The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

New Forest Adventure Race

 

About the Race

This adventure race follows the usual Questars format, however there may be one or two things bespoke to this adventure race. Don't worry if you don't understand evrything that's written on this page at the moment - all will become clear after you see the course map and hear the race briefing.

Start & Finish

The start and finish is at the event base. Come to the yellow arch on foot to start. No bikes are allowed at the start / finish arch - leave them in the designated area.

Once you've started, if you want to Mt Bike first, proceed on foot to collect your bike from the transition area and exit on your bike. Likewise, if you Mt Bike last, return your bike to the transition area and make your way to the yellow arch on foot to finish.

  • The course closes at 1630 with the furthest checkpoints removed before this (so don’t go looking for these if you are late). You should use the Emergency Contact number (on your map) to let us know you are running late if you won't make it back before 1640.
  • Please make sure you hand in your EMIT card at the download station in the sports hall as soon as possible. Failure to do so before 1640 means you won't be included in the provisional results and will therefore forfeit the chance of winning a prize.

Kayaking

The kayaking takes place from a remote transition point (i.e. the kayaking is not near the event base). You can run or bike to the remote transition visiting either Trail Run checkpoints or Mt Bike checkpoints both on your way there and back. Anything you want for the kayaking (e.g. a change of footwear) you will need to carry with you.

The kayaking takes place on a relatively small (for Questars) lake. In order to maximise the distance you must visit the kayak checkpoints in a specific pattern. This will be explained at the race briefing on the day.

All the kayak checkpoints can be reached from the water without having to get out of your kayak. You are not allowed to get off your kayak and walk around the edge of the lake (except in an emergency e.g. if you are retiring).

The checkpoints are attached to white buoys / floats which are tied to objects on / around the edge of the lake. Glide up to the checkpoint in your kayak, punch them with your EMIT card as normal and kayak on. Don’t lean out of the kayak too much as you could over balance. Do not pull on the rope / checkpoint as you may pull it off. Should this happen, reattach the checkpoint and inform the marshal in the safety boat.

For both safety and security reasons, spectators are kindly reminded to stay out of transition areas and to keep out of the way of participants getting on and off the water.

  • You can only kayak within your allocated kayak time slot.
  • Maximum of 2 people per kayak. Solos & pairs use one kayak. Teams of 3 and 4 use two kayaks.
  • Always wear a buoyancy aid and make sure it's done up properly.
  • Ask the Quest Team for help if uncertain about where to sit / kayaking technique.
  • The sit on top kayaks are like giant floats, cannot sink, rarely capsize & are great fun to paddle.
  • Always be considerate to other water users. Stay in control whilst on the water and keep clear of other boats / floating objects / anglers lines.

Mountain Biking

The Mt Bike course is too big for the usual 1:25,000 scale map that regular participants will be used to - so this time you will be given a 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey map (just for the Mt biking). Know how public rights of way are shown on 1:50K OS maps and ensure you know the difference between bridleways (on which you may cycle) and footpaths (on which you must not take bikes) download a copy of the 1:50,000 map legend. You can see what these maps look like on Bing Maps by zooming in to an area and then selecting the Ordnance Survey map data from the drop down menu (where it says Road - this is the default map data shown) on the top right hand side of the page (NB. if you don't zoom in enough the Ordnance Survey maps won't be displayed and if you zoom in too much you will see the 1:25,000 map data so you may need to play around a bit with zooming in and out).

Bikes must remain on roads, byways and public bridleways at all times. No bikes are allowed on footpaths at any time. See the key on the course map for details.

If kayaking, you can split up the Mt Biking and visit some Mt Bike checkpoints before you kayak and other Mt Bike checkpoints after you kayak.

  • Always wear a bike helmet.
  • Always give way to horse riders - it's a legal obligation on bridleways!
  • Slow down and moderate your speed when passing other people and livestock.
  • When descending narrow trails you must give way to riders coming uphill (i.e. get out of their way).
  • Always follow the Cycling Code and the Highway Code.

Trail Run

The course has been designed so that you can start and finish the Trail Run from the event base or from the remote transition point or both (i.e. split the Trail Run in two and visit some Trail Run checkpoints from the event base and others from the remote transition point). The key thing is you must return to wherever you started the Trail Run before you can transition to a different discipline (or cross the finish line) i.e. you can't start the Trail Run at the remote transition point and finish the Trail Run back at the event base (or vice versa). 

Obviously if you visit any Trail Running checkpoints from the remote transition point you will need to carry your running shoes with you on the bike (if different from those you wear cycling).

During the Trail run you should remain on public rights of way at all times - see the key on the course map for details.

  • Always follow the Countryside Code - respect other people and protect the natural environment.

Transitions

You can transition between the running and biking at the event base (so you don't need to carry running shoes with you on the bike if you don't want to) or at the remote transition point - the choice is yours!

Water will be available at the event base and remote transition point for you to top up during the race.

Spectators are kindly reminded that they should not enter the bike transition area - this area is for participants only.

Marshals will keep an eye on transition areas during the race but they get pretty busy at times & space is limited. In the past a couple of people have returned to transition unable to find something of theirs because they left their things loose / on their own and these became muddled up with other participant's belongings. We therefore recommend you take the following precautions to safeguard your equipment:

  • Mt Bike items (e.g. helmet, SPDs etc.) should either be attached to or left (preferably in a bag or box) with your bike whilst you are running / kayaking.
  • Slip a lock round your bike(s) to prevent anyone moving it by mistake.

General

If you have a serious accident, summon help by blowing six short blasts on your whistle every minute. If you hear this go immediately to assist (times of teams that give assistance to others can be adjusted accordingly). Phone 999 and tell the ambulance service where you are. Then phone one of the emergency contact numbers (on your map) to let us know.

  • Each team must carry a first aid kit and a whistle with them.
  • Ensure that your competitive instincts do not override your common sense.
  • Close all gates behind you.
  • Leaving litter on the course is totally unacceptable and won't be tolerated. Please make sure all empty wrappers are securely stowed and carried back to transition / the finish with you.
  • Where routes are different on the ground to those marked on your map, you should follow the route on the ground.
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