Pangea Adventure Racing: Atomic Adventure Race

May 31, 2014

Atomic AR

SPORT 5 Hour and ELITE 30 Hour Adventure Race

 
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Thank You to everyone that came out and everyone who helped out at the 2014 Atomic AR. Despite being grueling at times, the 30 hours flew by rather quickly and both races went off without too much trouble.
 
We were stretched pretty thin in terms of support but everyone worked hard to keep the racers focussed on their task. Besides our normal crop of volunteers, we must thank the few outside helpers that came through huge for us throughout.
 
Jennifer (with a baby on the way) was with us for the duraction and supported the Elite race at the remote Bull TA while we had to focus on the Sport race. She also grabbed the food and drinks for the end at the last minute which was huge. Christina (with a one year-old to manage) helped during check-in and pitched in at Bull TA which was great. Lisa managed the remote Sport TA for us and Travis showed up Sunday morning without much notice to ensure the final Boat TA was taken care of. Couldn't have done it without them.
 
Also we want to thank the racers for all of their help. Everyone treated us and volunteers wonderfully no matter how beat up they were. They loaded and unloaded bins, bikes, boats and were just generally helpful throughout. Thank you for supporting us.
 

 
In the Elite, the field was an awesome mix of high quality teams down to first time rookies just looking for an adventure. No matter where you fell on that scale you reached points during the race where you were just spent.
 
The beginning of the course was modified so that we didn't have to cancel the single-track biking portion due to the threat of impending rain. The teams got out there and experienced a really fun ride that brought a great element to the race.
 
Big thanks to SORBA, the US Forest Service, and other user groups for maintaining these great trails. It is rare to find a high-quality mutli-use trail like this where bikers, hikers, and horse riders all the share the land.
 
With the sun shining through most of Saturday, teams dug-in at Bull Mountain for the first of two elite-level navigational challenges. These control placements were very remote and took the racers to places that are probably not often traveled by anyone.
 
From there it was a painful stretch climbing Winding Stair Gap on bike en route to Frying TA. This ride was a killer as at all times the racers were powering themselves up the mountain. As the sun started dissapearing so the did the warmth and that's when the rain began. Nobody came out of that ride in good shape and many got to the top ready to huddle-up in the back of a U-haul truck for hours.
 
The Foot section at this TA was the second big navigational challenge. The difficulty of this remote portion was compounded by rain, cold, and fog which made visiblity extremely hard. Kudos to Checkpoint Zero and Team Bright Byte for being the only teams to visit all eight controls despite being at it for an incredible amount of time.
 
The rain stopped as the sun returned Sunday morning for the Bike to Boat finish to the race. The teams that kept at it were rewarded with a fun Paddle along the moving water of the Toccoa River with the warming sun pitching in with some support.
 
We would like to offer our congratulations to Checkpoint Zero for being the only team to clear this course notching a very impressive victory. Their fued with second place Rev/MK continues after exchanging victories in the past two Sea 2 Sea ARs. We look forward to letting these two teams duke it out any future event as it is fun to watch.
 
The champions of this race from 2012, Team Bright Byte, were steadfast in their approach and were so close to clearing the course. If they would have made it back from the Frying Foot Nav an hour or so sooner they could have had a chance to paddle the final three-point Boat section in time.
 
Rounding out the Top-5, defending champions Rib Mountain Racing and perrenial contenders Layer 3 did a phenominal job visting most of the course.
 
Every Elite team was given a tremendous challenge this year and should all be proud of what they accomplished.
 

 
Onto the Sport race where we had a spirited group of teams who got a fun and fast moving adventure.
 
It started on Boat with with a splash of whitewater along the Toccoa River. Even teams that capsized were having a great time standing up to dump out their boat.
 
The Biking was fast mostly on service roads but the Foot section offered a real taste of the remote control placements that the Elite teams were treated to. The length between points was condensed in comparison, but finding these CPs took a lot of skill and put the racers in places not often seen.
 
The Cow Tipping Dwarfs traveled from Florida to defend their win from last year and succeeded again taking first. The top-five all cleared the course which is a great thing to see.
 
A few teams were familiar but the large majority of racers were new to us or have only raced the Atomic AR in the past. It was nice to meet all of you and hopefully you visit us sometime in Florida. 
 

 
Start/Finish Location:
171 Indian Village Rd
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
 
The town of Blue Ridge and surrounding Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest offer a lot of great ground to cover and the terrain is favorable for our unique competitions. We continue to enjoy our time here and look forward to having this race here in the future.
 

 
The Atomic AR is sanctioned by the United States Adventure Racing Association (USARA) with the Ellite race being a Regional Qualifier for the USARA National Championship
 
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Registration Deadlines

Early ends: 04/01/2014

Regular ends: 04/29/2014

Late ends: 05/26/2014


Sport Race Leaderboard

 
#
Div
Team Name
Trek
Paddle
Bike
Pts
Time
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    1
    M-2
    Cow Tipping Dwarfs
    6
    3
    5
    14
    03:40:48
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    2
    C-4
    Team Broken Toe
    6
    3
    5
    14
    04:09:50
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    3
    C-3
    Coconutz
    6
    3
    5
    14
    04:25:59
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    4
    C-3
    Pied Piper
    6
    3
    5
    14
    04:37:10
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    5
    M-2
    FYounicorns
    6
    3
    5
    14
    04:42:45
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    6
    F-2
    She got kick
    5
    3
    5
    13
    04:23:50
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    7
    M-2
    Y'all seen a chicken? 'Bout yay big?
    5
    3
    5
    13
    04:23:51
  • Show Team Details
    8
    M-3
    Flying Pints
    3
    3
    5
    11
    04:34:40
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    9
    C-3
    Redemption
    4
    3
    3
    10
    04:44:41
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    10
    M-4
    Corronchos+1
    3
    3
    5
    10
    05:08:14
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    11
    M-2
    Mountain Marauders
    3
    3
    2
    8
    04:15:35
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    12
    F-2
    Wildlings II
    3
    3
    2
    8
    04:45:00
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    13
    C-3
    Wildlings
    3
    3
    2
    8
    04:46:00
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    14
    M-2
    Slow & Infused
    2
    3
    0
    5
    03:26:23

Elite Race Leaderboard

 
#
Div
Team Name
Trek
Paddle
Bike
Pts
Time
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    1
    C-4
    Checkpoint Zero
    15
    3
    26
    44
    27:09:55
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    2
    C-4
    Rev3/MK
    12
    3
    26
    41
    28:57:31
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    3
    M-3
    Team Bright Byte
    15
    0
    26
    41
    29:07:11
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    4
    C-3
    Rib Mountain Racing
    9
    3
    26
    38
    27:13:20
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    5
    C-3
    Layer 3
    9
    3
    26
    38
    28:43:00
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    6
    C-3
    Adventure Capitalists/BDAR
    8
    3
    25
    36
    28:46:10
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    7
    C-2
    Adventure Capitalists/BDAR
    8
    3
    25
    36
    28:46:11
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    8
    M-3
    NCARS Trio
    8
    3
    24
    35
    29:54:35
  • Show Team Details
    9
    M-3
    Canyoneros
    8
    3
    22
    33
    27:35:03
  • Show Team Details
    10
    M-3
    NCARS.info
    8
    3
    22
    33
    28:11:20
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    11
    M-2
    Team JAX
    8
    3
    21
    32
    26:15:30
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    12
    M-2
    X
    7
    3
    21
    31
    26:49:55
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    13
    C-3
    Honey Stinger
    6
    3
    22
    31
    27:12:08
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    14
    M-3
    Tequila on Tuesday
    6
    3
    22
    31
    27:45:14
  • Show Team Details
    15
    M-2
    AR Militia
    7
    3
    19
    29
    25:12:18
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    16
    M-2
    404 Racing
    8
    3
    18
    29
    28:01:15
  • Show Team Details
    17
    C-2
    HVDRAphobia
    9
    3
    15
    27
    28:55:21
  • Show Team Details
    18
    C-2
    Team Super Frogs
    7
    3
    15
    25
    26:21:30
  • Show Team Details
    19
    F-3
    Crew Zen
    3
    3
    19
    25
    27:46:55
  • Show Team Details
    20
    C-3
    Off in the Woods
    4
    3
    17
    24
    26:07:05
  • Show Team Details
    21
    M-3
    TOML
    3
    3
    17
    23
    28:31:11
  • Show Team Details
    22
    C-3
    Team ROCGear-injinji
    7
    0
    15
    22
    22:34:50
  • Show Team Details
    23
    M-2
    The Derailleurs
    3
    3
    15
    21
    26:56:02
  • Show Team Details
    24
    M-2
    Knee Deep
    2
    3
    15
    20
    27:22:45
  • Show Team Details
    25
    M-4
    Running N Circles
    1
    0
    14
    15
    22:24:00
  • Show Team Details
    26
    M-3
    (ABS Racing) Arnold's Bike Shop
    2
    0
    13
    15
    24:36:51
  • Show Team Details
    27
    M-3
    DUR
    2
    0
    7
    9
    12:57:00
  • Show Team Details
    28
    M-2
    This is Gonna Hurt
    1
    0
    8
    9
    23:55:50
  • Show Team Details
    29
    C-3
    2 Guys and a Tunnel Digger
    0
    0
    7
    7
    24:58:18
  • Show Team Details
    30
    M-3
    Crossfit Garage
    7
    3
    23
    UF
    26:57:00
  • Show Team Details
    31
    M-2
    bro, do you even orientate
    5
    0
    12
    DQ
    14:49:00
  • Show Team Details
    32
    C-3
    Team Disoriented
    4
    0
    13
    DQ
    20:48:00
  • Show Team Details
    33
    M-3
    Drummond Racing
    3
    0
    14
    UF
    22:52:50
  • Show Team Details
    34
    M-2
    Lost World Adventures
    2
    0
    13
    DQ
    12:25:00