The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Dorset Coast Adventure Race

Race Day Information

Final details for those people taking part in the 2018 Dorset adventure race.

Race Numbers & Kayak Times

Your race number, start time window and kayak timeslot can all be found on the Start List - do make a note of these details - you'll need them on the day.

You can start anytime within your start time window but remember if you are in one of the first or last kayak timeslots you need to allow enough time to get to / back from the kayak transition - approximately 4 km on the bike (relatively flat).

The maximum time allowed for the kayaking is 65 mins in total for Masters and 70 mins in total for Novices (this includes getting on and off the water - allow 5 minutes for this to be on the safe side). You will note that your kayak timeslot is longer than the maximum time allowed - this is to give you a bit of leeway and to spread you out as not everyone can get on the water at the same time. You must not exceed the maximum time limit OR be late off the water (after your kayak timeslot has ended) otherwise you will incur a 50 point penalty.

Not sure how to fit everything in around your kayak timeslot? See the course planners guide for one way (a suggestion of how) you could do this.

Entry Amendments

Any entry amendments should now be made on the day itself - just let The Quest Team know at the front desk before the Race Briefing.


The event base will open at 0800. Please give us sufficient time to set-up by not arriving before 8am.

MASTERS (6 hrs)

0800-0830 Recommended Arrival Time
0830-0900 Race Pack Collection
0900-0915 Event Briefing
0945-1010 Teams Start
Time Limit – 6 hours from when you start
1545-1610 Teams Finish
1700-1710 Results & Prize Giving

NOVICES & DUO (5 hrs)

0900-0930 Recommended Arrival Time
0930-1010 Race Pack Collection
1015-1030 Event Briefing
1050-1120 Teams Start
Time Limit – 5 hours from when you start
1550-1620 Teams Finish
1700-1710 Results & Prize Giving

Facilities & Services

Facilities at the event base include:

- Toilets, Changing Rooms & Showers

- Food & Drinks available from AllStars Cafe including pre-race breakfast baps and post-race chilli

- Indoor Hall for collection of team packs, the race briefing and the prize giving

- Medic on standby to provide first aid

Available to purchase on the day (cash only):

- Map Pens fine permanent pens for marking your map - £1.80 each view pen

- Bike Map Boards with reusable cable ties for mounting on your handlebars - £5 for A5, £8 for A4

- Map Bag clear plastic A4 wallet to put your map and checkpoint descriptions in - 50p

- Questars 2018 T-shirt technical wicking t-shirt, 100% polyester - £15 each (SRP £18) view t-shirt

- Refreshments at the remote Run Transition point (see below)

Refreshments at Transition

There will be a some food and drink available to purchase at the remote Run Transition point if you want it (cash payments only). The advantage of buying lunch at the remote transition is that it saves you having to carry it around with you!

If you intend to buy food at the remote transition (and hence not carry so much food with you), please order and pay for it before you start (at the front desk in the sports hall) so we can guarantee it will be there for you. This also means you won't have to carry cash / lots of change around the course with you.

Whatever's leftover will be sold on a first-come first-served basis so please don't rely on food being there unless you pre-order it as it may have all gone by the time you arrive - much better to pre-order before you start if you know you'll need something substantial.

The sort of things available will be: hot / cold drinks, bacon / cheese rolls, crisps, cakes & choc bars.

Directions & Car Parking

This adventure race is based from Purbeck Sports Centre, Worgret Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4PH

The Sports Centre is behind The Purbeck School, on the east side of the A351 where the A352 joins the A351 at a large roundabout (grid reference SY 914 870). Access is off the B3070 Worgret Road and The Purbeck School is clearly visible and sign posted from this road.

Turn off Worgret Road (B3070) into the school / sports centre entrance and follow the event signage / marshals instructions to the car parking area in front of the school. Follow signs and marshals instructions on where to park.

Please share transport if possible. If each team comes in one vehicle it’ll be much kinder to the environment and you’ll also be able to talk team tactics on the way!

The map below shows where things are at the event base.

On Arrival

Make your way around the back to the Sports Hall (see map above).

Grab a bite to eat and drink from All Stars Cafe upstairs.

There is no registration - collect your team pack from around the edge of the hall at the appropriate time. These will be laid out in numerical order. If your team pack is not there or if you have paid for a T-shirt, come to the Front Desk to collect it.

Please note the team packs are slightly different this year in an attempt to make things easier for you, better for us and to cut down on unnecessary waste - in particular plastic packaging.

Each team race pack will contain:
1 course map - with all the checkpoints marked on; printed on waterproof paper
1 EMIT card - electronic scoring device
1 numbered wristband - to be worn by one member of each team (who'll carry the EMIT card)
1 piece of cord - to secure your EMIT card

You will be given the checkpoint descriptions and values (printed on waterproof paper) as you start.

At the appropriate time, attend the race briefing.

Before you start, put your bike in the designated area in front of the arch together with anything else you need during the race.

After the Race

Proceed immediately to the download station (in the sports hall). Remove the cord and hand in your EMIT card. You’ll receive a printout showing your total time and the checkpoints you visited. Check this carefully and let us know before the prize giving if any checkpoints you visited don't appear on your print out.

This print out will not show your score - these will be announced at the prize giving in the hall and put up on display afterwards.

Eating soon after you finish is proven to aid recovery. All Stars Cafe will be serving chilli with hot & cold drinks near the entrance to the sports hall.

Changing rooms and showers are available in the sports hall building if you wish to use them.

A medic will be on standby throughout the day. If you pick up any minor injuries do see them afterwards as prompt attention can aid rapid recovery.

Prizes are awarded to each person in the winning team, in each of the ten different race classes. There are up to £1000 worth of prizes to be won, thanks to the support from our event partners...

  • Likeys - quality outdoor clothing and equipment
  • Clif Bar - organic energy products
  • Amphibia - innovative watersports gear
  • MapDec - products and services for cyclists
  • Stique - innovative bike tools

Final Word

Remember to...

• Respect the area and the local community
• Be great ambassadors for adventure racing
• Stay on permitted routes at all times
• Give way to members of the public
• Give all animals a wide berth

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