The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Final Race Details for Saturday 14 July 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

•    0800-0830 Recommended Arrival Time
•    0830-0900 Team Pack Collection
•    0900-0915 Race Briefing
•    0945-1030 Teams Start
•    Time Limit – 6 hours from when you start
•    1545-1630 Teams Finish
•    1715-1730 Results & Prize Giving

TRIO NOVICES & DUO

•    0915-0945 Recommended Arrival Time
•    0945-1015 Team Pack Collection
•    1015-1035 Race Briefing
•    1100-1145 Teams Start
•    Time Limit – 5 hours from when you start
•    1600-1645 Teams Finish
•    1715-1730 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 (waterproof) transition bag or box to leave things in
•    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

TRAIL RUN

You can start and finish the Trail Run from either the event base (Tring Rugby Club) or the kayak transition. If you choose to start and finish the Trail Run from the kayak transition you will need to carry everything you need for the Trail Run with you on your Mt Bike. So if you run and cycle in different shoes, do bring a back pack big enough to carry your running shoes in, whilst you are cycling, in case you decide to start and finish your run from the kayak transition.

All this wet weather has softened the ground considerably. Looking at the condition of some of the paths and bridleways last week in the Chilterns you could be forgiven for thinking it was the middle of the winter. They are soft, wet, slippery and muddy in places, so shoes with a decent tread are definitely recommended. Large parts of the Trail Run are on paths and tracks which remain firm even when wet, so it won't all be hard going.

You must stay on only the public rights of way that are marked on your map during the Trail Run. Where routes are different on the ground to those marked on your map, you should follow the signs on the ground.

Many of the paths are well kept and the vegetation on either side cut back. So you shouldn't encounter many nettles but we still recommend you take leg cover with you just in case. 

Whilst running along roads, you must use pavements if they are present.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

A fair amount of the Mt Bike course is on minor roads with the rest on public bridleways and other off road routes with public access. On the whole, the off road cycle routes tend to be gravel based and therefore remain fairly firm even when wet. The bridleways don't tend to have such a firm base so they are alot more cut up. They are soft with thick mud in places, so again, you'll want knobbly tyres with a decent off road tread for these.

Short sections of one or two bridleways (where the water had collected on the surface and/or the sticky mud was ankle deep) were unrideable last week, so do be prepared to have to get off and push your bike through the worst patches.

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.

Taking your bike on footpaths, including the towpath alongside the Grand Union Canal, is strictly forbidden.  

KAYAKING

The kayaking is on the Grand Union Canal. At the kayak transition, there is a 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, or on the narrow road near the kayak transition (New Ground Road) as this will cause congestion and put participants safety at risk. Any spectators wishing to watch the kayaking should park at Tring Station and walk along the towpath by the side of the canal. The kayak transition area is quite small and will get very busy at times so spectators are kindly asked to watch from 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:

- Teams should lock their bikes together. Solo participants should lock a wheel to their frame.
- Mt Bike items (e.g. helmet, SPDs etc.) should either be attached to or left underneath your bike whilst you are running / kayaking.
- Any race items that you don't wish to carry with you whilst Mt Biking should be placed altogether in one uniquely identifiable bag / box and left in the transition area at the event base whilst you are Mt Biking.

 

Facilities

Facilities at the event base include:

  • Male changing rooms, showers and toilets in Tring Rugby Club building
  • Female changing rooms, showers and toilets in neighbouring Tring Football Club building
  • 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 Tring Rugby Union Football Club, Cow Lane, Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 5NS

The Rugby Club is on the east side of Cow Lane (grid reference SP 938 117). Parking is in a field to the south of the Rugby Club which is accessed via a separate gate (also on the east side of Cow Lane). Please do not use the Rugby Club entrance as no participant or spectator vehicles are allowed here. Look out for and follow the event signage on Cow Lane into the car parking field and then follow signs / marshals instructions on where to park.

View map showing event base location here

All parking is on grass next to the rugby pitches. If the grass is wet, please take care as there is a real risk of skidding. There is no parking allowed on the gravel just inside the entrance to the car parking field i.e. on the north side of the bowling green (this is bowls club car park). This area is likely to be empty when you arrive but please still don't park in there as it is needed by club members later in the day.

The rugby pitches are currently under repair so please keep off these at all times. Absolutely no driving on the pitches in any circumstances. When making your way from the car park to the clubhouse please make sure you go around the rugby pitches and do not cut across them.

Please note: The parking field is well drained and was good to use last week despite the recent wet weather. It will need a sustained period of heavy rain in the hours before the race to prevent us from being able to use it. In the unlikely event this does occur please follow instructions and signage on the day which will be different to the details given above. If this happens, you may end up parking further away so do please bear with us and be prepared to cycle or walk back to the event base. 

 

On Arrival

Park where directed.

Take your bike 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 0815 until the start of the Prize Giving. So please ensure you remove all your belongings from the bike depot before 1715.

Make your way to the clubhouse. 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 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.

Please note: The race briefing will take place outside if it's not too wet and windy, as the rugby clubhouse is not that big. So do bring extra layers to the race briefing so you can wrap up and keep warm. If conditions are unfavourable and the race briefing does have to be done inside, only one person from each team should attend - that way everyone should just about fit in.

 

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 1645. You should use the Quest Emergency Contact number (on your map) to let us know you are going to be late if you haven't finished by 1645.
•    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

•    If you choose to Mt Bike first, come to the yellow arch on foot to start. Once you've started, proceed on foot to the bike transition. Collect your bike. Exit the Rugby Club on your bike.
•    If you choose to Mt Bike last, when finishing, 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.
•    If you've already visited some Mt Bike checkpoints, you can't visit anymore Mt Bike checkpoints after your Trail Run.
•    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 busy and some 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 can start and finish the Trail Run from either the event base (Tring Rugby Club) or the kayak transition.
•    If you've already visited some Trail Run checkpoints, you can't visit anymore Trail Run checkpoints after 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 next Saturday on the 14 July,

The Questars Team

 

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