Ever innovative, the RacingThePlanet team will spend the next two weeks in the Outback finalising the course which will take competitors through The Kimberley – a remote and harsh landscape with a strong Aboriginal history.
If you are interested in taking part in this race PLEASE NOTE: registration is expected to close SOON. Please go to www.RacingThePlanet.com to register.
The Kimberley travel guide says it is “one of the remotest, wildest and most beautiful regions on earth.”
The setting for this race is amazing. The Kimberley is located in the northern part of Western Australia, bordered on the west by the Indian Ocean, on the north by the Timor Sea, on the south by the Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts, and on the east by the Northern Territory.
It covers an area of 423,517 square kilometres (163,521 sq miles), which is about three times the size of England or comparable to the size of California or 15% larger than Japan or twice the size of Victoria or one sixth the size of Western Australia. It has an estimated population of 38,000.
Mankind, the Aborigines, have lived in The Kimberley for at least 40,000 years.
It consists mainly of ancient, steep-sided mountain ranges from which the extreme climate has removed most soil except in the valleys of the Ord and Fitzroy Rivers in the southern part of the region. Although none of the mountains reach even 1,000 metres (3,281 ft), there is so much steep land as to make much of the region very difficult to traverse, especially during the wet season when even sealed roads are often flooded.
It will be very interesting to see which route RacingThePlanet has chosen… please watch this space.
The Bungle Bungle Range
True to form with RacingThePlanet there is another quirk to this intended race… The Kimberley is also the hottest part of Australia. Mean maximum temperatures are almost always above 30 °C (86 °F) – even in July, and ranging in November, before the rains break, from 37 °C (99 °F) on the coast to 40 °C (104 °F) in the south around Halls Cree.
Something to look forward to!