|Frequently Asked Questions|
1.0: What are the categories available for the SAC 2013?
Competitors can choose to do the 3 day 120km adventure race (60%-70% mountain biking and 30%-40% trail running) OR the 3 day 75km ultra trail run.
Competitors in the adventure race will race as a duo. Competitors in the ultra run will run solo.
The routes cater for a variety of different types of people who may not want to run the route but rather trek the routes or brisk walk the routes with the ultimate objective of experincing some of the most beautiful parts of Sabah and with the intention of completing the entire route over the course of 2 days.
For the SAC 2013 Adventure Race, all competitors will compete on 1 race course and also
cover the same distance and difficulty levels presented by the race course director.
There are no extreme or adventure categories for the Adventure Race.
1.1: Do all teams start at the same time at the beginning of each day or will there be "staggered" starts?
Yes and No. All competitors start together. Ultra-trail runners may start at the same time as well unless the start involves a mountain bike section. If so, ultra-trail runners may start 1 or 2 minutes behind the adventure racing competitors and allow the faster competitors on bikes to get ahead of the runners or at a different location before or after the start of the adventure race. Much of this will depend on the final race course the race directors have put together.
1.2: Will there be scheduled snack breaks / water stops during the race, or is it up to each team to decide / organise what is best for them?
There are generally at least two water stations along the race course for teams to top up their water before proceeding. Responsibility lies with each team leader to ensure they have adequate drinking water from check point to check point for the distance they need to cover each day. Race officials will patrol the race course to check up on competitors who need assistance on sections we feel require additional over-sight by the organizers.
Teams will be advised where the water stations are before the start each day and it is their responsibility to top up on water before proceeding. Alternatively, they will need to improvise if it means collecting river water and purifying it sufficiently to make it safe for drinking.
The SAC does not encourage teams to drink river or stream water without cleaningthe water for consumption first.
Breakfast and Dinner will be provided for teams for the duration of the event from Friday morning till Sunday afternoon.
1.3: Will there be a schedule of events available for each day?
Yes and No. Yes in that you will only know what activities you will be doing the next day during the official briefing each night where the next day's course description and maps will be passed out and questions
We do not give out information about the race course before the race to anyone, including support crews or the media to ensure a fair playing field for all concerned. This applies to both adventure racers and ultra-trail runners.
1.4: Must I follow a particular road, trail or the race course notes to get from a CP to another CP regardless if I am on foot or mountain bike?
You should use the race course notes assigned to you with your topographic maps as an essential guide to getting from point A to B during the race because we feel/felt this was the safest/best option to get you from CP to CP in the shortest time possible without putting you or your team mate in danger or risk getting lost on a trail that maybe looked like a short cut but wasn't in reality. Competitors must be responsible when plotting their routes and figuring out what they should or shouldn't do in order to complete the race course in a reasonable period of time. Competitors also need to use a degree of common sense because more than likely, they may be putting themselves in trouble by taking a route that we had not recommended or even suggested.
Competitors are also reminded that they may NOT get the assistance of a vehicle or bicycle or to get transported around the race course, regardless of the distance. Anyone boarding a vehicle or using/getting on a mountain bike is breaking the rules and regulations of the race and will be automatically disqualified.
1.5: Any advice on the map reading?
Obvious, one member must be able to read, understand and use a topographic map. The maps are reasonably good and detailed enough. You need to determine distance’s on map’s, important check points, and villages that will assist you in navigating from check point to check point using basic compass, good sense of bearing and proper planning in success. Team dynamics are important and depending on other teams to navigate from point to point may sometimes not be a good idea. Speedometers are useful items to have for your bike to make distance calculations. However, GPS units are not allowed for use at any point in the race.
We use 1:50,000.00 scale topographic maps. A basic graps of being able to understand the maps is important and using a compass. As such, a race clinic has been organized in February and March 2011 with our partners in sport, Edge Adventure Sport. Please refer to our Updates Section of the website for details.
1.6: Could you give us some guidance on what type of special training we should be doing for the adventure racing category?
For adventure race competitors, focus on basic mountain biking skills going both uphill and downhill are essential; being able to do basic repairs to your bike, repairing flat’s and being able to ensure your physical abilities are up to par for a long 8 hour to 12 hour days are crucial in preparing not just your body and mind for a Sabah Adventure Challenge, but having the right attitude and team work with your partner.
Having a comfortable pace for running, jogging or brisk walking with your mandatory gear is important. Stay off the main roads and head out into the outback/bush or look for hills where you can get productive training hours spent on. Train as you would compete.
For the Ultra 60km trail run, expect village trekking routes and abandoned logging roads as part of your trekking routes each day. You need to be able to not only stay focused on dealing with whatever routes are presented to you by the race directors but also have the ultimate goal of finishing the race course.
You do not need to run the entire route and it is very possible to trek the routes or brisk walk the routes if you are able to keep a consistent speed and/or keep a steady pace.
it boils down to putting in the hours each week and getting yourself both physically and mentally prepared. Conditioning your body not only physically but also in the afternoon sun will help as well as trying to make your preparations as realistic as possible by putting in the distance and effort with your pack and gear on your back.
Work on basic orienteering skills with topographic maps available in your area and get friends to test your orienteering skills by getting out on a bike and following instructions on getting from point to point over the day during the hottest time of the day are some of the steps you may consider.
1.7 What is "homestay?"
It essentially means living with a local family in their home and using one of their rooms as an accomodation. All homes have a basic toilet and kitchen for you to use and also an opportunity to mix and interact with local families rather than isolate yourself in your tent at the end of the day and to just minggle with other competitors rather than truly discover what Sabah is all about and the experince of discovering what Sabahans are all about.
It was introduced in 2009 and has proven to be a successful option and we have introduced it yet again. However, the option for homestay accomodations is not available for the 2013 event.
1.8 Can I pull out of the race at any point and continue the next day?
Yes you can. There will be a designated location each day where teams or individuals can opt to pull out. Individuals who withdraw at any point in the race CANNOT continue the race on the day but may continue with the permission of the race director the following day. The race director has the final say on all issues relating to competitors being allowed to compete each day.
1.9 Will meals be provided during the event?
Yes. We will be providing a basic breakfast and dinner for competitors from Friday, 6th April till Saturday evening at the finish point before you board the buses to head back to Kota Kinabalu on the 7th April 2011. A prize giving lunch will be organized in Kota Kinabalu on the 8th April 2011. No additional charges need to be paid.
2.0 What is the breakdown of mountain biking vs running/hiking vs water activities for the adventure race of SAC 2013?
There are no specific rules or formula's for each year's race course. The race directors put together a race course that is challenging each year based on their experince and knowledge of the area's in question where the race is organized and it may included more hiking than mountain biking, or longer mountain biking sections as opposed to hiking sections. Teams and individuals must be prepared mentally and physically for a combination of mountain biking and trekking over the three days. This is the challenge put forward by the SAC and its course directors and for competitors to attempt to complete within the designated time given.
Assume a 60%-70% mountain biking section and 30%-40% trail running/hiking section for all competitors but this may vary day to day or year to year +/- 10% or 15% either side of mountain biking vs trail running/hiking.
2.1: What are the changes to the format of SAC 2013?
1.No changes to the 3 day adventure race format. However, the ultra now is a 3 day event and covers a longer distance of up to 75 kilometers over the 3 days.
2.All competitors will be accomodated from the 28th March-1st April 2013 at Mesilau Resort and then post-race at Hotel Mega D'Aru (only available for none Kota Kinabalu residents). Check out time on the 1st April at Hotel Mega D'Aru is 12;00pm. Competitors may extend their stay by booking their extensions directly through the hotel.
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