The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Final Race Details for Saturday 1 September 2012

Do take time to read everything below before you arrive, it will help your adventure race get off to a good start!

 

Team List & Start Times

Check you are shown on the Team List and note down your team number, start window and kayak time slot. You can start anytime within your allocated start window. Further details will be explained at the Race Briefing on the day.

 

Entry Amendments

Now the team list has been prepared, we won't be able to amend any entries until on the day itself. Just inform the Quest staff at the Front Desk before the Race Briefing of any changes that need to be made. There is no need for you to contact us in advance.

 

Timings

The event base will open at 8am. Please give us sufficient time to set-up by not arriving before 8am.

TRIO MASTERS

•    0815-0845 Recommended Arrival Time
•    0845-0915 Team Pack Collection
•    0915-0930 Race Briefing
•    1000-1045 Teams Start
•    Time Limit – 6 hours from when you start
•    1600-1700 Teams Finish
•    1730-1745 Results & Prize Giving

TRIO NOVICES & DUO

•    0930-1000 Recommended Arrival Time
•    1000-1030 Team Pack Collection
•    1030-1050 Race Briefing
•    1115-1200 Teams Start
•    Time Limit – 5 hours from when you start
•    1615-1700 Teams Finish
•    1730-1745 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 the following:
•    Footwear that you don't mind getting wet and muddy
•    Leg cover (to protect against nettles)
•    A back pack big enough to carry everything you need with you, including your running shoes - if different from the shoes you cycle in
(see course info below for further details on the above)

 

Course Information

SPECIAL NOTES

Close all gates after you have gone through them. There have been problems in the past where some gates have been left open and livestock has strayed onto the road / mixed up with other livestock. Please make sure this doesn't happen by ensuring all gates are shut properly behind you.

Leaving litter on the course is totally unacceptable and won't be tolerated. Please make sure all empty wrappers are securely stowed and carried back to transition / the finish with you.

The course has been designed to avoid the worst of the overgrown paths and bridleways, but there are still a couple of short sections which are quite overgrown in places, so do bring / carry appropriate leg cover with you.

Once you start, you will not return to the event base again until the finish so you will need to carry everything you need with you.

TRAIL RUN

The Trail Run starts and finishes from a remote transition point, which you will cycle to and from. So if you run and cycle in different shoes will need to bring a back pack big enough to carry your running shoes in, whilst you are cycling.

A wide variety of trails are used for the Trail Run from roads and gravel towpaths to muddy tracks and less well defined paths in open access areas. Trail shoes with a decent tread are therefore definitely recommended if you have them.

Outside of open access areas, you must stay on only the public rights of way that are marked on your map. Where routes are different on the ground to those marked on your map, you should follow the signs on the ground.

Take care whilst running along roads - you must use pavements if they are present.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Unfortunately several of the bridleways that we had hoped to use for the Mt Biking are so overgrown that it is impossible to ride along them. And bush-whacking with bikes along them is not much fun either - we got six thorns in our tyres (and many more in our arms and legs) when we tried! So needless to say the course avoids these overgrown bridleways. The result is that a fair amount of the Mt Bike course is on minor roads and off road cycle routes (fairly firm gravel tracks) so the going should be generally good and fast. But don't be deceived, there are some short technical sections which are rocky in places and wet and muddy in others, so you'll want a bike and tyres which can cope with these.

Obviously you may stick to the side of bridleways to avoid the worst of the mud but you must not cross any fences / boundaries that run alongside the edges of some bridleways. If you can't get past without staying on the bridleway and you don't fancy getting wet/muddy feet, you must turn around and find another route or visit a different checkpoint.

Although you are allowed to cycle on bridleways, legislation states that cyclists should give way to walkers and horse riders. Please make sure you do this and that you dismount when passing horse riders. The same applies when you are cycling along the canal towpath.

KAYAKING

Special permission has been given for us to use a different stretch of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal this year. It is subject to a number of conditions, one of which is that you give priority to boats / other vessels at bridge holes (narrow points on the canal). Please make sure you do this - we want to be able to use this stretch of water again in the future!

At the kayak transition, there is an old low wooden platform along the edge of the canal so you should be able sit on this and lower yourself into your kayak without getting your feet wet.

Permission has only been given for foot and cycle access to the kayak transition. Access by vehicle is strictly forbidden as is parking at the kayak transition. Any spectators wishing to watch the kayaking should park at Pencelli and walk along the towpath by the side of the canal. The kayak transition area is for race participants only. Spectators are kindly asked to watch from the towpath on the other side of the canal and not to enter the kayak transition area.

TRANSITION

Transition areas will be marshalled during the race but they can get pretty busy at times. In the past a few people have returned to transition unable to find something of theirs because they left their things loose / on their own and these became muddled up with other people's things. We therefore suggest you take the following precautions to safe guard your equipment:

- Mt Bike items (e.g. helmet, SPDs etc.) should either be attached to or left underneath your bike whilst you are running / kayaking.

 

Facilities

Facilities at the event base include:

  • 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.
  • An indoor area for collection of team packs and the prize giving
  • Map pens available to buy from the Front Desk
  • A medic on standby to provide first aid

 

Directions & Car Parking

The event base for this adventure race is Christ College Brecon, Bridge Street, Brecon, Powys LD3 8AF. Download directions here.

The college is on the south side of B4601 (grid reference SO 042 284). Parking is in three different areas on the college campus. Download site map here. These will be filled in turn so follow signs / marshals instructions to the current entrance being used. Please do not drive on the grass - only pull onto the grass to park if directed to do so by a marshal.

View map showing event base location here

 

On Arrival

Park where directed.

Take your bike to the bike depot. Lock your bike to keep it secure whilst it’s in the bike depot. The bike depot will be marshalled from 0815 until 1215 and again from 1530 until the start of the Prize Giving. So please ensure you remove your bike and any other personal belongings from the bike depot before 1730.

Make your way to the sports hall. No registration is required.

Grab a bite to eat and drink from The Quest Kitchen

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

Each team pack contains:
1 course map (printed on waterproof paper and pre marked with all the available checkpoints)
1 race number (to be clearly visible on one team member)
4 safety pins (for attaching your race number)
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 (printed on waterproof paper) as you start.

At the appropriate time, attend the race briefing.

 

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 course closes at 1700. You should use the Quest Emergency Contact number (on your map) to let us know if you are not going to be back before 1715.
•    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 (on your map) to let us know. A Quest staff member will probably get to you before the ambulance.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

•    Come to the yellow arch on foot to start. Once you've started, proceed on foot to the bike depot. Collect your bike. Exit the college on your bike. No cycling on the grass please - walk with your bike until you get to the tarmac.
•    When finishing, return your bike to the bike depot before you go on foot to the yellow arch. Dib your EMIT card on the finish control to stop the clock.
•    You can visit Mt Bike checkpoints before and after you do your Trail Run, and before and after you do your Kayaking.
•    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 Race Format page)
•    The terrain varies and includes some steep and narrow roads. Take care. Always expect to find oncoming traffic around the next corner. Moderate your speed and keep within your technical riding capabilities. It's much safer to dismount if you are uncertain.

TRAIL RUNNING

•    You start and finish the Trail Run from a remote transition point.
•    You can break your Trail Run to do your Kayaking but you can not break your Trail Run to do some Mt Biking (i.e. you must visit all the Trail Run checkpoints you wish to visit before continuing with your Mt Biking).

KAYAKING

•    You can only kayak within your allocated kayak time slot.
•    You can break either your Trail Run or your Mt Biking to do your kayaking.
•    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 where to sit / 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 barges. 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 marshals at the kayak transition.

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 / designated cycle routes, on which you can take bikes, and footpaths / other 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 Race Format page)

 

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 total 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 from the bike depot 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. Food and drinks will be available from the The Quest Kitchen inside the rugby clubhouse.

Changing rooms, showers and toilets will also be available.

A medic will be on standby 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 along with your team number, start time window and kayak slot time (see the team list 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 on Saturday,

The Questars Team


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