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Mountain Biking at its Best

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Convict 100

St Albans, NSW
Saturday 30th April

The Convict 100 is an ‘institution’ in Australian mountain biking! As one of the first marathon events established in Australia, it consistently inspires all entrants to push their personal boundaries. The 2016 event will be the 12th installment of the “Century of Dirt” and with 100km, 68km & 44km courses available there is a distance to suit riders of all skill & fitness levels.

Hosted from the sleepy township of St. Albans only 2 hours North of Sydney, the course follows the historic Convict Trail through the heart of the Hawkesbury Valley, taking in some of the best scenery the area has to offer. The mix of fast fire trail, technical rock gardens, rocky descents and spectacular ridgeline views is unmatched by any other MTB event. It is rugged, remote and one epic adventure on a bike! And we haven’t even mentioned the ‘infamous’ kayak bridge yet.

The race starts and finishes in the historic township of St. Albans where a community (and the third oldest pub in Australia) welcomes all competitors with open arms. Riders can choose between the full “Century of Dirt” 100km, the “Convict Half” 68km or a 44km introductory ride for beginners and juniors. This is one mountain bike weekend you do not want to miss!

Entries open on Monday the 7th December at 9am sharp so set your alarm as this is one event you won’t want to miss in 2016! You don’t even have to shave your legs!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday 3rd September 2022
Coastal Classic
Royal National Park, NSW

Saturday 17th September 2022
Max Adventure Race Series
Glenbrook, Blue Mountains, NSW

Saturday 15th October 2022
Convict 100
St Albans, NSW

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Calling all Tough Blokes & Tough Chicks!

Tough Bloke Challenge
Cataract Scout Park, Appin, NSW
Saturday 25th June 2016

As 2015 draws to a close, it is about time you asked yourself… Are you Tough Enough?

You like going to the gym? You consider yourself pretty fit? Looking for a new challenge to focus on over the festive season to stop you going back for that third helping of Christmas Pudding? Sounds like you are ready to accept the challenge and sign up for the Tough Bloke Challenge!

Held just South of Sydney and featuring over 25 hair-raising, military style obstacles this event is not for the faint of heart. The elites will be lining up early in the day (shirt optional) to see if they can claim the coveted title of the ‘Toughest Bloke’ or ‘Toughest Chick’ before the everyday heroes have their moment in the sun to prove they are tough enough to conquer the course and claim their free finishers medal and beer.

In 2016 the event will also feature a whole bunch of new participants with the introduction of the Tough Kids Challenge. Open to all Tough Kids aged between 6 and 11 on a shortened 2km course but still featuring free finishers medals and event T-shirt. This is one event you will be rushing back to school on Monday to tell all your friends about!

Entries open on Monday the 7th December and the cheapest tickets in each wave are sure to be snapped up quickly. As spaces fill up in each of the wave times the price will automatically go up so now is the time to get yourself in gear and sign up!

Team entries are a very popular way to tackle this challenge (it is always easier with some moral support alongside you) so start harassing your work mates, school mates, team mates, gym mates or even just your mates, get a team going and accept the challenge together!

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Entries Open!

Adventure Racing Clinic
Narrabeen Lake, NSW
Saturday 30th January 2016

Not sure if you are ready for your first adventure race? Were you geographically embarrassed at your last race or did you just follow the crowd? Looking for some easy tips to improve your mountain biking or kayaking skills?

The Adventure Racing Clinic is a great introduction to the sport of adventure racing including practical advice on individual preparation, gear requirements and nutrition.

The key emphasis will be on enhancing navigational skills and practical sessions on mountain biking and kayaking  lead by qualified instructors.

For more details click on the link and get your entry in today!

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Save the Date!

Great Adventure Challenge 2016

What an amazing year 2015 was. We kicked off with a fantastic event in WA in July, followed by awesome events in QLD and NSW then ended the year on a fabulous high in VIC. We have been blown away by the dedication and enthusiasm of all the teams this year and back at GAC HQ we are still riding the waves of the high we felt post these events this year!

This years events raised just shy of half a million dollars for the Starlight Childrens’s Foundation. An incredible effort by everyone.

So, are you dreaming about your next big adventure?

We are already getting excited about the Great Adventure Challenge 2016 and we hope you are too! We are delighted to announce we have now confirmed dates for next year in all states:

WA – 30th July 2016
QLD – 8th October 2016
NSW – 22nd October 2016
VIC – 19th November 2016

Are you up for the Challenge?

Are looking for a unique team building exercise for your workplace in 2016. Are you committed to helping those less fortunate and raising some much needed funds for the Starlight Children’s Foundation? If so the Great Adventure Challenge is for you.

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Event Wrap Up

Paddy Pallin Urban
Sydney CBD, NSW
Saturday 7th November 2015

The Paddy Pallin Urban differs significantly to the usual adventure race by having a more family fun feeling and focusing on cryptic clues to find your way around the city. With checkpoints spread far and wide from Redfern to Double Bay and from the Rocks to Glebe, teams had to be on their game to come up with an efficient route choice. The smarter teams utilised trains, buses and trams to save their legs, the braver teams ignored any mention of timetables and relied on their leg strength to get them around the course.

Once at one of the 19 check points on the course, teams then had to complete a number of fun challenges before being awarded the checkpoint. These checkpoints had teams using their brains as well as brawn. Some of the fun activities included a mini-obstacle courses, solving puzzles, putting up tents blindfolded, salsa dancing, basketball and kayaking. The most popular checkpoint of the day was the karaoke bus! Teams returned to the event centre with many tales of singing their hearts out while traversing the city centre.

The social class saw a massive 137 teams. With the largest percentage being women and 1st timers racing around the CBD for 4 hours. Congratulations to all competitors and especially those who climbed upon the podium at the end of the racing. Social results can be found HERE.

In the racing category teams were allowed 6 hours to collect as many checkpoints as possible. These teams covered many kilometres around the city with some tired legs but plenty of smiles to be seen. Fortunately the rain just held of for the presentations before everyone made a dash for the train or the nearest pub to recall the stories of the day. Full Racing results can be found HERE.

The crew from Cancer Council NSW who was the official charity partner for the Paddy Pallin Urban greatly appreciated all of the donations from the day. Their massage table was a massive hit at the end of the day relaxing sore muscles.

Once again special thanks to all the volunteers, Paddy Pallin and cosupporters Marmot Australia & Icebreaker and of course the participants for making the event what it was.

 

   
 
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