Event weekend guide

Saturday 4 March, 2017

Sunday 5 March, 2017 

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Saturday 4 March

Kids ride

4km loop from 2pm–4pm

Kids ride bike route map coming soon!

Starting point: Orange Velodrome, Moulder Park.

Gold coin entry, with all proceeds donated to charity Give Me 5 for Kids.

Register for the kids ride today

Rider briefing

It's recommend that all riders attend the Newcrest Orange Challenge rider briefing on Saturday 4 March. This is our chance to share any final event information, run you through the ins and outs of the route and other important updates. There's an additional briefing at the start line, prior to the ride starting on Sunday 5 March.

Valet service – dropping off your bag

There is an optional valet service for all riders. You will receive two A4 sized plastic satchels.

One will be sent ahead of you on the day, and will be waiting for you to collect with your lunch. Use this to pack a fresh kit, extra nutrition or spare tubes that you don't want to carry with you throughout the first half of the ride. These valet bags must be dropped off on Saturday 4 March – there will be no valet drop available on Sunday 5 March.

The second bag will be used to send anything back to the finish line that you don't want to carry on the second half of the ride. Previous riders have used this return service to transport spare tubes they don't need, or warm layers. The return satchel will be collected from you at the lunch stop, and available for you to collect at the finish site.

Sunday 5 March

Where is the start/finish line?

The event will start and finish at the Orange VelodromeMoulder Park.

Do I need to be at the start by a certain time?

Yes – the event will commence at 7:00am. It is recommend you arrive at least 15–30 minutes before the start time.

What is the starting procedure?

All cyclists will be let off in controlled waves at the start, based on your goal finish time, nominated during the registration process. Please follow guidance from event staff and volunteers to ensure a safe start for all cyclists.

Do I need to have my bike checked off?

No, Bicycle Network will not be implementing compulsory bike checks for this event.

It is the responsibility of the rider to make sure their bike is in a satisfactory riding condition for the distance and varying road conditions. It's a good idea to get a professional service at least a week before the ride. As per road rules, all bikes must have front white and rear red lights fitted and working at the start line. Any bike without lights will not be allowed to start the ride.

What equipment do I need?

The items you require and those we recommend you bring are as follows:

Compulsory:

  • Helmet
  • White front bike light
  • Red rear bike light
  • Two bidons
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Tubes
  • Rain/wind jacket
  • Rider ID (event wristband and bike tag, provided at registration)

Recommended:

  • Spare batteries for your bike lights
  • Shoes
  • Arm warmers
  • Leg warmers
  • Gloves
  • Base layer of clothing
  • Mobile phone
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Money

What are the cut-off times?

Cut-off times will be implemented through the route to ensure the best traffic management systems can be in place. This is for your safety. Cut-off times are departure times – you must have exited these rest areas or locations by the time outlined below.

There will be no exceptions to the below times. SAG wagons will be in place to collect any riders who are unable to reach these points in time.

Distance (km)

Road

Cut off

0

Orange Velodrome (start)

N/A

50

Cargo rest area

9:30am

72

Canowindra rest area

10:30am

92

Belubula Way rest area

12:00pm

117

Mandurama rest area

1:15pm

147

Forest Reefs rest area

3:15pm

170

Orange Velodrome (finish)

4:15pm

What is a SAG wagon?

A SAG (support and gear) wagon is out on route to support riders who are unable to continue riding. If you are having mechanical trouble, are fatigued or miss a cut-off time a SAG wagon will pick you up and transport you to the nearest mechanical support or back to the finish line. 

Where are the rest areas?

Five rest areas will be evenly placed along the route for both the 170 kilometre and 70 kilometre  ride distances. For more information see what is at each rest area.

​170 kilometre ride rest areas

Rest Area

Distance from Start

Distance from previous

Distance to Finish

Orange Velodrome start site

Start

Start

170km

Cargo

49km

49km

121km

Canowindra

70km

21km

100km

Belubula Way

93km

23km

77km

Mandurama

114km

21km

56km

Forest Reefs

145km

31km

25km

Orange Velodrome finish site

170km

25km

Finish

 

70 kilometre ride rest areas

Rest Area

Distance from Start

Distance from previous

Distance to Finish

Orange Velodrome start site

Start

Start

70km

Cargo

49km

49km

21km

Canowindra

70km

21km

Finish