The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Questars 360

Thames Ridgeway Challenge

 

Event Details

The Questars 360 Thames Ridgeway Challenge is an epic endurance event which links together two of the best long-distance trails in this part of the country to form a classic circular route that will see you...

+ Run / trek along the Thames Path

+ Kayak down the River Thames - England's longest river

+ Cycle along the Ridgeway - Britain's oldest road - for one of the longest off road rides in the country!

Ideally suited to teams of 2 and 4 people, you choose whether to do the challenge non-stop in 24 hrs or split it in two and take an overnight stop. The event takes place on the weekend of Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 June 2018 to benefit from the long hours of daylight.

Places are strictly limited by the number of kayaks available and the number of bikes that can be transported, so early entry is strongly recommended to avoid missing out.

Special Note

This is is a tough endurance challenge. Do not underestimate it!

The terrain may not be mountainous but this is more than made up for by the distance which is the adventure racing equivalent of doing more than an Ironman Triathlon - offroad! That said you don't need to be super fit to complete it - you just need to be able to keep moving at a steady pace.

You have a maximum of 36 hours to complete the challenge so the slower you are the less time you will have to take an overnight break. In 2016 most teams were on the go for up to 18 hours on the Saturday and 9 hours on the Sunday leaving 6-8 hours for an overnight break.

Event Base

St Francis School
Marlborough Road
Pewsey
Wiltshire
SN9 5NT

The event base is 500m from Pewsey mainline railway station,
making it easily accessible by train from London / Reading.

Facilities Available

- Free Car Park (on site)
- Large Sports Hall (for sorting kit)
- Camping on Sports Field
- Toilets
- Changing Rooms & Showers

Event Timings

The provisional timetable below is given as a guide only. Whilst some of the individual timings may alter slightly, the overall duration of the event is unlikely to change.

FRIDAY

1830 - Event base opens
2030 - Registration & kit drop off opens
2300 - Deadline for handing in kit bags

SATURDAY

0600 - First teams start
0830 - Stage 1-2 transition opens
1200 - Stage 1-2 transition closes
2000 - Stage 2-3 transition opens

SUNDAY

0900 - Stage 2-3 transition closes
1800 - Finish closes
1900 - Event base closes

Entry Information

Enter as a mens, ladies or mixed team of 2 or 4 people. Entry fees (per person) are as follows...

Teams of four £179 / Teams of two £189 - up until end of May when entries close.

Entries for this event are now closed. Please contact us for any last minute availability.

Unlike some other events, there are no additional charges that you have to pay e.g. for hiring electronic timing chips, car parking, onward / return transport etc. See everything that's included below...

What's Included?

In a nutshell; everything! The start and finish are in the same place so you don't have to worry about getting back to your car after you finish, saving you time and money. Kit transfers are provided throughout so there's no requirement for you to provide your own support crew and vehicle unless of course you want to. The following gives you an idea of what is included...

+ Parking at event base throughout the event
+ Camping Friday Night outside at the event base
+ Toilets & Indoor Space to sort out kit at the event base
+ Camping Saturday Night outside at Stage 2-3 transition (2-day teams)
+ Toilets & Indoor Space to rest & recover at Stage 2-3 transition
+ Camping Sunday Morning outside at the event base (24 hour teams)
+ Boiling Water for hot drinks & instant food / meals at beginning & end of each day

+ All Kayak Equipment hire of kayaks, buoyancy aids & paddles if needed
+ Transportation of Hired Kayaks if using your own kayak you need to arrange its transport
+ Transportation of Buoyancy Aids & Paddles either your own or hired ones (included)
+ Kayak Licence for paddling on the River Thames

+ Kit Bag Transfer to / from all transition points
+ Bike Transfer from end of Stage 1 to beginning of Stage 3

+ Waterproof Maps professionally marked with the route on
+ GPX file of the whole route and each stage
+ Electronic Timing & Tracking provided by Open Tracking
+ Drinking Water at the transition points
+ Finishers Medal a bespoke memento to recognise your achievement
+ VAT at 20%

Cushioned backrests for the sit-on-top kayaks are highly recommended. You can provide your own or you can hire the same as or equivalent to these as an optional extra for just £15 if you would like the added comfort and support that these provide.

Bikes

Bikes need to be suitable for off-road use i.e. have knobbly off-road tyres. Mountain bikes are therefore recommended.

You can hire a mountain bike for this event from Cyclexperience who will deliver it to and collect it from the event base. Let us know when you enter if you need to hire a bike and we'll send you the details.

Bikes will be stood up against each other using the same method that Cyclexperience use to transport their own hire bikes around the country.

All bikes will be handled with care and treated the same as if they were our own but please be aware that they might move in transit. If you are worried about your bike / frame being marked, it is your responsibility to ensure it is adequately packaged and protected for transportation.

Bike bags / boxes aren't necessary but if you plan on putting your bike in one for transportation please let us know at least one month before the event. We will only transport pre-arranged standard size (i.e. wheels off inside) bike bag / boxes.

Kayaking

Two-person sit-on-top kayaks are provided. If you wish to use your own tandem kayak that's fine BUT please note it is your responsibilty to arrange for it to be taken to the launch point and collected from the egress point. We are unable to transport any kayaks other than our own sit-on-tops.

Paddles & buoyancy aids are also provided. You can use your own paddle / buoyancy aid if you prefer. We can transport all paddles & buoyancy aids.

You must have kayaked before and know what you are doing otherwise you will struggle. You need to be confident getting on and off the water. If in doubt do a one-day adventure race and see how you get on.

Some teams may end up finishing the kayaking in the dark.

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