Newcrest Orange Challenge

Event Info

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 hidden gems 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 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 range of activities and events on offer.

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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.

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Women's Community

Bicycle Network’s Women’s Community helps encourage, empower and inspire more women to ride. This includes making sure our events like the Newcrest Orange Challenge are welcoming and supportive environments.

Our official women’s ambassador for the Newcrest Orange Challenge is Sheyleigh Walsh who will be leading training rides and social events, as well as riding on the day.

Team Bicycle Network wave leaders for the 170km ride have a 50/50 gender split and our five week training plan for all the 70km, 100km and 170km rides will be coming soon.

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Women's Community Bicycle Network


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?

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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 the 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
  • Monthly e-news
  • 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 3 March. 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 4 March 2018.

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

  • Cargo
  • Canowindra (Lunch)

100 km ride option

  • Belubula Way
  • Mandurama (Lunch stop)
  • Forrest Reefs

170 km ride option

  • 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.

When does the time limit start?

Your time limit commences when you cross the start line.

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

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions are designed to ensure all Newcrest Orange Challenge events run smoothly and safely. We recommend you read them prior to purchasing your entry.

Terms and conditions

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