Burn Series Questions & Answers

Are kayaks provided?

Yes, we provide double sit on top kayaks with paddles and bouyancy aids for all pairs categories as well as solos in the Burn event at Margam Park. You do not need to bring anything specific for the kayaking section.

Are cycle helmets compulsory?

Whenever you are on your bike a cycle helmet must be warn. There is no exception.

In what order do the activities take place?

Each event varies based on the venue, however it is more likely that the run will be first followed by the bike and then the kayak.

Where is the best place for my supporters to watch me?

All of the Burn Series events are designed so that you visit the Event Centre in between each phase therefore your supporters will get the best all-round view from there. The kayaking is always very close to the Event Centre. If they want to watch the mountain biking then we can point them in the right direction on the day.

Can I bring my own kayak?

In 2012 we opened a solo/own kayak category for Cardiff Burn. For all of the Mini Burn events you must use the double sit-on-top kayaks that are provided and for the Burn event at Margam park you must use the provided single and double sit-on-top kayaks.

Do I need to be an experienced kayaker to take part in a Burn Series Event?

The boats we use are very stable and on the day Cardiff Canoe Club kindly give up their time to help with providing safety and instruction on the water. It might make your experience more pleasurable if you have had some experience in advance. If anyone is interested in finding out more about Cardiff Canoe club then click here. If you are entering Cardiff Burn this year as a solo, then you will need to have a minimum of a 2 star kayaking qualification as well as bringing a boat that is water worthy.

Can I use a road bike?

We recommend that you use a bike with a suitable off road tyre since the majority of the event is off road on either gravel tracks or singletrack. There is always sections of road and path to get you to these areas but since it is a one-bike event, we recommend a mountain bike.

Is the mountain biking very technical?

Most of the route is very rideable, however there are sections, both uphill and downhill where you may be more comfortable to dismount your bike and push. We aim to provide a challenge for everyone and where there is a technical section there is usually a run around. We always advise to ride within your ability. We will provide a full briefing on the morning and marked maps will be on display highlighting the areas that are of a higher difficulty.

What happens if I can’t finish the event?

If you are uninjured and able to continue until the next marshal, then this marshall will assist you in getting back to the event centre at the end of the event. It is important that you come back to the event centre in order to return your timing chip and to inform us that you are okay. If you do not, not only will we send out a search party, we will also be billing you for the timing chip, which we really don’t want to have to do.

Can I compete as a solo?

Yes you can for the Burn and Cardiff Burn but not in the Mini Burn Events.

What is the minimum/maximum age?

For the Mini Burn events there is no age limit either way, however all juniors (under 18yrs old) must be accompanied by an adult. We have had as young as 3 years old and as old as 73 years old take part. We recommend that a good age to begin is 7 years old. Cardiff Burn is for adults only (18 years and over).

Do I need to stay with my partner throughout the event?

Yes, the rules state that you must be within sound and sight shot of your partner at all times. It is best to try and partner up with someone of a similar ability, however you can always help each other out by carrying kit for each other or towing one another on the bike. (It’s very common in adventure racing!)

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