The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

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Final Details for the 2012 New Forest Questars Adventure Race

On this page is all the information you need to know about the adventure race before you arrive. Do take time to read everything thoroughly before the weekend.

 

Team List & Start Times

In a slight change from the norm, each team has been allocated a time window within which they must start. You can start anytime within your allocated start window. Further details will be explained at the Race Briefing.

Do take a look at the appropriate Team List (attached to the top of this page) and note down your team number, start time window and kayak time slot.

 

Entry Amendments

Any last minute entry amendments will now need to be made on the day itself. Please inform the Quest staff of any such changes at the Enquiries Desk before the Race Briefing.

Please do not contact us with last minute entry amendments as we shall be too busy making the necessary preparations for the race to be able to amend entries now. 

 

Timings

SATURDAY 24 MARCH - Questars Trio Masters Adventure Race

•    0800-0830 Recommended Arrival Time
•    0815-0845 Team Pack Collection
•    0845-0900 Race Briefing
•    0930-1100 Teams Start
•    Time Limit – Trio Masters 6 hours, Duo 5 hours
•    1530-1620 Teams Finish
•    1645-1700 Results & Prize Giving

 

SUNDAY 25 MARCH - Questars Trio Novices & Questars Duo Adventure Races

Remember the clocks go forward by 1 hour at 0100 Sunday morning

•    0815-0845 Recommended Arrival Time
•    0845-0915 Team Pack Collection
•    0915-0930 Race Briefing
•    1000-1055 Teams Start
•    Time Limit – 5 hours
•    1500-1555 Teams Finish
•    1615-1630 Results & Prize Giving

 

Equipment

A list of things you need to bring and a list of things we recommend you to bring can be found midway down the race entry page.

In addition you are advised to bring and wear the following:
•    Footwear that you don't mind getting wet and muddy! (see course conditions below)

 

Course Conditions

TRAIL RUN

Whilst some of the trails used for the Trail Run are nice and firm others are a bit wet and muddy so you may encounter ankle deep mud in one or two places (depending on the route you choose to take of course).

You must stay on only the paths and tracks that are marked on your map during the Trail Run. Obviously you may stick to the side of paths to avoid the worst of the mud but you must not cross any fences that run alongside the edges of some paths/tracks. If you can't get past without staying on the path/track and you don't fancy getting muddy feet, you must turn around and find another route or visit a different checkpoint.

You are not allowed to cross open heathland (as this disturbs ground nesting birds). You must therfore stay on formed paths or tracks at all times whilst in the Forest.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

There is only one bridleway section which can be muddy in places. Apart from this, the rest of the mountain biking is on minor roads and off road cycle tracks.

Within the Forest you are only allowed to cycle on the waymarked cycle tracks. These are all hard packed gravel tracks - you must not deviate from these or use other tracks as shortcuts. Cycling on other paths and tracks in the Forest is strictly forbidden.  

KAYAKING

Access to the river is muddy when the tide is out. And it's easiest to wade in the water a bit before getting in your kayak, so again expect to get your feet wet here too.

 

Facilities

Facilities at the event base include:

  • a large indoor sports hall for the Race Briefing and Results / Prize Giving
  • plenty of changing rooms, showers and toilets
  • food and drinks available throughout the day from the Quest Kitchen - 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
  • map pens available to buy from the Enquiries Desk
  • emergency medical technician on standby to provide any necessary first aid

Directions & Car Parking

The event base for this adventure race is Brockenhurst College, Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7ZE

The college is on the east side of the A337 at grid reference SU 302 025. Brockenhurst college is clearly sign posted from the A337.

View map showing event base location here

From the A337: Turn into the college entrance and follow the event signage through the campus and around to the car parking area. Follow signs and marshals instructions on where to park.

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!

 

On Arrival

Park where directed.

Take your bike and transition bag / box to the bike transition. Lock your bike to keep it secure whilst it’s in the bike transition. The bike transition will be marshalled from 0800 on Saturday and 0815 on Sunday until the start of the Prize Giving. So please ensure you remove all your belongings from the bike transition before this.

Make your way to the Sports Hall. No registration is required.

Grab a bite to eat and hot drink from ‘The Quest Kitchen’. View menu.

At the appropriate time, collect your team pack from around the edge of the Sports Hall. These will be laid out in numerical order. If your team pack is not there, come to the Enquiries Desk to collect it.

Each team pack contains:
    1 set of course maps (printed on waterproof paper and pre marked with all the available checkpoints)
    1 race number (to be worn on the front of one team member)
    4 safety pins (for attaching race number to clothing)
    1 EMIT card (electronic scoring device)
    1 piece of cord (to secure your EMIT card)
    1 plastic wallet (to protect your map)

You will be given the checkpoint descriptions and values as you start.

 

Race Information

GENERAL

•    This event is in the usual Questars format. There are one or two things which are slightly different from normal. You will be informed about these things at the Race Briefing.
•    The bike transition (where you transition between the trail run and mountain bike stages) is located at the event base i.e. at Brockenhurst College.
•    Ensure that your competitive instincts do not override your common sense.
•    Always follow the Countryside Code.
•    Each team must carry a first aid kit and a whistle with them.
•    If you have a serious accident, summon help by blowing six short blasts on your whistle every minute. If you hear this go immediately to assist (times of teams that give assistance to others can be adjusted accordingly). Phone 999 and tell the ambulance service where you are. Then phone one of the Quest emergency numbers (shown on your map) to let us know. A Quest staff member will probably get to you before the ambulance.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

•    If biking first: Start under the yellow arch on foot. Proceed on foot to the bike transition. Collect your bike. Exit the college on your bike.
•    If finishing on your bike, return your bike to the bike transition area BEFORE you go on foot to the yellow arch. Dib your EMIT card on the FINISH control to stop the clock.
•    Always wear a bike helmet.
•    Always dismount when passing horse riders. Slow down and give animals roaming free a wide berth.
•    Always follow the Highway and Mountain Bike Codes (see bottom of the Questars Race Format page here)
•    The terrain varies and includes some busy roads. Take care. Always expect to find oncoming traffic around the next corner. Moderate your speed on narrow lanes. Keep within your technical riding capabilities. It's much safer to dismount if you are uncertain.

KAYAKING

•    You will need to cycle to the kayak transition as it is in a different area to the Trail Run.
•    Kayaking is on a tidal section of the Beaulieu River. The kayak transition point is at Bailey's Hard.
•    There is VERY limited space at the kayak transition point. Permission has only been given for cycle access to the kayak transition point. Access by vehicle and parking at Bailey's Hard is strictly forbidden. Any spectators wishing to watch you kayak must therefore either cycle to Bailey's Hard or park in one of the public car parks at either Beaulieu or Bucklers Hard and walk there (1-2km) along the Solent Way (well signposted).
•    Maximum of two people per kayak. Solos & pairs use 1 kayak. Teams of 3 and 4 use 2 kayaks.
•    Always wear a correctly fastened buoyancy aid. 
•    Ask the Quest staff at the Kayaking Transition Point for help if uncertain about kayaking technique.
•    The double sit on top kayaks are like giant floats, cannot sink and rarely capsize. They are great fun to paddle.
•    Always follow the Navigation Code whilst on the water. Stay in control and keep clear of yachts. Pass oncoming vessels on your left (as if you were driving on the Continent).
•    You should be able to reach all kayak checkpoints from the water without having to get out of your kayak. The checkpoints are attached to white floats which are tied to objects in the river. Glide up to the checkpoint in your kayak, 'dib' with your EMIT card as normal and kayak on. Don’t lean out of the kayak too much as you could over balance. Do not pull on the rope as you may pull the checkpoint off. If this happens reattach the checkpoint and inform one of the river safety crew (in open topped canadian canoes) as well as a Quest staff member at the Kayaking Transition Point.

FURTHER INFO:

 

Navigation

Checkpoints are easily found if you are in the right place. Refer to the checkpoint descriptions handed out as you Start so you know exactly where to look. 

Ensure you know the difference between bridleways and designated cycleways, on which you can take bikes, and footpaths and other forest tracks on which you must not take bikes.

If you are unsure about your navigation abilities do review the hints and tips on Navigation here.

You must keep to the permitted routes (as detailed on your map). Do not trespass onto private land or property.

 

Race Conduct

•    Respect the area and the local community.
•    Be great ambassadors for adventure racing.
•    Give way to members of the public.
•    Give a wide berth to all livestock.
•    Close all gates.
•    Follow the Countryside Code (see bottom of the Questars Race Format page here)

 

After the Race

Proceed immediately to the Download Station. Remove the cord and hand in your EMIT card. You’ll receive a printout showing your time and the split times between all the checkpoints you visited. This print out will not show your points. Results will be announced at the Prize Giving in the sports hall and put up on display afterwards.

Before the Prize Giving, collect your bike and return it to your vehicle.

Eating within 20-30 minutes of the finish significantly aids recovery via the restoration of all important glycogen levels within the body. A hot dish cooked on site by ‘The Quest Chef’ will be available along with other fresh food. See the menu here.

Changing rooms, showers and toilets are available in the sports hall.

An emergency medical technician will be on standby at the event base throughout the day. If you pick up any minor injuries do see them afterwards as prompt attention can aid rapid recovery.

 

Final Word

Don't forget to make a note of the timings (see timings section above) along with your team number, start time window and kayak slot time (available from the team lists attached to the top of this page).

You can also download and print a copy of the information on this webpage here

 

We look forward to seeing you at the weekend

The Questars Team 

 

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