CONTENDER: Wurtulla's David Schloss.
CONTENDER: Wurtulla's David Schloss.

Local adventure racers face worldly 600km test

ADVENTURE racers from the Sunshine Coast are set to battle the world's best.

A large contingent of athletes are about to start the Adventure Racing World Championship in New South Wales.

Among those competing are Wurtulla building estimator David Schloss, Kawana nuclear medicine physician Andrew Paszkowski and Buderim sonographer Ian Stewart, and Currimundi engineer Gary Palmer Currimundi.

Starting at 11.30am today in the Shoalhaven region, 99 teams from more than 30 countries will compete over a 600km course. During that time competitors will navigate their way across challenging terrain where they will trek, run, mountain bike, kayak and use ropes for ascending and descending.

The winners are expected to take about 4.5 days to complete the course and reach the finish late on Monday. The race will be open for eight days, or 108 hours.

It's open to mixed teams of four, where there must be at least one woman.

Teams pay nearly $8000 to enter, and vie for $60,000 in prizemoney.

"We are people who are good navigators, cyclists and paddlers, and we have a shared philosophy of participation given we are not actually going to be overly competitive,” Stewart said.

Click here for live tracking of the race