeber

Race start: 10:00 am

Course description

If you are new to the sport, have children to who want to get involved or mountain bike riding isn’t your best leg, but you still want to give it a go then this is for you. 12km is a perfect distance to have a bit of fun, and push yourself, but not need all of the endurance and technical skill of the ULTRA & ENDURO options.

Event Details

Raceday Logistics

WEEKEND OUTLINE

If you are doing ALL THREE STAGES this will be how it flows.

If you are only doing 1 or 2 of the stages, use this as a guide for planning.

There is plenty of time between stages to get to the next location and set up etc.

Each location will have a HQ area for you to check in and collect race bibs, etc.

FRIDAY

RACE PACK PICKUP & LOGISTICS BRIEFING

Where: Copmanhurst riverbank HQ (Rest Point Family Hotel: 59 Grafton St, Copmanhurst)

Times:

5:30 pm Race Pack Pickup / Dinner

6:30 pm Guest Speaker/s

7:30 pm Logistics briefing (for competitors doing all of the disciplines – not mandatory; mandatory briefings will be held 30 mins prior to each race start time at race HQ)

CAMPING: Tonight’s camping includes two location options

Location #1: Lillydale Bridge (start location for Enduro (long) paddle stage.

Location #2: Copmanhurst riverbank (start location for taste/junior paddle – finish location for all paddle stages).

Camping at the Finish Area of the paddle at Copmanhurst is available for $8 per person and is on the edge of the river (only a few hundred meters from the local pub where presentations will take place). You can set up your tent before or after presentations and then it’s a quick walk or bike ride back to the campsite to cap off a great weekend of getting outdoors with your mates. Showers are available to anyone who is staying at the campsite and pays the $8 camping fee.

SATURDAY

STAGE 1 CLARENCE RIVER RUSH PADDLE:

Briefing 7:00 am at Race HQ/Start line

Starting at 7:30 am at Lilydale Bridge

Please arrive early enough to set up, check in, collect race bibs, sign indemnity forms (if not signed Friday night).

Travel to Gorge Rd via Gwidyr Highway, Rogan Bridge Road, heading toward Copmanhurst, then aim to get to Winegrove Rd and then cross the bridge to Gorge Rd.

Along the Gorge Rd there is 27 km dirt road leading to a dead end, which is the Gorge campground (private property). It is possible to get along it with a 2wd but easier with a car that has higher clearance than a VW golf. Once at The Gorge, the campsites can be driven to, with some sites closer to the river harder to access than those further away from the river. If you are camping on Saturday night at the gorge there will be special offers on Coopers beer and Thatcher ciders on Saturday from the Rest Point Family Hotel. Remember it is BYO food and drinks for camping at the gorge. There will be a campfire and entertainment to help the food and drinks slip down smoothly while you watch the presentations and Demolish updates.

STAGE 2 THE GORGE ADVENTURE RUN:

Briefing 2:00 pm at Race HQ/Start line

Starting at 2:30 pm at The Gorge

Please arrive early enough to set up, check in, collect race bibs, sign indemnity forms (if not signed Friday night).

This run also finishes at the Gorge and is the location for the camping spot for Saturday night. Please make sure you have PRE-BOOKED your camping spot here.

SATURDAY NIGHT FIRE PLACE AND MUSIC

The Gorge campsite

Camping will include – Music, BYO drinks, BYO food and Results update. Cost is $22 per vehicle. Camping sites are limited and must be booked. See Logistics Tab for more information

SUNDAY

STAGE 3 FOREST FLOW MOUNTAIN BIKE:

Briefing 9:30 am at Race HQ/Start line

Start at 10:00 am @ Bom Bom Mountain Bike Park, cnr Boundary Road and No 10 Fire Road.

Please arrive early enough to get yourself set up, check in, collect race bibs (if not collected Friday night).

SUNDAY AFTERNOON PRESENTATIONS AND MUSIC

Our Forest Flow and Adventurethon Demolish winners will be crowned at 2:00 pm at Bom Bom State Forest Mountain Bike Park. Entertainment, food and beverages will be available. We encourage all athletes to come down, it will be a great way to end an adventure filled weekend.

Please note: details are subject to change to suit safety, track conditions and overall fun. Please use as a guide only and ensure you are at the compulsory briefing before each of your events.

Kit List

PADDLE

Mandatory:

  • Kayak or surf ski - a trailing rudder is recommended
  • Paddle
  • Paddling helmet
  • Personal flotation device
  • Whistle
  • Recommended:

  • Footwear for paddle. Bootlets or similar in case you need to portage or walk out for evacuation
  • May need warm clothing
  • Gloves recommended if you want to push off shrubs and sticks
  • Trailing rudder recommended to save boat damage
  • Gaff/cloth tape to repair any boat damage on the go (1/2 - full roll)
  • Handy to have spare string and cable ties
  • Knife on person if need to cut off snag
  • Sunglasses
  • High visibility clothing
  • RUN

    Mandatory:

  • 2 bandages
  • Whistle
  • Rain jacket or thermal under top
  • Panadol or similar
  • Dressing/Bandaids
  • Triangular bandage
  • Head torch with batteries
  • Emergency blanket
  • 2 compression bandages
  • Recommended:

  • Hydration pack
  • Electrolytes or carbs as necessary
  • Running shoes/trail shoes
  • Socks
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Shin protection
  • Ankle strapping
  • MTB

    Mandatory:

  • Mountain bike
  • Australian Standards bike helmet
  • 2 compression bandages
  • Recommended:

  • Electrolytes or carbs as necessary
  • Mountain bike shoes
  • Mountain bike gloves
  • Hand pump for MTB or a canister or 2 of CO2 for faster inflation
  • 2 or more spare tubes
  • Chain breaker and multi tool
  • Spare chain link
  • Cycle top or endurance tri top with room for nutrition storage
  • Tri shorts or cycle shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection/sunscreen
  • FAQs

    Format

    Adventurethon Demolish has 3 different stages for you to choose from. PADDLE, &/or RUN, &/or RIDE.

    The beauty of the DEMOLISH format is the opportunity to choose JUST 1 discipline. So if you are an avid Mountain biker and can’t paddle, or find it hard to get a team – this is perfect for you.

    The Clarence River Rush Paddle is Saturday (1st December) morning

    The Gorge Adventure Run is Saturday (1st December) afternoon

    The Forest Flow Mountain Bike Leg is Sunday (2nd December) morning

    You can choose to do JUST 1 Stage (or 2 stages) or complete the ULTIMATE DEMOLISH (which is all 3 stages). It really is up to YOU, and your preferences. There are also multiple distances to choose from in each of the stages.

    Location

    All races will be in the Clarence Valley region. We have allowed sufficient time between races to allow you to easily transfer between race locations if you wish to compete in multiple stages or to spectate and see what great fun the competitors are having in the other disciplines.

    Transporting Equipment

    You will need to provide your own equipment for each stage of the race.

    Kayaks both individual and double are available for hire. Click here and select your kayak, then choose whether to add a paddle and/or pfd.

    If you don’t see what you are after in this list, please email Joel at [email protected] along with your particular kayak requirements so we can endeavor to locate an appropriate craft for you.

    Demolish – Clarence Valley weather forecast

    Partly cloudy throughout the day.

    34°C
    Predicted highs
    16°C
    Predicted lows
    Icon40% chance of rain

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