Youth Adventure Race World Cup

July 28 to August 2 in the Hautes Alpes, France

The World Cup is an international outdoor multi-sport event by teams of 2 oriented towards the competition and performance for 15/18 year olds.

60 teams de 2 racers maximum

Organization committee:

The International Organization Committee is composed of the six founding members of the AIRJ (International Association of Youth Adventure Races), a member of the French minister of sports, and a member of the FRMN (Federation of Outdoor Adventure Racing).

Its goal is to validate the regulations and general aspects of the organization proposed by the CTO (Technical Organization Committee).

The CTO is composed of 5 members; the Director of the organization, two deputies, a representative of the FRMN and a representative of the Minister of sports.

For whom is this World Cup?

The World Cup is for adolescents between 15 and 18 years old (must be 15 before the 1st day of the competition and less than 18 on the last day).

3 categories and 3 titles are attributed for the World Cup: boys teams, girls teams, and mixed teams.

The title cannot be attributed if there are less than 5 teams in that category.

Number of teams per nation

Each nation can register a maximum of 4 teams in the World Cup. If more than four teams from the same nation register for the World Cup, the prologue on July 28th serves as a selection.  The first four teams from a nation participate in the World Cup, the others participate in the International Junior Adventure race.

How to participate in the World Cup?

For the French:

You must participate in a qualifying event organized by the Federation of Outdoor Adventure Racing (FRMN).

The qualifications are held Saturday April 12, 2014 in Cabrières d’Avignon

Cost: 15€ / person or 30€ / team

To qualify:

Access to the qualifications in the Vaucluse is open to all youth between 15 and 18 years old.  If the organizer must refuse participants, the organizer must give priority to those that are 15 the first day of the World Cup July 18th and less than 18 years old the last day of the World Cup, August 2nd, 2014.

The second criteria is by the order of arrival of registrations.

The winners of each category are officially qualified for the World Cup, therefore 3 teams.  The 4th team will qualify in regards of their general ranking (first team non-qualified automatically by category and in order of general ranking).

The registration fees for the four French teams selected are paid by the Federation.

The association Céüze Sport Nature, organizer, financially supports the Federation for this action.

Non-selected teams that wish to participate in the World Cup should inform the organization to be placed on a waiting list.


On June 1st, 2014 the teams on the waiting list will be informed if their registration is accepted.  The organization takes up to 60 teams maximum.



For foreign nations:

Teams can directly register on-line on this website, once they have checked that the two competitors fulfill the imposed requirements.

We recommend that the teams notify their national federations if one exists of their registration.

Imposed Requirements

Able to run at least 2900 meters in 12 minutes on flat ground for boys and 2600 meters for girls.

Know how to orienteer, able to orient with a map, read and follow an imposed course on roads and paths.  The scale is 25000 and a specific orienteering race uses 20000.

Know how to swim at least 20 minutes without stopping.

Know how to mountain bike on paths and single tracks that can be challenging but not technically difficult. It is possible that there are 30 kilometers to bike in the same day.

It is strongly recommended to bring your own mountain bike in working condition.

If it is not possible, the organization will supply a bike (average model)

Trail: the trail sections are in mountainous area.  The provisional schedule gives an idea of distances and course profile.

It is recommended but not required to have some climbing experience.  Know how to put on a harness, assure a teammate, belay, knowing how to rappel will be more competitive.

These qualifications are not verified by the organizer, but must be certified by the Delegation Head.

Provisional schedule

Day N°1 : 13 km of Kayak on calm water + 10km trail run with 250m  positive terrain elevation + a time limit will be imposed and then there are one or two more sections (possibly mountain biking).

Day N°2: Trail of about 10km and 1000m of positive elevation + mountain biking (course not yet finalized) + Canyoning (not timed) + mountain biking (course not yet finalized)

DayN°3: Mountain biking about 15 km and 300m positive elevation + Trail 7km and 1100m positive elevation +  7 km link on mountain bike and 100m positive elevation

Day N° 4 and N°5 not yet finalized: activities Rappels + via ferrata + climbing + speleology + mountain biking = Trail

There is a limit of 8 hours of physical efforts a day.

The organization can decide to shorten or lengthen the race course in function of the racers’ state of fatigue.

This information will be modified and /or completed once the scouting is finalized and the course is validated by the international organization committee.

Security management

Each team carries a GPS tracker allowing the organization to follow in live the racers.

The GPS has an emergency button to alert authorities of their position in case of incident or accident.

The delicate portions of the course are flagged and eventually lost participants can be redirected.

There is a briefing before each event giving time for participants to adapt to weather conditions and to judge the state of fatigue of racers.

The parents are contacted in case of physical problems and a designated responsible can take important urgent decisions (hospitalization, repatriation, etc.) in function of the situation.

Managing results and ranking

Le system Sport Ident is used.

Each team is supplied with an « electronic finger » that they must insert in each control point.

All racers have a course to follow with several activities both timed and non-timed.

At the end of each course each day there is a time gate (for example 5 hours) allowing teams that enter before the delay to start one or more supplementary sections.

The ranking is done in this order.

Overall times (timed events) of teams that finished all sections.

Overall times of teams that finished all the sections minus one.

Overall times of teams that finished all the sections minus two.


Delegation Head and team monitor

Each team must have an adult monitor.

Teams can regroup and have the same adult monitor.

Each nation must have a designated delegation head. This person can be a monitor. The delegation head should understand a minimum of French or English.

The delegation head certifies that the contestants fulfill the physical and technical requirements.

The delegation head or one of their monitors are responsible for the competitors before July 28th 2:00 pm, before the prologue and after August 2nd 7:00pm, the closing ceremony (see parental authorization).