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 relatively few items where these are required to i) undertake the challenge or ii) for your safety. Everything else is advisory and down to your own personal 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 prevent you from continuing.

It is worth noting; on every event like this that we have taken part in ourselves 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 round the course.

What you NEED to bring...

Per Person:

+ Off-Road Bike
Well-maintained bike with off road tyres. Please contact us if you want to hire a mountain bike for this event.
+ Back Pack / Ruck Sack
Big enough to carry clothing, food and water to keep you going for 6-10 hours
+ Head Torch
With spare batteries if needed to provide at least 6 hours of light
+ Cycle Helmet

Per Team:

+ Bike Tools
Minimum of pump, spare inner tubes, tyre levers & puncture repair kit
+ First Aid Kit
Minimum of crepe bandage, triangular bandage, wound dressing, 2 safety pins and 6 adhesive dressings
+ Mobile Phone
Of the number specified on your entry - carry this with you in case of an emergency
+ Kit Bag
One per 2 team members - max size 80 Ltr & weight 20 kg (see Kit Bag section)
+ Emergency Shelter
Foil blanket, survival bag or bothy bag
+ Whistle

What we ADVISE you to bring...

+ Hydration System / Water Bottles
Enough to get you through Stage 3 i.e. 6-9 hours on the bike
+ Energy Bars / Gels
Or similar race food to carry with you and eat on-the-go
+ Instant Food / Meals
More substantial food for eating in transition / when you finish (see Food section)
+ Wind / Waterproof Outer Layers
Both top and bottoms - waterproof if any chance of any rain
+ Race Clothing
To provide layers to keep you warm including an insulated layer
+ Change of Clothes
A complete second set of clothes in case you get wet
+ Reflective Clothing
For wearing at night - there are a few short sections on roads
+ Trail Running Shoes
With a decent tread - although flat, paths can be greasy / slippery after a heavy downpour
+ Gloves - Fingerless
For both cycling and kayaking
+ Hat & Sun Cream
There is little to no protection from the sun on some sections
+ Permanent Pen
Fine tip for writing on the route maps
+ GPS Device
With GPX route file loaded onto it
+ Compass
Only if you know how to use it and are confident doing so
+ Tent / Bivi Bag, Sleeping Bag & Sleeping Mat
To use on Saturday night on route / at transition / when you finish
+ Bike Bag / Box
Protection for your bike when in transit (see Bike Transfer section)
+ Bike Bell
To warn others of your approach - the Ridgeway is popular with walkers
+ Bike Lights
For Non-stop teams, suitable for cycling for 6 hours off-road in the dark
+ Watch

Kit Bags

To keep things simple, rather than have a primary and secondary kit bag that were going to be available at different points on the route, you now just need to pack everything into one kit bag and you will have access to this every time you change discipline.

We will transport one kit bag up to 80 Litres in size and 20 kg in weight 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),
+ midway through Stage 2 (when you finish kayaking and before beginning the trek / run)
+ at the 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 please). And remember the 80 Litre size and 20 kg weight limit still applies.

The only kit that we will transport 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
Irrespective of whether you have hired one or are using your own
+ Small Tent
If stopping overnight (i.e. not attempting to complete the route in 24 hours)
+ Bikes
See Bike Transfer section below

Please note 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. If you begin Stage 3 before 6:00 am on Sunday, your kit bag should be back at the event base for you to collect anytime after 7:30 am. If you begin Stage 3 after 6:00 am on Sunday, your kit bag should be back at the event base for you to collect from 1:00 pm onwards.

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 during transit.

Bike bags / boxes aren't compulsory but they are recommended to protect your bike during transit. Standard size bike bag / boxes only please (i.e. wheels off inside). 

Bikes not in bike bags / boxes will be stood up against each other. We will handle them with care but they may move around a bit during 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 person and vehicle may arrange for their own support team to transfer their bikes from the end of Stage 1 to the beginning of Stage 3.

Food

Boiling water will be available at the event base (both on Friday night / Saturday morning and when you finish) and at the end of Stage 2 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 things you might like to consider bringing:

+ 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.

If Planning On Eating Out:

There are a couple of pubs in Pewsey (one across the road from the event base) but we don't know what time they stop serving food and they can get quite busy so to be on the safe side we recommend you 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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