New Forest

2021 Adventure Race

Kit List

Wondering what kit to bring to the 2021 New Forest Adventure Race? This page lists what you need together with other items that you may find useful to bring if you have them.

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What you NEED to bring (per person)...

A certified helmet for riding a bicycle, that is in good condition and fits your head.

Mountain bikes (with front suspension) are recommended. Other types of bikes (e.g. cyclocross bikes) may not be as suitable and may restrict your progress depending on the conditions. But you may use other bikes that are designed for off-road riding if you wish to do so. They must have appropriate tyres for off road use (slick tyres are not allowed). Any participant using an e-bike must declare this before they start and will be non-competitive (i.e. not eligible for a race winners prize). Check your bike beforehand to make sure it’s in a good condition!

If you wish to hire a mountain bike for this event, and haven’t already booked one, you need to book it now. Do not leave it until the last minute as there might be none available!

You will need sufficient capacity to carry all the water you need for 2-3 hours of running / biking. A bottle or vessel where you don’t need to touch the mouth piece is advisable to reduce any potential risk of transmitting Covid from your hands to your mouth.

Sadly, it is not possible for our caterers to attend this event as they are self isolating having had a positive Covid test result. You will therefore need to bring sufficient food with you to consume during the race. Eating a little and often is the best approach for many. Energy bars and gels are great for carrying with you and doing this. In addition you’ll want to have something a little more substantial for when you transition – five/six hours is a long time!

Items that you can eat from the packaging without touching the food inside itself are recommended, in order to reduce any potential risk of transmitting Covid from your hands to your mouth. So something like a chocolate bar is ideal but something like a bag of crisps is probably best avoided to be on the safe side.

Dropping / leaving of litter is not acceptable under any circumstance. Please make sure all wrappers and packaging are disposed of in the bins provided at transition or taken home with you.

The course area is largely flat and near the coast. Open areas are therefore particularly susceptible to the wind (especially the kayaking and heathland). If you get wet (from rain or kayaking), the wind-chill effect will be considerable, especially at this autumnal time of year. It is therefore important that you carry a windproof layer with you as a minimum.

There is no shelter from the elements at the kayak transition which is at a very exposed location. And you don’t tend to generate as much heat kayaking (as you do when running for example). So, please ensure you are suitably equipped and have a warm layer that you can put on if necessary. 

Or survival bag, to keep you (or a casualty) warm in an emergency.

Teams should carry a minimum of two of these because if you should capsize (unlikely but it has happened before), then two of you may end up in the water. And given the notes above about how exposed to the wind the kayak transition is, one foil blanket between two of you won’t be enough!

To carry everything you need for the race, from your car to the event base (1 mile distance).

If you plan to cycle from the car park to the event base (rather than walk it), you will need to be able to wear/carry this rucksack/duffel bag whilst riding your bike.

What you NEED to bring (per team)...

Sufficient tools to keep your bike on the road. As a minimum you should carry enough to fix multiple punctures e.g. pump, tyre levers, spare inner tubes and a puncture repair kit. If you have a mechanical problem you will need to fix it yourself and/or make your own way back to the event base. We will only pick you up in exceptional circumstances, which will result in the end of your race.

Sufficient to deal with all your medical needs and any minor injuries both during and after the race. You need to bring one small first aid kit to carry with you at all times during the race. In addition we recommend you bring a larger more comprehensive first aid kit (with plentiful supplies in) and leave this in transition / or your vehicle for use if required.

Due to Covid, the event medic will only provide first aid in serious cases which need immediate attention. All other medical needs will need to be dealt with yourself either at the event or when you get home.

To summon help in an emergency. Should be easily accessible e.g. worn around your neck or attached to your rucksack (and not buried inside it).

The mobile phone – the number of which is specified as your Team Mobile Number on your entry – to carry with you in case of an emergency.

It’s a good idea to download and install the what3words app on any phones that you will be carrying with you during the race. This app can be used to let us / the emergency services know your exact location in an emergency.

A watch or other timing device that you can record your race time on so you know how long you have been going for (and hence how long you have left).

A watch worn on your wrist that you can start/stop and view easily is preferable to using a smart phone.

Or other type of functional rucksack / running vest, big enough to carry everything you need during each discipline.

What we ADVISE you to bring...

A small bottle (50-100 ml) of anti bacterial hand gel (with 50% minimum alcohol content) to carry with you during the race, so you can regularly sanitise your hands. We recommend that you sanitise your hands before eating (and drinking if necessary), and after kayaking as a minimum.

You may wish to bring a face covering to wear when inside any enclosed space. For example, when inside the hall, using the toilet facilities or if you need to be rescued i.e. put in a support vehicle.

Please bring your water bottle(s) full to the event (so you don’t have to fill up before you start). A drinking water station will be available at the event base (start/finish/transition point) for you to top up your water bottle during/after the race as and when you need to.

Most people wear gloves (either fingerless or full finger) when mountain biking. And you may wish to wear gloves when kayaking. These could be the same gloves you wear mountain biking or different ones.

Some of the trails are narrow with vegetation encroaching from both sides. You may therefore wish to cover your arms to protect them from the odd stray nettle / bramble. 

Whilst nearly all the trails are clear of vegetation, you may come across one or two short sections where the vegetation encroaches from both sides (it depends on which routes you take). You may therefore wish to wear or carry with you full leg cover just in case.

Clearing of phlegm from throats (i.e. spitting) and nasal mucus from nostrils into the air is not nice at the best of times and isn’t acceptable due to the risk of Covid transmission.

Wearing a wrist band (or buff round the wrist) is a good way of wiping a runny nose without touching your face with your hands. Alternatively you may wish to use a handkerchief, or the crook of your elbow (if wearing a long sleeved top).

Whatever piece of material you use, you need to make sure it does not come into contact with other surfaces (e.g. gates / stiles as you pass through them).

Used tissues should be put in a seal-able bag and carried with you until you get to a bin. Wash/sanitise your hands immediately after handling used tissues. Dropping / leaving of tissues is not acceptable under any circumstance. They must be disposed of in a proper bin or taken home with you.

Something to protect your head from the sun if it’s hot / sunny.

Something to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Lightweight footwear with an off road / trail running tread is best.

Not necessarily essential but you might find a compass handy if you know how to use it. It’s easy to become disorientated in the woods!

Permanent marker pen if you want to write/draw anything on the map. Available to purchase (cash only) on the day at registration if needed.

In addition, you may wish to bring a highlighter pen to highlight certain routes on your map before you start.

A4 map holder / clear plastic wallet to put the map and checkpoint descriptions in.

Map board to go on the handle bars of your bike. Available to purchase (cash only) on the day at registration if necessary.

Or pouch / case for your mobile phone (especially when kayaking)

A dry bag to leave in transition during the race, with all your things in. The transition area is not covered, so if it’s wet you’ll want to make sure any spare clothes are left inside a waterproof bag. Alternatively you can leave things in the hall (at your own risk), and you will need to remove SPD’s/dirty footwear before entering.

To let others know that you are approaching them. The New Forest trails are very popular and often busy with other users.

A lock to slip round your bike when you are not using it.

Additional Notes...

GPS devices may be carried with you to record your route for post-race analysis. In fact, it’s a good idea to do this as a back-up in the unlikely event that there are any problems downloading the data from your electronic score card. GPS enabled devices should not be used for any navigational purpose or to view your position during the race (except in case of an emergency).

It’s also a good idea to download and install the what3words app on the phone that you will carry with you. This can be used to pinpoint your exact location in an emergency.

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