Newcrest Orange Challenge

Event Info

COVID-19 Event Update

At Bicycle Network, we see events as an important opportunity to bring the bike riding community together, spread awareness and share the joy of riding bikes. While 2020 has seen dramatic changes to the event landscape, we’re busy planning our 2021 event program to continue to deliver a range of exciting bike riding opportunities – with the health and safety of riders, volunteers and spectators at the forefront.

Across all of our events, the below four key operations will be in place to keep you safe and our events running smoothly. In addition, event specific information will be sent out in the ride guide.We ask everyone to familiarise themselves with these guidelines and keep up to date with information provided by state and federal 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. As we know, changes can be implemented quickly, so please continue to check the Bicycle Network website as we move closer to event day.

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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.

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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.

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!

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.

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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Extend the weekend in Orange
Extend the weekend in Orange

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 4:00pm. 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 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
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 you bring your bike for loading 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?

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.

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:


Location: Cargo | Time: 10:45am

Location: Canowindra | Time: 12:15pm


Location: Cowra | Time: 11:50am

Location: Mandurama | Time: 1pm

Location: Forest Reefs | Time: 2:40pm

Location: Orange | Time: 4pm


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 22 March.

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

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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