Adventure Racing at Tyler State Park - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Uploaded by TexasParksWildlife on 17.01.2012

Transcript:
(birds singing)
>> VISITORS USUALLY COME TO
TYLER STATE PARK TO FISH,
CAMP, OR JUST ENJOY SOME
NATURAL TRANQUILITY.
BUT ONCE IN AWHILE, A NEW
BREED OF VISITOR SHOWS UP
AT THE PARK, A GROUP WITH
A VERY DIFFERENT WAY
OF ENJOYING NATURE.
>> IF YOU CRAVE ADVENTURE,
NEED A CHALLENGE AND THE
OUTDOORS IS WHERE YOU
LOVE TO SPEND TIME.
IT'S THE STEELSPORTS PAIN IN
THE PINES ADVENTURE CHALLENGE
AT TYLER STATE PARK.
>> IT IS AN ADVENTURE IF YOU
PARTICIPATE IN IT.
>> YOU KNOW MOST PEOPLE JUST
KINDA GO 'OH YOU,
YOU'RE CRAZY.'
>> I THINK IT'S JUST PEOPLE
WHO LIKE THE OUTDOORS.
IT'S THE AFTERNOON BEFORE A
DAY-LONG TEST OF ENDURANCE,
OUTDOOR SKILLS, TEAMWORK,
AND INSANITY,
CALLED AN ADVENTURE RACE.
>> MOST PEOPLE WHEN THEY THINK
ABOUT IT, THEY THINK, 'OH,
SO IT'S AN OFFROAD TRIATHLON.'
YOU HAVE BIKING, YOU HAVE
WATER SPORTS, YOU HAVE
TREKKING, RUNNING OR WHATEVER.
HOWEVER, ADVENTURE RACING IS
A TEAM SPORT.
>> THE TEAMWORK BEGINS AS
RACERS SET UP CAMP, READY
THEIR EQUIPMENT, AND PREPARE
THEMSELVES FOR THE DAY AHEAD.
>> 283, 31 IS YOUR
EAST-ERLING, AND THAT'S WHAT
YOUR DIRECTION OF TRAVEL
NEEDS TO BE.
>> BUT RACERS KNOW YOU
CAN'T PREPARE FOR EVERYTHING.
(thunder and rain)
>> YOU'LL HAVE PLENTY OF
BLISTERS, AND A RACE LIKE
THIS THAT CAN TAKE 12 PLUS
HOURS IT'S TRULY ABOUT
TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF.
WE PAY GOOD MONEY TO COME
DO THIS STUFF.
>> YOU'RE GONNA GET SOAKED
ANYWAY, EITHER SWEATING
OR RAINING, IT DOESN'T MAKE
MUCH DIFFERENCE.
>> LIGHTNING DELAYS THE RACE
START, BUT THE RAIN DOESN'T
STOP THE RACERS.
>> IT'S CALLED AN ADVENTURE
RACE, AND RAIN BRINGS PART
OF THE ADVENTURE.
>> IS THIS THE CHECK-IN
TO THE MENTAL HOSPITAL?
>> THE DYNAMIC HEALTH RACING
TEAM FROM AUSTIN, BEGINS
AS A FAVORITE TO WIN THE
12 HOUR EVENT.
BUT EXPERIENCED ADVENTURE
RACERS KNOW OUTCOMES ARE
HARD TO PREDICT.
>> KEEP YOUR FOOTING,
BE CAREFUL.
I RAN THROUGH THE TRAILS
AND I GOT WET.
LET'S RACE.
GO!
(music)
>> WE'RE GOING TO START WITH A
TRAIL RUN, AND AFTER THAT
IT'S ANYBODY'S GUESS.
(music)
>> IT'S REALLY INTENSE AT THE
BEGINNING OF THE RACE,
AND PEOPLE ARE PACKED TOGETHER.
IT'S JUST FAST PACED, UH,
I MEAN YOU'RE RACING.
>> TEAM NAME?
>> MAGELLAN.
>> BETWEEN EACH EVENT OR LEG
THAT TEAMS DO, THEY'LL COME
BACK HERE TO TRANSITION
TO THE NEXT LEG.
TEAMS ARE NOT GOING TO KNOW
WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO
HAVE TO DO NEXT.
>> WE GIVE THEM THE
INSTRUCTIONS AND THEN THEY GO
BACK TO THEIR TRANSITION AREA
AND GET ALL THE EQUIPMENT
THEY'RE GOING TO NEED TO
COMPLETE THAT AS A TEAM.
>> RANDALL, WHAT HAPPENED
TO YOUR CANOE?
>> I DON'T KNOW.
(music)
>> IT'S A SURVIVAL THING...
HEY, CAN I SURVIVE THIS?
>> IT STARTS OUT PURE
ENJOYMENT.
ESPECIALLY IF YOU GET UP
IN THE LEAD.
AND THEN, SOMEWHERE ALONG
THE LINE YOU MAKE YOUR
FIRST MISTAKE AND IT GETS
A LITTLE LESS ENJOYABLE.
>> WHAT'S NEXT?
>> IT'S TREK!
>> TREK!
SORRY!
I COULD HAVE SWORN
THEY SAID BIKE.
>> DO YOU WANT ME TO PUT SOME
MORE AIR IN YOUR TIRES?
>> WE'RE NOT RIDING YET!
>> IT'S A TREK!
>> AFTER THE FIRST TWO EVENTS,
DYNAMIC HEALTH RACING
IS IN THE LEAD.
BUT THE NEXT EVENT, TREKKING,
OR ORIENTEERING, CAN BE THE
MOST UNPREDICTABLE OF ALL.
>> THEY GIVE YOU NUMBERS
AND THEN YOU PLOT ON A
TOPOGRAPHICAL MAP WHERE
THESE POINTS ARE AND THEN
YOU GO FIND THEM.
(music)
>> POINT 6 K.
>> 15!
>> THERE'S NOTHING LIKE DOING
SOMETHING THAT'S ALMOST
IMPOSSIBLE WITH A GROUP OF
PEOPLE AND THEN GETTING
THROUGH IT 'CAUSE IT
BONDS YOU.
I WAS IN ONE OF THE LOCAL
BIKE SHOPS IN AUSTIN
AND THERE WAS A FLYER FOR
THIS 24 HOUR ADVENTURE RACE.
I PICKED IT UP AND I CALLED A
BUNCH OF FRIENDS WHO SAID,
'NO, NO, NO, YOU'RE CRAZY,
YOU'RE CRAZY' UM, AND I FOUND
A COUPLE OF FRIENDS WHO SAID
SURE, YOU KNOW I'LL TRY IT,
AND WE DID AND IT WAS AN
EXPERIENCE AND I FELL IN
LOVE WITH THE SPORT.
>> CLEARLY A NUMBER OF PEOPLE
HAVE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH
ADVENTURE RACING.
>> IT IS GROWING.
AND WE'VE BEEN UP TO THE
PANHANDLE, AND WE'VE ALSO
BEEN DOWN TO MARTIN DIES
STATE PARK.
>> OH EXCELLENT FOR THE
STATE PARKS.
>> UH, TEXAS HAS BECOME A PRETTY
HOT SPOT FOR GOOD RACES.
>> BUT TODAY'S RACE IS NOT
LOOKING SO GOOD FOR RANDALL
AND ROBYN'S TEAM.
ALMOST AN HOUR INTO THEIR
TREK, THE FIRST POINT STILL
ELUDES THEM.
>> WE'RE ON THIS SIDE OF THE RAVINE THOUGH, I'M TELLING YOU. >> NO NO NO.
>> WE HAD A COUPLE OF EARLY
ON ERRORS IN NAVIGATION
THAT KIND OF THREW US OFF.
>> I MIS-PLOTTED A POINT.
EVERY TIME IS A
LEARNING EXPERIENCE.
>> THE USUAL FIRST POINT,
HARD TO FIND.
>> THE PARK BOUNDARY'S
RIGHT THERE.
>> YEAH THERE'S TIMES WHERE WE
YELL AT EACH OTHER
OCCASIONALLY.
AND THEN WE REGROUP
AND KEEP GOING.
>> THE TEAM EVENTUALLY REGAINS
THEIR BEARINGS AND FINDS
THE FIRST POINT.
BUT PRECIOUS TIME
HAS BEEN LOST.
>> YOU NEVER QUIT RACING.
>> THAT WAY?
(tires on pavement)
(gears grinding)
>> WEATHER HAS CLOSED THE
TRAILS, SO THE MOUNTAIN BIKING
EVENT HAS BECOME A ROAD RACE.
(music)
>> A THOUSAND THINGS CAN
HAPPEN IN AN ADVENTURE RACE.
YOUR BIKE CAN BREAK, I MEAN
YOU KNOW, PIECES FALL OFF,
UH, IT'S JUST YOU NEVER KNOW.
THAT'S ANOTHER KIND OF THING
THAT YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH,
WHICH MAKES IT KIND OF COOL
OR MISERABLE.
>> THE HILLS OFFER A DIFFERENT
VARIETY OF EXERCISE.
IT'S NOT JUST A RACE AGAINST
THE OTHER TEAMS BUT A RACE
AGAINST YOURSELF.
>> WHILE THE RAIN SIMPLIFIES
THE BIKING, IT COMPLICATES
THE SPECIAL TESTS.
>> MYSTERY EVENTS OR SPECIAL
TESTS ARE USUALLY DESIGNED
AROUND THE CONCEPT OF
A TEAM CHALLENGE.
>> HOW COME YOU'VE GOT STITCHES
IN YOUR FOREHEAD, BRIAN?
>> SHUT UP!
>> IT CAN BE EITHER PHYSICAL
OR MENTAL, WHERE TEAMS
HAVE TO SAY, 'OKAY, HOW ARE
WE GOING TO WORK TOGETHER
TO ACHIEVE THIS?'
>> WE NEED TO BE ON OUR BIKES
IN 30 SECONDS.
>> DYNAMIC HEALTH RACING IS
STILL IN THE GAME,
BUT THE SETBACKS CONTINUE.
>> I HAVE A FLAT TIRE!
>> YOU HAVE A FLAT TIRE?
>> YEP.
>> LET'S GO!
>> JUST KEEP MOVING, MAYBE
SLOW, BUT KEEP MOVING
AND YOU'LL GET THERE.
>> ONCE THE RAIN STOPPED
AND THE SUN STARTED TO
COME OUT A LITTLE BIT,
PADDLING ON THE LAKE,
THAT WAS GREAT.
>> ONE THING NICE ABOUT
ADVENTURE RACING IS THE
WHOLE FAMILY CAN GET INVOLVED
WITH IT.
HE STARTED WHEN HE WAS PRETTY
YOUNG AND HE'S, NOW HE'S
SURPASSED ME, SO.
HE LET'S ME RACE WITH
HIM NOW AND THEN.
EXCEPT I PAY FOR IT.
>> YEAH, WELL.
>> ROBYN, DON'T LET ME FALL.
>> AS LONG AS YOU CAN GO OUT
WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT
YOU'RE REAL GOOD FRIENDS WITH,
YOU CAN FINISH ANY
ADVENTURE RACE.
>> BY LATE AFTERNOON,
TEAMS BEGIN TO
CROSS THE FINISH LINE...
A SATISFYING MOMENT,
NO MATTER WHEN IT HAPPENS.
>> I THINK WE CAME IN
SIXTH PLACE.
AND UH, THAT'S NOT TOO BAD.
BUT UH, WE LIKE THE 1ST,
2ND, OR 3RD BETTER.
FINISHING IS THE
ULTIMATE GOAL.
FINISHING HIGHER UP IN
THE RANK IS KIND OF AN
ALTERNATIVE GOAL.
IT WAS A GOOD DAY.
>> AT THE END OF THE DAY,
THE RACERS CLEAN UP,
PACK UP AND HEAD HOME.
AND CALM AND TRANQUILITY
RETURN TO TYLER STATE PARK...
AT LEAST FOR NOW.
>> I RACED THIS RACE LAST YEAR
AND HAD SO MUCH FUN I HAD TO
COME BACK THIS YEAR.
>> WE'LL DEFINITELY BE BACK.
(music)
>> EVERY TIME I FINISH A RACE,
I'M GLAD I DID IT.