QUEST 12/24 RACE INFO

Test your physical and mental toughness to overcome everything that the Wild Atlantic Way has to throw at you.

Information documents 2019

What is Quest 12/24?

Quest 12/24 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 lakes. Choose from 2 challenging routes, in one of the most epic location in Ireland.

  • 12 Hours – 147km
  • 24 Hours – 248km
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;

  • Fully-marshalled course
  • Safety cover across all route
  • Unique Quest 12/24 medal
  • Quest Jacket
  • Fully stocked transition areas
  • Use of kayaks, paddles & buoyancy aid and water safety
  • Post-race brunch in Sneem Hotel
  • Access to expert training plans and nutrition advice
Where, When, How Much?

When
31st of August 2019

Where
Start/finish is in Sneem, Co.Kerry

How much:
Registration will open for Quest 12/24 on Monday 5th November 2018. Please see the info doc for more details on payment terms. A booking fee will also apply.

Race Date Price Deposit First Payment Second Payment Register Now
Quest 12 31st Aug €255 €100 €155 NA Register Now
Quest 24 31st Aug €395 €100 €150 €145 Register Now
Race Rules and Guidelines
  • Once entered transfers to other people or to 2019 event is possible until the 1st April 2018. After this date, 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.
  • 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?
You can register for the race online. There are limited places available. Register early to guarantee your place.

What does the registration fee include:
Fully-marshalled course
Safety cover across all route
Unique Quest 12/24 medal
Quest jacket
Fully stocked transition areas
Use of kayaks, paddles & buoyancy aid and water safety
Post-race brunch in Sneem Hotel
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?
All payments are non-refundable but places can be transferred to Quest 12/24 2020 or a name change is permitted up to 1 April 2019. After this time no transfers or refunds will be permitted. We cannot transfer entries or their value to other Quest events.

Is there any water available along the route?
Water is available in the transition areas only:

  • Transition 1: Base of Carrauntoohil, Lough Acoose: Cycle to Run, Run to Cycle
  • Transition 2: Waterville GAA Club: Cycle to Kayak, Kayak to Run
  • Transition 3: Derrynane

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 Transition Boxes

Transition 1 (T1):  Base of Carrauntoohil
Type:                      Bike to mountain run and mountain run to bike

Suggested contents of box:

  1. Trail runners (if you have been wearing cycling shoes for stage 1 cycle)
  2. A hydration vest or some form or a carrier to bring some water on Carrauntoohil (your own choice)
  3. A rain jacket for the mountain
  4. A neck buff or hat…it’s a mountain and will be 10° colder at the top
  5. If it has been raining on the cycle maybe a change of top or change of socks – again your own choice
  6. 2 fresh water bottles for the second cycle – or you can refill the stage 1 bottles here…I always like to have 2 prepared for second cycle
  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, these are necessary! (calorie rich and your ‘fuel’ for the mountain AND second cycle….and also a few nice to haves, bottle of coke, bag of crisps, chocolate etc, in case you need them)
  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 done if you don’t need any of it
  12. A spare bike tube or 2….if you puncture on the stage 1 cycle then you don’t want to start stage 3 without a spare tube or gas canister

Notes:
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):   Waterville GAA Pitch
Type:                       Bike to kayak and kayak to bike

Suggested contents of box:

  1. Footwear to use in kayak (an old pair of runners, don’t use wellies or waders…if you fall in they will fill with water and head south)
  2. A hat or buff…it could get cold and wet on the lake
  3. Gloves for the kayak optional
  4. Waterproof trousers – optional, if you don’t want to get wet, but could be very warm depending on the day
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Food, get something in to 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 200-300cals an hour every hour
  8. A fresh water/mix bottle for the last bike bit – or just refill there
  9. We provide the Kayak, buoyance aid and paddle

Notes:
The transition is 600m from the kayak launch area. Please ensure you have footwear to run down to the kayak launch area. It is a tarmac/gravel 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.

  

Transition 3 (T3):  Derrynane community Centre
Type:                      Bike to run

Suggested content of box;

  1. Trail runners – the good comfortable ones! Unless you have just used the 1 pair all day and no cycling shoes
  2. Fresh dry running gear – shorts/top/socks/jacket/hat/gloves, pack them all and make the call on the day when you get there, who knows how weather changes
  3. Water/drink mix to bring on the run
  4. Head torch and spare batteries
  5. Food, sandwich, pot noodle, a bottle of fizzy drink, bagel, you don’t have to eat it but better that it’s there
  6. Basic medical supply (Compeed, plasters, Nurofen etc)
  7. Vaseline/baby powder or similar…there will be chaffing and tenderness at this point!

Notes:
We will bring your bike from here back to Sneem Hotel – Available from 21.00-12.00 midnight depending on your finish time.
Food, food and food – we can’t stress enough how important food is on this event. You will be 7, 8, 9 hours into the event. The last leg is going to be difficult, make sure you refuel in the transition and have food to bring with you on the last run.
There is no water refill along the last run leg.
You will need 2 pairs of runners. i.e. you won’t have the runners from the stage 2 trail run.

 

The facilities in each transition are the following:

  • Hot and cold water
  • Tables and chairs for changing and eating
  • Male and Female changing areas
  • Bike racking
  • Toilets
  • Water refill
  • Fizzy drink
  • Flap jacks & jellies
  • Tea and Coffee
  • T2 & T3 will have a kettle and microwave.

 

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.

Quest 24 Transition Boxes

Transition 1 (T1): Base of Carrauntoohil
Type:                     Bike to mountain run and mountain run to bike

Suggested contents of box:

  1. Trail runners (if you have been wearing cycling shoes for stage 1 cycle)
  2. A hydration vest or some form or a carrier to bring some water on Carrauntoohil (your own choice)
  3. A rain jacket for the mountain
  4. A neck buff or hat…it’s a mountain and will be 10° colder at the top
  5. If it has been raining on the cycle maybe a change of top or change of socks – again your own choice
  6. 2 fresh water bottles for the second cycle – or you can refill the stage 1 bottles here…I always like to have 2 prepared for second cycle
  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, these are necessary! (calorie rich and your ‘fuel’ for the mountain AND second cycle….and also a few nice to haves, bottle of coke, bag of crisps, chocolate etc, in case you need them)
  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 done if you don’t need any of it
  12. A spare bike tube or 2….if you puncture on the stage 1 cycle then you don’t want to start stage 3 without a spare tube or gas canister

Notes:
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):  Waterville GAA Pitch
Type:                     Bike to kayak and kayak to bike

Suggested contents of box:

  1. footwear to use in kayak (an old pair of runners, don’t use wellies or waders…if you fall in they will fill with water and head south)
  2. A hat or buff…it could get cold and wet on the lake
  3. Gloves for the kayak optional
  4. Waterproof trousers – optional, if you don’t want to get wet, but could be very warm depending on the day
  5. Water – you’ll be in the kayak for over 2 hours. Pack a hydration vest or a 500ml bottle of water. Get creative, make a lanyard or something to hang it around your neck
  6. 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
  7. 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 200-300cals an hour every hour
  8. A fresh water/mix bottle for the last bike bit – or just refill there
  9. Dry shoes for the final run back to Sneem

Notes:
We provide the Kayak, buoyancy aid and paddle.
The transition is 600m from the kayak launch area. Please ensure you have footwear to run down to the kayak launch area. It is a tarmac/gravel 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.
We will bring your bike and transition box from here back to Sneem Hotel – Available for collection from 10.00-11.00 at Sneem Hotel on Sunday 26th

Transition 3 (T3): Derrynane community Centre
Type:                     Midway run transition

Suggested content of box;

  1. Fresh dry running gear – shorts/top/socks/jacket/hat/gloves, pack them all and make the call on the day when you get there, who knows how weather changes
  2. Water/drink mix to bring on the run
  3. Spare batteries for the torch
  4. Food, sandwich, pot noodle, bottle of fizzy drink, bagel, you don’t have to eat it but better that it’s there
  5. Basic medical supply (Compeed, plasters, Nurofen etc)
  6. Vaseline/baby powder or similar…there will be chaffing and tenderness at this point!

Notes:
Food, food and food – we can’t stress enough how important food is on this event. The last leg is going to be difficult, make sure you refuel in the transition and have food to bring with you on the last run.
There is no water refill along the last run leg.
You will need 2 pairs of runners. i.e. you won’t have the runners from the stage 2 trail run.

 

The facilities in each transition are the following:

  • Hot and cold water
  • Tables and chairs for changing and eating
  • Male and Female changing areas
  • Bike racking
  • Toilets
  • Water refill
  • Fizzy drink
  • Flap jacks & jellies
  • Tea and Coffee
  • T2 & T3 will have a kettle and microwave.

 

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.

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