The Rivette QUESTars Adventure Race Series

Questars 180 Challenge

 

Final Details  |  Start Venue  |  Finish Venue  |  The Route  |  Maps  |  Bike Hire  |  Bag Transfer  |  Logistics

The Questars 180 Challenge is, as the name suggests, a linear route perfect for those who feel the Questars 360 Challenge is a bit too much for them but would like to cycle along Britain's oldest road (a Roman Road) and in doing so complete one of the longest uninterrupted offroad rides in the country.

You can choose whether to ride The Ridgeway (~70 km offroad) and run to finish (~12 km trail run) or cycle the whole lot (~85 km) from start to finish.

 

Start Location

+ Cholsey Scout Hut
Cholsey, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 9LG

+ Start window opens at 08:30
flexible start times - you start when you're ready

+ Start window closes at 09:30
you must start before 09:30

+ Indoor shelter (limited space)

+ Drop-off only (on street parking)

+ Toilets

+ Drinking water

+ 800m from Cholsey railway station

 

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Finish Location

+ St Francis School
Marlborough Road, Pewsey, Wiltshire, SN9 5NT

+ Finish closes at 18:00
you must have finished by 18:00

+ Venue closes at 19:00
you must have left the site by 19:00

+ Car parking

+ Indoor shelter

+ Drinking water

+ Toilets

+ Changing rooms & showers

+ 500m from Pewsey railway station

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Entry Information

There are two different challenge options to choose from as follows...

Enter as an individual, pair or team of 3/4 people. Places are strictly limited and likely to sell out.

Entry fees increase as the event gets closer and places get taken up so enter early to get the best price. Entry fees are currently...

£44 per person for teams of 4
£45 per person for teams of 3
£47 per person for teams of 2 (pairs)
£50 per person for solos / individual entries

The price you see is the price you pay! There are no additional charges for things like booking / entering online, hiring electronic timing / tracking devices, parking, entry amendments etc. See everything that's included below...

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What's Included?

+ Car Parking at the finish in Pewsey
+ Toilets & Indoor Shelter at both the start and the finish
+ Bag Transfer from the start to the finish / transition point
+ Transition Marshals to keep an eye on your bike and kit
+ Waterproof Maps professionally marked with the route on
+ GPX file of the whole route
+ Live Tracking provided by Open Tracking
+ Tracker Hire for safety, timing and to show your route taken
+ Drinking Water at the start, finish & transition point
+ Finishers Medal a bespoke memento to recognise your achievement
+ Showers & Changing Rooms at the finish
+ Emergency Medical Technician on standby to provide first aid cover
+ A Professionally Organised Event by The Quest Team
+ VAT at 20%

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Route Details

The route is virtually all off road. For a large proportion of this stage you will be following The Ridgeway National Trail, which is well signed throughout.

Starting on your bike from Cholsey, you will link up with The Ridgeway - Britain's oldest road - and follow it westwards for 69 km of marvellous fast flowing off road riding all the way to the trail end and Duathlon transition at Overton Hill near the World Heritage Site of Avebury. From there it's a short 10-15 km run or ride over the last of the Downs, along a couple of bridleways and minor roads, to the finish in Pewsey.

The Ridgeway is a broad track that follows the same undulating route over the high ground used since prehistoric times by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers. Some sections of the trail have a hard stone surface while the rest remains natural so it can get a little muddy after wet weather; damage from excessive use means it is rutted in a couple of places. 

As you ride along The Ridgeway you'll experience wide, open views of rolling chalk downland and pass many archaeological monuments including Stone Age long barrows, Bronze Age round barrows, Iron Age forts and the figures of white horses cut into the chalk.

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Maps

The route will be marked on 1:50000 scale Ordnance Survey Landranger maps. Each team will recieve one copy of this route map. Extra copies can be purchased when you enter online if needed.

No event signage will be put out on the route to show you where to go as the Ridgeway long distance trail is easy to find and follow - it is well signposted along its entire length.

GPS devices and apps may be used to guide / assist you. GPX files of the finalised route will be made available when the final details are published two weeks before the event.

The map below gives an indication of the route. The actual route may change / alter slightly from that shown. Please refer to and use the event route map / gpx route file on the event day.

 

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Bikes

Bikes need to be suitable for off-road use i.e. have knobbly off-road tyres. Mountain bikes are therefore recommended but if you wish to use a cyclocross bike you can do so.

You can hire a mountain bike for this event from Cyclexperience if needed. Cyclexperience will deliver your hire bike to the start in Cholsey (ready for you to use) and collect it from the finish in Pewsey.

Let us know when you enter if you wish to hire a bike and we'll send you the details.

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Bag Transfer

We will transport one small kit bag for solos / pairs and two small kit bags for teams of 3 / 4 people from the start (at Cholsey) to either the the finish (at Pewsey) or the transition point if you do the Duathlon.

Each bag must be no bigger than 40 Litres in size and 10 kg in weight. No liquids are permitted in kit bags except factory sealed bottles (bags will be stacked on top of each other).

Remember to use of a waterproof bag or liner to keep your contents dry if it should rain.

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Live Tracking

Lightweight trackers from Open Tracking will be used for this event.

Each team will carry a small tracker which transmits their current location. This is automatically displayed on a map, along with the route you have taken, so friends and family can follow your progress whilst you take part in this event.

You can see the route and tracking from the 2016 Thames Ridgeway Challenge as an example here

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Getting to the Start

If you can't get someone to drop you off at the start and pick you up from the finish then you can...

+ Drive to and park at the finish (in Pewsey) on Saturday afternoon

+ Catch a train from Pewsey station to Cholsey (via Reading)

+ Camp overnight at the start (Cholsey Scout Hut) or arrange your own alternative accommodation nearby (e.g. Streatley YHA)

You can camp the night before (Saturday night) at the start (Cholsey Scout Hut) if you want to. You'll need to bring your own camping equipment (small tent, sleeping bag & mat). Only a limited number of places are available. There is a small additional fee for this which includes the transportation of your tent and an additional overnight bag back to the finish for you.

If you make your own arrangements and do something different to what's suggested above please bear in mind that there is no parking at the start venue. There is some on street parking nearby. Please be considerate to local residents when getting dropped off / parking in Cholsey.

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Duathlon Transition Point

The transition point for the duathlon is at the end of the Ridgeway trail at Overton Hill (approx. 500m east along the A4 from West Kennet). You will be able to leave your bike plus any bike clothing / equipment with a marshal at the transition point. Any clothing / equipment left at the transition point must be placed in your kit transfer bag (which we will transport from the start to the transition point for you) or attached to your bike. You will then continue on foot to the finish (in Pewsey).

You will need to collect your bike and kit bag from the transition point after you have finished or arrange for someone else to do so - it's not very far from the finish and is on the way back towards the M4.

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The route information on this page is given as an indication only. The actual route may change from that described and shown. All distances are approximate and may be slightly different on the day, but they give you a realistic idea of what to expect and prepare for. Guide times are an estimation of the time most teams are expected to take.

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