Women’s Adventure Race Skills Weekend’s

“We would have struggled through the event if we hadn’t done the skills weekend. No amount of fitness training prepares you for the skills required to do an adventure race.”

Need To Upskill Fast?

Would you like to fast track your learning in this awesome sport? So many factors come into play with adventure racing and it’s important to practice and up skill in all areas that make up a great team! But where do you start? Join us in Kapiti on November 28th and 29th or Auckland (just North) on the 13th and 14th Feb for a crash course to get you and your team up to speed- fast, for your next adventure race.
If you are new to adventure racing or want to build your skills so you have the confidence to enter or to perform better and step up to a longer race category, then this is for you. Come along on your own or as a team.

Auckland Feb 13th/14th (Now full- Please email to be waitlisted)

Waitlist request: kym@nzadventureretreats.com

Whangaparaoa Peninsula

The weekend is specifically tailored to what the group wants to learn and work on.  It will be run by the team that has won the long course 4 years in a row, come and learn some tips and tricks!

We will cover the following:

Practical skills sessions for mountain biking and trail/rough ground running (build your confidence)
Navigation tips and tricks (this is the key component of adventure racing and you can never do too much)
Navigating in the dark
Training schedules (how to get the most out of limited training time)
Nutrition pre-race and during the race (making your own real race food)
Mental motivation techniques (for yourself and your teammates)
Injury prevention (avoid letting your team down)

Gear choice and maintenance
Bike repairs
Fast and efficient transitions
Strategies for race day
Team roles (everyone should have a job to do)
Answers and advice on any of your questions. It will be a small group of likeminded women who are all on the same learning journey so it doesn’t matter what your fitness levels are or how experienced you are (or aren’t).
Spaces limited.

We will have specialists helping in different areas so you can maximise your learning and progress over the weekend.

Cost for the entire weekend $245 per person.

Our next skills weekend dates and locations are:

Cambridge September 5th and 6th- Completed

Kapiti November 28th and 29th- Full/Completed

Auckland February (Whangaparaoa Peninsula 13th and 14th) Full

We will be limited by numbers so if you think this sounds like something you need to attend register now!

Or call 0272500435


We asked some of the women who have attended our adventure race skills weekends to share what helped them through the race…

“I had one of those moments during the map reading session where the light bulb lit up!  Rach and Kym explained map reading concepts in lots of different ways to reach all learning styles!”

“Kym, Nic and Rach are all very experienced and successful adventure racers in their own right, but it was so beneficial that they broke down racing into skill areas where each of them had their own expertise and knowledge to share.”

“The navigation and map reading skills were invaluable, I still have a lot to learn, but without the knowledge gained from your course, it would have been a tougher day for sure.”

“I learnt a lot from your course, and it certainly helped make my race experience better. There are bits you told us that I didn’t do this time, but will certainly do next time to improve the experience even more, like get clip in pedals and have a snack box on the bike, actually try some recipes to have real food, invest in some good gear… the list goes on.”

“The skills weekend was set up so it was relatively fluid.  Because of this, our different needs/desired outcomes and skill levels were easily met.”

“Being a newbie to adventure racing and the family joke when it came to directions, the “sure, why not” response to doing the Adventure Race Skills Weekend soon became, “OMG, I am so pleased I did the Adventure Race Skills Weekend”.”

“So much was covered during the weekend: breaking down the map reading; simple bike maintenance tips; bike repairs; how to work as a team – the role of each team member; mountain biking skills; kayaking skills; useful tips and recommendations for during the race; and all put into practice over the weekend. “

“At the end of the weekend I thought “I’ve got this!”. Yes, I’d done the hill work, the long bike rides, the paddling, and read the compulsory gear list, BUT, I would have been underprepared in terms of what was involved in an adventure race and how to get through it. There were many times during the race where we said “remember what they said at the skills weekend …” which gave us the confidence to make the right decisions. The knowledge and advice Kym and her team shared over the weekend were invaluable – for any event – and I’ll definitely be doing another skills weekend before our next adventure race. Thanks Kym!”

“Doing the skills weekend with NZ Adventure Retreats was the best thing for our team. Not only did we get to spend the weekend getting to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses better, we also learnt so much about navigation, technical mountain bike skills, race nutrition and general race preparation.”

“Learning tips and tricks for map reading really improved how accurate we were on race day. The bike maintenance session made me realise how easy it is to look after my bike to keep it working smoothly and it sure rides better! I highly recommend the skills weekend with these amazing women, they are full of great information that they have built up over years of adventure racing themselves.”