The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

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Final Details for the New Forest Questars on 26 & 27 March 2011

The Quest Team wish all participants a great weekend in your quest to find as many of the optional checkpoints scattered widely over the New Forest. 

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

Do take a look at the Team List above 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 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 Questars Duo event on Saturday 26 March and for those taking part as Novices on Sunday 27 March as set out below :

 

SATURDAY - QUESTARS TRIO MASTERS & QUESTARS DUO teams :

  • Team pack collection opens 0815
  • Race Briefing 0845 - 0900
  • Starts from 0930
  • Finishing times between 1500 and 1620
  • Results and prize giving 1700

SUNDAY - QUESTARS TRIO NOVICES teams :

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

  • Team pack collection opens 0815
  • Race briefing 0845 - 0900
  • Starts from 0930
  • Finishing times between 1430 and 1515
  • Results and prize giving 1600

Directions & Car Parking

The Questars event base is at The Burgate School and Sixth Form Centre, Salisbury Road, just north of Fordingbridge, Hampshire

Post Code : SP6 1EZ.  The school is on the west side of the A338 at grid reference 150 153

View map showing event base location here

Its suggested that you download and print off the aerial photo of the event base so that you know where everything is located. Download aerial photo of the event base here (317 KB)

Quest signage and Quest marshals will direct you where to park. Do look out for and follow the Quest signs. Car parking is quite tight so please follow Quest marshals directions and park closely. No parking of Questars participants' vehicles in front of the school.

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

Upon arrival take your bike to the bike depot which is located within a fenced area of  tennis courts. After setting up your bike in the bike depot, proceed to the event HQ in the Sports Hall. This can be accessed via a back door through a parking lot or via side entrances. A Quest marshal will supervise this bike depot up until the last teams Start and again from the time of the first finishes up until prize giving at 1700. Please make sure you collect your bike, after the race, before 1700.

This Questars has a slightly different format as there is just one transition point between the trail run, bike and kayaking stages and this is located remotely from the event HQ. All participants will start and finish the event on mountain bikes. All participants will bike to the remote Transition Point which is marked on your course map with a TP and a black triangle. See more details in the Amendment to Race Format section below. 

What to do Next

Team packs will be placed in numerical order around the edge of the Sports Hall. You can simply collect your team pack at or after 0815. There is no need to queue up at the Enquiries Desk for your team pack. Make a note of your team number so that you know in advance which team pack to collect. A full listing of all teams will also be displayed on the wall of the Sports Hall.

Also on display 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.

Amendment to Race Format

Teams will therefore not return to the event base at Burgate until the end of their race. Accordingly you need to carry with you all that you need for the day including your first aid kit, waterproof outer clothing, whistle and team mobile phone. A small rucksac is therefore recommended. Those who wear SPD shoes to bike will need to carry trail running shoes with them. Water will be available for you to refill your water containers at the Transition Point. Water will also be available near the Start & Finish.

All teams will start from the Start arch just behind the Sports Hall. Get here on foot all ready to race a few minutes before your start time. Line up in order of your team number. Have your EMIT card (electronic scoring device) out ready on the string provided so that you can start your race by using it on the START checkpoint. Don't forget to also collect from Quest the all important Checkpoint Descriptions and Values card as you start.

As all teams will be leaving the event base by bike, after you Start go directly on foot to the bike depot to collect your bike and depart onto the course via the one way EXIT route. Do be careful as you leave the event HQ. The exit route will be explained further at the race briefing. Its recommended that you do not leave any items in the bike depot during the day. No bikes are to be taken to the Start or to the Finish arch.

Everyone starts on bike and can visit bike checkpoints en route to the Transition Point (TP). Depending upon your allocated kayaking time slot you decide which stage to do next either kayaking or running. After you've completed your kayaking or trail running you can either do some more biking or complete your other stage - either running or kayaking. Finally after leaving the TP on your bike you can collect further bike checkpoints en route back to the event base. Remember you need to leave your bike in the bike depot in the tennis courts before running the short distance to the Finish arch.

Teams competing in the three stage Questars Trio event therefore have alot of flexibility as to when to collect bike checkpoints - en route to the TP, between the kayaking and running stages and en route back to the event base. Remember you cannot break your kayaking or trail running stages, but need to visit all your chosen checkpoints in these stages consecutively.

Download a flowchart diagram here which shows the different options available to Questars Trio teams.

The Race Structure & Format pages of the Questars website are amended slightly by the above paragraphs. These pages are full of useful information including some further hints and tips.

The format for Questars Duo teams is largely unchanged except that these teams will also all bike first, collect bike checkpoints en route to the TP, then run, return to the TP and continue to collect more bike checkpoints en route back to the event base.

Kayaking

The kayaking stage of the Questars Trio event takes place on an attractive lake. Kayaking teams will need to validate each visit to a kayaking checkpoint by immediately visiting a special X checkpoint. So the course will be like a hub and spoke with the X checkpoint at the hub being visited after each numbered checkpoint.

After the Race

When you have finished visiting checkpoints return to the event base by 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 into the Sports Hall 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 Sports Hall.

The Sports Hall also contains the 'Quest Kitchen' where you can obtain pre and post race drinks and hot and cold food. Prices start at just 50p for a cup of tea / coffee, 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.

Through the Sports Hall are changing rooms with showers and toilets.

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 Sports Hall for the Race Briefing and Results / Prize Giving
  • changing rooms, showers and toilets 
  • food and drinks available throughout the day from the Quest Kitchen in the Sports 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 (chilli con carne) 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  
  • a qualified sports masseur, Emma Joy will be providing pre and post race massages ( £2 for 5 minute pre-massage and save £1 on a post-massage. £5 for 10 minute post-massage, or £4 with voucher from pre-massage ). Read more here...
  • on Sunday Mike Stafford, a mountain bike instructor will be on hand in the bike depot before the Novice's event to give advice on bike set up and riding technique. His blog is full of useful hints and tips at http://mountainbikeskills.co.uk/bikeblog
  • a post race bike cleaning service is being provide by senior students of the school at £2 per bike, to raise funds for their forthcoming visit to Borneo
  • emergency medical technician on stand by to provide any necessary first aid
  • Navigation and 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. There are many New  Forest ponies, cattle and donkeys roaming freely.

    Your Safety

    Its 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 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, away from all other craft including other participant's kayaks and anglers.

    The kayaking checkpoints are all attached to rope tied to trees on the lakeside with a white float and will be accessible from your kayak. There's no need to get out of your kayak. Just glide upto the checkpoint in your kayak, 'dib' with your EMIT card as normal and kayak on. Do not overlean 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 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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