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“ I may be biased as a life long Queenslander, but North Queensland is a perfect location to showcase adventure racing in Australia. The variety of terrain, tough but beautiful weather conditions, wildlife, rainforest and welcoming communities will provide a unique experience to all coming, especially international competitors. I’ve just spent my summer holidays in the region but Red Bull Defiance will be no holiday; more like pain in paradise! ”

Courtney Atkinson - RED BULL ATHLETE

THE ROUTE

Red Bull Defiance is made up of six key stages spread over 2 days. There are also mystery disciplines that test the teams skills and courage. Each day has a run, bike and water-based activity, but the difficulty of each is different on each day. There is no doubt that day 1 is the most physically demanding in terms of endurance. How teams ‘race’ on day 1 will have a profound impact on how competitors feel for day 2. The course navigates through stunning and varied terrain, taking competitors through rainforest and coastal environments. Those teams that make it to the finish will be able to reflect on the challenge; the intensity and the reward of completing an epic multi day adventure race against the stunning backdrop of the Cassowary Coast of far North Queensland. Good luck!

  • Day 1 (Stages 1 :: 2 :: 3)
  • Day 2 (Stages 4 :: 5 :: 6)

A big day for a big race! Teams start with a wild raft down the Tully River Gorge. A succession of rapids will see adrenaline levels rising as teams make their way downstream to the first Transition. Next up is a classic run through the rainforest, with teams climbing 1100m on the way. Midway along the route teams will take on a mystery challenge. The final stage of Day 1 is an iconic mountain bike ride along then Gorrell Track. Technical, challenging terrain will test tired teams to the limit. Those who have taken their time will have to watch out for the cut off. Watch out for all sorts of interesting fauna and flora on this epic day of adventure. 

The second day of racing at Red Bull Defiance Australia has a coastal theme and will be fast and furious. Teams start on their bikes from Race HQ and will enjoy some golden sand, single track and mountain bike park action. Then it’s a ocean paddle to visit the islands offshore. On arrival at Dunk Island, teams will leave their kayaks and head off on a run over the summit ridge, before heading back to they kayaks. A couple of mystery activities on the islands will add further spice to the day. A short paddle back to the mainland is followed by a run up the beach to the finish, bringing the event to a close for those mentally and physically strong enough to Defy the Odds.

  • Two days of amazing racing
  • Six unique stages
  • MULTIPLE RACE DISCIPLINES
  • HOW WILL YOU DEFY THE ODDS?

DAY 1

DAY 2

WATCH OUT FOR OTHER 'MYSTERY' DISCIPLINES TO TEST YOUR SKILLS AND STAMINA!

ROUTE STATS

STAGE # STAGE NAME DISCIPLINE DISTANCE ALT GAIN/LOSS EST FAST TIME EST SLOW TIME
Stage 1
Tully River
Run/Raft
10km
+0m/-100m
1hr 10m
1hr 20m
Stage 2
Cannabullen
Run
24km
+1080m/-440m
2hr 45m
5hr 30m
Stage 3
Gorrell
Mountain Bike
53km
+1100m/-1600m
3hr 30m
5hr 20m
Stage 4
Musgravea
Mountain Bike
28km
+150m/-150m
1hr 30m
2hr 30m
Stage 5
Thorpe Island
Kayak
19km
+0m/-0m
2hr 05m
4hr 00m
Stage 6
Dunk Island
Run/Kayak
19km
+280m/-280m
2hr 05m
4hr 00m

TOTAL

153km

+2610m/-2570m

13hr 05m

22hr 40m

 * Fast and slow times are estimates and exclude transition stops!

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