QUEST WALES RACE INFO

Embark on a physically gruelling journey and be part of the Quest Wales Adventure Race. We’ll take you on a demanding adventure through the spectacular and of Snowdonia Forest Park. To find out more about the day, click here.
What is Quest Wales?

Quest Wales is a one-day multi-adventure sport race and is part of the Quest Adventure Series UK. The race involves running, cycling and kayaking across the spectacular mountains, valleys and lakes of Snowdonia Forest Park. Choose from 3 challenging routes, in one of the most epic location in Wales – Challenge 25km, Sport 42km and the Expert 53km.
This race gives competitors the chance to run, cycle and kayak some of the most dramatic, breathtaking and remote scenery in the world.

What's included?

Your entry fee covers all the costs associated with staging the event such as marshalling, traffic management, medical support, route development etc. Registration fees cover the following;
– kayak rental & equipment
– fully-marshalled course
– a customised finisher’s medal
– a Quest-branded piece of gear e.g training t-shirt/fleece
– free after party and food voucher
– prizes in each category for winners
– the famous Japanese hot tubs
– a great atmosphere and a fun day out

Where, When, How Much?

When
12th May 2018

Where
Betyws Y Coed, Wales

How Much

Race Date Early Bird Standard Register Now
Quest Kenmare 10th Mar €75 – €80 (Valid 30.11.17) €80 – €85 Register Now >>
Quest Glendalough 21st Apr —————- €85 Register Now >>
Quest Wales 12th May £70 – £85 (Valid 04.12.17) £75 – £90 Register Now >>
Quest Achill 8th Sept €70 – €75 (Valid 01.04.18) €75 – €80 Register Now >>
Quest Killarney (Oct) 6th Oct €75 – €80 (Valid 31.01.18) €80 – €85 Register Now >>
Quest Season Pass
(Events in Ireland Only)
€306 Register Now >>

*Please note €5.50 online booking registration fee applies to each event. In addition, a €2 Park fee is charged for the upkeep and maintenance of the National Park.

Waves and Categories

TBC

 

 

Before the Race

Pre-event online registration
All competitors must register online before the race. There is no registration on the day of the event.

Race Pack Collection
All competitors must collect their race pack in Betws Y Coed at the following times:
–Saturday 12th May (7.30am – 8.30am)

For registration please bring the email confirmation you receive when you register online.

Please note if you are collecting your race pack on Saturday morning you must collect your race pack 1 hour before you wave starts.

Your race pack includes:
– Timing dibber
– Race map
– Bib number
– Bike sticker

Race Start
All competitors will start in Cae Llan in the village of Betws Y Coed. Your mandatory kit will be checked before the race. If you do not have the required mandatory kit you will not be allowed to partake in the race.

 

After the Race

Finish line
The race will finish in the village of Betws Y Coed. There will be massage facilities, hot tubs and hot food for all participants.

Bike collection
Competitors can collect their bikes from the secure bike racking area when they present their race bib number which will correspond with their bike sticker number.

Car parking
You will be directed towards the dedicated event carpark by marshal.

 

Prizes

Expert
Overall male & female 1st, 2nd & 3rd
Over 40s 1st male & female
Over 50s 1st male & female

Sport
Overall male & female 1st, 2nd & 3rd
Over 40s 1st male & female
Over 50s 1st male & female

Challenge
Overall male & female 1st, 2nd & 3rd
Over 40s 1st male & female
Over 50s 1st male & female 

Please note: If you think you are in with a chance of winning any prize* in any category you must start in the elite wave of that category. This allows a fair race for all concerned but all waves will be included in real race time final results.

*One prize per person.

Race Rules and Guidelines
  • Once entered no refunds, transfers or credit can be offered for cancellations for the events.
  • Mandatory Kit must be worn or carried as appropriate and as specified
  • There are no road closures for the cycling routes, competitors must follow the road traffic laws
  • All competitors must follow the prescribed route
  • Checkpoints must be visited in the correct order
  • Obey the environmental policy. Any competitor found littering by race marshals or fellow competitors can be reported and disqualified
  • Respect the local environment
  • Assist any persons who are in difficulty and report it to closest race marshall
  • Competitor’s must enter the Elite wave to win the overall category prizes
  • The Race Director’s decision is final
  • Competitors must be over 18yrs
  • In the event of inclement weather the organisers have the right to alter the route on the day of the event

 

Environmental Rules & Policy

Betws Y Coed is one of the most spectacular locations in the world. The course encompasses areas of special conservation, Snowdonia Forest Park and environmental sensitive bog and woodland. It is the objective of all competitors to leave it the way they find it and ensure adventure racing is a environmentally sustainable sport.

We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to hold the race in the national park and we are sure it will be one of the elements of the event you will remember.

We aim to minimize the impact the race has on residents and families in the proximity of the race route. We appreciate fully their cooperation in the running of the event.

It is of paramount importance that all competitors respect the following environmental policy:

  • Competitors must keep to the defined route and do not take short cuts.
  • Any competitors found littering will be automatically disqualified.
  • Respect the environment.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the Race?
You can registration for the race online. There are limited places available so register now, to ensure you are disappointed.

What does the registration fee include:
– Custom made finishers medal
– Customised event tec t-shirt
– Kayak rental
– The famous Japanese hot tubs at the finish line
– Prizes in all categories
– Free after party and food voucher
– A great atmosphere and a fun day out
– Fully marshalled course

When do I collect my race pack and rack my bike?
All competitors must collect their race pack in Betws-Y-Coed on:
–Saturday 12th May at the start line marquee between 7.30am and 8.30am.

Can I register my bike on Saturday morning before the race?
Yes. All participants must bring their bikes to start line on Saturday morning.

What type of bike should I use?
The choice of bike is an individual choice. The most suitable bike would be a road bike with Gator Skin tyres and least suitable would be a Mountain Bike.

Do I need any specialist equipment?
Apart from the basics (bike, helmet, running shoes) you do not need any specialist equipment. We will provide you with a kayak, paddle and buoyancy aid. A full list of mandatory equipment is available at the end of the frequently asked questions.

Do I have to have any specialist map reading or mountain skill to compete in the race?
No. You will be provided with a map. The route is marked out with signs and race marshals will also be on hand along the route.

What is your refund policy?
When entering the event it is part of the terms and conditions that there is a non-refundable payment policy.

Is there any water available along the route?
The exact locations of water stops will be highlighted on the map given to you at registration. You will be required to bring water with you (to be carried by you) for the duration of the race.

Who provides my Kayak?
The event organisers will provide all kayaks, paddles and buoyancy aid. Competitors will not be allowed to bring their own kayaks due to the location of the kayak stage.

Do I need my own kayak, buoyancy aid or paddle?
No. The event organisers will provide all kayaks, paddles and buoyancy aid. Competitors will not be allowed to bring their own Kayaks due to the location of the Kayak stage.

How is the race timed?
Your race time and your progress through each stage is timed using a ‘dibber’ which is attached to your wrist.

Where are the time out sections?
There is only one time out section on the route. The only time out zone where competitors can be timed out only while waiting for a kayak. The maximum amount of time allowed in the time out zone is 15 minutes. You can only be timed out if you are waiting for a kayak.

Can I compete in the race as a team?
No.

How can I contact Quest Betws-Y-Coed if I have any more questions?
Feel free to contact us with any questions by emailing info@eliteevents.ie or call the Quest Team on 087 602 4621.

Can I listen to my iPod during the race?
No. It is extremely dangerous to listen to music whilst cycling as the roads are not closed and are open to local traffic.

Can I raise money for charity?
Yes. We encourage everybody to raise money for charity.

What Items are included in the mandatory kit?
It is vital that all competitors bring the following mandatory kit with them from the start.

  • Basic First Aid Kit (Min: 1 x Dressing Pad (field dressing), Bandage, Plasters).
  • Map of the route (included in your race pack).
  • Survival blanket and whistle.
  • Appropriate food and drink. There will be limited water re-filling points on the course.
  • Cycle helmet, bike repair kit, spare tube, pump.
  • Hat, gloves and waterproof jacket.
  • Suitable footwear.
  • Backpack or bum bag.
  • All kit will be checked before the race.

 

Mandatory Kit

It is vital that all competitors bring the following mandatory kit list with them from the start.

  • Basic First Aid Kit (Min: 1 x Dressing Pad (field dressing), Bandage, Plasters).
  • Map of the route (included in your race pack).
  • Survival blanket and whistle.
  • Appropriate food and drink. There will be limited water re-filling points on the course.
  • Cycle helmet, bike repair kit, spare tube, pump.
  • Hat, gloves and waterproof jacket.
  • Suitable footwear.
  • Backpack or bum bag.
  • All kit will be checked before the race.

 

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