Bicycle Network: Newcastle Challenge
When will entries close?
Entries have now closed as rider numbers have been capped to 200 riders.
What do I receive for my entry fee?
Full on-route support including five rest areas with water, mechanical and medical support, an official event jersey, lunch and other nutritional supplements, a valet service and a bag drop at the finish.
What should I bring with me?
We suggest that you bring the following items to ensure that you have the best ride possible:
|Lights - front white light and red rear light||Additional nurtrition||Multi-tool|
|Pump||Bag drop bag||Mobile phone|
|Shoes||2 x water bottles||Debit/Credit card|
|Warm clothing||Puncture repair kit|
|Spare kit||Spare tubes|
Why can't children under 15 years of age enter or ride in the event?
Due to the length and remote nature of the ride we have set the minimum age at 15 years old.
If I can no longer ride in the event, am I eligible for a refund?
Unless you notify us otherwise beforehand, if you are a paying rider who is not able to ride due to the rider cap you will receive a full refund by 17 January 2014.
Can I transfer my entry to another person if I can no longer ride in the event?
Yes, transfers are permitted through the online registration system up until 5pm Monday 3 February 2014.
Where can I view the terms and conditions of entry?
Terms and condition of entry for the Newcastle Challenge 2014 can be viewed here.
Where can I view the terms and conditions of entry for the post event survey Garmin competition?
Terms and conditions for the post event survey garmin prize be viewed here.
The start line:
What time does the ride start?
The first wave starts at 06:45am, the last wave must leave by 07:15am to receive full ride support.
What happens at the start line?
The ride begins from Garnet Adcock memorial Park, Gosford. Riders will depart the start line in waves indicated by phasing lights. It is vital that riders obey all traffic signals.
Do I have to attach my seat post number?
You will receive your seat post number in your rider kit. It is important that your seat post number is secured to your bike firmly via the sticky panels. Without this you will not be able to start your ride, collect your lunch or be able to access Bicycle Network's on-route support.
Are there cut off times along the route?
Cutt off times are in place for your safety. If you fall behind the cut off time for the event, please respect the volunteers if you are asked to retire.
What are the key cut off times?
|Start line - 7:15am||Crangan Bay - 2:10pm|
|Peats Ridge - 9:00am||Belmont South - 3:15pm|
|Glenvale Special School - 10:30am||Newcastle - 5.15pm|
|The Entrance (Lunch spot) - 12:30pm|
Where can I find a interactive map of the route?
A profile and interactive google map of the route can be found on the Newcastle Challenge website along with climb profiles and descriptions.
How far are each of the rest stops from the start line?
||Distance from start|
|Glenvale Special School||52km|
|The Entrance (Lunch)||85km|
What happens if I breakdown or if I can’t complete the ride?
If you are injured, unwell or have mechanical problems, turn your bike upside down for assistance from the SAG wagon. Transport will be provided to the nearest rest area with mechanical support, the finish line or local train station. Private support vehicles are not permitted on the ride.
What about insurance?
Bicycle Network offers insurance as part of its membership, to find out more go to the membership page.
Will mechanical support be available on the route?
Mechanical support will be available at The Entrance lunch stop
When can I expect to receive my entry kit?
Your kit will be posted in the last week of January. You should receive it in early February in time for the event.
What is included in my rider kit?
Your rider kit will contain your event jersey, valet bag, bike tags, seat post number, hard copy of the ride guide and other information related to your entry.
Valet service and bag drop
What is the valet service?
The valet service allows you to have a A4 sized envelope transported to the lunch spot to have ready and waiting for you. Typically people place nutrition, spares and extra clothing in the satchel. Any unused or unwanted items can then be placed in a second satchel and transported to the finish for collection. A great example is having a couple of spare tubes, if you need one or more take it, but if you don't it will be taken through and will be available for you at the finish.
How do I drop off my valet/clothes swap bag?
You need to hand your valet bag in at the valet marquee at the start site between 5.45am - 6:30am on Sunday 16 Februray. Following this time, the valet items will be transported to their destination.
How do I collect my returned valet items after I finish?
Your valet bag will be taken through to the finish and be available from the bag drop area from approximately 1:30pm. Please note that there may be a wait period between you finishing and the valet bags becoming available.
What does the bag drop involve?
We will transport a carry-on sized bag to the finish for you. This is great for a change of clothes and any recovery nutrition you may want. There will be a tag included in your pack, place it on a handle of the bag, hand the bag over at the start and it will be transported and made available at the finish site for collection. Riders can drop off their bag at the bag drop marquee at the start site between 5:45am - 6:30am on the ride day.
How big can my bag drop bag be?
A standard carry on sized bag, as used on airlines. Actual maximum dimensions are 48x34x2cm. The maximum allowable weight is 7kg.
Is valet and bag drop the same thing?
No. Valet refers to having items available at the lunch spot, and taken through from the lunch spot to the finish. Bag drop is a carry on sized bag the you supply that will be transported for you from the start to the finish.
Do I have to use the valet and bag drop?
No. these are included services but you are not required to use them. If you have nothing for Valet the simply disregard the valet bags that you receive in your rider pack.
Family and friends
What can I do whilst waiting for family/friends to reach Newcastle?
Newcastle has a range of activities from shopping, to galleries as well as the finish being located next to Nobbies beach ideal for swimming.
I'm not riding but can I drive along the course on the day to collect my friend/family member who is riding?
Private support vehicles are only permitted on the course after the sector cut of time has passed.
When can I expect to receive my entry kit?
Your kit will be posted in the last week of January. It will contain your jersey (if applicable), valet bag, bike tags and other information related to your entry.
What transport options are available on the day?
Parking will be available at the start site in Gosford. Sydney Trains will also be running special services on event day. Please visit the Sydney Trains website for more information. There will not be any event parking at Nobbys Foreshore Reserve, Newcastle. Street parking will be available in the surrounding areas.