The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Brecon Adventure Race

 

 

Race Details

Information about the actual race itself on Saturday 24 May 2014

 

This adventure race follows the usual Questars format. There may be one or two things which are slightly different from normal. Full details will be given on the day at the race briefing so don't worry if some of what follows doesn't make much sense at the moment...

 

Start & Finish

  • The start and finish is at the event base. Come to the yellow arch on foot to start. Once you've started, proceed on foot to collect your bike. Exit the college on your bike.
  • Before your time is up, make your way to the finish and punch the finish control to stop the clock. Hand in your EMIT card at the download station in the sports hall.
  • The course closes at 1630 with the furthest checkpoints removed before this (so don’t go looking for these if you are running late). Please make sure you have handed in your EMIT card at the download station before 1630 – failure to do so will delay the prize giving. You should use the Emergency Contact number (on your map) to let us know if you are running late and won't reach the finish before the course closes at 1630.

 

Mountain Biking

  • You don’t have to visit all your mountain bike checkpoints in one go. You will need to break your mountain biking to do your Trail Run and Kayaking i.e. you may visit Mt Bike checkpoints before and after you do your Trail Run, and before and after you do your Kayaking.
  • Always wear a bike helmet.
  • Make sure gates are shut behind you and properly fastened.
  • Dismount when passing horse riders. Slow down and give livestock a wide berth.
  • Whilst on the canal towpath, you must reduce your speed and give way to others.
  • Moderate your speed when descending narrow country lanes.
  • Always follow the Mountain Bike Code and the Highway Code.

 

Kayaking

  • The kayaking starts and finishes from a remote transition point, which you cycle to and from. There is nowhere for spectators to park at the transition point. Hence there is strictly no access for spectators vehicles at this location - it's private land which the owner has kindly let us use part of as a transition point. We don't have permission to use the rest of the site, which is reserved for the owner's business customers. Please ensure any spectators accompanying you park considerately in neighbouring villages and walk along the canal towpath, from where they will be able to see you.
  • You can only kayak within your allocated kayak time slot.
  • Maximum of two people per kayak. Solos & pairs use one kayak. Teams of 3 and 4 use two kayaks.
  • Always wear a correctly fastened buoyancy aid.
  • Ask the Quest staff at the Kayak Transition Point for help if uncertain about where to sit / kayaking technique.
  • The double sit on top kayaks are like giant floats, cannot sink and rarely capsize. They are great fun to paddle.
  • Always follow the Navigation Code whilst on the water. Stay in control and keep clear of yachts.
  • 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 floats which are tied to objects in or on the water (e.g. mooring buoys / channel markers). 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 member of the water safety team.

 

Trail Running

  • The Trail Running is split in to two parts: a low level 'Trail Run' and a high level 'Mountain Trail Run'. You can do bits of i) both, ii) one and not the other or iii) neither; the choice is yours.
  • The low level 'Trail Run' starts and finishes from the same remote transition point as the kayaking, which you cycle to and from. Drinking water will be available at this transition point. You should visit all your 'Trail Run' checkpoints in one go i.e. once you get back on your bike after the 'Trail Run' you can’t return to visit more Trail Run checkpoints later.
  • The 'Mountain Trail Run' starts and finishes from a different remote transition point - the mountain transition point - which you cycle to and from. Due to its remoteness, it is unfortunately not possible for us to provide drinking water at this transition point, so you will need to carry water in with you (on your bike) for the 'Mountain Trail Run' (a small price to pay for some great mountain running we think). Whatever the weather, if you choose to visit any of the 'Mountain Trail Run' checkpoints, it will be mandatory to carry a long-sleeved top that is at the very least windproof with you - see kit list here. And if there is the chance of rain then this will be upgraded to a waterproof jacket (we'll let you know if this is the case at the race briefing on the day). You should visit all your 'Mountain Trail Run' checkpoints in one go i.e. once you get back on your bike after the 'Mountain Trail Run' you can’t return to visit more 'Mountain Trail Run' checkpoints later.
  • Always follow the Countryside Code

 

Transition

Marshals will keep an eye on transition areas during the race but they get pretty busy at times and they are used by other people. In the past a few participants 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 suggest you take the following precautions to safe guard your equipment:

  • Mt Bike items (e.g. helmet, SPDs etc.) should either be attached to or left with your bike whilst you are running / kayaking.
  • You slip a lock round your bike(s).

Water will be available at the kayak transition point for you to top up during the race.

Spectators are welcome at the transition points but please remind them i) access is only permitted on foot (no vehicles whatsoever) and ii) to keep out of the way of other participants.

 

General

  • Close all gates behind you.
  • Where routes are different on the ground to those marked on your map, you should follow the route on the ground.
  • 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.
  • Ensure that your competitive instincts do not override your common sense.
  • Each team must carry a first aid kit and a whistle with them.
  • 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.

 

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