The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

 

Final details for those who have entered The Cotswolds Questars adventure race on Sat 18 May 2013

 

Team Numbers & Start Times

Your team number, start window and kayak slot time can all be found on the Team List. Do make a note of these. You can start anytime within your allocated start window.

 

Entry Amendments

Any entry amendments should now be made on the day itself. Just inform the Quest staff at the Front Desk before the Race Briefing.

 

Timings

The event base will open at 0800. Please give us sufficient time to set-up by not arriving before 8am.

TRIO MASTERS

•    0815-0845 Recommended Arrival Time
•    0830-0900 Team Pack Collection
•    0900-0915 Race Briefing
•    0915-1010 Time to get bike set up & ready
•    1010-1050 Teams Start
•    Time Limit – 6 hours from when you start
•    1610-1650 Teams Finish
•    1730-1740 Results & Prize Giving

TRIO NOVICES & DUO

•    0930-1000 Recommended Arrival Time
•    1000-1030 Team Pack Collection
•    1030-1045 Race Briefing
•    1115-1150 Teams Start
•    Time Limit – 5 hours from when you start
•    1615-1650 Teams Finish
•    1730-1740 Results & Prize Giving

 

Equipment

Things you need to bring and things you are advised to bring can be found on the Race Entry page here.

In addition you are advised to bring the following:
•    A back pack big enough to carry everything you need with you, including your running shoes if different from the shoes you wear cycling

 

Course & Conditions

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.

There are sheep with young lambs in some of the fields so please make sure you shut all gates and properly fasten them behind you.

TRAIL RUN

During the Trail Run you must stick to public rights of way, roads and signed permissive paths. You must not cut across open grassland or follow informal paths / tracks.

The ground is generally quite firm but there are some short, steep grassy sections which can be slippy if wet. Trail shoes with a decent tread are therefore recommended.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Bikes are only permitted on roads and bridleways.

The bridleways are quite firm and generally provide a good surface on which to ride. However a couple of the bridleways are quite steep so you will need to be a bit savvy in your route choice and avoid these if you don't want to have to get off and push your bike. Similarly, there are a couple of places where the bridleways are too cut up and bumpy to ride over (think lots of horseshoe prints in mud which has been baked hard), but these are relatively short lived (and may even soften a bit if this rain continues).

KAYAKING

The kayaking takes place on the River Avon. The river level is not that high at the moment so there is bit of a drop down to the water. The best way get on the water is to sit on the bank with your feet on the kayak (which is on the water). Then swing yourself round and lower yourself carefully down onto the kayak. It's worth taking the time to get it right though as the water is deep - in the unlikely event that you do fall in you will be swimming!

There is a public car park adjacent to the kayak transition which spectators may wish to use but please note it could well be full as it's not that big and is popular when the weather is nice.

 

Facilities

Facilities at the event base include:

  • Changing rooms, showers and toilets
  • Food and drinks available both beforehand and afterwards. See menu
  • An indoor area for collection of team packs, the race briefing and the prize giving
  • Map pens available to buy from the Front Desk
  • A medic on standby to provide first aid

 

Directions & Car Parking

The event base for this adventure race is Pershore College, Avonbank, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 3JP. View map

The college is on the south side of the B4084, entrance at grid reference SO 958 449

Once on site, follow signage and/or marshals directions.

 

On Arrival

Masters participants should leave their bikes in/on their vehicles until after the race briefing.

Make your way to the event HQ in the Frank Parkinson Centre - view aerial photo. No registration is required.

Grab a bite to eat and drink from The Quest Kitchen

At the appropriate time, collect your team pack from around the edge of the room. These will be laid out in numerical order. If your team pack is not there, come to the Front Desk to collect it.

Each team pack contains:
1 course map (printed on waterproof paper and pre marked with all the available checkpoints)
1 race number (to be worn by one member of each team - must be clearly visible)
4 safety pins (for attaching your race number)
1 EMIT card (electronic scoring device)
1 piece of cord (to secure your EMIT card)
1 plastic wallet (to protect your map)

You will be given the checkpoint descriptions and values (printed on waterproof paper) as you start.

At the appropriate time, attend the race briefing.

Bring your bike to the start and put it in the designated area for bikes when you are ready to begin.

 

Race Information

This event follows the usual Questars format. There may be one or two things which are slightly different from normal. You will be informed about these at the race briefing.

START & FINISH

•    Come to the yellow arch on foot to start. Once you've started, proceed on foot to collect your bike. Exit the college on your bike. No cycling on the grass.
•    When finishing, punch the finish control to stop the clock. Then hand in your EMIT card at the download station in the event HQ (Frank Parkinson Centre).
•    The course closes at 1650. Please make sure you have handed in your EMIT card at the download station before this time. You should use the Emergency Contact number (on your map) to let us know if you are running late and won't finish before 1650.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

•    You can visit Mt Bike checkpoints before and after you do your Trail Run, and before and after you do your Kayaking.
•    Always wear a bike helmet.
•    Always dismount when passing horse riders. Slow down and give animals roaming free a wide berth.
•    Always follow the Mountain Bike Code and the Highway Code.
•    The terrain varies and includes some narrow roads. Take care. Always expect to find oncoming traffic around the next corner. Moderate your speed and keep within your technical riding capabilities.

TRAIL RUNNING

•    The Trail Run starts and finishes from a remote transition point, which you cycle to and from.
•    You can break your Trail Run to do your Kayaking but you must not break your Trail Run to do some Mt Biking.
•    Always follow the Countryside Code

KAYAKING

•    The kayaking starts and finishes from a second remote transition point. The course is such that you will make your way on foot to kayak transition point visiting Trail Run checkpoints both on the way there and on the way back. If however you are unable to run/walk the 4km to the kayak transition you may cycle there but please note you will need to bring and carry with you a bike lock as there won't be a marshal at the kayak transition to specifically keep an eye on any bikes left there.
•    You can only kayak within your allocated kayak time slot.
•    Maximum of two people per kayak. Solos & pairs use 1 kayak. Teams of 3 and 4 use 2 kayaks.
•    Always wear a correctly fastened buoyancy aid.
•    Ask the Quest staff at the Kayaking 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 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 around the lake. 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. If this happens reattach the checkpoint and inform one of the marshals at the kayak transition.

TRANSITION

Transition areas will be marshalled during the race but they can 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 people's things. 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 underneath your bike whilst you are running / kayaking.
•    Teams lock their bikes together and solos lock one of their wheels to their bike frame.

GENERAL

•    Close all gates behind you.
•    Where routes are different on the ground to those marked on your map, you should follow the signs on the ground.
•    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.
•    Ensure that your competitive instincts do not override your common sense.
•    Each team must carry a first aid kit and a whistle with them.
•    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.

 

Navigation

Checkpoints are easily found if you are in the right place. Refer to the checkpoint descriptions handed out as you start so you know exactly where to look.

Ensure you know the difference between bridleways, on which you can take bikes, and footpaths / other tracks on which you must not take bikes. You must keep to the permitted routes (as detailed on your map). Do not trespass onto private land or property.

For further information please see the navigation section on the race preparation page.

 

After the Race

Proceed immediately to the Download Station (in the Frank Parkinson Centre). Remove the cord and hand in your EMIT card. You’ll receive a printout showing your total time and the split times between all the checkpoints you visited. This print out will not show your points. Results will be announced at the Prize Giving in the sports hall and put up on display afterwards.

Eating within 20-30 minutes of the finish significantly aids recovery. Food and drinks will be available from the The Quest Kitchen.

Changing rooms, showers and toilets will also be available.

A medic will be on standby throughout the day. If you pick up any minor injuries do see them afterwards as prompt attention can aid rapid recovery.

Prizes are awarded to the top team in each of the eleven different race categories. There are up to £1000 worth of prizes up for grabs, thanks to support from both Likeys & MuleBar.

 

Final Word

Remember to:

•    Respect the area and the local community
•    Be great ambassadors for adventure racing
•    Give way to members of the public
•    Give all animals a wide berth

For further information please download a copy of the Race Day Hints and Tips

Download a printable copy of all the above information here

 

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday,

The Quest Team

 

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