The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Brecon Adventure Race

 

 

Course & Conditions

Information about the course area and its condition for the adventure race on Saturday 24 May 2014

 

Special Notes

Once you start, you will not return to the event base again until the finish so you will need to carry everything you need with you.

It is very important that you ensure gates are shut and properly fastened behind you as there are lots of sheep and lambs both in fields and on the hills.

The course has been designed so there is something for everyone. Most of you won't have time to do everything. So if it's a tough challenge you're after head for the checkpoints high up on the hills (you will not be disappointed and will be rewarded with some super views) or if you'd prefer something a little easier and not so strenuous, then best to stick to the checkpoints near / alongside the canal.

There are some fords / stream crossings so expect to get wet feet when running and mountain biking.

 

Trail Running

The Trail Running is split in to two parts: a low level 'Trail Run' and a high level 'Mountain Trail Run' (see the race details for more on this).

TRAIL RUN

During the Trail Run you must remain on public rights of way at all times. Most paths are well signed but in some places the small discs are easy to miss. Also look out for these small signs on gate posts showing routes which you must not use.

Depending on your route choice the trail run will either be all or nearly all off road. The off road routes vary considerably from easy-going flat gravel canal towpaths to uneven rocky trails. Most are well drained and firm underfoot. However expect one or two muddy patches, particularly in the trees where the ground takes longer to dry out. And some of the grassy fields are squelchy in places where water seeps from the ground.

MOUNTAIN TRAIL RUN

The Mountain Trail Run is on open access land. You are advised to stay on formed paths and tracks especially if the visibility is low. Some of the paths are grassy, others are bare earth and others are rocky. It's easy to trip or turn your ankle on a rock so please be careful.

The open hillside is uneven, covered in longer grass which can be a bit tussocky / boggy in places. Care is required to ensure you don't twist your ankle.

Some hill faces / slopes are too steep to ascend / descend. Keep well away from these and stay back from the edge. You must stick to the paths when near or crossing steep terrain.

 

Mountain Biking

Bikes are only allowed on minor roads, bridleways and other off road cycle routes. All A roads are out of bounds and must not be used at all.

Some of the minor roads are steep and very narrow - so narrow in places that there is not enough room for a bike and a car to pass side-by-side. So when descending such lanes always expect a vehicle (often a big tractor) to come round the next corner and for you to have to stop because there is no room to get past.

The canal towpath provides easy off road cycling on gravel / hard ground. You must keep your speed down whilst on the towpath and give way to other users.

At the other end of the spectrum are 'RUPPs' (roads used as public paths) which provide the toughest technical routes and whilst rideable in places are too rocky / steep / eroded in others. Hence there will be occasions when you will need to get off and push / carry your bike over the roughest / steepest sections.

Somewhere in the middle are bridleways which by comparison tend to be quite rideable as they are not too rocky and are often grassy / gravelly and well drained. Legislation states that cyclists must give way to walkers and horse riders on bridleways - please make sure you do this not just on bridleways but everywhere.

When descending steep slopes, it is your responsibility to avoid any cyclists coming uphill in the opposite direction. They have right of way and can choose whichever line / side of the track they want as if they have to stop they might not be able to get going again but if you have to stop you have gravity on your side!

 

Kayaking

The kayaking takes place on the Monmouth and Brecon canal.

Access is via a wooden mooring platform which is quite high off the water. Best to put the kayak on the water, sit on the edge with your feet on the kayak and then gently lower yourself on.

There is a big gap between the mooring platform and the grassy bank that it is attached to - take care not to fall down this gap.

Although permission has been given for us to use the canal, it is subject to a number of conditions, one of which is that you give priority to other boats / vessels / canal users. Please make sure you do this and are particularly courteous to narrow boats using the marina whose owner has kindly let us launch our kayaks from there. Also look out for these little ones!

 

Photos

View all the recce photos showing different parts of the course here

 

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