Sunday 1st September 2019
Entries open Sunday 21st October at 12pm
Sunday 1st September 2019
Wow, we’ve now been running this event for over half a decade. 2019 will see the seventh Quantock Quake covering 20 or 30/35 miles, held in the beautiful Quantock Hills AONB, Somerset, South West England. This place is a mecca for mountain biking and you’ll be once again treated to stunning open moorland, woodland trails, natural single tracks and secluded combes. The Quantocks has it all! Now very much established in the South West cycling calendar and the catalist for building ‘The Triple’, you’ll be kicking yourself if you miss it.
Whether you choose the main or extended route, you will be able to access areas of the Quantocks usually restricted by access legislation ,as well as riding some of the areas classic single tracks. You’ll also see some of the greatest views, both from and of, the Quantocks and be fully supported by our friendly Quantock Quake event team.
Places are strictly limited to 200 – Enter now to avoid disappointment or alternatively enter ‘The Triple’ to guarantee your place in all three mountain biking events.
Everything you need to know…
Sunday 1st September 2019.
Ramscombe (near Great Wood Camp), Over Stowey, Somerset TA5 1HN.
- Registration opens: 08.00.
- Ride briefing on the start line with bikes 09:50.
- Ride Starts: 10:00.
- Extra Loop cut off time: TBC
You can choose between the 20 mile or 30-35 mile route options. This can be decided on the day. All entrants head out on the first 20 miles. If you want to complete the full route of 30-35 miles, you will need to meet the cut-off time for the extra loop.
£35.00 per rider. All under 16’s must be accompanied by a supervising rider over the age of 18. Also entering the Explorer or Murmuration? New for 2018, why not be part of the elite who complete ‘The Triple’? Find out more about ‘The Triple’ here.
Registration opens at 08:00. Please bring with you a completed personal details form for each person in your group. This can be downloaded from the downloads page or by clicking here.
Free parking on site near the event village; Ramscombe (near Great Wood Camp), Over Stowey, Somerset TA5 1HN. Marshals and signage will direct you to the parking area. Please note that you will not be able to leave the parking area until 14:00 due to the extra loop using the trail through the car parking area.
There is a main loop not exceeding 20 miles. All riders will head out on the first 20 miles. Those who make it back before the second loop cut-off time (13:30) can choose to continue onto the second loop. This is an extra 10 miles.
A copy of the route will be e-mailed out on the 1st September. In this e-mail will be links to the GPX files that you can download to your device for each of the loops if you so wish. We advise that you transfer the route onto your 1:25000 map of the area (Quantock Hills and Bridgwater – 140).
Some of the route is over the sensitive Northern Commons, to get an event over this section has been very difficult, please ensure you stick to the way-marked route and don’t cut corners. Click here to access the downloads for the route map and GPX files.
Why not make the most of the weekend by spending the weekend? We are currently working with a local land owner to offer a camping option. Full details of where to book will be available shortly.
Riders briefing on the start line at 09:50. All entrants to be present.
In the event village you will find:
- The registration tent, which will be open from 08:00.
- Little Van Rouge, a boutique vintage catering service served out of a superbly restored 1956 Citroen H van. A great place to get refreshments before and after the ride. This is not included in your entry fee.
- Merchandise tent. Collect your pre-ordered t-shirt or hoody from here.
- Amped, back onsite again this year to help with those last minute bike repair.
There are toilets available at the event village.
At registration you will be given a number board which must be attached to your handlebars. Riders must stop and have their number recorded by the marshals at each checkpoint. As part of our duty of care these rider numbers are radioed back to the control centre to record your progress. Your rider number must also be submitted to the registration desk upon your return. This is how we know you are safe and accounted for. Exmoor Search and Rescue will be present at various locations should they be required.
There will be regular checkpoints on both loops. Many of these will have water and sweets to keep you going. The half way checkpoint on the main loop hosts the famous ‘Miles Tea Stop’. Grab a brew and some amazing cake before continuing on!
HALF WAY – MILES TEA STOP
On arrival at our main loop halfway checkpoint you will be greeted with a smile, sweets, amazing flapjack and a nice brew courtesy of our friends at Miles Tea.
SPECTATORS / DOGS
We’re afraid that at this event dogs are not allowed to compete. They are very welcome to join the spectators though as long as they are kept under close control.
We will have professional photographer Liam Mercer on site so smile when you spot him. All his images will be available to buy, from his website, after the event.
Provided by fully qualified members of the Channel Events team.
Our events are challenge based but with the main loop being accessible to all. We do recommend that you get some miles on off-road terrain beforehand. Those planning to complete the extra loop need to be happy riding 30/35 miles and able to complete the first 20 miles within 3.5 hours.
You will need to provide your own bike and safety equipment. We recommend you take the following kit list with you during the event. This is however up to your discretion and you take or leave the following items at your own risk
- First aid kit for the treatment of strains, sprains, blisters and gravel rash.
- Food and drink as required including emergency food.
- Ordnance Survey maps of the area.
- A whistle.
- Multi-tool / puncture repair kit / spare tubes / pump.
- All entrants must take account of the weather conditions which may be encountered during the ride. You may deem it necessary to carry additional items such as; more layers, torch & batteries, waterproofs, survival bag, mobile phone.
Please bring lots of fluids. We ask that you come prepared and self-sufficient for a long day out in remote moorland. We will be providing water at most checkpoints should you run out. We are more than happy to top up your water bottles but will not be supplying cups in an attempt to make the event more environmentally friendly.
Warm weather can pose just as many problems as bad weather. Whatever the weather conditions, please make sure you are appropriately equipped to deal with a long day, in a remote environment. The event will run in conditions deemed safe by the event organisers. Should the conditions not be appropriate the events team will contact you no fewer than 12 hours prior to the event registration. See terms and conditions for our cancellation policy.
Celebration is the key! Lets see those arms aloft as you cross the finish line. Then move onto the registration desk to submit your tally number and receive your branded souvenir mug and completion certificate. Please make sure that you submit your rider number; this is a requirement as part of our duty of care.
WHAT DOES MY ENTRY INCLUDE?
Not only do you get to challenge yourself in this truly stunning environment, you get to share your experience with others while Channel Events takes care of the safety of your day and provide a stunning route (and a brew). Included in your entry is a Certificate of Completion, souvenir mug, friendly marshals, locally blended tea and roasted coffee from Miles, checkpoints with water stations, and a fabulous day.
Why not commemorate your event with a 2019 event t-shirt. These items will need to be pre-ordered and can be collected on the event day from our merchandise tent.
Can I hire a bike?
We don’t offer this service through Channel Events. We suggest that you contact the local bike shops who may have a fleet of hire bikes or a demo bike you could use.
Can I get water and snacks along the route?
We ask that you are self sufficient for the distance you are intending to ride but there will be water and sweets available at many of checkpoints should you run out. The half way checkpoint on the main loop will also accommodate the ‘Miles’ tea stop. Here you can treat yourself to a brew from our favourite local tea and coffee blenders.
What if I run out of time?
All riders will complete the main 19.5 mile loop. This can take you until 4pm if required. If you are hoping to do the extra loop then there is a cut off time of 13:00. This gives you 3 hours to complete the main loop. Riders arriving back from the main loop after 13:00 will not be permitted to continue.
I’m under 18, can I ride on my own?
No, we ask that any entrants under the age of 18 ride with an adult on a ratio of 1:3.
What is the Triple?
Check out The Triple webpage to answer all your questions.
Is it possible to get lost?
The route will be well way-marked and seperate colours used for each loop. Major hazards and awkward junctions will be marked with black/yellow signage. We also ask that you carry an Ordnance survey map of the local area and transfer the route onto this prior to the event. Riding with your head down and not paying attention could result in you going off course. With this in mind we suggest that you follow the route way-markers with care. There are also GPX files and a route map available to download by clicking here.
Can’t find an answer to your question?
Can I borrow equipment?
No. We ask that all entrants are fully equipped and understand how to use their equipment prior to taking part in the event.
Can I wear my shorts?
Of course. We advise that long trousers are worn to prevent rashes from plants such as Gorse and Heather but this is up to you to decide.
Is it possible to get lost?
Yes. This event is not way-marked. Entrants should be proficient with the use of a map and compass and be able to follow a route description. Contact us if you're at all concerned about the navigation skills required. A full route description and GPX files for GPS devices can be found on the downloads page. We reccommened you use the Ordnance Survey Explorer 1:25000 map sheet: Exmoor OL9
What if I run out of time?
The event is 31 miles but spilt into two halves. There are 7 checkpoints in total. 4 on the first half, one at half way and 2 on the second half.
Entrants not reaching half way (check point 5) by 2pm will be stopped and transported back to the event base. At all other checkpoints the event organisers reserve the right to determine whether there is time for you to continue. Please note, should the event oranisers decide you are unable to continue then your tally will be removed. If you choose to continue then you are doing so at your own risk and will no longer be under the supervison and insurance of the event.
Can I fill up my water at every checkpoint?
There will be water available at most checkpoints but we ask that you come with the aim of being self-sufficient for the day. Some of the check points are remote and it's difficult to get water there. All participants must carry a water bottle. We will no longer be suppliying throw away cups at checkpoints. If each entrant used a cup at each checkpoint we would be throwing over 1000 plastic cups into landfill in one day!