The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

New Forest Adventure Race

 

Course Conditions

Information about the course area and its condition for the 2017 New Forest adventure race

 

Special Notes

Watch out, slow down and give way to other people and animals including walkers, horse riders, the animals that roam freely in the New Forest such as ponies, cows, pigs and deer.

Parts of the course are remote and exposed to the elements. The weather can change very quickly and at this time of year it is not uncommon to have three or four seasons all in the same day. Make sure you are fully prepared for whatever the day brings! Fingers crossed it will be like this

 

Trail Run

Navigational events are no longer permitted in the New Forest at this time of year due to the new habitat regulation assessments and the protection of ground nesting birds. As a result the Trail Run is largely on public rights of way - public footpaths and bridleways, with a few sections on tarmac (pavements / minor roads) to link them together.

The terrain is flat to undulating with one or two short sharp ascents / descents. As the land is relatively flat and low lying some areas don't drain well, so expect to encounter a few boggy patches along the way.

The footpaths vary from grassy and easy going to muddy and slippery, with everything in between. Trail shoes with a decent tread are recommended if you have them. Expect to get wet feet - if not from the muddy trails then definitely when fording the streams.

Please shut all gates, make sure they are properly fastened behind you and follow signs where present.

Take care crossing wooden stiles and footbridges. Many are very slippery, especially when damp. Some are unstable / rotten and one footbridge has a potentially ankle-breaking hole in it so watch where you are going!

 

Mountain Biking

The mountain biking this year is quite different from previous New Forest adventure races (and more like the adventure races we hold in other parts of the country). In previous years the off road cycling has mainly been on fast, well graded gravel tracks (designated cyclepaths) in the forest. This year it is different because we are using a new area (one that we have not used before) for a large part of the mountain biking.

The off road riding is all on byways and public bridleways. Some byways are good gravel tracks that vehicles drive along whilst others are muddy, rutted and cut up. Likewise, the bridleways vary from good firm rideable surfaces to others that aren't so well drained and are soft and hard going. The main difference between the muddy sections is that many of the byways have a firm base (gravel) underneath making riding possible where as some of the bridleways do not - they can be a bit boggy in places. The checkpoints have been positioned to avoid the worst of the bridleways (i.e. those which are unrideable for much of their length) but there are one or two short muddy sections in places where you might need to get off and walk. When passing muddy stretches you must remain on the permitted route at all times - do not cross fences or boundaries. If you can't get past without staying on the trail, and you don't want to get wet / muddy, turn around and find another route or visit a different checkpoint.

Bikes are not allowed on footpaths - not under any circumstance - it's the law! Make sure you know the difference between footpaths and bridleways. Look out for waymarkers and fingerposts to keep you on the right track and make sure you follow any other signs.

Take care whilst cycling on roads. Even minor roads can be busy with fast moving vehicles as they are used as short cuts by locals. Always cycle single file (apart from being considerate to others, it's more efficient!) and keep in to the left hand side so that vehicles can pass when it's safe for them to do so.

 

Kayaking

The kayaking takes place on this lake. Depending on the level of the water, you may need to walk into the water a bit before getting onto your kayak if it is shallow. However please be careful not to walk into the water too far as it does suddenly drop off and get deeper. See photos from a previous race.

There is a small amount of parking near the lake for spectators. Parking is not allowed anywhere on the approach track to the lake. Vehicles should continue to the end of the track (past the kayak transition) and park on the hard standing before you reach the main watersports building on the lake shore. Please ask any spectators accompanying you to keep vehicle movements to a minimum so as not to get in the way of other participants, potentially putting their safety at risk.

 

Photos

View all the photos taken on recent recce's showing different parts of the course here

 

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