Sat07Jan20178:30 amBallarat, AustraliaDate: Saturday 7 January 2017
Event Start Time: 8:30am (There will be a staggered start for riders in accordance to their age group category and entry numbers)
Distance: 10.3km per lap
Format: Gran Fondo
Entry Numbers: Limited
Registration: 1pm to 4pm - Friday 6 January
6:30am to 8am - Saturday 7 January
Registration Location: De Soza Park, Warrenheip Street, Buninyong
Entries Open: 10am - Monday 22 August 2016 (CA members pre-sale)
Public Entries Open: 10am - Tuesday 23 August 2016
Entries Close: 6pm - Friday 23 December 2016 AEST
Please note: Late entries received after Friday 23 December 2016 will incur a $10 processing fee.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN MY ENTRY?
- Chance to ride the fully closed Championships Course roads before the elite riders
- Tackle one of Australia's most challenging championships course
- Event timing
- Mechanical support
- Medical support (if required)
- Exclusive FREE access onto Event VIP Shuttle around entire course on Sunday for Men's Road Race - exclusive drop-off locations
- Food and refreshments at Aid Stations
- Support vehicles - Lead Car and Sag Wagon
- Motorcycle marshals
- Course directional signage and marshals at key intersections
- A MARS Cycling Australia Road Nationals Gran Fondo Riders Pack (includes exclusive event socks)
- Discounted barista-made coffee before the ride on Saturday morning
- Complimentary barbecue and beverage on Sunday as you watch the elite Women's and Men's Road Races
MARS CYCLING AUSTRALIA ROAD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
EVENT SCHEDULEThe Road Nats Championships begins on January 4 where you can catch all the high-octane action of the Wednesday evening Criteriums in the Ballarat CBD.
The start line is the place to be for Thursday’s Individual Time Trial where you can watch riders warm up before hitting the course then catch the pain faces as they finish and sit in the famous ‘hot seat’ awaiting their fate.
For the weekend’s road races, there are no shortages of great places to catch the action. From the start line to the feed zone and the top of Mt Buninyong at the KOM, this is a festival of riding not to be missed!Wednesday 4 January - Criterium
- U23 Men 33km
- U23 & Elite Women 33km
- Elite Men 44km
Thursday 5 January - Individual Time Trial
- U23 Men
- U23 & Elite Women
- Elite Men
Friday 6 January
- Rest Day
- Gran Fondo Registration: 1pm to 4pm
Saturday 7 January - Gran Fondo / U23 Road Race
- 2016 MARS Australian Gran Fondo Championships - 8:30am
- U23 Men 132.6km
- Gran Fondo Registration: 6:30am to 8am - Saturday 7 January
Sunday 8 January - Road Race
- U23 & Elite Women 102km
- Elite Men 183.6km
Fri20Jan20178:00 amNorwood, Australia
About the Bupa Challenge Tour
The Bupa Challenge Tour will be held on Friday 20 January 2017 from Norwood to Campbelltown.
The Bupa Challenge Tour is the Santos Tour Down Under's annual mass-participation ride. It takes place on the morning of Bupa Stage 4, along the same route as the professional riders, just hours before the pros take to the road.
Participants of the Bupa Challenge Tour will be given an exclusive Bupa Challenge Tour jersey to wear during the ride, a timing chip and unique rider number, as well as full mechanical and medical support during the ride.
There are four starting locations providing various challenges and cyclists are encouraged to tackle the ride that's right for them.
Registration for teams closed Monday 7 November 2016.
Applications to volunteer for the Bupa Challenge Tour are now open! Find out more details here.
Find out more about each start location below
Total distance: 157.5km
Total distance: 111km
Total distance: 58km
Total distance: 25km
Standard registration now open
Team registration closed:
Monday 7 November 2016 - 5pm ACST
Final jersey size changes:
Date and time TBA
All Registrations close:
Wednesday 11 January 5pm ACST
Book now to be a part of this exciting challenge!
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Sat28Jan20177:00 amFalls Creek, Australia
AUDAX ALPINE CLASSIC SINCE 1986Audax Alpine Classic 28th January 2017 Australia’s toughest single day road cycling event.
CHOOSE YOUR CHALLENGE
The Alpine Classic offers a range of ride distances from the epic Ultimate 320km through to the 60km ride over to Mt Beauty. Choose your own challenge.
320 KM ULTIMATE250 KM ACE“Alpine Classic Extreme” Be aware this is an extremely challenging ride in remote areas, requiring optimum levels of fitness and preparation!200 KM BUFFALO SUNRISEOne of the most popular rides, experience the magic of sunrise on Mt Bufflao! A very challenging, but picturesque ride.200 KM ORIGINAL“130 Falls Creek” The Alpine Classic originally featured only the 200km distance, due to demand the 130km option was introduced in 1992.70 KM MT BUFFALO“70 Mt Buffalo” Leave Bright at 6.40am with the 140km riders, to climb Mt Buffalo (a National Park since 1898). Enjoy the idyllic Alpine setting and descent back to Bright.60 KM MT BEAUTY“60 Mt Beauty” No distance on the Alpine Classic is a walk in the park. But the 60km probably is the least difficult. Take in the picturesque scenery.250 KM ALPINE RAID 2DAY RIDE
Sun12Mar20177:00 amLake Maquarie, Australia
Start any time between 9.30am and 10.30am
The Family Charity Ride is on the bike path from Speers Point Park to Warners Bay, and return…..just 7kms.
Ride Marshalls will be in attendance to assist.
Fruit and water stop at Warners Bay, then lunch and a pool pass for each rider at Speers Point Pool
The price is $40 for a family of up to 4 people then $5 per extra child
Sun12Mar20178:00 amFalls Creek, Australia
In 2010, Peaks Challenge Falls Creek was founded on adversity, with the first edition a fierce, cold and brutal ride through Victoria’s High Country. And from that event, grew a mystique that spawned a series.
Since then, thousands of brave cyclists have returned, pushing themselves beyond the edge of their abilities in one of the world’s toughest rides.
While many have risen to the challenge, many have failed, succumbing to the unforgiving terrain and gruelling mental battle that is unique to Peaks Challenge events.
There’s no disputing the stunning and alien-like beauty of the region and its summits. But the shifting weather conditions, vastness and isolation of Victoria’s High Country will challenge even the most hardened mountain goats.
You’ll tackle the ascents of Tawonga Gap, Mount Hotham and finally, the beast that is the back of Falls. The back of falls will hit you like a tonne of bricks. With 200km in your legs, you’ll quickly learn why the first pinch is called WTF corner. It’s a steep and relentless climb with little reprieve.
For many, Peaks Challenge Falls Creek will be the toughest day they spend on a bike. Seasoned riders know that no matter how many times you conquer the climbs; it never gets easier — you just go faster.
Last year, 2,000 riders faced the peaks but only those who crossed the finish line within the 13-hour deadline, earn the right to proudly call themselves Peaks Challenge finishers.
The mountains of Victoria’s Alpine area are beckoning. One of the greatest riding experiences of your life, is within reach.
This year, 88% of riders finished. Have you got what it takes?
Sun26Mar20177:00 amBobin Head, Australia
The 104 km and 80 km rides have been designed for stronger cyclists. They traverse some of the prettiest scenery to be found in Sydney and environs. Both rides commence at Karuah Oval, Turramurra and proceed to Hornsby and Mt Colah before heading down though Ku ring gai Chase National Park to beautiful Bobbin Head. From there they continue through St Ives to Terrey Hills. The 104 km ride continues on further to West Head and includes spectacular views over Pittwater. Both rides return to Turramurra via the idyllic waters of Akuna Bay.King, Queen and Team of the Mountain
Open to the 104 km and 80 km participants will be a King, Queen and Team of the Mountain 4 km timed up hill section from the bridge at Bobbin Head to the NPWS toll gates on Bobbin Head Road. Cash prizes will be awarded to the best male, female and team times.57 AND 27 KM RIDES – SOCIAL CYCLIST
57 km 7.10 am
27 km 7.20 am
Minimum age - 12 years on ride day
If you do a regular weekly ride and want something that stretches you just a little, one of these rides should hit the spot. Not as onerous as the longer rides, you still experience the beauty of Ku ring gai Chase National Park and Bobbin Head. Both rides start at Karuah Oval, Turramurra. and proceed via Hornsby and Mr Colah before going down to spectacular Bobbin Head . The 27 km ride then goes straight back to Karuah Oval, while the 57 km ride includes an additional 20 km to Terrey Hills and back.
So why not not get together with a group of friends and have a great morning's fun and exercise in beautiful surroundings, Back at Karuah Oval there will be food, drink, music and cycling exhibitions. Get a great feeling of achievement while helping Rotary raise funds for Lifeline and our other very worthy causes.
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Sun18Jun20178:00 amBrisbane, Australia
Challenge yourself to ride 10km, 25km, 50km or 100km to FIGHT MS in the Brissie to the Bay bike ride on Sunday 18 June 2017.
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Fri23Jun2017Fri30Jun20174:30 pmCairns, Australia
Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride
The Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride allows all participants (road and dirt bikes) to enjoy some of Australia's most incredible outback scenery. View the map below to see exactly where we go!
Friday 23 June | Pre-ride briefing | Cairns TBA Arrange own accommodation | Collect ride jerseys 4.30-6.30pm
Briefing (riders and support) 7.00-8.00pm
Saturday 24 June Cairns to Atherton | Camping at Atherton Woodlands Sunday 25 June Atherton to Mt Garnet | Camping at Mt Garnet Rodeo Grounds Monday 26 June Mt Garnet to Mt Surprise | Camping at Mt Surprise Main Street campgrounds Tuesday 27 June Mt Surprise to Georgetown | Camping at Georgetown Rodeo Grounds Wednesday 28 June Georgetown to Croydon | Camping at Croydon Rodeo Grounds Thursday 29 June Croydon to Normanton | Camping at Normanton Rodeo Grounds Friday 30 June Normanton to Karumba | Karumba Point | Arrange own accommodation
NB: Road Cyclists and the Dirty Dudes start and finish at the same location each day, however their routes vary. In order to access the best 'off road' tracks the dirty dudes are occasionally transported to or from various locations. For exact course details for each ride, please go to the Ride Options page.
The ride comes to a close after lunch in Karumba on June 30. All riders must arrange their own accommodation for the 30th June. (The Karumba Recreation Hall can be accessed for those happy to ‘camp out’ or if you have been unable to secure accommodation).
Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride
24th June - 30th June 2017
Making sure bush kids get a fair go!
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Thu27Jul2017Sat29Jul20178:00 amTownsville, Australia
The ride was founded in 1999 by Selwyn Hardwick. Sel felt helpless when his sister passed away from cancer, and one of his grandchildren became ill with leukaemia. On a road trip coming back from Cairns, Sel came up with the idea of riding from Townsville to Cairns to raise money to give to the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia. He felt that this was a way he could help his grandson proactively. He invited his son to join in the challenge and the idea was born.
Townsville to Ingham (110 km)
After the initial gathering in ride groups at the Mercure Inn on Woolcock Street, Townsville, the ride begins with all groups departing for the first stop just out of town. Last minute adjustments are made to bike and body before tackling the Bruce Highway proper past Bluewater and Rollingstone to a well earned lunch stop at Frosty Mango. After lunch it’s off to Ingham, around 40km away, via undulating sections through the cane fields. The night is spent at the Ingham Showground’s Hall.
Ingham to Innisfail (150 km)
Following a well earned rest and breakfast, each group heads off through the quiet streets of Ingham for the big day ahead. Just 13km out the fun begins with the Cardwell Range testing the pre-ride training. Cheers of encouragement can be heard from fellow riders and support teams as riders strive to make it to the top of the range. Victory photos are taken of the groups. Tully is the lunch stop before the final run to Innisfail. Accommodation for the night is at the Innisfail PCYC Hall.
Innisfail to Cairns (90 km)
The final morning brings an air of jubilation when riders realise their goal is within 90km. Departing Innisfail through some rolling hills to Mirriwinni, then past scenic Mt Bellenden Ker to Deeral and Gordonvale. After a short stop in Gordonvale the last stretch leg takes groups to the Lions Park Earlville. There, groups enjoy an early lunch and await the arrival of all groups. Then it’s off in a sea of colour as all riders ride the final 10km together into the city centre of Cairns. Locals stop and cheer riders on the ride into town and a large welcoming party congratulates riders on arrival. Following a formal welcoming ceremony riders head off to freshen up for the evening festivities. A ride dinner is held each year to celebrate individual and group achievements and wind down after a fantastic ride.
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