Wondering what kit to bring for your next Adventure Race? This page lists what you need together with other items that you may find useful to bring if you have them.
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What you NEED to bring (per person)
Mountain bikes (with front suspension) are recommended. Other types of bikes (e.g. cyclocross bikes) may not be as suitable and may restrict your progress depending on the conditions. But you may use other bikes that are designed for off-road riding if you wish to do so. They must have appropriate tyres for off road use (slick tyres are not allowed). Any participant using an e-bike must declare this before they start and will be non-competitive (i.e. not eligible for a race winners prize). Check your bike beforehand to make sure it’s in a good condition!
If you wish to hire a mountain bike for this event, and haven’t already booked one, you need to book it now. Do not leave it until the last minute as there might be none available!
Or other type of functional rucksack / large running vest. Big enough to carry everything you need for the whole race with you, including your trail running shoes (if different from your mountain biking footwear).
The Trail Run begins and ends at a remote transition points which you will cycle to/from. You will therefore need to carry anything you need for the Trail Run (excluding water) with you on your bike.
Once you start the race, you will not return to the event base again until you finish the race (some 5/6 hours later).
You will need sufficient capacity to carry all the water you need for 2-3 hours of running / biking. A bottle or vessel where you don’t need to touch the mouth piece (i.e. with dirty hands) is advisable.
Drinking water will be available at the transition points (i.e. Kayak Transition and Run Transition) for you to top up during the race.
You will need to bring sufficient food with you to consume during the race. Eating a little and often is the best approach for many. Energy bars and gels are great for carrying with you and doing this. Items that you can eat from the packaging without touching the food itself are a good idea, as your hands may not always be that clean. In addition you’ll want to have something a little more substantial for when you transition – five/six hours is a long time!
Dropping / leaving of litter is not acceptable under any circumstance. Please make sure all wrappers and packaging are disposed of in the bins provided at transition or taken home with you.
Large parts of the course are in open areas that are susceptible to the wind. If you get wet (from rain or kayaking), the wind-chill effect will be considerable, especially at this time of year. It is therefore important that you carry a windproof layer with you as a minimum.
There is no shelter from the elements at the kayak transition. And you don’t tend to generate as much heat kayaking (as you do when running for example). So, please ensure you are suitably equipped and have a warm layer that you can put on when kayaking if needed.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING (PER TEAM/SOLO PARTICIPANT)
Sufficient tools to keep your bike on the road. As a minimum you should carry enough to fix multiple punctures e.g. pump, tyre levers, spare inner tubes and a puncture repair kit. If you have a mechanical problem you will need to fix it yourself and/or make your own way back to the event base. We will only pick you up in exceptional circumstances, which will result in the end of your race.
Sufficient to deal with all your medical needs and any minor injuries both during and after the race. You need to bring one small first aid kit to carry with you at all times during the race. In addition we recommend you bring a larger more comprehensive first aid kit (with plentiful supplies in) and leave this in your vehicle for use post-race if required.
Or survival bag, to keep you (or a casualty) warm in an emergency.
Teams should carry a minimum of two of these because if you should capsize (unlikely but it has happened before), then two of you may end up in the water. And one foil blanket between two of you won’t be enough!
The mobile phone – the number of which is specified as your Team Mobile Number on your entry – to carry with you in case of an emergency.
It’s a good idea to download and install the what3words app on any phones that you will be carrying with you during the race. This app can be used to let us / the emergency services know your exact location in an emergency.
Thin permanent marker pen to write information down on your map (which is printed on waterproof paper). Available to purchase (cash only) on the day if needed.
In addition, you may wish to bring a highlighter pen to highlight certain routes on your map before you start.
A watch or other timing device that you can record your race time on so you know how long you have been going for (and hence how long you have left).
A watch worn on your wrist that you can start/stop and view easily is preferable to using a smart phone.
WHAT WE ADVISE YOU TO BRING
We recommend you bring your water bottle(s) full to the event (so you don’t have to fill up before you start), and bring some for after you finish too. Drinking water will be available at the transition points for you to top up your water bottle during the race as and when you need to.
One person in each team will wear an electronic timing/score card around their wrist (attached securely by a tyvek wristband). This person is advised to bring and wear a wristband (or a buff and wrap it round your wrist) over the top of the tyvek wristband. This will prevent the electronic score card bouncing around and from rotating around your wrist (as well as protecting it).
Most people wear gloves (either fingerless or full finger) when mountain biking. And you may wish to wear gloves when kayaking. These could be the same gloves you wear mountain biking or different ones.
Whilst nearly all the trails are clear of vegetation, you may come across one or two short sections where the vegetation scratches your lower legs. You may therefore wish to wear long calf-length socks or wear/carry with you full leg cover just in case.
A small bottle (50-100 ml) of anti bacterial hand gel (with 50% minimum alcohol content) to carry with you during the race, so you can regularly sanitise your hands. We recommend that you sanitise your hands before eating (and drinking if necessary), and after kayaking as a minimum.