Canada Man / Woman Triathlon
The Canada Man / Woman is part of the XtriWorldTour world series of extreme triathlons and claims to be the ultimate long distance triathlon! It takes place in the Lac Mégantic region on a breathtaking route, in the heart of the Canadian forest and mountains, which links 3.8 km of swimming on Lac Mégantic with a departure from dawn; 180 km of cycling along the Route des Sommets (2,500 m of elevation gain); 42 km of road and trail running with an ultimate arrival at the top at the Mont Mégantic Observatory (1200 m of elevation gain)! This triathlon is one of the most intense, wildest and most beautiful in North America.

Wreck Dives on the French Riviera – L’espingole
Welcome to the first episode of our series dedicated to wreck diving on the French Mediterranean coast between Toulon and Saint Tropez. In this episode, Eric, diving instructor, takes us on L’Espingole a French counter torpedo boat which sank in 1903 after hitting a reef. The 56 m long wreck lies at 40 m depth. Discover its steel skeleton sheltering a rich fauna and flora (groupers, morays, congers …) in a magical atmosphere.

Kite Masters 2019 Episode 3 – Kite Foil Series
Welcome to the third episode of the Kite Masters Series 2019! The series that flies you around the world, together with the very best athletes from one of the most exciting, fast, extreme and stylish sports. Kiteboarding! In this Episode we are traveling on the other side of the world in Weifang China for the second act of the Kitefoil World Series and see if Toni Vodisek can keep up with his great performance beating and second fleet after Gizzeria.

2019 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championship
Shaoxing – China hosts for four days the 2019 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in the beautiful Didang lake. Unlike Olympic sprint canoe and kayak marathon is a different discipline of the international canoe federation and it’s a complete different game. Tactics have a decisive role in the racecourse while they are not racing in lines like in sprint categories and the paddlers have to position their boat strategically within the fleet. 468 athletes from 38 countries compete in 4 main categories (Canoe and Kayak solo and for two men).

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La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont-blanc 2019
La Grande Odyssee Savoie Mont Blanc celebrates its 15th annual dog sled race by stages in the French alps. This year more than 50 mushers with 500 dogs, from all over Europe, race in the stunning snow covered mountains of the Savoie region around Mont Blanc. Watch this fantastic adventure through two great programs : “L’Odyssée Grandeur Nature” and “Les aventuriers de La Grande Odyssée”

L’Eroica 2019
L’Eroica draws its inspiration from classical cycling with pre 1987 bicycles, featuring black and white images published in newspapers of the early 1900’s to the era of the Bartali and Coppi duel, to more recent times when pedal cages and shifters on the down tube were still the main option on road racing bikes. This year is most exciting with classic cyclists from all over the world pedaling on Tuscan dirt roads through quaint villages and a hilly countryside. 

Kite Masters 2019 Episode 2 – Kite Foil Series
Welcome to the second episode of Kite Masters 2019, the only series following the best Kiteboarding action from around the world. In this episode we will focus on the action around the 2019 Kite Foil World Series, which is composed of four non-discard events – all the event scores will be counted. The series begins in Gizzeria, Italy and then heads to China’s Pingtan and Weifang in September for two successive, action packed events before concluding in Cagliari, Italy. 

Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2019
For over twenty years, Thailand’s beautiful Laguna Phuket has been the venue for the top triathlon in Asia. The event has attracted the sport’s legends with the likes of Jan Frodeno, Paula Newby-Fraser and Craig Alexander all racing here in the past. This year’s field includes current stars, such as Imogen Simmonds, Emma Pallant, Michael Raelert and Ruedi Wild – all travelling to this beautiful tropical island for the Laguna Phuket Triathlon.

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UTWT 2019 Episode 10 – Ultra Trail Cape Town
Last episode of the Ultra Trail World Tour 2019 which takes us in South Africa for the last event of the season : the Ultra Trail Cape Town. The very competitive, technical and fast course (100km – 4300 D+) takes the trailers through the very famous Signal Hill, Lion’s Head and Table Mountain. The men’s race sees a very strong presence of French runners including champion François D’Haene. The Episode ends with a quick season’s review and top ranking announcement.

Sandman Triathlon (Welsh Triathlon Super Series Round 6)
The final event in the series takes place on the island of Anglesey in North Wales. A sea swim and hilly bike set up the 5k technical run in the forests and sand dunes of Newborough, where the titles will be decided. Three men and three women are still in line to take top honours, one hour of racing in Anglesey will decide it

Dolomite Pro Mid GTX All Terrain Test
Shezan does an in depth review and “ feet on “  test of the mid height trekking shoe Dolomite Pro Mid GTX. From hands on unboxing to an all terrains test in grass, snow, asphalt, gravel, mud and more, Shezan will take the GTXs where owners may never dare …

Kite Masters 2019 Ep. 1 – Pascucci Formula Kite World Championship
Welcome to Kite Masters 2019! The series that flies you around the world together with the best athletes from one of the most exciting, fast, extreme and stylish sports.. Kiteboarding! For some kiteboarding is just a hobby, for others it is performance, for others it is freedom but for many it is life! In this episode, after a complete review of the series and of the history of kite boarding, we follow the action from the Pascucci Formula Kite World Championship 2019 hosted in the magnificent backdrop of Lake Garda.

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Cape to Cape Western Australia 2019
Part of the Epic Series of mountain bike events, this is oldest and most popular stage race in Oceania, with 1600 riders taking on the forests and coastline of South Western Australia. Over 4 days the assembled riders will bike over 200km taking in some of the best scenery Australia has to offer.

Rwanda Congo Uganda Bike Adventure – Part 4
Our friend, bikepacker and adventurer, Michele continues his epic 800km solo African bike packing adventure in Rwanda, through Congo and finishing in Uganda. Part 4 of 4 – The final stage : from Rwanda to Uganda. Michele makes a stop at Lake Mutanda and then visits Queen Elisabeth National Park. Lots of wildlife watching (birds, elephants, buffalos, monkeys, antilopes, hippos, crocodiles…)

Gower Triathlon (Welsh Triathlon Super Series Round 5)
Welcome to the Welsh Triathlon Super Series. We’re back in South Wales for the penultimate event. Port Enynon some 15 miles Southwest of the centre of Swansea on the Gower Peninsula hosting an Olympic distance event that may well decide the overall series winners. Hostile conditions mean they’re in for a rough ride today. Liam Lloyd is back trying to make it four out of four. Hannah Munday will be racing but Florence Swan is the new star of the women’s series having won the Snowman triathlon.

Racingtheplanet 4deserts – Gobi March Mongolia
Welcome to the Gobi March Mongolia by RacingThePlanet, the spectacular multistage ultra-distance series which takes place in some of the most spectacular locations on the planet. Namibia, The Atacama Desert in Chile, Antarctica, the Gobi Desert in Mongolia and New Zealand are just some of the places that the RacingThePlanet series visits. The Gobi March race takes place in the Karakorum region in Central Mongolia. The 250 km course, takes the athletes over 6 days through vast green grasslands, stupas and temples, sand dunes, great rock valleys and old forests. 

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Corsica Raid Aventure 2019
Top international adventure racers participate in The Corsica Raid Aventure and race non stop for 6 days across the mountainous island of Corsica. The challenges include canyoning, trail coastering, orienteering, sea kayaking, swimming, snow running, MTB and more. The Corsica Raid Aventure is part of the ORWT (Outdoor Race World Tour) circuit that includes competitions in five continents.

Rwanda Congo Uganda Bike Adventure – Part 3
Our friend, bikepacker and adventurer, Michele continues his epic 800km solo African bike packing adventure in Rwanda, through Congo and finishing in Uganda. Part 3 of 4 – Republic Democratic of Congo : Gorillas and Volcanoes. Michele leaves his bicycle for a few days to go to Congo during the Ebola outbreak to hike in the Virunga National Park where he takes pictures of the famous mountain gorillas and spends the night on top of Nyiragongo Volcano (3740m) with amazing views of the lava lake.

Snowman Triathlon (Welsh Triathlon Super Series Round 4)
Undoubtedly the toughest race in the 2019 series and arguably the toughest triathlon in Britain, this event begins with a swim in the freezing waters of the mountain lakes at Capel Curig followed by an incredible 70 kilometre bike race up the grueling hills with the most beautiful views in Snowdonia. The final 10 km run is up and down Moel Siabod – an unforgiving mountain climb and descent where victory will be won or lost.

Mongolia Bike Challenge
Discover an extraordinary race in the heart of the steppes of Mongolia where Genghis Khan once roamed. Professionals and top amateurs compete and share their passion for mountain biking while also discovering the Mongolian wild.

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Kids first outdoor challenge in Ardèche, France
France’s Ardèche region is famous for exciting outdoor activities in and around the Ardèche river, with gorges, rocks, forest and a unique natural Arch. A group of motivated French inner city kids experience their first intense three day outdoor outing learning from the best French instructors about safety, teamwork and the environment as they endure physical and mental challenges in an awesome place.

Rwanda Congo Uganda Bike Adventure – Part 2
Our friend, bikepacker and adventurer, Michele continues his epic 800km solo African bike packing adventure in Rwanda, through Congo and finishing in Uganda. Part 2 of 4 – in the heart of Rwanda : the Congo Nile Trail. Michele descends from the top of Nyungwe National Park at 2500 meters to the 1300m of Lake Kivu. He rides north on the 227 km Congo Nile Trail along the shore of Lake Kivu and then takes a boat to discover the wildlife on Monkey Island and photographs the immense bat population that inhabits Napoleon Island.

Bala Triathlon 2019 (Welsh Triathlon Super Series Round 3)
After the swim race in the legendary Bala Lake, this classic event moves into the shadow of Wales’s highest mountains for the bike and run part of the triathalon. Quicker athletes will be looking to exploit the shorter, sprint distances on the rocky course and earn valuable series points.

Xterra Italy Lake Scanno 2019
The 10th stage of the 2019 XTERRA European Tour takes place In the charming ancient village of Scanno in the mountains of Abruzzo. This course has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the toughest events in Europe with its steep and treacherous climbs, which rewards only the most determined athletes. Among the many elite athletes who gathered to compete in southern Italy is the beautiful former Olympic cross-country skier Erbenova Karaskova who competed in the 2002 and 2006 Olympic Games and more recently has made her mark in summer sports.

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Rwanda-Congo-Uganda Bike Adventure – Part 1
Our friend, bikepacker and adventurer, Michele is back from a just completed epic 800km solo African bike packing adventure on the Congo Nile trail starting in Rwanda, through Congo and finishing in Uganda. He rides the roads and paths in an amazing trek up and down the thousand hills of Rwanda, along the shoreline of famous lakes, through the rain forest, up volcanoes and into national parks encountering monkeys, gorillas, elephants and other wildlife. A truly authentic and unique two wheeled story.

Steelman Triathlon 2019 (Welsh Triathlon Super Series Rd 2)
The second event in the 2019 Welsh Triathlon Super Series takes place against the iconic backdrop of Port Talbot. With a course twice the distance of Round 1, competitors will have to dig deep. The Tata Steelman Triathlon, an Olympic distance event that this year doubles up as the National Championships. There’s a lot at stake.

Skyrunner World Series
Welcome to the Migu Run Skyrunner World Series 2017. The one and only Skyrunning series where the most elite athletes such as Kilian Jornet, Emelie Forsberg or Marco De Gasperi fight for the trophies and the glory. This wrap up takes us to the Madeira Ultra Sky Marathon, the Olympus Marathon – Greece, the Royal Ultra Skymarathon Gran Paradiso Italy, the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline on the breath-taking Ben Nevis in Scottish Highlands and finishes at Lake Garda Italy with the Limone Skyrace.

ÖtillÖ Swimrun Malta 2019
The last ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series, the 7th in the year was a tough day out for the racers. Malta showed all sides, big wind from the west and some rain during part of the day made the race course challenging. Most swims were quite protected except for the last ones which got the full force of the wind. The rain made it difficult as the clay ground became slippery and with some comical clay build up under the shoes. This together with the very strong field of racers made the race quite challenging. In total, they covered almost 31 km on foot and 8,7 km swimming making a course distance just less than 40 km with 13 swims in total.

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More and more people are running at night on trails.  Running with headlights on a trail at night might seem daunting or uncomfortable – only for the truly daring. Why run at night when running in day light is fine. Why push the limits? Ok the pros do it in Ultra-marathons where they run non stop over 24 hours in multiday races usually starting at night or before dawn.

Is night trail running so difficult? Why at night? These were the questions that were running through my mind as I joined an evening trail run team.  I enjoyed night trail running right away and have not stopped since. You are in the woods with the wild boar and deer, you climb hills without seeing the top and then down the other side.  In day light you might feel tired looking at the top of the hill. At night it is very quiet and there are no cars on the road.  Once you are done you marvel that you ran so far and climbed so much.

You will need a good pair of trail running shoes with special soles to avoid sliding too much. Make sure they are water proof or you will have wet feet– especially in the winter when you are running through puddles, wet grass and mud. You will also need a good headlamp.  Most people just choose the cheapest headlamp and pay the “price” later when they can’t see what they are stepping into….spend more for a better/ stronger lamp that is rechargeable so that when you are descending you can see what lies ahead especially when the descent is tricky.  When with other night runners, try to keep the light aimed down and not in other peoples faces.

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UTWT 2019 Episode 9 – Quebec, Borneo, Cappadocia
Ninth episode of the Ultra Trail World Tour takes place on 3 different continents. First in Quebec for the Ultra Trail Harricana (125 km / 4000 D+) where trailers will discover technical trails among the lakes and forests of this outdoors paradise. Then the TMBT Borneo Ultra Trail (109 km / 5500 D+) in the rice fields and jungle of this South East Asian Island. Finally The Cappadocia Ultra Trail (119 km / 3700 D+) and the magic of its fairy chimneys and troglodytes villages.

Mahikan mixed downhill Race, Santa Margherita Ligure
Italian Urban Downhill  Cup – Mahikan Race Trophy involves a unique mix of road cycling, enduro, downhill, Cross Cycle, XEliminator and Mountain Bike champions from around the world who race down the mountain to the seaside town of Santa Margherita Ligure in best of two trials. The terrain is steep, slippery and technical with lots of jumps and corners…..

Llanelli Triathlon 2019 (Welsh Triathlon Super Series Rd 1)
The first event of the new Triathlon Super Series takes place in Llanelli on the South Coast of Wales. It is one of the UK’s most spectacular and popular Triathlon championships, challenging the nations best to take on the stunning and rugged trails that will test every bone, fibre and will power in a triathletes mind and body. With junior and para-triathlon titles also on the line, a great weekend of competition and adventure lies in store.

Sofia on the King’s Trail – Authentic Scandinavian
Former Adventure Academy Student Sofia solo hikes on the King’s Trail in Sweden in a very inspiring personal adventure from Hemavan to Abisko. Sofia walks 425 km over 22 days and nights in full autonomy carrying her 25 kg back pack around the lakes, mountains, glaciers and gorgeous nature of one of Scandinavia’s most iconic trails.

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The Never Melting Story
This is a self sustaining cross country ski adventure expedition across some of the most dangerous  and beautiful parts of the Canadian Arctic. The two young Frenchmen, Guillaume and Manu who had never met before, but  shared the same dream, head across treacherous terrain to Baffin Island in Canada’s Arctic. Starting from Qikiqtarjuaq, they reach Pangnirtung after 24 days, pulling a sled along Coronation glacier, and through the Penny Ice Cap near the famous Mount Asgard, Mount Thor, and other magnificent granite giants.

Pédaler & Découvrir – Mashteuiatsh Quebec part II
Our two heroes, Journalist Vincent Renault and professional cyclist Guillaume Boivin  continue their cycling trip across Quebec. They are now in Mashteuiatsh with the Innu Indian Tribe, cycling together on the shores of  Lake Saint Jean, discovering local Indian traditions, culture and cuisine. They participate in a Pow Wow, a native Indian canoe race, a strong man carry competition and more.

Raid Amazones Vietnam 2019
This unique women-only adventure-sports camp mixing team racing and local discovery  takes place in the most beautiful part of Vietnam. Raid Amazones is for adventurous and sporty women who want to experience  a perfect mix of adventure, nature sports, teamwork and women power as well as helping out the local community. 

Formula Kite European Championships 2019 – Sardegna, Italy
Welcome to the 2019 Formula Kite European Championships sailed on the emerald waters of Torregrande’s sandy beach. kiteboarding is a sustainable eco wind sport and that is why the races take place in the protected waters of Oristano Gulf’s Marine Protected Area (MPA), the second largest protected area in Italy – a vital habitat for posidonia sea grass. Here for the first time, Olympic mixed relay kitefoil racing takes place with an elite roster of the top 90 athletes-30 of them women all racing against each other. Will he or she win ?

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