The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Cotswolds Adventure Race

 

Course Conditions

Information about the course area and its condition for the adventure race on Sat 14 May 2016

 

Special Notes

It is very important that you ensure gates are shut and properly fastened behind you as there are livestock including lots of young lambs in many of the fields and on the hills.

Most of the footpaths and bridleways are well signed so look out for the waymarkers and fingerposts to keep you on the the right track.

 

Trail Run

The majority of the trail run takes place off road on public footpaths and bridleways although there are a couple of places where you will need to use minor roads / pavements.

Most of the time you will be running along grassy or dirt / bare earth trails. The ground is generally quite firm but there are some soft patches in places which provide a welcome break from the otherwise hard and in places uneven ground.

Looking ahead at the weather forecast, we anticipate the ground to be largely dry apart from one or two places where water seeps from natural springs in the hill side.

There is one particularly short, steep section which can be slippery if damp. Trail shoes with a decent tread are therefore recommended.

Most of the trails are well used and hence obvious to follow and clear of vegetation.

 

Mountain Biking

For the mountain biking you will be on minor roads and bridleways. Some of the minor roads have recently been covered in loose chippings so do be aware of the increased risk of skidding on the loose stones. When on roads, cycle single file and keep in to the left hand side so vehicles can pass when it's safe for them to do so.

The bridleways are quite firm and generally provide a good surface on which to ride. Some are rocky with loose stones in places and others have large tree roots exposed which are very slippery when wet.

A couple of the bridleways are steep so you will need to be a bit savvy in your route choice and avoid going up these if you don't want to have to get off and push. There are a couple of places where the bridleways are quite cut up and bumpy to ride over (think lots of horseshoe prints in mud which has begun to dry out), but these are relatively short lived and hence soon passed.

 

Kayaking

The kayaking takes place on the River Avon. Access is to the river is via a concrete quay. There might be bit of a drop down to the water if the river level is not that high. The best way to get on the water is to sit on the side with your feet on the kayak (which is on the water). Then swing yourself round and lower yourself carefully down onto the kayak. It's worth taking the time to get it right though as the water is deep - in the unlikely event that you do fall in you will be swimming!

There was quite a movement of water down the river last month, especially under the bridge where the flow is restricted. But it has been largely dry since then and water levels have dropped (and hence slowed), so you should find it slightly easier.

Just be aware that the flow may not look like that much but it takes longer and requires significantly more effort to paddle up river against it, so allow plenty of time for this.

There is a public car park with toilets on the other side of the road to the kayak transition which spectators may wish to use but please note it could well be full as it's not that big and is quite popular.

The river is quite wide and is exposed to any wind, so do take this into account and carry sufficient clothing with you.

Please keep away from moored vessels and well out of the way of any moving craft - we want to be able to return to use this lovely location again in the future!

 

Photos

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

 

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