QUEST WALES ROUTE INFO

The routes were designed to be challenging and inspiring as a real test of endurance for any outdoor enthusiast. With the 50km Expert route, 38Km Sports route, and the 23km Challenge route to choose from, we’ll take you on an adventure to reach the edge of your physical ability.
Route Information & Precautions

The Quest Betws-y-Coed team has put together a route that is both challenging and inspiring incorporating the rugged Welsh landscape and breath-taking scenery.

There are 3 different route options:
Expert 50kSport 38kChallenge 23k

Precautions
Competitors undertake Quest Betws-y-Coed Adventure Race at their own risk.

Please familiarise yourself with the route maps, race briefing document and the areas on the route where care must be taken. Please observe warning signs, race stewards advice and listen carefully to the race briefing before the race.

*All routes are subject to change, statutory approval and license agreements.

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

 

Route Cut Off Information
CUT OFF #1: 12:00 – Kayak stage closes.
Participants will be directed to the next stage.
CUT OFF #2: (Expert & Sport Only)  12:30 – Stage 4 run closes.
Participants will be directed to stage 5 cycle.
CUT OFF #3: (Expert only) 13:30 – Stage 6 closes.
Participants will be directed to the finish line.

* All the above cut off times are provisional based on finalisation of wave times closer to the event date.

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