The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

The Chilterns Adventure Race


Race Day Information

Final details for those people taking part in the 2017 Chilterns adventure race.


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From kayaking along the Greek coast to dog sledding in Norway. Where will you go? What will you do? See what amazing adventure you could have on your next weekend away.


Race Numbers & Kayak Times

Your race number, start time window and kayak timeslot can all be found on the Start List - do make a note of these details - you'll need them on the day.

You can start anytime within your start time window but remember if you are in one of the first or last kayak timeslots you need to allow enough time to get to / back from the kayak transition - approximately 6 km direct on roads (flat) or ~12 km via Mt Bike checkpoints (planner's route).

Not sure how to fit everything in around your kayak timeslot? See the course planners guide for a suggestion of how you could do this.

The maximum time allowed for the kayaking is 65 mins for Masters and 55 mins for Novices. You must be off the water BEFORE the end of your kayak timeslot - you will get a 50 point penalty if you are not.


Entry Amendments

Any last minute team changes now need to be made on the day itself - just let the Quest Team know at the front desk before the Race Briefing.



The event base will open at 0800. Please give us sufficient time to set-up by not arriving before this.

MASTERS (6 hrs)

0800-0830 Recommended Arrival Time
0830-0900 Race Pack Collection
0900-0915 Race Briefing
0945-1045 Teams Start
Time Limit – 6 hours from when you start
1545-1645 Teams Finish
1715-1730 Results & Prize Giving


NOVICES & DUO (5 hrs)

0900-0930 Recommended Arrival Time
0930-1000 Race Pack Collection
1000-1020 Race Briefing
1045-1130 Teams Start
Time Limit – 5 hours from when you start
1545-1645 Teams Finish
1715-1730 Results & Prize Giving


Facilities & Services

Facilities at the event base include:

 - Toilets & Changing Rooms (with a few showers)

 - Food & Drinks available including pre race bacon butties and post race hot meal - see menu

 - Indoor Hall for collection of team packs, the race briefing and the prize giving

 - Medic on standby to provide first aid


Available to purchase on the day (cash only):

 - Map Pens fine permanent pens for marking your map - £1.80 each view pen

 - Bike Map Boards with reusable cable ties for mounting on your handlebars; bulldog clips & rubber bands for holding the map - £5 for A5, £8 for A4

 - Questars 2017 T-shirt technical wicking t-shirt, 100% polyester - £15 each (SRP £18) - see t-shirt


Directions & Car Parking

The event base for this adventure race is Pitstone Memorial Hall, Vicarage Road, Pitstone, LU7 9EY

The hall is on the west side of Vicarage Road next to the recreation ground (cricket pitch) and is clearly visible from the road (grid reference SP 936 155). 

As you approach the hall, follow signage and marshals directions unless you are just getting dropped off. Car parking will be tight so please do share transport if possible. Park close to the vehicle next to you (you should be close enough so that you can't open your door all the way). Please do not block any access routes or drive on the recreational ground.

There is a limited amount of parking available next to the hall (as the hall is also being used by other groups on the same day). Once all the spaces next to the hall are full, you will need to park across the road in the orchard - this is the car park for the Pitstone Green Museum which we have kindly been given permission to use as an overflow car park. Please note this is for cars only - no large / tall vehicles as the trees are close together and their branches aren't that high off the ground.

In the unlikely event that there is no room left in the orchard (or if you are in a large / high-sided vehicle) then you will need to find somewhere safe to park on the surrounding roads. A marshal will advise you if this is the case. There is to be no parking on Vicarage road itself or on the B489 as this will cause congestion and create a safety issue. There is plenty of room to park down one side of Westfield Road. If you choose to park in one of the nearby residential streets please park considerately so as not to cause an obstruction or upset the local residents - this means parking on the same side of the road to everyone else.

Please note: The car parks are for participants to park their vehicles for the duration of the event. Vehicles will not be able to leave the car parks whilst other vehicles are arriving / participants are starting (as there just isn't the room for both to safely happen at the same time). So please don't take your vehicle into one of the car parks unless you intend to park there for the whole the event. If your vehicle is likely to be moved during the event (e.g. by spectators accompanying you) then you will need to get dropped off / park on one of the residential roads nearby (see details above and map below).

The map below shows where things are at the event base.



On Arrival

Make your way to the event HQ in the Memorial Hall (see map above).

Grab a bite to eat and drink from The Quest Kitchen

There is no registration - collect your team pack from around the edge of the hall at the appropriate time. These will be laid out in numerical order. If your team pack is not there or if you have paid for a T-shirt, 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 worn by one member of each team (must be clearly visible)
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.

Before you start, put your bike in the transition area along with anything else you need during the race.


After the Race

Proceed immediately to the download station (in the hall). Remove the cord and hand in your EMIT card. You’ll receive a printout showing your total time and the checkpoints you visited. Check this carefully and let us know before the prize giving if any checkpoints you visited don't appear on your print out.

This print out will not show your score - these will be announced at the prize giving in the hall and put up on display afterwards.

Eating soon after you finish is proven to aid recovery. The Quest Kitchen team will be serving hot food & drinks in the hall.

Changing rooms (and a few showers) are available in the building if you wish to use them.

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.

Prizes are awarded to each person in the winning team, in each of the ten different race classes. There are up to £1000 worth of prizes to be won, thanks to the support from our event partners...


Final Word

Remember to...

• Respect the area and the local community
• Be great ambassadors for adventure racing
• Stay on permitted routes at all times
• Give way to members of the public
• Give all animals a wide berth


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