The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

South Downs Adventure Race


About the Race

This adventure race follows the usual Questars format. However one or two things will be specific to this adventure race. These are outlined below and will be explained in full at the race briefing on the day so don't worry if you are unsure about anything 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 - 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 the recreation ground on your bike. Similarly 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 1645 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 1645.
  • Please make sure you hand in your EMIT card at the download station before 1650. Failure to do so delays the prize giving. Hence if you are late handing your EMIT card in, you may forgo the chance of winning a prize and may not appear in the provisional results.

Mountain Biking

On the mountain biking you must visit checkpoint B1 first and B19 last. This is to ensure you only do left hand turns when leaving and returning to the event base (and hence don't cross the busy A-road outside the village hall).

If kayaking, you must visit B17 before you kayak and B18 after you kayak. Again this is to ensure you keep off the main road and don't cross it any more times than necessary.

Mt Bike checkpoints B2-B16 inclusive can be visited in whichever order you want and you can choose which of them you visit - most of you won't visit them all!

  • 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. No bikes are allowed on footpaths at any time. See the key on the course map for details.

Trail Running

The trail run starts and finishes from the event base. On the trail run you must visit checkpoint R20 both first AND last (i.e. you should punch this control twice; once at the beginning and again at the end of your trail run). This is to ensure you use the public footpaths rather than the A road when leaving and returning to the event base.

After visiting R20 for the first time, you can then visit whichever of the other trail run checkpoints (R21-R39 inclusive) you want and in any order.

  • If you do your trail run after your Mt Biking: return your bike to the transition area at the event base and start the trail run by making your way to checkpoint R20 first.
  • You should visit all the trail run checkpoints that you intend to visit in one go
  • Always follow the Countryside Code

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


The kayaking is on a tidal stretch of river, which you cycle to and from.

There is no parking and very limited space at the kayak transition. To avoid congestion, spectators are kindly asked not to hang around the kayak transition – there is plenty of room to watch from bridges over the river.

  • 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 on the side of the river (e.g. trees). 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.


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

The transition between biking and kayaking and then back again (kayaking to biking) takes place at a remote transition point.

Marshals will keep an eye on transition areas 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 areas for you to top up during the race.

For security, only participants will be allowed to enter the transition areas. Spectators are kindly asked to stay outside the transition areas.


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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