Newcrest Orange Challenge

Event Info

Everyone loves a warm welcome

Robertson Park event site is back!

The Newcrest Orange Challenge is back again for 2020 and we will be rocking out in the heart of Orange CBD at Robertson Park!

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, as well as all the key information to prepare yourself for an eventful weekend!

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.

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!

Don't forget the kids!

Family activities

We’ll be keeping the kids entertained over the weekend with a whole range of activities.

What’s on?
  • Inflatable obstacle course
  • Face painting
  • Giant yard games
  • Kids races – egg and spoon race, sack race and three legged race
Event village

There will also be a range of local food and drink suppliers, entertainment and live music pumping at the event village to keep the party going before, during and after the main event.

Outside of the event village, coffee will be available for riders, volunteers and spectators ti purchase at the Canowindra rest stop, where Darryl from the Happy Days coffee van will be set up from 8am – 12:30pm Sunday!


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On event

Rest stops

To help you plan ahead, we’ve listed what will be available at each of the rest stops you will be passing through on your ride. First aid will be available at all the major rest stops.

70km ride option
Rest stops:

Bowan Park (27km) – Water stop

Cargo (49km) – Water, Winners energy products

Canowindra (Finish) – Water, lunch

100km ride option

Rest stops:

Belubula Way (23km) – Water, Winners energy products

Mandurama (45km) – Electrolytes, lunch

Small hut (61km) – Water stop

Forest Reefs (75km) – Water, Winners energy products

Orange (Finish) – Cold drink and barbecue

170km ride option

Rest stops:

Bowan Park (27km) – Water stop

Cargo (50km) – Water, Winners energy products

Canowindra (72km) – Electrolytes, snacks

Belubula Way (94km) – Water, Winners energy products

Mandurama (117km) – Electrolytes, lunch

Small hut (132km) – Water stop

Forest Reefs (147km) – Water, Winners energy products

Orange (Finish) – Cold drink and barbecue

Saturday 30 March – Sun 31 Mar 2019

Changed traffic conditions

To ensure the event is run safely, there will be partial and full road closures and changed traffic conditions that will apply in key areas on Saturday 30 March and Sunday 31 March. These arrangements, which take into consideration the safety of all road users, have been implemented following consultation with local councils, Roads and Maritime Services and NSW Police Services.

If you’re travelling through the area on the day, please allow extra time for travel or seek an alternative route if possible. 

An interactive map with details of the closures can be found below. For information and advice suring the event on Sunday 31 March, please contact Event Assistance on 0425 777 484 or 0425 381 816. 

Road closure schedule

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 entrant receives:

  • Full on route support including
    • Medical support
    • Mechanical support
    • Traffic management
    • Support and gear (SAG) wagon
    • Motorcycle marshals
    • Plenty of food with lunch, snack and hydration stops along the route
  • Access to event-day valet service
  • Access to Newcrest Orange Challenge for friends and family
Is there a cyclist briefing?

Yes, there will be a briefing for all riders on Saturday 21 March at 4:45pm. 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 before the ride starts on Sunday 22 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
  • Two drink bottles
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Spare tyre tubes
  • Rain/wind jacket
  • Event wristband and bike tag. These are 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 bag (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 support and gear (SAG) wagon will be on the 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.

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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