Newcrest Orange Challenge

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Event Cancelled – Newcrest Orange Challenge 2021

It is with a very heavy heart that we let you know Newcrest Orange Challenge has been cancelled due to the coronavirus situation in New South Wales. Ongoing restrictions mean it will sadly not be possible to run a large public event this September in NSW.

The whole team at Bicycle Network are shattered to have to deliver this news, and we want to send our sincere gratitude to everyone involved for their support and understanding. The impact this cancellation will have on our riders, volunteers, team members and the local communities who host us is significant, and a tough pill to swallow. However, we appreciate we all must prioritise public health at this time.

In line with our COVID-19 refund policy, registered riders have been emailed the relevant details with refund options and next steps.

70km option

Distance: 70km | Elevation: 770m
Ride starts: 7:00am, Robertson Park, Orange

The 70km ride will see you tackle 770 metres of climbing. You’ll descend from the heights of Orange at over 900m, to the lowest point of 300m as you finish in Canowindra.

But don’t be mistaken, there are still plenty of rollers, long false flats and short sharp climbs, requiring a good level of fitness. 

There will be a cut-off point just past half way, but with the right preparation anyone can take on this amazing challenge.

Your entry includes transport back to the Orange finish site where you can kick back, relax and soak up the atmosphere with a complimentary beer and sausage.

Strava route
2018 Newcrest Orange Challenge - 70km route

100km option

2018 Newcrest Orange Challenge - 100km route
Distance: 100km | Elevation: 1430m
Ride starts: 9:45am, Canowindra Showgrounds, Orange

Starting in Canowindra, you’ll tackle 1430m of climbing through the beautiful Orange region.

Enjoy the quiet country roads and virtually traffic free route, but don’t be deceived. You’ll still be tackling uneven road surfaces, long false flats and short sharp climbs that will put all of your training to the test. 

Entry includes bus transport for you and your bike from Orange to the start line in Canowindra before you can ride back to Orange, kick back, relax and soak up the finish site atmosphere with a complimentary beer and sausage.

*Please note that due to road closures and parking restrictions at Canowindra, participants are required to use the event transport included in their entry. See the event ride guide for more information about transport to Canowindra.

Strava route

170km option

Distance: 170km | Elevation: 2,200m 
Departing: 7:00am, Robertson Park, Orange

Starting and finishing in Orange, a 170km loop through NSW’s Central West Tablelands awaits you. However, this route is no simple cycle. With no short cuts, never ending hills, uneven roads and sharp climbs totalling 2,200 metres of elevation, you will be put to the test.

There will be cut-off points along the route, so you’ll need to keep an average pace of 19km/h to complete the ride.

It’s all worth it though, the virtually traffic-free route will have you fooled into believing that you’re riding your own European cycling adventure. A complimentary beer and sausage will be waiting for you at the finish site!

Strava route
2018 Newcrest Orange Challenge - 70km route