Newcrest Orange Challenge

Event Info

Everyone loves a warm welcome

We've got a new event site!

We’re doing things a little differently in 2019. The event site is moving to Robertson Park, in the heart of Orange CBD!

Just imagine rolling across the finish line while being cheered on by your biggest fans – friends, family and the local Orange community! With local shops and multiple pubs and cafes all within a stone’s throw of the finish line, it’s shaping up to be one huge post-ride celebration that cannot be missed!

Bringing your friends and family? Check out what activities we’ve got planned below!

What's on?
Spectator support at Newcrest Orange Challenge

Tourist Information

Stay and explore

Orange is a city in the Central West region of New South Wales, 254 kilometres west of Sydney. Located among rolling hills, beautiful vineyards and picturesque open plains, there are many hidden gems in the Orange region. Whether you’re into sport, music, food and wine, or action and adventure, you’ll find plenty to do during your stay in Orange.

Black Sheep Inn accommodation

You’ll find a range of accommodation options available in Orange and through the surrounding region.

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Bike riding in Orange

Extend your stay and make the most of your time in Orange with a huge range of activities and events on offer.

What's on
Wine and food
Wine and food in Orange

Tackle the Newcrest Orange Challenge and then un-wine with some of the regions finest local produce.

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Getting there

Travel by air

Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tiger Airways and Jetstar all fly direct to Sydney from various interstate locations.

You can also fly direct from Sydney to Orange Regional Airport, which is located 15km (15 minute drive) from the town centre. Rex offers 25 return flights each week. Please note, as a smaller carrier they have limited capacity for bikes. 

Travel by car

Sydney to Orange

Orange is 250 km west of Sydney, approximately a 4 hour drive.

Melbourne to Orange

Orange is 764 km from Melbourne, approximately an 8 hour drive.

Don't forget the kids!

Family activities

Something for the whole family!

We’ll be keeping the kids entertained over the weekend with a whole range of activities including pump track laps, egg and spoon bike races, sack races, helmet decorating competitions, an inflatable obstacle course and much more!

Stay tuned for full details as they’re released closer to the event. In the meantime, be sure to keep the details above handy for when your partner suggests cycling isn’t an activity for the whole family.

Kids riding pump track

We’ve got your back

On route support

While you’re putting in the hard yards out on the bike, you can rest assured that we’ve got your back with full traffic management, including first aid and mechanical support on-route. All rest stops have water, nutrition and bathroom facilities provided, plus there’s a lunch stop included for all ride options.

All you need to do is ride!

Your domestiques

Wave leaders

Our wave leaders will help set the pace, rhythm and attitude that’s required to have a succesful day in the saddle. There are some experienced locals among the crew with plenty of knowledge about the course that they’re more than happy to share.

If you have a riding goal, choose your pace and find these legends out on the road. They’ll help you stay on track and get back to the finish site just in time for that refreshing first sip of a cold beverage!

Newcrest Orange Challenge 2017 wave leaders


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Event day

Key times

Check out the key times for each ride option below, including briefings, start times and sector cut off times.

70km ride option

Key times

Final briefing


Start (Robertson Park)

7:00 – 7:15am

Cut off times*
  • 49km (Cargo): 10:45am
  • 70km (Finish – Canowindra): 12:15PM

*An average speed of 15km/h is needed to clear the sector cut off times.

Please note

After completing the 70km ride you will enjoy our lunch, and then you and your bike will be bussed from Canowindra back to the Orange event village for celebrations.

100km ride option

Key times

Transport from Event Site


Final briefing


Start (Canowindra)

10:00 – 10:15am

Cut off times*
  • 23km (Belubula Way): 11:50am

  • 44km (Mandurama): 1:00pm

  • 75km (Forest Reefs): 2:40pm

  • 100km (Finish – Robertson Park): 4:00pm

*An average speed of 17km/h is needed to clear the sector cut off times.

170km ride option

Key times

Final briefing


Start (Robertson Park)

7:00 – 7:15am

Cut off times*
  • 49km (Cargo): 9:30am

  • 70km (Canowindra): 10:20am

  • 93km (Belubula Way): 11:50am

  • 114km (Mandurama): 1:00pm

  • 145km (Forest Reefs): 2:40pm

  • 170km (Finish – Robertson Park): 4:00pm

*An average speed of 19km/h is needed to clear the sector cut off times.

Event Info


Here are the answers to your most common questions.

If your question isn’t in the list, please contact us via our website, on 1800 639 634 or via Facebook.

Before you ride

What does the entry price cover?

Every Newcrest Orange Challenge entry receives:

  • Full en-route support including
    • Medical support
    • Mechanical support
    • Traffic management
    • SAG wagon
    • Motorcycle marshalls
    • Plenty of food – lunch and snack stops along the route
  • Access to event-day valet service
  • Access to Newcrest Orange Challenge Festival for friends and family
Is there a cyclist briefing?

Yes, there will be a briefing for all cyclists on Saturday 30 March at 4:15pm. We recommend all riders attend this briefing to hear any final event information and updates.

There is an additional short briefing at the Start Line prior to the ride commencing on Sunday 31 March.

How should I prepare my bike for the ride?

It is the responsibility of the rider to make sure their bike is in 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.

Is there any specific equipment that I need?

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


  • Helmet
  • White front bike light
  • Red rear bike light
  • Nutritional supplies for Rider Valet Service
  • 2 x water bidons
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Tubes
  • Rain/wind jacket
  • Rider ID (Event wristband and bike tag, provided at registration)


  • Spare batteries for your bike lights
  • Shoes
  • Arm warmers
  • Gloves
  • Base layer of clothing
  • Fresh change of clothes for the Clothing Valet
  • Mobile phone
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Money

On event

What support is provided on route?

Our Comprehensive Route Support is there for you from start to finish. All rest stops will have water, first aid, mechanical support, nutrition and toilets available.

70 km ride option rest stops:
  • Cargo
  • Canowindra (Lunch)
100 km ride option rest stops:
  • Belubula Way
  • Mandurama (Lunch stop)
  • Forrest Reefs
170 km ride option rest stops:
  • Cargo
  • Canowinda (Super rest stop)
  • Belubula Way
  • Mandurama (Lunch stop)
  • Forrest Reefs

During the ride there will be food available for you at the rest areas on course, as well as lunch provided. A more detailed breakdown of the food will be available closer to the event date.

What is the rider valet?

If you’re participating in the 170km ride option you’ll have the option of sending one A3 sized valet bag (supplied) to ‘ride ahead’ and be waiting at the Mandurama lunch stop.

It’s important to plan ahead and use your valet bags wisely – you can pack any essentials (nutrition, change of clothes, spare tubes, etc) you may want to collect at the lunch stop.

You’ll also receive a second return valet service (to include in the first bag), which can be used to return any unwanted clothing or items to the finish site for collection after your ride.

When does the time limit start?

Your time limit commences when you cross the start line.

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 Orange.

Early bird second release entries are now open

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