Race Reports: Atomic AR 2014

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The 2014 Atomic AR was 30 hours of ups and downs.
 
Teams literally climbed to the tops of mountains and slid back down en route to finishing a very demanding course.
 
Luckily some of them documented their efforts in Race Reports that will live on forever. Let's take a look at some of the action...
 

 
The rivalry continues as Rev3/MK again went head-to-head with Checkpoint Zero in one of our big-time races. The teams exchanged victories at the past two 72 hour Sea 2 Sea ARs and met for the first time on the Atomic stage.
 
They ended up first and second place again with CPZ pulling it out this time. Despite that Rev3/MK did great as always and hopefully this helped tune them up for the Untamed New England race later this year.
 
In the team's race report, Britt describes the second long Foot Navigation section at Fryingpan Gap. This portion took place after the long upwards climb of Winding Stair Gap on bike and after the sun went down. The conditions were rough and this is where they left their only three CPs on the course:
 
Trekking 9:35:00 14.9 mi (38:35 / mi)
O course #2. Brutal. Lots of thick bushwacking, azimuths, and long pacecounts. Spent a short time on the Benton-Mackaye and Appalachian Trails. When we got up on the ridge where CP39 was located (cool dead tree), the downpour began. Wind, rain, fog made for low visibility. Track shows we were all over around it, but we started the attack too far west. Rather than go all the way down and reattack, we moved on to the next CP. Saw an incredible amount of salamanders. The rain really brought them out. Nailed the rest of the CPs we went for. Skipped the 44 and 45 due to time constraints and significant bushwacks.
 
You can read their full race report here:
 

 
The Canyoneros continued their successful climb up the ladder with a great ninth-place finish at the Atomic AR. The team came in a few years back as rookies and jumped right into the fire going after any long challenge they could never worrying about leaderboard placement but about learning the craft.
 
Their race reports are always fun to read and this one includes a crash, a meeting with a deadly rattlesnake, and of course great pictures and videos from the course.
 
The team also valiantly attempted to describe the Winding Stair Gap uphill climb to Frying TA:
 
CP37 to the next transition area (Frying TA) was very long on the map. Should be pretty easy with no navigation right? Nope. We went uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill, and uphill.
 
And then we went uphill some more, and uphill some more, and uphill, and uphill some more, and uphill some more, and uphill some more, and uphill some more, and uphill some more, and uphill some more, and uphill some more, and uphill some more, and uphill some more, and uphill some more, and uphill some more, and uphill some more, and uphill some more...until my altimeter read 3200ft!
 
This was a death march. It took about an hour and a half to walk our bikes up 7km. We saw teams just dying going up this mountain. I could just picture the race director laughing at the thought of us racers wringing our guts out after 20hrs of race.
 
Of course there was no race director manically laughing while everyone tortured themselves but it was an incredible challenge that represents a true part of AR.
 
You can read their full race report here:
 

 
The teams of Tequila on Tuesday and Honey Stinger teamed up for (most) of the event and had a long exhausting time like everyone else. Thankfully they enjoyed their rapid filled paddle into the finish to cap off another great effort.
 
Their race report is full of great info and great stories including what happens when you hear a tree fall in the woods but can't see far enough in any direction to know if it is falling on you.
 
They put together a video condensing the entire journey into four short minutes:
 
 
You can read their full race report here:
 

 
The (mis)adventures of Team Disoriented continued as the trio took on their longest race to date at the Atomic AR. In fact, going into this event they had only completed four races with combined duration of 29 hours in their short history in the sport. Kudos to them for surviving this one.
 
Things got off to a great start when teammate Ana got car sick on the ride to Blue Ridge due to the twisty mountain roads. If you spend a week up there you'll find the flat Florida roads do become very noticable and welcoming.
 
The self-admitted AR newbies came away with a boat-load of new experience and stories to tell for years to come. Despite taking the DQ, the team raced for over 20 hours and had success nabbing 17 CPs.
 
Their race report is loaded with humor detailing their entire trip with various videos as well. This short one shows a very rewarding moment finding CP 28 in the pitch black:
 
 
You can read their full race report here:

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