The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

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Final Details for the Brecon Beacons Questars on 21 May 2011

The Quest Team wish all participants a great day on Saturday as you explore the Brecon Beacons in your quest to find your choice of optional checkpoints.

These notes have been prepared to give you the fullest information before you arrive. Do take time to read them thoroughly in advance of the weekend. A Race Briefing on the day will give you further information about the nature of the course.

Team List & Start Times

Have a look at the Team List and note down your team number, start time and kayak time slot. Team packs will be laid out around the edge of the hall at the event base in numerical order. There is no need for you to queue up at the Enquiries Desk – simply collect your numbered team pack on or after the time specified (see the 'Timings' section below).

Team Amendments

If any of your team details need amending, please just advise the Enquiries team on the day of the event. There is no need to advise Quest in advance of the weekend.

Timings

These are slightly different for teams taking part in the Masters category and those in the Novice & Questars Duo categories, as set out below :

 

QUESTARS TRIO MASTERS teams :

  • Team pack collection opens 0900
  • Race Briefing 0920 - 0940
  • Starts from 1000
  • Finishing times between 1600 and 1630
  • Results and prize giving 1700

QUESTARS TRIO NOVICES & QUESTARS DUO teams :

  • Team pack collection opens 1000
  • Race briefing 1035 - 1055
  • Starts from 1115
  • Finishing times between 1620 and 1640
  • Results and prize giving 1700

Directions & Car Parking

The Questars event base is the spacious Llangynidr village hall :  Cwmcrawnon Road, Llangynidr, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1LS

It's on the north side of the B4558 at grid reference 1555 1760

View map showing event base location here

Quest signage and Quest marshals will direct you where to park. Car parking is in the adjacent field just west of the village hall. View on map here. Please park closely. No parking of Questars participants' vehicles in the public car park opposite the village hall.

Please do share transport if possible. If each team comes in one vehicle it’ll be much kinder to the environment and you’ll also be able to talk team tactics on the way!

Transition Points & Event Format

Upon arrival take your bike to the bike depot which is located within the car parking area. View on map here. After setting up your bike in the bike depot, proceed to the event HQ in the village hall.  A Quest marshal will supervise this bike depot up until the last teams start, through to the prize giving at 1700. Please make sure you collect your bike, after the race, before 1700.

This event is in the usual Questars format. The bike depot is the transition point between the trail run and bike stages. The kayaking stage starts from the nearby Monmouthshire & Brecon canal. You can break either your run or your bike stage to kayak. But as there is limited space at the kayak transition point no bikes can be left there. If you decide to break your bike stage to kayak simply leave your bike in the bike depot and run to the kayak transition point.

On display in the village hall will be copies of the Questars 'What to do Next'. Its recommended though that you look at these useful pages now so that you come to the event fully prepared. You can download a copy to read here. The Race Structure & Format pages of the Questars website are full of useful information including some further hints and tips.

After the Race

When you have finished visiting checkpoints return to the event base. If finishing on your bike, leave your bike in the bike depot and then run the last few metres to the Finish arch and use your EMIT card on the FINISH checkpoint to record your finishing time. Then immediately proceed to the Download Station where you hand in the EMIT card and receive a print out showing your overall elapsed time and split times between all the checkpoints you visited. This print out will not show your points. Overall results will be announced and published at the Prize Giving that will be in the village hall.

The village hall also contains the 'Quest Kitchen' where you can obtain pre and post race drinks and hot and cold food view the menu here. Its proven that eating within 20-30 minutes of the end of significant exercise aids recovery via the restoration of all important glycogen levels within the body.

At the village hall are changing rooms with showers and toilets. We've just been advised that the shower's boiler has recently broken and whilst every effort is being taken to have it mended before Saturday there may be a possibility that it will not be, and so showers may not be available.

Do then return to collect your bike and return it to your vehicle before joining your fellow participants to hear and see the event results and applaud the prize winners.

Facilities

Facilities at Questars event base include:

  • a large indoor hall for the Race Briefing and Results / Prize Giving
  • changing rooms and toilets (and possibly showers if boiler can be fixed - see details above) 
  • food and drinks available throughout the day from the Quest Kitchen in the village hall - a range of both hot and cold refreshments will be available including breakfast baps upon arrival and throughout the day, and a hot dish after the race. View the menu here
  • event partner Mule Bar are providing free samples for participants to fuel your adventure www.mulebar.com
  • map pens available to buy from the Enquiries Desk  
  • emergency medical technician on standby to provide any necessary first aid
  • Rob Howard, managing editor of adventure racing website sleepmonsters, will be taking pictures of you in action around the course. Do wear your team number clearly so that you can easily view images sorted by race number afterwards at www.randrphotos.co.uk 
  • Navigation & Respecting The Area

    All the optional checkpoints are easily found if you are in the right place. Do review the description of each checkpoint's location listed on the CP Values and Descriptions card, handed out as you Start, so that you know for what you are looking. 

    If you are unsure about your navigation abilities do review the hints and tips on Navigation hereIt's essential that you keep to public rights of way and do not trespass onto private land or property. Ensure you know the difference between bridleways and designated cycleways, on which you can bike, and footpaths on which you can only run. In open access land you may run off footpaths but must keep to formed paths so as not to disturb ground nesting birds.

    Do respect the area and the local community. Be great ambassadors for adventure racing by giving way to members of the public. Be careful and give a wide berth to all livestock. Do close all gates and follow the Countryside Code.

    Your Safety

    It's very important that you stay safe throughout the day. Always wear a bike helmet when on your mountain bike. Always wear a correctly fastened buoyancy aid when on a kayak. 

    Do ensure that your competitive instincts do not override your common sense. Always follow the Highway and Mountain Bike Codes. You'll be riding on a variety of terrain, including some minor roads. Do take care. Some country lanes are very narrow with high hedges and blind corners. Always expect to find oncoming traffic around the next corner. Do keep within your technical riding capabilities. It's much safer to dismount down any slope about which you are uncertain.

    The Countryside Code and Mountain Bike Code can be found at the bottom of the Questars Race Format page here. Please read these and follow them.

    All teams must carry a first aid kit with them and a whistle. By keeping in control and looking out for yourselves, fellow team mates and others you'll keep safe. If you do have an accident use your first aid kit. If you need assistance from another team do ask them. We can adjust times of teams that give assistance to others. If the accident is more serious summon help by six short blasts on your whistle every minute. If you hear this go immediately to assist. If the accident requires an ambulance phone 999 and tell the ambulance service where you are. Then immediately phone one of the Quest emergency numbers (shown on your map) and tell us where you are and we'll get to you probably before the ambulance.

    Additionally there is an emergency medical technician on standby at the event base throughout the day. If you pick up any minor injuries during the day do see them afterwards as some prompt attention can aid rapid recovery.

    If you are uncertain about kayaking technique, please do ask for guidance from the Quest marshals at the Kayaking Transition Point. The double sit on top kayaks are like giant floats, cannot sink and very rarely capsize. They are great fun to paddle. Do follow the Navigation Code whilst on the water. Essentially this means keeping in control, and keeping clear of barges and passing them and other craft on your left (as if you were driving on the Continent.)

    The kayaking checkpoints are all attached to ropes tied to trees on the canal bank, with a white float, and will be accessible from your kayak. There's no need to get out of your kayak. Just glide up to the checkpoint in your kayak, 'dib' with your EMIT card as normal and kayak on. Do not over lean out of the kayak as this may cause you to over balance. Do not pull on the rope or use it to aid your steering. This may cause the checkpoint to become dislodged. If this does happen please reattach the checkpoint to the rope and secure it to the tree it was previously secured to. Please also report this to the Quest marshals at the Kayaking Transition Point.

    Equipment List

    A list of things you need to bring and a list of things we advise you to bring can be found midway down this webpage here.

    Bike Hire

    Information about hiring a bike can be found towards the bottom of the event page here.

     

    Do make a note of the timings above along with your team number, start time and kayak slot time (available from the team lists attached to the top of this page here).

     

    Have a great day.

    The Questars Team

 

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