Six x 3 hour Mountain Bike orienteering/navigational events in the Peak District National Park
Welcome to the 17th annual edition of Dark & Whites’ now popular and well established Trailquest/MTB orienteering series. Taking place in the superb surroundings of the Peak District National Park with its brilliant network of bridleways, green lanes and quiet country lanes plus stunning scenery it is a great way to keep you fit and active throughout the winter months.
Trailquest/MBO’s are suitable for all ages and abilities so long as you (a) can competently ride a mountain bike off-road and (b) know the basics of reading an OS map. The map reading and route planning will challenge your mental resolve whilst the hills and dales of the Peak District will undoubtedly test your physical fitness – be mindful however on these events that the best is not always the fittest!!
Entries can either be as a pair or solo. All events are held from undercover venues meaning whatever the weather throws at you post-event you can re-heat and re-hydrate and sit back and chat the ifs and buts with fellow competitors over a cup of tea and a biscuit or two. Events can be entered individually, alternatively if you decide to enter the whole series your best four results will count towards series overall. Event timing is by SPORTident systems.
Series prizes – go to the base of this page to see details of our event sponsors and supporters.
**NEW for 2015/2016: 150 bonus points on offer on the final round (March 2016). Trophies will be awarded for overall and runners up men and ladies series winners**
Winter Trailquest Calendar
Whole Series Entry Round 1 | 4th October 2015 Round 2 | 15th November 2015 Round 3 | 13th December 2015 Round 4 | 10th January 2016 Round 5 | 7th February 2016 Round 6 | 6th March 2016
Within the time allowed (3 hours), visit controls and collect as many points as possible – route planning is as important as fitness. Lateness penalties as per standard BMBO rules. Control sites will be identified by bright coloured tape on an obvious feature to which a SPORTident box will be attached. “Dib” in the SPORTident box at the Start, Finish, all controls visited and the download box at the end. You must use a SPORTident dibber to take part in these events. You may use your own dibber if you have one (please fill in its number on the entry form). If you don’t have your own dibber we will rent you one automatically. Teams please note: both members must carry and use a dibber.
Exact venues/locations will be released 1 month before each event – full details will be on the D&W website. Look out for Dark & White yellow/black directional road signs at all events. If in doubt as to the location, please contact us BEFORE the day of the event.
NB: SOME OF THE CAR PARKS MAY BE PAY & DISPLAY.
A bagged, colour 1:50000 OS map (approx size A4), pre-marked with all controls, will be provided on the start line. One map per rider is included in the entry fee. Enlarged maps for greater clarity available approx size A3 (£3.00 each). An area master map (without control points marked) can be viewed at registration before starting.
Registration Opens at 8:00.
Start anytime between 09.00 & 10.30hrs.
Try to arrive at least 30 minutes before your intended start to give time to register/prepare etc.
At the start line you will be handed a map and a control value sheet. You will need to present your SI dibber to any marshal on demand during the event.
All courses close 14.30hrs. Hot drinks, orange juice and biscuits will be available at the finish.
Entry & Results
For online and postal entries scroll down the page and follow the appropriate links. No final event details will be published or sent out. If you wish to have confirmation of a postal entry please enclose an sae with your entry. Event numbers may well be limited – email info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)darkandwhite.co.uk or text 07970 278085 if entering late to check if places are available.
Provisional results will be displayed on the day. Results will be posted on the results page after the events.
Class winners and runners up will win a combination of equipment prizes from Alpkit, Sondor Bikes, Purple Harry’s and Igloo Cycles (Chesterfield). NB – classes may be merged if entries are low. Prizes will be posted out after the last event once the results are declared final. Class placings and prizes will be awarded based on a minimum of four events being completed as either a solo or as a pair/team but not as a combination of both.
****Tie breaks: In the event of two competitors in the same class gaining the same score the following tie break rules will decide the winner:
- The competitor(s) visiting the greatest number of high scoring controls ( the greatest and second greatest value controls)
- The competitor(s) who has/have visited the most checkpoints (and back within the time limit)
- Earliest starter(s)
A roadworthy mountain bike, helmet (ANSI or BSI only – not climbing, caving or canoeing types), watch, relevant map, first aid kit, money for phone calls or a mobile phone, suitable clothing for the prevailing weather conditions including quality waterproofs are compulsory for these events.
Spot checks may be carried out to ensure you comply with these requirements. You should also bring food/drink sufficient for the duration of the event.
Entry Fees (per round)
- Solo £15.00
- Pair £28.00 (£14.00 p.p.)
- Dibber Hire £2.00 per person
- A3 map: £ 3.00 per event
If you have your own SI card and have pre-entered, just turn up, check the dibber number is correct and sign in. No need to queue! No need to stand about. Get up later!
A = Men age 17-39
C = V Men age 40-49
E = SV Men age 50-59
J = 60+ Men age >60
B = Women age 17-39
D = V Women age 40-49
F = SV Women age 50-59
K = 60+ Women age >60
Pairs (Team of two of the same sex)
A = Men oldest rider 17-39
C = V Men oldest rider 40-49
E = SV Men oldest rider 50-59
J = 60+ Men oldest rider >60
B = Women oldest rider 17-39
D = Vet Women oldest rider 40-49
F = SV Women oldest rider 50-59
K = 60+ Women oldest rider >60
X = Mixed (oldest rider 17-39)
Q = Mixed (oldest rider 40-49)
Z = Mixed (oldest rider 50-59)
L = Mixed (oldest rider 60+)
G = Generation (youth 12-16 & Adult 18+)
T = Tandem (any age combination)