Hope you are pleased to hear, there is a trailquest in the Forest of Dean
Act now, to warm up for the Polaris or for a jolly jaunt with a mission..
What is a trailquest?
Orienteering on a mountain bike: no wiser.
Thats a bike, a compass, a map, and up to twenty or so points in the forest
where you can click your card to score points, do as many points as you want
or can, take your own route, it's not a race but there is a time limit, it's
frustrating and fun. Honest.
Two events on the day one for families 2 hours
The rest of you get 5 hours
What are they?, Official discription from
20 to 30 control sites of varying values are positioned alongside
bridleways, byways or forestry trails. Competitors identify these sites at
the competition Event Centre on pre-printed maps, or by copying from master
maps onto their own Ordnance Survey Map or from grid references.
Depending on the event, between 1 and 5 hours are allowed to visit as many
sites as possible, making route choice and navigational skills a high
Where appropriate, competitors may approach the controls on foot.
Lateness of return incurs severe penalties, so sensible pacing is an
important consideration for most riders.
Control sites are identified by red / white / orange markers, each of which
carries a unique punch, enabling competitors to punch the appropriate
position on their score card to provide proof of visit.
In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined, in order of
preference, by considering the values of the check points visited.
1. the competitor(s) that has visited the most high scoring checkpoints will
be the winner
2. the competitor(s) that has visited the most checkpoints (and back within
the tome limit)
3. the fastest time
Events are organised by affiliated clubs. Non members of the Association are
welcome to compete in any event on payment of a 2.00 day membership fee.
While the basic format of each event is the same, entrants will find that
each event will tend to have its own particular style.