More than 60 teams from 20 countries will compete in the prestigious adventure race competition Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge (ADAC). The fourth edition of the annual contest has assembled a line-up of World Cup class. Competition is expected to be cruel. FJS participated in the contest in the first edition in 2007 and will now be on the starting line in 2010 as FJS powered by SAAB

“The success of the Challenge has exceeded even our own extremely high ambitions and is a dynamic champion of Abu Dhabi’s performance athletics credentials and a credible demonstration of our ability to host world-class events,” said Faisal Al Sheikh, Events Manager, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) – which is organising the Challenge. ADTA works closely with a number of governmental and commercial bodies to successfully stage the Challenge, including General Head Quarters of the Armed Forces (GHQ) and Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA).

The race

The six-day stage race runs across the emirate and begins and ends in the United Arab Emirates capital, Abu Dhabi. The first day offers a tough triathlon prologue in the capital. Then the teams will confrontate the emirate's highest peak, Jebel Hafet, on the border with Oman.

From the dramatic heights, the teams will traverse the vast expanse of the Rub’ al Khali - the world’s largest expanse of unbroken sand. The teams will come across sand dunes up to 200 metre covering a distance of 120 km. Tactics also come into play during this leg, as teams are challenged by the heat, dehydration, difficult navigation and not least the sand.

The last two, and perhaps most crucial days of the endurance race include a 128kms sea kayaking section in the Persian Gulf back to the Abu Dhabi city finish line.

Sponsors and partners

FJS AR participation in the Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge is sponsored by Saab. Saab serves the global market of governments, authorities and corporations with products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Thanks to the commitment from Saab we are able to focus on race and the team has set its ambitions at a high level.

New partners for the ADAC and other upcoming contests in the future are Outdoor Research, Addnature and X-kross. We will compete with gloves, hats, gaiters and clothing from Outdoor Research (OR) in Abu Dhabi and in the ffuture. OR is focusing on creating functional solutions for human powered adventure. The products are built to operate and function, which we value most. Our requirements for our equipment is that it should be versatile (the same piece of clothing or gadget can be used for multiple purposes), it should make us faster and it should work when we really need it. Read more at www.outdoorresearch.com

Addnature is one of Sweden's leading outdoor outlets and is during this year celebrating ten years at the market. The company was founded as an online store, but unlike other flops Addnature managed to re-set the old map and set a new standard in the industry. We in the team are inspired by the company's innovative drive, joy, and pioneering spirit. More can be found on www.addnature.com

X-Kross is the sports glasses system in the premium class of Sziols, consisting of one frame and several choices of lenses. The glasses are designed to meet the requirements of sportsmen and women and tailored to the demands of the individual sport. When the team got the opportunity to try them, it was not much to speak about. As the lenses are adaptable for different sports and lighting conditions, these glasses are excellent for us. X-cross is designed for everything from mountain biking and paddling to skiing. What we mainly want to stress is the adjustable fit of the frames. See more at www.x-kross.se

The race starts on December 10. Follow us before, during and after the race at www.saabgroup.com, where we will be reporting directly from the race.

You can also follow the race at www.abudhabi-adventure.com