The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Chilterns Adventure Race



Course & Conditions

Information about the course area and its condition for the adventure race on Saturday 19 July 2014


Special Notes

If you choose to start and finish your Trail Run from the kayak transition then 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.

If you choose to start and finish your Trail Run from the event base (Tring Rugby Club) then you can leave your running shoes in the transition area at the event base whilst you are Mt Biking.


Trail Run

During the Trail Run you must stick to the public rights of way that are marked on your map (refer to key that will be printed on your map). Where routes are different on the ground to those marked on your map, you should follow the signs on the ground.

There are some flat sections along by the canal and some undulating sections along the Ridgeway. Some of the paths are grassy whilst others are gravelly or on bare earth and there are a few short sections on tarmac. Whilst running along roads you must use pavements if present.

The ground is firm / baked hard in open areas and on the well drained chalk hills. However, in the woods and on parts of the towpath where the shade from trees prevents the suns rays from reaching the ground and drying it out, the mud is soft and wet. Trail shoes with a decent tread are therefore recommended if you have them.

The paths are generally well used and therefore not overgrown so you shouldn't encounter any nettles but we still recommend you carry full leg cover with you just in case.


Mountain Biking

Bikes are only allowed on roads, bridleways, byways and other designated off road cycle routes (refer to key that will be printed on your map). Taking your bike on footpaths, including the towpath alongside the Grand Union Canal, is strictly forbidden.

The nature of the off road surfaces varies considerably. Fast firm gravel tracks dominate together with a number of short / well kept grassy trails. In the woods the surfaces tend to be not so good with bits of trees sunk in soft mud and wet muddy patches in places. Most of the routes are clear of vegetation and not too overgrown, however one or two of the lesser-used bridleways were covered in long wild grass.

Although you are allowed to cycle on bridleways, legislation states that cyclists should give way to walkers and horse riders. Please make sure you do this and that you dismount when passing horse riders.

When cycling on roads keep in to the left hand side so that vehicles can pass when safe to do so. Some of the roads are rat-runs and others are very narrow - moderate your speed when descending narrow lanes and take extra care at road junctions.



The kayaking takes place on a stretch of the Grand Union Canal. Part of it is in a cutting and is therefore protected a bit from the elements.

Access is via a wooden platform along the edge of the canal. Best to put the kayak on the water, sit on the edge of the platform with your feet on the kayak and then gently lower yourself on.

Although permission has been given for us to use the canal, it is subject to a number of conditions, including that you give moored boats a wide berth and you give priority to other boats / vessels / canal users. Please make sure you do this.

Access to the kayak transition by vehicle is prohibited. Any spectators wishing to watch the kayaking should park at or near Tring Station and walk along the towpath by the side of the canal. Please ensure anyone accompanying you does not drive along the narrow road to the kayak transition as there is nowhere to park and lots of vehicle movements will cause congestion and put participants safety at risk. The kayak transition area is quite small and will get very busy at times so spectators are kindly asked to watch from towpath on the other side of the canal and not to enter the kayak transition area itself.



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


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