From the race director

The highlands in the centre of Germany offer perfect adventure race conditions. I believe we’ve succeeded to put a race together that will meet your expectations. The start of the race will be on a location with breathtaking views of the region. The race course will take you in several stages to steep hills on foot, quick descends by bike, plenty of water to paddle substantially, some special tasks and finally back to the finish line at Campingplatz Auenland. Each stage will have a different difficulty in terrain and/or navigation. So in some stages it might be difficult to find your way and therefore hard to move forward, others will be designed to maintain maximum speed. Like every year we have integrated all the ways to navigate we could think of, but made one exception… We’ve listened to your feedback on our survey and left out the strip-routes!

See you all in Auenland!

Axel Posthumus


Race timetable

This timetable is an indication. Please come back later on to see the final timetable or check the newsletters. Use this time schedule in order to plan your trip to Auenland.

16:30 - 18:00Check-in
16:30 - 18:00Materials check
18:00Deadline MTB hand-in
19:00 + Official waiting time at TAFinish
19:30 - 21:00Check-in
19:30 - 21:00Materials check
06:00 - 06:45MTB hand-in
19:00 + Official waiting time at TAFinish
For everybody
22:00Prize giving ceremony
09:00Recovery breakfast


The Auenland Adventure Race is partner of the Dutch Adventure Race Series (DARS) and the German Adventure Race Series (GARS). The rules that we apply are the ones stated by the DARS. Please check:


Mandatory gear

Official race bib1x per competitorProvided by organization.
Personal ID- and insurance card1x per competitorIn case of emergency, can be a copy.
Whistle1x per competitorEach competitor must carry at all times a whistle that is pea-less and functional in wet conditions. It must be easily accessible at all times to sound an alert if required.
Water bottle or bladder1x per competitorMust contain at least 1,5 litre.
Mountain bike1x per competitorMountain Bike appropriate for adventure racing and with properly working brakes. This will be checked up front. No road or cyclocross bikes and no race or triathlon handlebars.
Helmet1x per competitorCycle helmet with an approved safety standard certification. (e.g. CE, UIAA or country equivalent).
Front light *)1x per competitorFront facing white light. May be head or handlebar mounted.
Rear light *)1x per competitorRear facing red light. Must be mounted on the bicycle. Recommended spare rear light is carried amongst team.
MTB repair set1x per teamBasic repair items: 2 spare tubes, patch kit, tyre levers, pump. Can stay on the MTB.
Bicycle bell1x per competitorFor your own safety when on the public road.
Shell layer top (jacket)1x per competitorThe shell/ outer layer jacket must be waterproof, windproof & breathable as specified by the manufacturer. Jacket must have a hood, seams tape sealed and suitable for potentially extreme conditions in an adventure race.
Headlamp1x per competitorLight source (such as headlamp), waterproof with the required batteries for the section of the race. Different light sources may be used in different disciplines e.g. headlamp, cycle lights.
Magnetic compass1x per teamQuality compasses for accurate navigation. Compass must have a needle balanced to the magnetic zone of the race. Watch compasses do not meet these requirements.
Smartphone1x per teamSmartphone with fully charged battery and in a waterproof bag/case.
First aid kit1x per teamSee details about the content below.
Covid clearance1x per competitorCovid test result or proof of vaccination / recovery

*) Not needed for teams competing in the Middle race.

First aid kit

First aid kit is based on the guidelines setup by the DARS.

First aid bag1x per teamFirst aid contents specified below and further to your own opinion. Must be contained in a waterproof bag.
Emergency blanket1x per competitorSheet or bag of material coated in a metallic reflective agent. Used in emergencies to reflect heat. Can be used to counter hypothermia, but also provide shade or aid in visibility. (Note bags can deteriorate over time).
Pressure bandage (elastic/ crepe)1x per team2m long x 7,5cm wide. Total length of bandage is minimum of 2 metres and minimum width is 7.5cm un-stretched. Multiple bandages are permitted. Used to create localised pressure to site of injury or wound.
Band-aid4x per teamUsed to cover minor abrasions and cuts.
Strapping tape (sport tape / adhesive / surgical tape)1x per teamOne roll of strapping tape. Minimum of 1 meter. Can be used to secure bandages or dressings and in improvised splints.
Wound dressing (sterile)2x per teamDressing minimum dimensions 7.5cm x 7.5cm each. Applied to wound to prevent further harm and promote healing. Self adhesive or used in conjunction with a bandage. Gauze dressing with nonstick film recommended.
ORS sachets2x per teamPrevent dehydration.

Both participants need to be able to show all mandatory items throughout the entire race. The team will get a reduction in race points if one of the items is not present unless items have been used in the race and this can be proved.

Recommended gear

Food & drinks
Bike map holder
Waterproof map case
Cash money (pay by card is not as common as in the Netherlands)
Fluorescent and waterproof marker
Map plotting corner ruler
Additional dry clothes
Waterproof phone case / bag
Drybag to cover your backpack in full (or all your stuff in your backpack)
Power bank for your smartphone
Bike tire repair kit

Keep in mind that you always have to take all your equipment with you. At a transition area you can only leave your bike with drinking bottles, small food bag (gels & bars) and your repair kit. Helmet, cycling shoes and other gear needs to go in your backpack, on your head, under your arm… as long as you take it with you 🙂

Prohibited gear

Maps (printed and digital) other than supplied by the organization.
GPS equipment (GPS watches without maps are allowed).
Devices with communications/ internet capabilities and items that could potentially assist with navigation. Your cell phone can ONLY be used for scanning CPs using the iOrienteering app.
Performance-enhancing drugs.