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.

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 – 151.91km

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 Golf Club
  • Access to expert training plans and nutrition advice

When
27th August 2022

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

How much:
TBC

Race pack collection:
TBC

Race briefing:
TBC

Transition box drop off:
TBC

  • Refund and Transfer Policy: In the event that we are not permitted to hold the event under current Government Covid 19 restrictions and guidance, and are forced to cancel the event for the safety of participants and staff, your entry will be transferred to the Quest 12 Beara 2022 event. It is not possible to transfer your payment to another person or to a future event unless the event is cancelled due to Covid 19 restrictions.  All monies paid are non-refundable and all other fees and associated costs, paid in registration for the Quest 12 Beara event are non-refundable. Full details are available at point of registration.
  • 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.
  • How do I register for the Race?
    Register on our website https://www.questadventureseries.com/race/quest-12-beara/.  Places will be capped at 300, early booking is advisable.

    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?
    In the event that we are not permitted to hold the event under current Government Covid 19 restrictions and guidance, and are forced to cancel the event for the safety of participants and staff, your entry will be transferred to the Quest 12 Beara 2022 event. It is not possible to transfer your payment to another person or to a future event unless the event is cancelled due to Covid 19 restrictions.  All monies paid are non-refundable and all other fees and associated costs, paid in registration for the Quest 12 Beara event are non-refundable. Full details are available at point of registration.

    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.

Box drop: Friday night at registration in Berehaven Golf Club. The Quest team will put your box in position for you

Rules: You are only allowed to have one transition box per transition. 40-litre plastic box with a lid on it. You must put the stickers provided in your race pack on your transition box.

 

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

Suggested contents of the box:

Run to cycle transition (Stages 1&2)

  • Cycling shoes if you do not intend on wearing trail runners for the stage 2 cycle
  • You have a choice to keep on the same clothes from the mountain run or have a fresh set of cycling gear to change into.
  • Freshwater bottles, a hydration vest or some form to carry water for stage 2 cycle.
  • If it has been raining on the run maybe a change of top or change of socks – again your own choice
  • 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)
  • Chamois cream or similar…there may be chaffing at that point!!
  • 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
  • A hat or buff…it could get cold and wet out on the day

Cycle to Kayak to Run transition (Stages 5,6 &7)

  • The second time you hit T1 you will need to think through the next 3 stages.
  • You will be jumping off the bike and into a kayak and then on a trail run and back on the kayak to finish.
  • You don’t have a transition box on the Island so you need to bring everything you need with you for Kayak and run
  • You have a choice to keep on the same clothes from the cycle or have a fresh set of gear to change into.
  • Trail runners for run stage on Bere Island.
  • Freshwater bottles, a hydration vest or some form to carry water for stages 5 Kayak, stage 6 Run, stage 7 kayak.
  • A rain jacket for the mountain
  • A neck buff or hat…it’s a mountain and will be 10° colder at the top
  • If it has been raining on the cycle maybe a change of top or change of socks – again your own choice
  • Food! Throw in a few bits and pieces, in case you need them before starting jumping into the kayak (coke, bag of crisps, chocolate, etc)
  • Chamois cream or similar…there may be chaffing at that point!!
  • 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
  • A hat or buff…it could get cold and wet out on the day
  • Gloves for the kayak optional
  • Waterproof trousers – optional, if you don’t want to get wet, but could be very warm depending on the day
  • Water – you’ll be in the kayak for max 20 mins. Pack a hydration vest or a 500ml bottle of water. Get creative, make a lanyard or something to hang it around your neck
  • Bring some of the food from your transition box with you for the final 3 stages. Remember you will need 200-300 cals an hour every hour
  • 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.
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:

At this transition, you will need to have appropriate gear for transitioning from Cycle to Run and back to the cycle. Suggested items include the following:

  • 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.
  • Trail runners (if you have been wearing cycling shoes for the stage 2 cycle)
  • A freshwater/mix bottle for the run and then back onto the bike when you are finished on your run
  • 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, a bottle of coke, a bag of crisps, chocolate, etc, in case you need them)
  • Chamois cream or similar…there may be chaffing at that point!!
  • 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
  • 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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