The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Cannock Chase Adventure Race

 

About the Race

This adventure race generally follows the usual Questars format. However there are one or two things which are slightly different from normal and these are outlined below. Full details will be given on the day at the race briefing so don't worry if you don't fully understand everything at the moment.

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. Once you've started, proceed on foot to collect your bike from the bike depot area and exit the school grounds on your bike. It's a reverse procedure when you finish - deposit your bike in the designated area and make your way on foot to the yellow arch to finish.

  • The course closes at 1700 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 if you are not going to make it back to the finish before 1700.
  • Please make sure you hand in your EMIT card at the download station before 1705 – failure to do so means you will forfeit the chance of receiving a winner's prize and may not be included on the provisional results.

Mountain Biking

You don’t have to visit all your mountain bike checkpoints in one go. You can visit mounatin bike checkpoints before and after you Kayak, and before and after you do your Trail Run.

The mountain biking is split in two with half the checkpoints on forest tracks (B checkpoints) and half on the purpose built single track MTB trails (T checkpoints).

You can visit as many B checkpoints as you like and in any order BUT when on access land you are only allowed to use the bridleways on the course map that have been highlighted in blue.

T checkpoints must be visited in ascending order, starting at T0. You don't have to visit them all e.g. you might choose to miss out T4-T8 inclusive and go T0>T1>T2>T3>T9>T10. You can't go back to one's you have missed out later.

  • 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.
  • Always follow the Mountain Bike Code and the Highway Code.

Bikes must remain on the permitted Mt Bike routes at all times. You will be cycling through sensitive areas and a condition of being granted permission to use these routes is that i) you cycle in single file at all times (both on and off road), and ii) you do not take your bike off the tracks - not even to punch a control at a checkpoint - as this damages the verges. If you can't reach the control from the cycle route, leave your bike on the track and make your way on foot to punch the control.

Trail Running

The Trail Run starts and finishes from a remote transition point, which you cycle to and from, so you will need to carry your running shoes with you whilst cycling if different from those you wear when cycling.

Whilst on access land you must keep to the existing paths and tracks that are marked on your map at all times. Cutting across the open heathland or through the woodland is not permitted under any circumstances, as these are highly sensitive and protected areas. This is very important - we have been given permission to hold this event by the relevant authorities on the condition that you stick to existing paths and tracks at all times. Cannock Chase Rangers will be out on the day checking to make sure you do this along with our own marshals. If just one participant is seen not on an existing path or track then it causes us a lot of problems and puts the future of the whole event in jeopardy for everyone else. As a consequence we have no option but to be tough on this and there will be serious repercussions for anyone who breaks this rule.

  • You should visit all your Trail Run checkpoints in one go i.e. once you get on your bike after having visited Trail Run checkpoints you can’t return to visit more Trail Run checkpoints later.
  • Always follow the Countryside Code

Kayaking

The kayaking starts and finishes from the same remote transition point that the Trail Run starts and finishes from, which you will cycle to and from.

The kayaking is on the canal. The distance between the locks is a bit short for Questars so in order to extend this a bit (and not make you have to get out and portage around the locks) you must visit the kayak checkpoints as follows: Starting at either K41 or K46, you must visit the kayak checkpoints CONSECUTIVELY in either ascending or descending order. You don't have to visit them all and can stop when you like. So K41>K42>K43>K44>K45 is OK as is K46>K45. But K45>K41>K46>K42 is not allowed and you will be penalised for this.

  • 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 other kayaks / anglers lines.

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.

Transition

Marshals will keep an eye on the transition area during the race but they get pretty busy at times. 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 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 transition point for you to top up during the race.

There is no parking space at the transition point so any spectators accompanying you will need to find somewhere close by to park. For the security of participants bikes only participants will be allowed to enter the transition area.

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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