Epic start to Expedition Africa for Plett Adventure Racing Team 

Published: May 15th, 2017
by Janet Middleton

The start of Expedition Africa dawned with a cold breeze and clear skies as both South African and international teams gathered on the beach at Cape St Francis for the start of the seventh Expedition Africa, an event on the Adventure Racing World Series. Plett Tourism is proud to sponsor the Plett Adventure Racing Team made up of Plett adventurers: Drew Scott, Petrus Maree, Kate Southey and Andrew Damp.

Petrus Maree of Plett Adventure Racing Team

The intrepid team competed in this endurance race last year, for the first time, at Expedition Africa 2016 held in Sedgefield, Knysna and Plett, travelling over 500km of Garden Route coastline, Fynbos and forest – an introduction to Plett’s brilliant trails and adventure activities, including Africanyon’s kloofing adventure, for all visiting teams.

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This year, the Plett Adventure Racing Team travelled to the Eastern Cape to compete against teams from Sweden, Ireland, Brazil, Japan, South Africa and more. They are currently in 18th place out of 39 teams and onto their second day of the race. One of the most exciting features of Expedition Africa is that teams wear live trackers and positions can change quickly. Spectators can follow their favourite teams live on www.expafrica.live

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The first day was a tough series of shorter distances with five transitions of cycling, paddling and trekking, covering 140km. The Plett Adventure Racing Team completed the 89km cycle through the Langkloof at 1am this morning. Tired and exhilarated, they caught up on a couple of hours sleep before their trek into the Baviaanskloof. This trek leg has been particularly planned as a “dark zone”, meaning that teams may not travel at night through this area and, if caught after dark in the dark zone, must stop and camp where they are. The dark zone is in place due to the wild Cape Buffalo that roam the Baviaanskloof and for the safety of teams travelling in the area. The Plett Adventure Racing Team planned their cycle and trek to allow maximum daylight time in this area to avoid being slowed down by an enforced stop. This leg is 59km of trekking and navigating through the wilderness of the Baviaanskloof.

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Plett Tourism is proud to sponsor our Plett Adventure icons as a symbol of the adventurous nature of our beautiful town and wish them the best of luck for the rest of Expedition Africa. We will be following them live on www.expafrica.live (team 24). Follow the team’s highs and lows during Expedition Africa on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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