Newcrest Orange Challenge

Event Info

New Event Date – Sunday 12 September 2021

2020 was a tough year as we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many organisations such as ours were forced to shuffle their scheduled events to adapt to the constantly changing landscape.

This resulted in an unfortunate clash of dates between the Newcrest Orange Challenge and the 2020 L’Etape which recently postponed to the same weekend. Due to this conflict, Bicycle Network has changed the date of the 2021 Newcrest Orange Challenge to Sunday 12 September 2021. All registrations have been automatically rolled over to the new event.

We understand this may not suit everyone, therefore if you wish to obtain a refund, please contact the Bicycle Network team by email at riderservices@bicyclenetwork.com.au. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us on 1800 639 634.

We can’t wait to head back to Orange and we’re looking forward to seeing you there.

COVID safe events

At Bicycle Network, we see events as an important opportunity to bring the bike riding community together and share the joy of riding bikes. While 2020 saw dramatic changes to the event landscape, we’re busy planning our upcoming event program with the health and safety of riders, volunteers and spectators at the forefront.

Across all of our events, the below key operations will be in place to keep you safe and our events running smoothly. We ask everyone to familiarise themselves with these guidelines and keep up to date with information provided by relevant governments regarding COVID-19 regulations.

Our team want to make your riding experience as enjoyable as possible, so please follow their instructions as we tackle these challenges together.

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Social distancing

Please remember to stand and ride at least 1.5 metres apart at all times. To avoid congestion, start line procedures will be spread out and in waves.

COVID-19 Icons - Sanitation

Hand sanitiser

All our events will have hand sanitising stations across the course and conduct regular cleaning of all surfaces.

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Follow the signs

Event sites are designed to prioritise safety and keep everyone moving in the right direction. Please look out for directional signs and follow our team’s instructions.

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Support staff

Our support crews will always have your back, but some things may look a little different or take a little longer than you’re used to. Thank you for your patience.

Joining our COVIDSafe events

We love that we are able to hold events in 2021 and celebrate everything that is great about riding a bike. While you're riding with us, we'd like you to help reduce the risks of coronavirus by maintaining physical distancing, good hygiene and following COVIDSafe instructions.

A new look finish line

The finish line at Bicycle Network events will look a little different this year to help us reduce the risks of coronavirus. New procedures will stop people crowding at the finish line while still letting you celebrate your ride with family and friends.

Our rider promise

Along with these key changes to our events, we've created a COVID-19 refund policy so you can sign up with confidence.

Event village – Robertson Park

Everyone loves a warm welcome, so we’ll 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!

What's On
Robertson Park, Orange NSW

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!

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.

Accommodation
Black Sheep Inn accommodation

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

Learn more
Explore
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.

Learn more
Extend the weekend in Orange
Extend the weekend in Orange

Event Info

FAQs

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 rider briefing?

Yes, there will be a briefing for all riders on Saturday 11 September at 4:00pm. 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 12 September.

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:

Compulsory:

  • 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

Recommended:

  • 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
I’m doing the 100km ride, can I drop my bike off for transport loading on Saturday?

Yes, bikes will be accepted for 100km riders on the Saturday at Robertson Park between 12pm – 3pm.

Alternatively you can bring your bike for loading on Sunday morning, 7am – 7:45am.

On the ride

Where are the rest stops located?
70 km ride option rest stops:
  • Bowan Park (27km)
  • Cargo (49km)
  • Canowindra (Finish)
100 km ride option rest stops:
  • Belubula Way (23km)
  • Mandurama (45km)
  • Small hut (61km)
  • Forest Reefs (75km)
  • Orange (Finish)
170 km ride option rest stops:
  • Bowan Park (27km)
  • Cargo (49km)
  • Canowindra (72km)
  • Belubula Way (94km)
  • Mandurama (117km)
  • Small hut (132km)
  • Forest Reefs (147km)
  • Orange (Finish)

All rest stops will have water, first aid, mechanical support, nutrition and toilets available.There will be food available for you at the rest areas on course, as well as lunch provided.

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.

What is a SAG wagon?

Short for Support and Gear, the Sag wagon is behind the riders and is there to collect you if you have a mechanical issue or its just not your day.

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.

What are the start times and cut-off times?
Start Times:
  • 170km & 70km ride options start at 7am in Robertson Park
  • 100km ride option starts at 10am in Canowindra
Cut-off Times:

70km 

Location: Cargo | Time: 10:45am

Location: Canowindra | Time: 12:15pm

100km

Location: Cowra | Time: 11:50am

Location: Mandurama | Time: 1pm

Location: Forest Reefs | Time: 2:40pm

Location: Orange | Time: 4pm

170km

Location: Cargo | Time: 9:30am

Location: Canowindra | Time: 10:20am

Location: Cowra | Time: 11:50am

Location: Mandurama | Time: 1pm

Location: Forest Reefs | Time: 2:40pm

Location: Orange | Time: 4pm

What time does my transport from Robertson Park to Canowindra for the 100km ride depart?

Transport from Robertson Park departs at 7:45am from Lords Place. The event team will be loading bikes from 7:00am on Sunday 12 September.

If you would like to give yourself more time in the morning, you can drop off your bike on Saturday at Robertson Park between 12pm – 3pm.

Sat 11 Sep – Sun 12 Sep 2021

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 11 September and Sunday 12 September. 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 about the event, please contact Event Assistance on 0425 777 484 or 0425 381 816. 

Road closure schedule

Volunteer

Get involved

Are you bringing friends or family along to the event?

We’re on the look out for volunteers to help us at the start line, finish line and rest areas on route.

As part of our event team, all volunteers receive a Bicycle Network cap and drink bottle while also getting a front row seat to the action! Sound like a good time?

Become a volunteer

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