170km option

Who is the 170km ride suitable for?

The 170km ride will see you tackle 2,200 metres of climbing during the day within a nine hour time limit.

There will be cut-off points along the route, so you'll need to keep an average pace of 19km/h to complete the ride. With the right preparation, training and motivation however, anyone can complete the challenge and cross the finish line.

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Key dates and pricing

Enter before 5pm Friday 16 December to receive the official event jersey. Please note, entries are capped at 1800 riders.

Bicycle Network members only   10 October – 16 October $160
Early bird price 17 October – 18 November $175
Standard entry and jersey 19 November – 16 December  $185
Standard entry* 17 December – 5 March     $185

*entries after 5pm Friday 16 December do not receive a bonus jersey

The route

Starting and finishing in Orange, a 170km loop through NSW's Central West Tablelands awaits you. However, this route is no simple cycle. With no short cuts, never ending hills, uneven roads and sharp climbs totaling 2,200 metres of elevation you will be put to the test.

It's all worth it though, the virtually traffic-free route will have you fooled into believing that you're riding your own European one-day classic. And, once you cross the finish line and complete a lap of honour at the Orange Velodrome, a Finish Festival and cold beer will be awaiting your arrival.

Click here to view the route in Google Maps for more detail.*

Click here to download the Newcrest Orange Challenge route map to your compatible mobile app or GPS device.*

* Please note route subject to change without notice, on event please follow route signage.

Elevation profile

Key times

The first wave departs Orange Velodrome at 7:00am.

Cut off times will be implemented throughout 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

Rest areas

Our comprehensive route support is there for you from start to finish. Below is a list of all the rest stops and what will be available at each:

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

 

Rest Area

Food

Water 

First Aid 

Bicycle Mechanics 

Orange Velodrome start site

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cargo

No

Yes

No

No

Canowindra

Lunch stop

Yes

Yes

Yes

Belubula Way

No

Yes

No

No

Mandurama

Lunch stop

Yes

Yes

Yes

Forest Reefs

No

Yes

No

No

Orange Velodrome finish site

Finish Festival

Yes

Yes

Yes

Food collection points

Lunch: This year you choose where you collect your lunch – Canowindra or Mandurama? Make sure you request your lunch collection point when you register.

Super rest stop: We'll also be putting on one of our famous super rest stops for all riders!
What does this include? A smorgasbord of treats from the local region – lollies, cakes, chocolate, fruits and breads!

Don't forget the Finish Festival that will be awaiting your arrival at the Orange Velodrome!