The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Berkshire 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 that's written on this page at the moment - all will become clear after 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 inflatable yellow arch on foot to start. No bikes are allowed at the start / finish arch - leave them in the transition 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 big inflatable yellow arch on foot to finish.

  • The course closes at 1620 with the furthest checkpoints removed before this (so don’t go looking for more checkpoints if you are going to be late back). 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 1625.
  • After you cross the finish line, it is very important that you hand in your EMIT card at the download station in the village hall straight away. Failure to do so before 1630 means you may not be included in the prize giving.

Kayaking

The kayaking takes place on a stretch of waterway less than 1 km from the event base.

No bikes are allowed at the kayak transition. Bikes must be left in the transition area at the event base and you must make your way to and from the kayak transition on foot.

Anything you want for the kayaking (e.g. a change of footwear) you will need to carry with you.

All the kayak checkpoints must be reached from the water. You are not allowed to get off your kayak and walk along the side of the waterway to reach a kayak checkpoint. The only place you are allowed to get on / off your kayak is at the launch / egress point (except of course in an emergency e.g. if you are retiring).

The kayak checkpoints are attached to white buoys / floats which are tied to objects on the side of the waterway. 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.

For both safety and security reasons, spectators are kindly asked to stay away from the kayak transition area and to keep out of the way of participants getting on and off the water - there is plenty of room to spectate from further along the towpath.

  • You can only kayak within your allocated kayak time slot.
  • If you are not back at the kayak transition 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 and 4 use two kayaks.
  • Always wear a buoyancy aid and make sure it's done up properly. There are four sizes of buoyancy aids: small-medium (red), medium-large (blue), XL (red) and XXL (yellow & blue).
  • 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 and give way to other water users. Stay in control whilst on the water and keep clear of other boats / floating objects / anglers lines.
  • You should stick to the right hand side of the channel to allow oncoming vessels to pass on your left-hand side (i.e. it's the opposite way round to driving on a road in this country).

Trail Run

The Trail Run starts and finishes from the event base. You can therefore leave your run things in a (waterproof) bag / box in the transition area at the event base whilst you are mountain biking / kayaking.

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

  • It's best to visit all the trail run checkpoints that you intend to visit together i.e. in one go
  • Always follow the Countryside Code - respect other people and protect the natural environment.

Mountain Biking

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.

Because of the layout of the course, it's best to visit all the bike checkpoints that you intend to visit together i.e. in one go

  • 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 Mountain Biking Code and the Highway Code.

Transitions

The transition between running and biking (or vice versa) takes place at the event base.

The kayak transition is located close to the event base (within easy walking distance).

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

Water will be available at both the transition area (at the event base) and the kayak transition for you to top up during the race.

Marshals will keep an eye on transition areas during the race but they can get pretty busy at times. 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 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) with your bike whilst you are running / kayaking.
  • Slip a lock round your bike(s) to prevent anyone else moving it.

General

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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