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Quest Wales takes place in the stunning Snowdonia National Park, starting and finish in the idyllic village of Betws-y-Coed. It is a one-day multi-sport adventure race which involves running, cycling and kayaking across the spectacular mountains, valleys and lakes. You can choose from 3 differing routes to suit your ability, all of which take place in one of the most epic locations in Wales.  There are distances to suit all levels of ability, choose from the 23km Challenge, the 38km Sport or the 50km Expert. The race gives you the opportunity to take part in a unique event, challenge yourself, immerse yourself in the amazing surroundings and experience the wonderful camaraderie of adventure racing.

Ultimately, Quest is for those who like to test themselves in the outdoors, have fun, travel and make new friends along the way.

Quest Wales is part of the Quest Adventure Series, it is the first event in the series to take place in the UK and will return to Betws-y-Coed for the fourth year on Saturday 20th June 2020. Betwys-y-Coed is a village in Wales, nestled in Snowdonia National Park. It surrounded by rugged mountains, lakes, woodlands and waterfalls. Betws-y-Coed has something for everyone; numerous craft and outdoor activity shops are in the village with the popular Swallow Falls.

Check out the route information below.

50K Expert Route Information

The race consists of the following 6 stages:

Stage 1: Trail Run – 8km
Description: Starting in Betws-y-Coed town centre, this stage will take you through a tough steep mountain trail towards Llnc Parc lake.
Terrain: Hill trail.

Stage 2: Cycle – 11km
Description: Description: Pick your bike up at the transition area and start this amazing cycle on the B5106 heading towards the picturesque town of Llanrwst. Turn left before you enter the town in the direction of Llyn Geirionydd Lake. On this stage you will encounter steep fast downhill cycling with sharp corners as you negotiate your way through this challenging section.
Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality.

Stage 3: Kayak – 1km
Description: Kayak a circular route around the spectacular clear waters of Glyn Geirionydd Lake on double sit-on-top kayaks.
Restrictions: Competitors cannot bring their own kayaks they must use those provided. Buoyancy aid must be worn at all times during the kayak stage.

Stage 4: Trail Run – 9km
Description: 
After the kayak competitors follow a marked trail anti-clockwise around Clyn Crafnant and back to the kayak transition area.
Competitors will embrace the panoramic views across the Snowdonia National Park.
Terrain: Walking trail, stone path, forest track, mountain track of good to rough quality with slippery muck and rock sections.

Stage 5: Cycle – 14km
Description: You will proceed to cycle from the kayak transition area back to the Betws-y-Coed area.
Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality.

Stage 6: Trail Run – 7km
Description: Competitors will drop their bikes at the transition area and continue by foot along a marked trail. The checkpoint is at the top of a steep path which leads to Liyn Elsi Lake.
Terrain: Walking trail, stone path, forest track, mountain track.

Expert Activity Distance (KM)
Stage 1 Run 24
Stage 2 Cycle 25
Stage 3 Kayak 1
38K Sport Route Information

The race consists of the following 5 stages:

Stage 1: Trail Run – 8km
Description: Starting in Betws-y-Coed town centre, this stage will take you through a tough steep mountain trail towards Llnc Parc lake.
Terrain: Hill trail.

Stage 2: Cycle – 11km
Description: Description: Pick your bike up at the transition area and start this amazing cycle on the B5106 heading towards the picturesque town of Llanrwst. Turn left before you enter the town in the direction of Llyn Geirionydd Lake. On this stage you will encounter steep fast downhill cycling with sharp corners as you negotiate you way through this challenging section.
Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality.

Stage 3: Kayak – 1km
Description: Kayak a circular route around the spectacular clear waters of Glyn Geirionydd Lake on double sit-on-top kayaks.
Restrictions: Competitors cannot bring their own kayaks they must use those provided. Buoyancy aids must be worn at all times during the kayak stage.

Stage 4: Trail Run – 9km
Description:
After the kayak competitors follow a marked trail anti-clockwise around Clyn Crafnant and back to the kayak transition area.
Competitors can embrace the panoramic views across the Snowdonia National Park.
Terrain: Walking trail, stone path, forest track, mountain track of good to rough quality with slippery mud and rock sections.

Stage 5: Cycle – 9km
Description: You will proceed to cycle from the kayak transition area back to the Betws-y-Coed area.
Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality.

Note:  200 meters run to the finish line from the bike rack.

Sport Activity Distance (KM)
Stage 1 Run 8
Stage 2 Cycle 11
Stage 3 Kayak 1
Stage 4 Run 9
Stage 5 Cycle 9
23K Challenge Route Information

The race consists of the following 4 stages:

Stage 1: Cycle – 6km
Description: Description: Pick your bike up at the transition area and head in the direction of Llyn Geirionydd Lake. On this stage you will encounter steep fast downhill cycling with sharp corners as you negotiate your way through this challenging section.
Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality.

Note: 200 meters run to the bike rack from the start line.

Stage 2: Kayak – 1km
Description: Kayak a circular route around the spectacular clear waters of Glyn Geirionydd Lake on double sit-on-top kayaks.
Restrictions: Competitors cannot bring their own kayaks and they must use those provided. Buoyancy aids must be worn at all times during the kayak stage.

Stage 3: Trail Run – 7km
Description:  After your kayak stage you will head off on the 6km trail run.
Terrain: Hill trail, varying surfaces.

Stage 4: Cycle – 9km
Description: You will proceed to cycle from the transition area back to the Betws-y-Coed area.
Terrain: Sealed road, varying in quality.

Note: 200 meters run to the finish line from the bike rack.

Mini Activity Distance (KM)
Stage 1 Cycle 6
Stage 2 Kayak 1
Stage 3 Run 7
Stage 4 Cycle 9

 

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