The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Dorset 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 and these are outlined below. Don't worry if what follows doesn't make much sense at the moment - it will become clear after you receive the course map and listen to the race briefing.

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

  • You must visit mountain bike checkpoint B1 first (immediately after the start). You must visit mountain bike checkpoint B48 last (on your way back to the event base to finish). This is to ensure you only do left hand turns when leaving and returning to the event base (and hence don't cross any busy roads). All other checkpoints (numbers 2-47 inclusive) can be visited in any order (within each of the run/bike/kayak disciplines of course).
  • 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 finish before 1645.
  • Please make sure you hand in your EMIT card at the download station before 1650. Failure to do so may mean you are omitted from the provisional results and you forfeit your chance of receiving a winners prize.

Mountain Biking

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.

  • 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.

Trail Run

The trail run starts and finishes from a remote transition point - the same transition point that will be used for the kayaking - which you will cycle to and from.

During the Trail Run you must stick to the public rights of way and designated paths that are marked on your map. Where routes are different on the ground to those marked on your map, you should follow the signs on the ground.

  • You should visit all the trail run checkpoints that you intend to visit in one go
  • Always follow the Countryside Code


You will get on and off the water from a remote transition point - the same transition point that will be used for the trail run - which you will cycle to and from.

There is no parking and very limited space at the transition point which is on private land (no public access). Spectators are therefore asked not to visit the transition point but to walk along the riverside path and watch from there instead.

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. 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.
  • Maximum of 2 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 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 follow the Navigation Code whilst on the water. Stay in control and keep clear of other boats / anglers lines.


All transitions - between running, biking & kayaking - take place at the same remote transition point.

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

Spectators are kindly reminded that they should not enter the transition area.

Marshals will keep an eye on transition areas during the race but they get pretty busy at times & space is limited. 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 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 with your bike whilst you are running / kayaking.
  • Slip a lock round your bike(s).


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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