QUEST 12 BEARA – RACE INFO

Quest 12 Beara is an exciting new long-distance event comprising of running, cycling and kayaking on the historically rich and stunningly beautiful Beara Peninsula.
What is Quest 12 Beara?

Quest 12 Beara is a one-day multi-adventure sport race and is part of Quest Adventure Series.
The race involves running, cycling and kayaking across the spectacular mountains, valleys and waters of the majestic Beara Peninsula.

Duration: 12 Hours – 151.5km

What's included?

Your entry fee covers all the costs associated with staging the event such as marshaling, traffic management, medical support, route development etc. Registration fees cover the following;

  • Fully marshaled course
  • Safety cover across all route
  • Unique Quest 12 Beara medal
  • Quest merchandise
  • Fully stocked transition areas
  • Use of kayaks, paddles & buoyancy aid and water safety
  • Post-race refreshments at the Berehaven Lodge
  • Access to expert training plans and nutrition advice
Where, When, How Much?

When
08th May 2021

Where
Start/finish is at Berehaven Lodge, Castletownbere, West Cork.

How much:
To be confirmed shortly.  Registration will open in January/February 2021.

Before the race

Race pack collection:
Berehaven Lodge – Times TBC

Race briefing:
Berehaven Lodge – Times TBC

Transition box drop off:
Berehaven Lodge – Times TBC

Race Rules and Guidelines
  • Our transfer and refund policy will be confirmed once registration opens in January/February 2021.
  • Mandatory kit must be worn or carried as appropriate and as specified.
  • This is an unsupported event. Any outside support from friends/family/supporters will result in disqualification. Outside support includes: giving participants food, water, clothes, shelter, and mechanical assistance.
    Participants can receive all the above from fellow competitors or event officials.
  • 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 our 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 the closest race marshall.
  • 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.
  • Cut-off points will be strictly enforced. If a participant misses a cut-off time they will be either be asked to
    take a shorter alternative route or stopped from continuing. Cut-off points are imposed for the safety of all
    participants and they must be adhered to.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the Race?
Registration will be open in January/February 2021 online. There will be limited places available. Register early to guarantee your place.

What does the registration fee include:
Fully-marshaled course
Safety cover across all route
Unique Quest 12 Beara medal
Quest merchandise
Fully stocked transition areas
Use of kayaks, paddles & buoyancy aid, and water safety
Post-race food
Access to expert training plans and nutrition advice

What type 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, running shoes, mandatory kit) you do not need any specialist equipment. We will provide you with a kayak, paddle and buoyancy aid.

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 Marshalls will also be on hand along the route. You will also be fitted with a GPS tracker which we will use to monitor your progress (this link can be shared with family and friends).

What is your refund policy?
TBD

Is there any water available along the route?
Water is available in the transition areas only:
Water stations are refills only. You will be required to bring water with you for the duration of the race.

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.

How is the race timed?
Your race time and your progress through each stage is timed and tracked using GPS.

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

How can I contact Quest Adventure Series 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 6024621

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

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

Quest 12 Beara Transition Boxes

Transition 1 & Transition 3 (T1 & T3): Berehaven Lodge
Type:                  (T1) Run to cycle (Stages 1 & 2)
(T3) Kayak to run to kayak (Stages 5, 6 & 7)

Suggested contents of the box:

  1. Cycling shoes if you do not intend on wearing trail runners for the stage 2 cycle
  2. Trail runners for stage 5 kayak and stage 6 run on Bere Island.
  3. Freshwater bottles, a hydration vest or some form to carry water for stage 2 cycle.
  4. A rain jacket for the mountain
  5. A neck buff or hat…it’s a mountain and will be 10° colder at the top
  6. If it has been raining on the cycle may be a change of top or change of socks – again your own choice
  7. A fresh set of cycling gear just in case you are drenched and don’t fancy spending another few hours in wet gear
  8. Food! Throw in a few bits and pieces, in case you need them before starting your stage 2 cycle. (coke, bag of crisps, chocolate, etc)
  9. Fresh gloves for mountain and for bike
  10. Chamois cream or similar…there may be chaffing at that point!!
  11. A basic medical kit…which with any luck you won’t need (Compeed, plasters, Nurofen type stuff that could be a blessing). Better to have too much than too little, no harm is done if you don’t need any of it
  12. A hat or buff…it could get cold and wet out on the bay
  13. Gloves for the kayak optional
  14. Waterproof trousers – optional, if you don’t want to get wet, but could be very warm depending on the day
  15. Water – you’ll be in the kayak for over an hour. Pack a hydration vest or a 500ml bottle of water. Get creative, make a lanyard or something to hang it around your neck
  16. Food, get something into you before and after kayak and pack some indulgent stuff crisps, coke, chocolate, jellies, as well as maybe a sandwich or bagel or something. Remember you will need 200-300 cals an hour every hour
  17. We provide the Kayak, buoyance aid, and paddle

Notes:
Please ensure you have footwear to run down to the kayak launch area. It is a tarmac road.
Don’t underestimate how cold you can get on the kayak no matter how good the weather is. You will get wet in the kayak.
This event is a significant undertaking, and you need to be well-prepared for it. Bring more than what you need rather than risking it and really missing something on the day.
All participants must bring a jacket & hat/buff and water up the mountain with them.
Please be aware that the conditions on the day could lead to a shortening of the route.

 

Transition 2 (T2):  Garnish Pier
Type:                      Run to cycle (Stages 3 – 4)

Suggested contents of the box:

  1. Rain or light jacket – you’ll be warm after the bike and you’ll freeze when you stop. You mightn’t want it but better to have it there than be wishing for one
  2. Trail runners (if you have been wearing cycling shoes for the stage 2 cycle)
  3. A freshwater/mix bottle for stage 4 cycle – or just refill at T2.
  4. A fresh set of cycling gear just in case you are drenched and don’t fancy spending another few hours in wet gear.
  5. Food! Throw in a few bits and pieces, these are necessary! (calorie-rich and your ‘fuel’ for the trail run and second cycle….and also a few nice to haves, bottle of coke, bag of crisps, chocolate, etc, in case you need them)
  6. Chamois cream or similar…there may be chaffing at that point!!
  7. A basic medical kit…which with any luck you won’t need (Compeed, plasters, Nurofen type stuff that could be a blessing). Better to have too much than too little, no harm is done if you don’t need any of it
  8. A spare bike tube or 2…. if you get a puncture on the stage 2 cycle then you don’t want to start stage 4 without a spare tube or gas canister

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