The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Questars 360

Thames Ridgeway Challenge


The Route


+ Bike 57 km along national cycle routes (half on road, half off road)

+ Starts from the event base - St Francis School, Marlborough Road, Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5NT

+ You can start anytime from 06:00 Saturday onwards (let us know if you want to start earlier than 6am)

+ No water on route - you need to carry all the water you need for this stage with you

+ Ends at Stage 1-2 transition at Buscot (near Lechlade)

+ Fastest teams took 2.5 hours in 2016

+ Slowest teams took 4 hours in 2016


+ Buscot, Faringdon, SN7 8DA

+ Opens at 08:30 Saturday

+ Closes at 11:30 Saturday

+ Outside - no shelter available

+ Drinking water available

+ Access to kit bags and all kayak equipment


The cycling for Stage 1 is all on minor roads and off road cycle routes, which are well signed with national cycle network (NCN) route numbers. The off road sections tend to have a gravel surface, the condition of which varies widely; expect uneven and rough surfaces in one or two places.

After starting from the event base in Pewsey, you'll join NCN route 4 and follow it in easterly direction before linking up with NCN route 403, taking it north through Britain's only privately owned forest - an ancient woodland home to historic oak trees.

At Marlborough you will continue to head north, this time by following NCN route 482 along a disused railway line through the North Wessex Downs. After crossing the River Kennet, this peaceful traffic-free cycle path will take you through a couple of picturesque villages before arriving in Chiseldon on the outskirts of Swindon.

A mixture of minor roads and bridleways will guide you across the green belt land around Swindon and onto the first transition point on the banks of the River Thames at Buscot (near Lechlade).

The details above are given only as an indication of the planned route for stage 1 - the actual route may change / alter slightly from that described and shown. Distances are approximate and rounded to the nearest 5 km. The guide time is an estimation of the time most teams are expected to take to complete this stage.


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