The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Questars 360

Thames Ridgeway Challenge

 

Kit List

We are fairly relaxed and flexible when it comes to kit, as we prefer you to be able to take part using what you've already got. What we don't want you to have to do is go out and spend a lot on new kit which, depending on conditions, you might not even use.

We only insist on a few items where these are required to undertake the challenge or for your safety. Everything else is advisory and down to your own discretion. Please be sensible and do not skimp on essentials like clothing, food and the amount of water you are able to carry. Keep an eye on the weather forecast in the days running up to the event and pack accordingly. If you are not properly equipped for the conditions on the day, you may leave us with no option but to withdraw you from the event.

It is worth noting; on every event like this that we have taken part in or supported, there has been at least one person that hasn't made it to the finish because they were inadequately equipped or a piece of their kit failed (often their bike) - don't let this be you! Make sure your bike is in good working order, tyres aren't perished and you have everything you need to get you around the entire course.

What you NEED to bring...

Per Person

  • Rucksack - big enough to carry clothing, food and water to keep you going for up to 10 hours
  • Head Torch - with spare batteries to provide light for at least 6 hours
  • Cycle Helmet
  • Suitable Offroad Bike - Mountain bikes (with front suspension) are strongly advised. Other types of bikes (e.g. hybrid / cyclocross bikes) may not be as suitable and may hamper your progress depending on the conditions, but they are permitted providing they 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 ranked separately. Check your bike beforehand to make sure it's in a good condition - including your bike tyres. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 31st May 2018 if you want to hire a mountain bike for this event.

Per Team

  • Bike Tools - for fixing punctures e.g. pump, tyre levers & spare inner tubes
  • First Aid Kit - to deal with any minor injuries
  • Whistle - to summon help in an emergency
  • Emergency Foil Blanket - or survival bag
  • Mobile Phone - specified on your entry (to carry with you in case of emergency)
  • Kit Bag - one per two team members - max size 80 Ltr and max weight 20 kg - full details

What we ADVISE you to bring...

    • Water Bottle - or hydration system big enough to get you through Stage 3 (up to 10 hours on the bike)
    • Race Food - to carry with you and eat on the go (to last for 24-30 hours)
    • Instant Food - more substantial food for eating in transition and when you finish more details
    • Cash - for emergencies e.g. food, drink, transport
    • Waterproofs - wind and waterproof outer layers (top and bottom)
    • Race Clothing - layers to keep you warm throughout inc. at night
    • Change of Clothes - second dry set of clothes to wear overnight
    • Reflective Clothing - for wearing at night when running / cycling
    • Hats - protection from the sun during the day and the cold at night
    • Gloves - fingerless / full finger for both cycling and kayaking
    • Trail Running Shoes - with a decent off-road tread (although flat, paths can be greasy / slippery after a downpour)
    • Watch - or other timing device
    • Permanent Pen - fine tip marker for writing on the maps (available to buy on the day)
    • GPS Device - with GPX route file loaded onto it
    • Compass - not really necessary but if you have one and know how to use it then you may wish to carry it
    • Sun Cream - there is not much shade so you will in the sun most of the time
    • Waterproof Bag - or pouch / case for your mobile phone & valuables
    • Tent, Sleeping Bag & Mat - for use at the event base (and transition if stopping overnight)
    • Bike Lights - front & back, for non-stop teams, suitable for cycling 6 hours off-road in the dark
    • Bike Bell - to warn others of your approach (some routes may be busy with other members of the public)
    • Bike Lock - a lock to slip round your bike / bikes when they're at the event base

Kit Bags

One kit bag up to 80 Litres in size and 20 kg in weight will be transported for every 2 team members. You will be able to access this kit bag every time you change discipline i.e. at the...

+ End of Stage 1 (when you finish on the bike and before beginning the kayaking)
+ Stage 2 Midpoint (when you finish kayaking and before beginning the trek / run)
+ End of Stage 2 (when you finish the trek / run and before beginning the Ridgeway cycle)

There is a little bit of leeway / flexibility with the size and weight. For example, if you only have a 100 Litre bag you may use this as long as you only fill 80% of it and it is compressible so it takes up no more room than an 80 Litre bag would. Similarly if you don't have an 80 Litre bag then you may use two 40 Litre bags instead (as long as the combined size and weight of them both is no more than 80 Litres / 20 kg). If your kit bag is clearly well over 80 Litres in size or 20 kg in weight then you will have to take things out to bring it down to the right size / weight before it will be accepted.

No liquids are permitted in kit bags except factory sealed bottles (your bags will be loaded on top of each other).

Whilst we recommend you use a waterproof duffel bag as your kit bag, you may use a plastic box if that is all you've got. Plastic boxes must be strong / robust and have a properly fastening lid (no boxes that might break / fall apart / spill their contents will be accepted). And remember the 80 Litre size and 20 kg weight limit still applies.

All kayak equipment provided will be transported for you together with any equipment you hire (e.g. bikes / kayak backrests). The only personal belongings that will be transported separately to your kit bag (or box) are the following items:

  • Kayak Paddles - if not using the paddles provided
  • Buoyancy Aids - if not using the buoyancy aids provided
  • Backrests - if you are using your own
  • Small Tent - if you are stopping overnight
  • Bikes - see full details

Please note if you are one of the faster non-stop teams your kit bag may not be back at the event base when you finish so it is important you bring and leave sufficient food and clothing at the event base (in your vehicle) for when you get back. We will endeavour to get your kit bag back to the event base as soon as possible but obviously our priority lies with those teams still out on the course. Exact timings will depend on the speed of teams but to give you an idea, we aim to have kit bags for non-stop teams back at the event base by 8am on Sunday morning (and everyone else's kit bags back before they finish).

Bike Transfer

All bikes, whether in bike bags / boxes or not will be transported on a trailer which is open to the elements. Please bear this in mind as it means your bike / bike bag / bike box will get wet if it rains.

Bikes will be stood up against each other. We will handle them with care but they may move around in transit. If you are worried about your bike / frame being marked, it is your responsibility to ensure it is adequately packaged and protected for transportation.

Teams with their own support crew can arrange for them to transfer their bikes from the end of Stage 1 to the beginning of Stage 3, if they wish to do so.

Food

Boiling water will be available at the event base (both on Friday night / Saturday morning and when you finish) and at the Stage 2-3 transition for you to add to any instant hot drinks & food / meals that you bring.

Outdoor shops sell a variety of dehydrated meals that you just add boiling water to, which you might want to bring. Alternatively supermarkets sell an increasing amount of instant foods that you make up by adding boiling water to them. Here are a few exampls of things you might like to consider:

+ Porridge Pots
+ Cup-a-Soup
+ Mug Shot Pasta
+ Instant Noodles / Pot Noodles
+ Couscous Sachet Meals
+ Tea / Coffee / Hot Chocolate

Don't forget to bring a mug / bowl and spoon / spork to eat your food with.

Notes On Eating Out

There are a couple of pubs in Pewsey (one across the road from the event base) but they can get quite busy so it may be better to arrive on Friday having already eaten on route.

You will pass by various eateries as you make your way around the course. Obviously you are welcome to stop off and purchase food on route but we strongly recommend you don't rely solely on doing this as the pubs / takeaways might be closed by the time you get to them (especially towards the end of Stage 2 on Saturday night).

 

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