About Geocentric Outdoors

Geocentric Outdoors is leading the way in outdoor adventure event management and organisation in Australia. Geocentric's focus is conducting highly organised and professional events to challenge entrants. In addition to putting on great races, we also have a key focus on safety and minimal impact to the environment.

Geocentric Outdoors, then called Geocentric Adventure Racing was born in early 2002 in response to the limited opportunities to compete in adventure races. It began with the 48 Hour Mountain Designs GeoQuest. After a nervous 5 months of hard work, the event was run. The race was daunting, hard and exceptionally challenging for all competitors. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive and now years later the Mountain Designs GeoQuest is Australia's most competitive and premier adventure race.

Following this first ground breaking race, the organisers set to filling another gap - while there were now several "harder" races in Australia, where did someone with little experience begin? Also what about some fun? The 6 Hour Adventure Series of races was created. The series proved to be a huge success and was quickly sponsored by the outdoor footwear giant Teva. Over the 4 years Geocentric ran these races, the series grew to become the largest and most popular national sprint adventure racing series.

Inspired by great races overseas and the desire to give Australians a true expedition race in their own country, Geocentric Outdoors embarked on the mammoth task of organising XPD. It was a 5-10 day unsupported expedition race in a remote outback location covering over 700km. Phew! News of the success spread quickly and XPD was invited into the Adventure Racing World Series. The second edition of XPD in 2006 was even more ambitious with teams crossing the entire state of Tasmania. Subsequent editions in the Whitsundays, NSW/VIC High Country, Cairns and the Flinders Ranges have been incredibly popular, both locally and internationally, with entries selling out in 24 hours.

Geocentric Outdoors re-located it's office from Canberra to sunny Brisbane in Dec 2003. It became quickly apparent that Queenslanders had very few local adventure races. The Adventure Racing Queensland (ARQ) Series, including the Hells Bells 24hr adventure race was created. This series ran over three years and built a strong base of adventure racers in the South-East. Exciting opportunities and the need for a larger commercial premises saw Geocentric Outdoors move to the Sunshine Coast and take on a number of additional staff. In a busy few years many new events were created including the Bribie Island Multisport, Insomnia 24hr mountain bike festival, the 8hr Enduro, the 6hr Enduro, City Raid and Geocentric Corporate Adventures.

A recent change of direction has seen a focus back on Adventure Racing. In particular by taking over the management of the Adventure Racing World Series. This has also involved the production of the television series filmed of the AR World Series.

Geocentric Outdoors is currently operated by two dedicated full time staff. Craig Bycroft comes from a background as a logistics and adventure training officer in the Australian Army. Louise Foulkes comes from a military background as well, serving as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy. She has worked in outdoor education, information technology and as a geography teacher. With over 70 events and 12 years event management behind them Craig and Louise are two of the countries most experienced adventure event directors.

In addition to the permanent staff, Geocentric relies on a number of outstanding casual staff to manage key roles at the events. These staff spend a significant amount the year travelling from event to event performing their roles. In the future Geocentric is looking for additional suitable staff to join the team. Most positions would be of a casual nature providing support at the races themselves. If you are interested in joining the team and believe you have the necessary skills, please send in a resume. (admin@geocentricoutdoors.com.au).

We look forward to the challenges ahead!