Photos: Red Bull Amazonia Kirimbawa in Brazil

By bike, boat and foot, adventure racers hit the Amazon in Red Bull Amazonia Kirimbawa.
By Josh Sampiero

The Amazon river and rainforest is infamous for its challenging jungle environment. But for competitors in the Red Bull Amazonia, the goal was not to survive – but to thrive, while chasing down 200km of a racecourse via foot, kayak and mountain bike in the heat of the jungle. Oh, and we're not kidding with heat – how would you feel about racing in temps ranging up to 36 degrees and 80% humidity? That's what we thought.

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Muddy up
Competitor performs during the Red Bull Amazonia Kirimbawa in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil on December 7th, 2013
Muddy up It wasn't the dark, muddy water that made the boat portion challenging – it was paddling upstream for 50km. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
Running at the speed of light
Competitors perform during the Red Bull Amazonia Kirimbawa in Manaus, Brazil on december 7th, 2013
Running at the speed of light The first 50km of the run segment saw competitors starting as early as 3am in the morning — meaning they needed head torches to light the way. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
Kirimbawa charms
Competitors attend the opening ceremony of the Red Bull Amazonia Kirimbawa in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil on December 7th, 2013
Kirimbawa charms The word 'kirimbawa' means 'great warrior' in the indigenous language. The opening ceremony incorporated local traditions, as seen above. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
Paddle power
Competitor performs during the Red Bull Amazonia Kirimbawa in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil on December 7th, 2013
Paddle power Straight arms help deliver maximum power to the paddle. Strong technique certainly helped during the 50km kayak stage of the race. it should be mentioned: they were paddling against the current. © Fabio Piva/Red Bull Content Pool
Not the last shower he'll need...
Competitor recuperates during the Red Bull Amazonia Kirimbawa in Manaus, Brazil on December 7th, 2013
Not the last shower he'll need... A competitor splashes water over his head at the end of a stage. We're going to guess this was not the last shower he needed. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
Dancing in the dark
Competitor performs during the Red Bull Amazonia Kirimbawa in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil on December 7th, 2013
Dancing in the dark “The first few miles, with many natural obstacles and the dark were very challenging,” says competitor Roberto Adalto, from winning team Xingu. “But I had a lot of confidence in my team members and I knew that if I made a constant track we would be in the title race.” © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
Cycle splash
Competitor performs during the Red Bull Amazonia Kirimbawa in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil on December 7th, 2013
Cycle splash A racer leaves behind a rooster tail after bombing through a puddle on a mountain bike. Competitors peddled over 86km. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
Good wood
Competitor performs during the Red Bull Amazonia Kirimbawa in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil on December 7th, 2013
Good wood A racer finds a rare bit of sure footing on a bridge during the 50km run segment. © Fabio Piva/Red Bull Content Pool
Mister blister
Detail at the Red Bull Amazonia Kirimbawa in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil on December 7th, 2013
Mister blister Dampness plus hard work took a serious toll on this competitor's hands. © Fabio Piva/Red Bull Content Pool
Dirty ride
Competitor performs during the Red Bull Amazonia Kirimbawa in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil on December 7th, 2013
Dirty ride The bike stage was made more challenging by the wet and muddy conditions of the trails. © Marcelo Maragni/Red Bull Content Pool
Claiming Kirimbawa
Xingu Team celebrate during the Red Bull Amazonia Kirimbawa in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil on December 7th, 2013
Claiming Kirimbawa The Xingu team celebrate their win after battling through 200km of mud, river water, and trail. © Fabio Piva/Red Bull Content Pool
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