NANGA CHALLENGE 2017
Don’t take anything for granted, there are changes for the 2017 Nanga Challenge.
Event Date: Saturday 9th September 2017
Event Location: Nanga Mill Campsite, Dwellingup. Event HQ / transition area is Stringer’s Campsite.
Disciplines: River paddling in moving water including a couple of small rapids, mountain biking and a cross-country run.
Course Options: There are two course options. There is the “Nice” which is a 10k paddle, 20k ride and 10k run and there is the “Nasty” which is a mean 15k paddle, 30k ride and 12k run. The “Nasty” course will test competitors with more rapids and more hills, bring it on !!
Categories: Ironman/woman, pairs, teams
Our 2017 Sponsors: Canoeing Downunder, Crank’n Cycles, Water Wanderers, Canoesonline, Alarm Sytems WA, Protective Cases, MacPac & Ascot Riverside Kiosk, with more to be announced soon.
This year’s Nanga Challenge charity is headspace Bunbury.
headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention & mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. It covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.
The Nanga Challenge is a multi sport event with a focus on fun and challenge. It is about getting into the outdoors, challenging yourself while having a fantastic day out. The Nanga is a very good introduction to adventure racing for newcomers, and for the regular racer it is a great course to chase bragging rights over your mates.
The event starts with a paddle which goes upstream and comes back downstream. Distances are 11 or 15kms, depending on whether you have selected the “Nice” or the “Nasty” course. After that there is a tree covered mountain bike leg of either 19.2 or 30 km and a cross-country run of 9.1 or 12.5km. Participants can enter as a team, a pair or take on the course solo as an ironman or woman. The race is as competitive or as fun as you like to make it. Camping is available – enjoyment is compulsory.
Participants supply their own equipment and must be competent paddling in moving water and grade 1-2 rapids. If you are not sure, contact the race director to confirm suitability.
Please read the “Conditions of Entry” document. Click HERE for your copy.
Lane Poole Reserve is in a beautiful jarrah forest by the Murray River, just 100 kilometres from Perth. Thousands of visitors enjoy the experience of the Reserve every year. There are steeply forested valley slopes, open undulating woodlands, recreation areas and popular camping spots. The Murray River is the largest in the Darling Plateau. In winter it can be a raging torrent and in summer a trickling stream. It is a perfect location for an event that focuses on fun and challenge. Camp overnight or visit for the day. We are fortunate to have access to this beautiful place for a great event. We thank and acknowledge DPAW for their support and we encourage all competitors to do the right thing by the environment when they are in it.
The Paddling Leg
This will be a mass start at the start-finish location. Depending on numbers, teams and solo entrants may be on separate grids. Paddlers will head up river and come back down again for either the short [“Nice”] 5.5km course or the longer [“Nasty”] 7.5km course. The short course will have a supervised buoy turn at Bob’s Crossing. During the paddle leg there is one compulsory portage and a couple of small rapids that may be paddled in either or both directions if capable. There is a tricky corner and couple of narrow sections to paddle through. Once back at the start line, you will handover to your team mate, or get on your MTB.
Mountain Bike Leg
The mountain biking course is on gravel and leaf covered tracks with intermittent washouts and bogs. There are some thicker bush sections where it may be quicker to dismount than attempt to ride. The course is OK for beginner mountain bikers. It is challenging but not too hard. The Nice course participants will turn for home earlier than the Nasty course participants..
Cross Country Run Leg
The run leg leaves the transition and camping areas and heads up hill. Initially, it is on recognised walk trails before it moves to defined and less defined tracks and trails in the Eucalypts of Lane Poole Reserve. Some sections may not have an even surface, so running flat out may not be the quickest tactic here.
ENTRY CATEGORIES & FEES
There are three (3) categories:
Iron Man/Woman $100
Pretty self explanatory. You do all three (3) legs and can be male or female and you will need a race name
You do all three (3) legs with another person. You can assist each other around the course. If paddling two (2) single craft must stay close together and transition together, although a preference in the paddle leg is to use either a K2 or double ski. The pair can be two males, two females or mixed. The pair has to have a name.
Most teams will have 3 members, one for each leg but it is OK for teams to have 2 members, with one person doing two (2) legs and the other doing just the one (1) leg. Teams can be all male, all female or mixed. The team has to have a name.
What is Included in Entry Fee and What is Not:
Entry fee Includes: The race, Lunch, Tee Shirt, fun, random prize giving
NOT INCLUDED: Park-entry and overnight camping passes are not included.
Park-entry passes have to be purchased separately either at the gate or through the DPAW website, click HERE
Camping at Nanga Brook, a 600m walk from the race start, can be booked on line HERE. Camping at Nanga Mill, a shorter walk, more like 300m, is on a first-come-first-served basis.
AGE CATEGORIES Classes may be collapsed if you don’t get enough of your mates to join in
Junior 16 – 17
Open 18 – 39
Veterans 40 and over
Vintage 55 and over
Junior Team – all members aged 16 – 17 on race day
Veteran Team – all members aged 40 and over on race day
Any other mixture of age categories for teams enter as ‘open team’ category
Pairs – no age categories apply although participants must be 16 years of age or over on race day. Choose pairs men, pairs women or pairs mixed.
Participants must be 16 years and over on the day of the event.
Any competitors aged 16 or 17 on the day of the event, must have a parent/guardian who completes the permission section on the online entry form – under options.
Any paddle propelled craft suitable for moving and white water can be used. All paddlers’ kayaks (sit in craft) must be fitted with additional floatation via air bags or equivalent. All paddlers must wear an approved kayaking helmet and PFD with whistle attached. Bike helmets are not permitted for the paddle leg.
Each person doing the bike leg will require a mountain bike (not hybrid or cyclocross or electric) and an Australian Standard Bike Helmet in good condition. All participants must wear a cycle helmet at all times during the mountain bike leg. MTBs must be in good working order, especially the brakes.
It is suggested but not essential to carry water in a camelback or other suitable arrangement.
As this Event includes a kayaking leg in moving water with approaching Grade 2 rapids, all paddlers must be proficient in white or moving water. Evidence can be supplied when you complete your online entry eg competed in the Avon Descent or other appropriate white water or open ocean race. If you are unsure of your suitability to participate in the paddle leg of the Nanga Challenge please contact the event organisers, Grant 0417 945 577 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Leonie 0412 101 949
7.30 am Registration opens
8.15 am Volunteer Briefing at Event HQ
8.30 am Registration Closes
8.45 am Pre Event Briefing at Event HQ – All participants must be present
9.00 am Event starts
11.00 am Food and drink available for participants and pre-purchased voucher holders
1.30 pm Results, Presentations and Prize draws
When completing your online entry please purchase a food voucher for yourself, your support crew and spectators as there will be no food for sale on the day.
1.30 pm Presentations and Prize giving. Person receiving the prize must be at the presentation to receive the prize. Times are approximate and may vary as required.
ACCOMMODATION & CAMPING
Pitching a tent in the bush above the Murray River is a great way to escape from fast paced city life. You get to relax, soak up the environment and re-energize. There are numerous popular camping spots. One is the old jarrah mill at Nanga, with the Nanga Brook nearby, which flows down a trout ladder and into the Murray River, you can see why it is such a popular spot. Options for camping are: Nanga Mill (just turn up first-come-first served) or Nanga Brook (book online in registration).
The individual campsites have fireplaces and tables but remember to bring your own wood for the fire and water to drink. HQ is at Stringer’s Campsite a short walk from both Nanga Mill and Nanga Brook
Nanga is a great social event for Ascot kayak Club and all participants are warmly invited to join us for a relaxing and enjoyable drink or two after the event. Saturday night you get to snuggle into your warm tent and sleeping bag waking refreshed and relaxed before heading back to Perth on the Sunday ready to face the rat race.
If camping is not your scene there are lots of other accommodation options available. Click on the link below.
The facilities of modern life and the city will not be available at the Nanga Challenge HQ, however, being in the beautiful Lane Pool Reserve beside the gorgeous Murray River will more than make up for it.
Facilities at the event include:
Toilets – long drop toilets.
Catering – Lunch is included in the price of the entry fee for each race participant. We are unable to sell food on the day so please purchase food vouchers for any spectators and support crew who will be joining you at the event, you can do this when you enter the event online. There will be no food sales on the day.
Water – There is no running tap water close by. Participants are advised to be self sufficient with regards to water and to bring enough for before, during and after the event.
Hot Drinks – There will be hot tea and coffee available.
Shelter – There will be a few small shelters to keep out of the rain, however if the weather looks bad, we suggest you bring your wet weather gear just in-case there is not enough room for everyone under the shelters.
Online entries are open HERE Late entries are accepted on the day for $500.00 each.
Any online queries please contact Grant 0417 945 577 or email email@example.com
The online process will require all the usual personal details but importantly you must supply a correct email address so the Nanga Organising Team (NOT) can contact you if required.
If entering a team the first entry must be the person completing the online payment.
Preference is to use paypal to make your payment.
The Event is covered by Ascot Kayak Clubs Sports Liability cover. Event participants are responsible for their own ambulance cover and personal accident insurance.
PRESENTATIONS AND PRIZES
The presentation ceremony will commence at approximately 1.30pm, when the majority of competitors have finished the Event.
Lanterne Rouge: In the Nanga Challenge, the person who is on the course for the longest and finishes last, rather than dropping out along the way, is accorded a distinction with a trophy the ‘Lanterne Rouge’. The phrase comes from the French ‘Red Lantern’ and refers to the red lantern hung on the caboose of a railway train, which conductors would look for in order to make sure none of the couplings had become disconnected.
Winners, Place-getters, Times and Results:
Where they are deserved and there are enough entries in the class / category, we will acknowledge as many as possible.
Prize getters must be at the presentation to receive a prize
IMPORTANT EVENT RULES
You must complete all legs of the course
If in a pair you must stay within twenty (20) metres of each other at all times.
No headphones or pets on course during the event. This is for your own AND other’s safety.
SPECTATORS AND PARKING
Encourage family and friends to come along and cheer you on. The event start, transitions and finish are all at Event HQ’s, the hub of the event. There is plenty of parking available at the Nanga Mill Campground.
If you have family and friends coming along who would like to be a part of the fun, consider asking them to volunteer as an event official as they can be a part of the great day out as well. All volunteers receive a free t-shirt and lunch.
Each competitor will be provided with a number plate for their bike and an Event Bib, which must be worn at all times during the Event and must be worn over the top of PFD’s and camelbacks.
Again, the bibs must be worn as the outermost garment at all times during the event.
Event Officials will be stationed at several checkpoints on the course. They will be wearing an AKC bright orange safety vest.
This event is organised and run by volunteers. These volunteers are Ascot Kayak Club (AKC) members who give up their time to ensure this Event can happen. We would like to acknowledge the important role of all event volunteers and at AKC our volunteers are highly valued and cherished individuals. We encourage you to acknowledge these people for the contribution they make so we can have fun competing.
FIND A TEAM OR PAIR MEMBER
To find a team mate or someone wanting to race as a pair contact the Nanga Organising Team at firstname.lastname@example.org Give a brief description of what kind of team or pair member you are looking for, what legs they will do if part of a team and remember to add your own contact details. We have a fairly good source of paddling types who might like to help out.
Sorry no course maps, you will just have to wait to see what is around the next bend.
Dwellingup and Lane Poole Reserve Map