Cotswolds

2021 Adventure Race

Event Details

The 2021 Cotswolds Adventure Race is the first event in the 2021 Questars Adventure Race Series. Race 1 has traditionally taken place at the end of March in previous years. But, this will not be the case in 2021 as we try to mitigate any potential impact of Covid-19. Therefore, the first Questars adventure race in 2021 will be in the middle of May instead. To clarify, the 2021 Questars Adventure Race Series will still consist of four separate events. The first event has just been pushed back to later in the year.

The 2021 Cotswolds Adventure Race will follow the normal one-day adventure race format. However, the event itself will be slightly different from normal. Instead of holding the whole event on the Saturday, the event has been split in half and will be held on both Saturday and Sunday. This is to accommodate more participants and to facilitate social distancing if such restrictions are in still place.

Trio Novice Race on Sunday

The Trio Masters race will take place on the Saturday – 15 May 2021 – together with the Duo race, as normal. Whilst the Trio Novice race will take place the following day on Sunday 16 May 2021.

We do hope, that by making this strategic decision now, most people that are already booked to take part in the Trio Novice race will be able to do so on Sunday 16 May 2021. However, we understand that this might not be possible for everyone. We will therefore be emailing all Trio Novice race participants to let them know their options if they are unable to make it on Sunday 16 May 2021. Please only contact us if you haven’t received this email from us by Monday 7th December, and remember to double check your junk/spam folder first!

In recent years, the May event in the Questars Adventure Race Series has been held in the Cotswolds, the South Downs and the Chilterns. This adventure race will return to the popular northern edge of the Cotswolds in 2021, between Tewkesbury, Worcester and Evesham.

We still plan to make the 2021 Cotswolds Adventure Race different from previous events in this area by using a new venue. In other words, one that we haven’t used for a Questars adventure race before. This will open up some new areas for the trail running and mountain biking. And we are also exploring the possibility of kayaking on a different stretch of water too.

Key Features

Solos & Teams

Take part on your own, in a pair or as a team of 3 or 4 people.

Score format

How many checkpoints can you visit in the time limit?

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Kayaks provided

Sit-on-top kayaks, paddles and buoyancy aids are all provided.

Bike hire available

You can hire a bike for this adventure race if needed.

Questars adventure races give you the option to run, bike and kayak. You can choose which of the following disciplines you do (if you don’t want to do all three)… 

  • Trail Running
  • Mountain Biking
  • Kayaking

We give you a map with all the run, bike and kayak checkpoints marked on and you see how many you can visit within the time limit. You choose which checkpoints to visit and in what order. Hence the time spent and distance covered on each discipline is up to you.

All kayak equipment is provided and bike hire is available if needed. So all you need to take part is a pair of running shoes – and a sense of adventure!

Take on the challenge of this adventure race on your own or team up with friends/family and go around together.

You can take part…
  • on your own as a solo participant
  • with another person (as a pair)
  • in a team of 3 or 4 people

Pairs and teams who wish to be competitive must remain together for the duration of the race i.e. all team members do each discipline together (it is not a relay race).

Questars adventure races are for everyone, irrespective of your ability and previous experience. On average, a quarter of participants at a Questars event have never done an adventure race before. So if you are a complete beginner you will not be alone!

And if you are an experienced adventure racer, expect some stiff competition. From Olympic medallists to Adventure Racing World Champions, we have had them all.

Questars events attract athletes not just from the UK but also from overseas too.

Every participant needs a bicycle for this event (unless you only intend to run and/or kayak in which case please contact us first before you enter so we can advise accordingly).

We recommend that you use a mountain bike (preferably with front suspension) as these are best suited to deal with the broadest range of off-road terrain and trail conditions that you might encounter during the race. You can either bring your own or hire one from our official provider.

However, you are welcome to use a different type of pedal cycle (e.g. a cyclocross bike) if you want to, as long as…

  1. it is designed to be used off-road (slick tyres are not allowed).
  2. you understand and accept that it may not be as suitable as a mountain bike and may therefore hinder your progress.

Anyone using an e-bike must declare this before they start and will not be eligible for a winners prize.

Event Base

Venue
Cropthorne & Charlton Village Hall
Main Street
Cropthorne
Pershore
WR10 3NH
Facilities

Car Park

Exclusive use of the car park onsite for participants

Indoor Shelter

Village hall for race briefing and indoor shelter

Event Catering

Hot and cold food and drinks available onsite

Changing Rooms

Ladies and gents changing rooms and showers

Toilets

Permanent facilities with flushable toilets and running water

The facilities above are given as indication of what’s available at the event base, in normal circumstances. However, nothing is 100% guaranteed as there might be an occasion where circumstances beyond our control means a facility is unable to be used as previously arranged. This is particularly true in the Covid-19 era where the facilities available will be dependent upon the government’s guidelines at the time. Any changes to the facilities available due to Covid-19 restrictions will be communicated to all race entrants in the final details which are sent out in the week leading up to the event.

Race Options

* The prices shown above include the £2.50 discount per person for pairs and teams (i.e. this is the price you pay when you enter a team of two or more people together in one go). Individual entries therefore need to add £2.50 onto the figures shown.

Entry fees increase as the number of places available decrease and the event gets closer. So to get the best price you need to enter sooner rather than later. See what’s included in the entry fee.

Timetable

Saturday 15 may 2021
Saturday
15 May 2021

Trio Masters
& Duo Race

09:00 Map collection opens
09:30
Race briefing
10:15
Earliest start time
16:45
Latest finish time
17:15
Results & prize giving
SUNday
16 May 2021

Trio Novice
Race

08:30 Map collection opens
09:00
Race briefing
09:45
Earliest start time
15:15
Latest finish time
15:45
Results & prize giving

The times above are given as a guide only and may alter slightly (by 10-15 mins) depending on participant numbers. Final timings will be confirmed in the week before the event when the start list is published.

Bike Hire

Call Drover Cycles on 01497 822419 or email info@drovercycles.co.uk to hire a bike for this race.

Bikes for the 2021 Cotswolds Adventure Race can be hired from Drover Cycles and collected from the event base on the day.

Two different levels of mountain bike are available; a standard mountain bike and a high spec version which offers a better level of suspension and components. All are well maintained. Please note the hire prices stated on the Drover Cycles website include use of a helmet, pump and repair kit, but not delivery to and collection from the event base which is a little bit extra to cover the cost of this.

Hire bikes must be booked in advance. Booking at least a month in advance is strongly recommended to ensure availability.

Course Maps

Each team receives one copy of the course map on waterproof paper, with all the run, bike and kayak checkpoints marked on. Extra copies of the course map can be purchased when you enter online if needed.

The course map uses Ordnance Survey (OS) 1:25000 Explorer map data. Click on the adjacent buttons to discover more about this OS map data set. See the Race Format for an example of the course map.

Map Data Sample

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Map Key / Legend

Download and view a copy of the key / legend for 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps.

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