Arctic Racing Seminar


Saturday, 30th September 2017

12:00 - 16:00

Tickets: £25.00

Venue:   Snow and Rock (top floor), 4 Mercer Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9QJ

For me, the Arctic is the most beautiful environment on Earth for ultra endurance racing.  There are typically few competitors and racers spend time alone, sometimes not seeing another person for a day or more.  In an environment that can become extremely cold, where high winds can cover trails, and where the nights are so long, the Arctic races can be some of the most intimidating for competitors.  But, with the isolation, racers are able to move across a vast landscape, over big country, with the feeling it is all for them, whilst the Aurora Borealis dances overhead at night.  The Arctic ultras are like no others, and the effort to learn about the realities of racing is well worth it for the confidence to compete here.

I will be delivering a seminar on all things Arctic ultra racing, covering all the essential information on the environment, safety, equipment, nutrition and training and race strategies.  The seminar is aimed at anyone planning to compete in ultra races in the Arctic, but may be of interest to those interested in hearing the stories, seeing the kit, and learning more about these incredible places.

The seminar will begin with an introduction to the races available, costs, climates and terrain, distances and format.  This will be followed by an overview of human physiology in the extreme cold, discussing the risks and realities of hypothermia and cold injuries, such as frostbite.  It will include discussion of the interactions between psychology and physiology, warning signs, and what to do to stay healthy and stay in the race. The aim is that this helps people with being proactive to maintain health and progress, reducing any anxieties and apprehension about spending any time alone in the Arctic.

There will be clothing and equipment on display for people to look at, including options for sleeping kit and cooking kit.  An excellent fat bike will also be shown, complete with luggage for those interested or curious about the use of these bikes on the snowy trails.  Interwoven into all the presentations will be talk of personal race experiences and observations, what people do well and where they let themselves down, how to reduce risks whilst promoting progress along the trail.  Importantly for many, there will be tips on how to reduce the costs, with recommendations on what to invest in, and what not to.  The store is open until 19:00, and attendees will receive a discount voucher for use in the store.  I will be available to chat until the store closes.

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Saturday 30th September 2017, 12:00 - 16:00, Tickets: £25.00, Venue: Snow and Rock (top floor), 4 Mercer Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9QJ