The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Cotswolds Adventure Race


About the Race

This adventure race follows the general Questars race format, however there may be one or two things which are slightly different. Don't worry if you don't understand everything on this page at the moment - all will become clear when you see the map and listen to the race briefing.

Start & Finish

The start and finish is at the event base. Come to the big yellow arch on foot to start. Bring your bike and everything you need for the race to the start with you.

Dismount your bike to punch the start control and collect a copy of the checkpoint descriptions and values. You can then get on your bike and exit the event base. It's the reverse procedure when you finish; dismount your bike before making your way on foot to punch the finish control.

  • 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 1630.
  • After you cross the finish line, please make sure you hand in your EMIT card at the download station in the sports hall straight away. Failure to do so before 1640 means you won't be included in the provisional results and the prize giving.

Trail Run

The Trail Run starts and finishes from a remote transition point (different to the kayak transition poinnt) which you'll cycle to and from. So 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 must stick to the public rights of way and designated paths that are marked on your map. See the key on the course map for details. Where routes are different on the ground to those marked on your map, you should follow the signs on the ground.

If you are kayakinng, you can split up the Trail Run and visit some run checkpoints before you kayak and other run checkpoints after you kayak.

  • It makes sense to do your run and kayaking together (as they are in the same area)
  • Always follow the Countryside Code - respect other people and protect the natural environment.


You get on and off the water for the kayaking at the same place (the kayak transition). The kayak transition is approximately 1 km from the remote transition point (where you'll leave your bikes).

No bikes are allowed at the kayak transition point - you must leave them at the transition point and make your way on foot to the kayak transition. 

You should be able to reach all kayak checkpoints from the water without having to get out of your kayak. The checkpoints are attached to white buoys which are tied to objects on the side of the river. 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 as you may pull the checkpoint off. Should this happen, reattach the checkpoint and inform a marshal.

  • You can only kayak within your allocated kayak time slot.
  • If you are not off the water by the end of your kayak slot you will get a 50 point penalty.
  • Maximum of 2 people per kayak. Solos & pairs use one kayak. Teams of 3 / 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 / anglers lines.

Mountain Biking

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

You can split up the Mt Biking and visit some Mt Bike checkpoints before you run / kayak and other Mt Bike checkpoints after you run / kayak.

  • Always wear a bike helmet.
  • Always give way to horse riders (you are legally obliged to do so on bridleways).
  • Slow down and moderate your speed when passing other people and livestock.
  • When descending off road you must give way to cyclists coming uphill (i.e. get out of their way).
  • Always follow the Mountain Bike Code and the Highway Code.


All transitions - between running, biking & kayaking - take place at remote points out on the course so you will need to carry everything you need with you on the bike when you start.

Water will be available at both the kayak transition and the remote transition point for you to top up during the race. Toilets are also available at remote transition point.

For safety and security reasons, spectators are not allowed in transition areas - these areas are for participants only.

Marshals will keep an eye on transition areas during the race but they do get busy at times & space is limited. A couple of people have in the past returned to transition unable to find something because they left their things loose / on their own and these became muddled up with other people'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) with your bike whilst you are running / kayaking.
  • Slip a lock round your bike(s) to prevent anyone else riding it.


If you have a serious accident and need to summon help, do so 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 - install the OS Locate app on your smart phone to help with this. Then phone the emergency contact number (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 and make sure they are properly fastened.
  • 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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