When this two-day, 124-kilometer water race was held for the first time in 1973 near Perth, Australia, there were no rules, no officials and no checkpoints. Things have changed since then, but the Avon Descent is still the big adventure as the 49 intrepid competitors went into the waves for the first time. (See also: The Most Exciting Multisport Races Are More Than Just Swimming, Biking and Running.)
Depending on your strengths, choose either Power or Paddle: Power Boats, Single and Double Kayaks, Canoes and Stand Up Paddleboards options. Through the grueling Western Australia course, you will navigate both long-stretched shallow waters and raging white-water rapids, past historic farming areas, steep gorges, wooded national parks and green wine country.
There are plenty of spots on the way to catch a glimpse of the action, and the Toodyay International Food Festival, which takes place on the same weekend, is a fun diversion if you do not cheer on the participants. If 1