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New South Wales is a large state containing beautifully diverse terrain and scenery. It has a climate which is well-suited to cycling all year round, making it one of the best places to ride in Australia.

Audax rides are currently run out of Wagga Wagga, Parkes, Bathurst, Cowra, Forbes, Mudgee, Lithgow, the Hunter Valley, Jindabyne, Holbrook and Temora as well as the more densely populated Sydney, Illawarra and Central Coast areas. We also surround the ACT Region, who offer many rides in the southern part of New South Wales. Rides of varying distances and difficulty on a variety of surfaces are available almost every weekend of the year. 

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Upcoming Rides

10 Feb - Fairlight - Parramatta Park 100
10 Feb - West Ryde - Over the Hills and Far Away 200/300/400
17 Feb - Barham - Barham Wakool Deniliquin Loop 200
17 Feb - Woodbine - Three Dams and A Lookout 150/200
24 Feb - Dee Why - Gorges Galore 100/200
24 Feb - Riverina 1200 Full Suite 200/300/400/600/1000/1200
1 Mar - NSW Region AGM (ok it's not a ride but come anyway - details soon)
3 Mar - Woodbine - Nutty Nattai 100/200

Click here to see all NSW rides currently in the online entry portal

Brevet Permanents

Permanent routes are available in many areas of NSW and have been migrated to the online permanent system. Click here to read more about Permanent Routes in NSW.

Audax NSW Cycling Jersey most sizes and styles in stock - order now!

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NSW Committee:
President: Howard Dove
Treasurer: Johan Brinch
Brevet Secretary: Bec Morton (Note email all ride reports to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Region Secretary: Garry Armsworth 
Regional Calendar Coordinators: Ian Garrity & Katherine Bryant
Web Content: Rebecca Morton
Social Media and Ride Reports: Robert Hoehne
Committee Member:
Peter Guppy  

Ride Organiser Resources

NSW Ride Organiser Information Document
Additional resources are available on the Rules and Forms page

Useful Links

NSW Bugs
M7 Cycleway
NSW Weather
Cycling NSW
Bike NSW

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Crossing the Hawkesbury River on the Lower Portland Ferry - not a car to be seen!

 

The ever popular River Ride is on once again with a 'mixed terrain' option being offered for both distances.  

 

Details for the ride are -

 

Ride Description:

The feature of this ride is a scenic route along side the Hawkesbury River.  The sealed road routes are mostly flat for the first 100kms (or 150kms if doing the 200), a few hills are thrown in for the last 50kms.

New for 2018 - a 150km mixed terrain option!

Following the popularity of the 200km mixed terrain option added last year, a 150km mixed terrain option is now being offered.  The mixed terrain 200's longest sectors of unsealed road are Greens Rd/Bicentenary Rd on the other side of the River to the sealed routes and, on the way back from St Albans, Settlers Rd.  With a total of 30kms of unsealed roads, the first sector is a short one on Tizzana Rd and the final bit of unsealed road is Laughtondale Gully Rd which does have the plus of missing the very steep climb out of Wisemans Ferry.  The 150km mixed terrain route takes in the Greens Rd/Bicentenary Rd and Laughtondale Gully Rd unsealed sections.

Route:

Available online:

River Ride 150km Sealed Route  

River Ride 200km Sealed Route

River Ride 150km Mixed Terrain Route

River Ride 200km Mixed Terrain Route

The cue sheet can be download from these sites.

Date: Saturday 12 May 2018
Start Time: 7:00am (sharp) - arrive by 6:45am to collect your brevet card
Start Location: Jersey St, Hornsby
Finish Control:  Olive Bar & Grill, Florence St Mall, Hornsby

Shop 203I, Florence St Mall (Railway station end) – post ride meeting place for food and beverages

Finish Control Closes:

150km - 5:00pm (10hrs)

200km - 8:30pm (13.5hrs)

Lighting:

150km - The ride commences after sunrise and finishes before sunset.  Two sets of lights and a reflective garment are not required.

200km - The maximum ride time finishes after sunset, compliance with Audax lighting rules and reflective garmets is required i.e. you must carry two sets of front and rear lights and a reflective garment. 

All riders: Please remember that Australian road rules require that in hazardous weather conditions causing reduced visibility, you must display:

(a)    a flashing or steady white light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the front of the bicycle; and

(b)    a flashing or steady red light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the rear of the bicycle; and

(c)    a red reflector that is clearly visible for at least 50 metres from the rear of the bicycle when light is projected onto it by a vehicle’s headlight on low-beam.

Control Locations:

150km - North Richmond 50kms and Wisemans Ferry 108kms

200km - North Richmond 50kms and St Albans 128kms

Food & Water:

Food and water is available for purchase at shops at each of the controls as well as other points along the route.

Entry Fees: 

Audax or Cycling Australia members $6 (please bring your membership card)

Non-members $16 (includes a $10 temporary membership surcharge).

Entry:

Online entry at the Audax Aust Portal. Entries will close 5pm Friday 11 May.

(Note, no entries on the day.)

 

Garry Armsworth

Ride Organiser

(email the ride organiser)

The ever popular In Search of Hills is on once again.  Details are -

 

Ride Description: A hilly route throughout northern Sydney with 8 ‘good’ climbs and total vertical ascent close to 3,000 metres (for the 200km route).  A shorter 150km option is available for the time poor/sensible rider while the 250km option, first offered in 2014, is attracting a small dedicated following and adds another 500m of climbing for those who just can't get enough hills.  All are great training for the Alpine Classic.
Route:

Route details are available on RidewithGPS at

200kms RwGPS route map

150kms RwGPS route map

250kms RwGPS route map

The 150km route differs only by the exclusion of the Berowra to Mt White leg; i.e. 150km route riders turn left at 124kms and head down to Berowra Waters.

The 250km route differs fom the 200km route by adding in Cottage Point, Mooney Mooney Creek and Crosslands.

Cue sheets can be download from RwGPS.

Start Time: 6:20am (sharp) - arrive by 6:00am to collect your brevet card
Start Location: Jersey Street, Hornsby (adjacent to the TAFE entrance and a short distance north of the Hornsby railway station (western side))
Start Groups:

This is a popular ride attracting 50+ riders in its recent editions.  We will be adhering to the RMS/Police/Cycling NSW code of conduct for large cycling groups (i.e. limiting starting groups to no more than 20) and will be sending the riders off in up to three groups, five minutes apart from each other.

You will be contacted after registration to nominate your preferred start group.

 

Estimated Finish

Time

200km

150 km

250 km

Group A

Less than 9½ hrs

Less than 7½ hrs

Less than 13½ hrs

Group B

9½ to 11h15

7½ to 8 hrs

13½ to 15 hrs

Group C

More than 11h15

More than 8 hrs

More than 15 hrs

 
The times for the groups reflect an even distribution of previous years’ finishing times.  Do not assume that the "fast" group will go first - pick the time that you expect to finish in!
250km Extreme

Riders entering the 250km In Search of Hills Extreme have two options:

1. Maximum time limit 16hrs 40 mins

This option gives riders the longest time to successfully complete the ride.  As the maximum finish time is after sunset, riders selecting this option will be required to comply with Audax lighting and reflective garment rules. See Reflective Garments and Lighting requirements.

Successfully completed brevets will be homologated as BRMs if completed within 13h30 or BAs if completed within 16h40. 

2. Maximum time limit 13hrs 30 mins

This option requires riders to complete the brevet within daylight hours and consequently does not require riders to comply with Audax lighting and reflective garment rules.  In view of the challenging route, entrants are required however to contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and provide evidence supporting their ability to complete the brevet within the 13h30 time limit.  An entrant finishing the brevet with a time in excess of 13h30 will be recorded as HD (hors delais) i.e. outside the time limit.  

 

Finish Control:  Olive Bar & Grill, Florence St Mall, Hornsby
Finish Control Closes:

150km - 4:30pm (10hrs)

200km - 8:00pm (13hrs 30 minutes)

250km - Opt 1 11:10pm/Opt 2 8:00pm

Lighting:

For all entrants other than 250km 16h40 entrants, the ride commences after sunrise and finishes before sunset.  Audax rules therefore do not require the carrying of two sets of front and rear lights or a reflective garment. 

Please remember that Australian road rules require that in hazardous weather conditions causing reduced visibility, you must display:

(a)    a flashing or steady white light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the front of the bicycle; and

(b)    a flashing or steady red light that is clearly visible for at least 200 metres from the rear of the bicycle; and

(c)    a red reflector that is clearly visible for at least 50 metres from the rear of the bicycle when light is projected onto it by a vehicle’s headlight on low-beam.

Control Locations:

150km - Church Point  44kms, St Ives  99kms and Arcadia 141kms

200km - Church Point  44kms, St Ives  99kms, Mt White 151kms and Arcadia 191kms

250km - Church Point  44kms, Cottage Point 87kms, St Ives 104kms, Mooney Mooney Creek 170kms, Arcadia 224kms and Crosslands 242kms

Food & Water:

Food and water is available for purchase at controls as well as other points along the route.  Free water available at several points on the route.

Entry Fees: 

Audax or Cycling Australia members $6 (please bring your membership card/copy of renewal)

Non-members $16 (includes a $10 temporary membership surcharge).

Entry:

Enter online here

Paper forms and entries on the day will not be accepted.  Online entries close at 9am on Saturday 9 December.

If you enter and need to cancel, a refund will be issued provided you advise me before the start of the ride.

 

Garry Armsworth

Ride Organiser

(email the ride organiser)


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Audax NSW permanent routes have been migrated to the online permanent system.

To view the list of available routes, log into the Audax Portal and select Rides, Permanents Search.

Once you have selected a permanent, you will need to:

  • contact the organiser at least a week in advance nominating the route and date you intend to ride the Permanent
  • once you've received approval from the organiser, enter and pay online via the Audax Portal, under Rides, Permanents Register
  • a printable brevet will be emailed to you with confirmation of your entry. Print, fold and carry your brevet on the ride and get it signed you as you would on a calendared ride.
  • once you've completed the ride, upload images of both sides your brevet (via the link in your confirmation email) for validation by the organiser and subsequent homologation by the NSW Brevet Secretary
  • a homologation number will be emailed to you and, if you selected the option to receive a homologation sticker, it will be posted to you in due course.

More information about online permanents is available in the online help.

Audax NSW News and Ride Reports

 

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NSW Region Xmas Party

Celebrate the festive season at The Orchard Tavern, Chatswood from 6:30pm on Wednesday 30th November

This will be our final social evening for 2016 and we'll have the room decked out for the festive season to get you in the mood.

This is a great opportunity to show your support for your favourite cycling club. Chat with your fellow randonneurs and find out what's been happening around the traps! 

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BLING!

The Awards Night for the 2015 riding season is on 6:30pm Thursday 28 April 2016 at the Orchard Tavern, Chatswood.  $25 willl get you some hors d'oeuvres, a choice of beef, salmon or risotto for your main and a drink ... and some like minded company.

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Rob Berry keeps his goal of achieving Year Round Randonneur alive, just. Dam Blue Hills NYE Night Ride

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The awards night was on the July 22nd. We all had a great time and ate some wonderful food.

More photos here.

 permanents Are you after a permanent in NSW, or any other state in Australia? Take a look at this great map to find a route.
LandL Mulyandry 200, Lyndy and Leonie's first 200km ride.
Tim's long road to recovery celebrated with his tough 400km edition of Over The Hills and Far Away. Welcome back Tim.
tumblr inline npoh0tYKYg1qh8v0g 540 Day 3 of the Royal Ramble over the Queen's birthday long weekend saw Amy do the 200km The Ferry Long Way Round. So soon after her recent 300km, audacious.
tumblr inline noylx6podf1qh8v0g 540 12 of 12 say Wing it West was the most difficult 300 they had ever done, finish times ranged from the astounding 12h33 to 19h05.
Amy gives her account of the ride.
othafa 2014 ja 08 On 5 July 2014 Michael, Andrew and Jerry braved icy winds, rain and snow to ride 400km Over the Hills and Far Away.
2014lithgowpanorama Lithgow Panorama "a delightful 200km ride from Lithgow to Bathurst and return" was run for the first time on Sunday 16 February 2014. Organiser Wayde Hazelton has vowed it will be back on the calendar next year so more people can enjoy the splendid scenery and a "hot lap" on the Mt Panorama circuit.
bill_hgweekend Bill Parker reports on the inaugural Huntering and Gathering Weekend which was held on 17 & 18 August 2013.
2013festumprophetae   On 15 & 16 June 2013, Tim Emslie ran the inaugural Festum Prophetae - a truly audacious adventure on mixed terrain. Check out how the riders honoured "The Prophet" Eddy Merckx.

 

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The Two Day Loop 600km Permanent - 25 & 26 January 2013.
Over the Australia Day weekend, Gary Baker tackled his first 600km. Why? ... because he hadn't done enough training to ride the Alpine Classic! Read the story of his solo adventure.

wf_eating Wisemans Folly - 24 November 2012
bw_thedish Bushranger's Weekend in Parkes - 3 & 4 November 2012
robbo4 Weekend at Robbo 100/200 - 20 & 21 October 2012
cowra01 Cowra Weekend - 29 & 30 September 2012
hh02tom Take a Walk 200/300/600 - 15 September 2012
Read Tom Carment's account of this lovely springtime ride.
fnqgt05 Far North Queensland Gran Turismo - 27 July to 7 August 2012
  The Three W's 200 - 21 July 2012
Watch the YouTube video.
  Audax NSW Awards Night - 7 June 2012
The iMovie presentation shown on the evening has been uploaded to You Tube.
bike_carrier A new 6 bike carrier has been donated to Audax NSW.
A huge thank you to Malcolm Rogers for his generosity.
bbf300_08 Brutal but Fair 300 - 26 May 2012
What's going on?
Have we been invaded by an army of giant ants?
Ron Gehring, an American currently working in Sydney, lets his imagination run wild in the surrounds of Sydney.
hh05streetonpntm Hawkesbury Howler 200 - 13 May 2012
Would you like to ride into this famous painting? Six riders did just that on the Hawkesbury Howler.
mudgeeweekendcauseway Mudgee Weekend - 27-29 April 2012
A weekend of fabulous riding on quiet country roads... and a little bit of residual floodwater!
goloopy_hotwheels Go Loopy 100/200/300/400 - 21 April 2012
The further they rode, the loopier it got. Read why!
timemslie The Queen Stage 300 - 14 April 2012
Five intrepid riders set off to tackle 11 categorised climbs.
First time ride organiser Tim Emslie recounts his story of events.
dt_bikepath Geoff Farnsworth had a "problem". He was going to be overseas for work during April and that was going to make completing his Year Round Randonneur difficult.
Read on to find out his solution.
tnd4a Tar 'n Dirt - Mixed Terrain 200 - 31 March 2012
Falling rocks, corrugations, huge pot holes! Read more...
oppymedal NSW Fleche & Petit Opperman 2012 - 24-25 March 2012
6 teams - 24 hours of fun! Read more...
parkes_bellas Parkes 'n Ride Weekend - 17-18 March 2012
Fuelling up at Bella's on Friday night Read more...
alt Ferry Scenic Ride - 11 March 2012
More water than we bargained for! Read more...


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Over the Hills and Far Away: 5 July 2014

by Michael Wong

othafa 2014 mw 01How cool is it to ride through the Grand Arch of Jenolan Caves! That’s the sell job. Andrew Hulme, Tom, Jerry and I took the bait, even though the route profile showed over 6,000 vertical metres of climbing. On a 300km training ride with Norman, I was quite chuffed having just ridden up Galston Gorge, “that’s our first climb out of the way!”, her quick response was, “that’s not a climb, wait until Bells Line and Mt Victoria”, as this illustrates it’s how you want to see it. Sometimes it’s better to not dissect things too much and ‘Just do it’.

The four of us, as well as a handful of riders showed up at Anzac Park, West Ryde for the 6am start of Over the Hills and Far Away 400/300/200 Audax ride. At 6:10am, Tim the ride organiser led us through the myriad of on and off road bike paths from West Ryde, Meadowbank (machine gun bridge), Bi-centennial Park, Olympic Park, Parramatta River foreshore, beside the M4, until we ran out of bike paths and had to ride on the M4 breakdown lane near Wentworthville. Although it was cold riding through parks and foreshores, the sounds of wildlife, bushland setting, views and vistas offered a pleasant distraction.

The section of M4 from Wentworthville to Blacktown was strewn with debris and crap, having to navigate through that mess trying to avoid a puncture was rather stressful. It was a miracle that we all got through that unscathed. From Blacktown to Penrith, the M4 was much cleaner and the smooth asphalt surface offered good riding. Although the sun was out, the stiff headwind made the climb up the Blue Mountains more difficult. Andrew and I stopped at a nice Blaxland Café for breakfast, whilst the others pushed on. That’s the last contact we had with any of the other riders. Our simple ride strategy was to try to complete the ride inside the 9am cut off on Sunday.

It was tough riding into a headwind on our way to the first checkpoint at Blackheath. Andrew and I took turns up front riding in single file to give each other some respite from the wind. The slow going made it felt like a long time getting to Leura, Katoomba, Medlow Bath before our arrival at Blackheath (107km at 12:07pm, 56 minutes inside the cut off time). Dumping our bikes outside a Café on the main street, the wind was so strong that we had to force the door open to get inside. After consuming another sumptuous meal, we psych ourselves before venturing outside.

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Our next checkpoint Jenolan Caves is only 63km away. The Mt Victoria descent was pretty scary due to the strong buffeting wind and Andrew handled it much better than me. It was a relief to finally turn off the main drag into Coxs River Road. The scenery, vistas, noise and smells along this road was simply wonderful. It gave us an intimate feel of rural NSW. The unsealed road brought us back to reality as concentration is required to pick the smoothest line and try avoiding the loose stuff that can bring the rider unstuck. (a MTB biker would probably pick the roughest line) Although there were corrugations, the road surface was dry and in pretty good nick. It was a relief to have ridden through the dirt road section unscathed.

As dark clouds loomed overhead, light rain started falling, we stopped to put on waterproof jackets plus everything warm we had. At the briefing before the start, Tim indicated that the maximum temperature forecast at Jenolan Caves was 7 degrees. Since we were still cold with every warm bit of gear on, getting wet could have had disastrous consequences of hypothermia forcing us to abandon the ride. Still some 25km from Jenolan Caves, the only option was to continue riding and hoped that the rain would stop.othafa 2014 ja 05

Luckily, the light rain stopped after about 20 minutes and we made it to Jenolan Caves after a hairy descent dodging cars and tourist coaches. After a brief stop at the Grand Arch for a couple of photos, we looked for a place to eat and to get out of the cold ASAP. With the restaurant closed, we found the Bar & Bistro in the Hotel.

We made our second checkpoint Jenolan Caves, (170km at 4:18pm, 62 minutes inside the cut off time). Andrew and I were so cold that the small heater in the room didn’t do much to warm us up. After a nice chicken parma meal with coffee, it was time to brave the freezing conditions outside and tackle the climb out of Jenolan to Oberon. On reflection, the climb out of Jenolan was the only time I felt warm and sweaty. Although the route to Oberon was undulating, it was mostly downhill and the wind direction was more side on. It was still slow going in the sleet and snow. Conditions were similar from Oberon to Tarana to Lithgow our next checkpoint.

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Although Lithgow was only 81km from Jenolan Caves, it took over 5 hours of hard slogging to get there, (251km at 10:40pm, 4 minutes inside) a very close call but we survived the cut off. At the time, I had forgotten that we had started 10 minutes later and Tim indicated that all the times would be pushed back accordingly. We stopped at the Lithgow Macca as that’s the only place we could get a meal. When you’re dog tired, any place serving hot food and drinks, and heated will do. A woman and her daughter at the counter told us that her car registered the outside temperature at 1 degree. Since it was still blowing a gale, the wind chill factor would have pushed the temperature lower.

Reluctant as we were to leave the warm confines of Macca, we dragged ourselves out to tackle the last big climb up Mt Victoria. The GPS route guidance took us through Hartley Valley Road and a section of unsealed road that we negotiated through safely. The climb up to Mt Victoria along Hartley Vale Road was relatively easy compared to the Jenolan Caves climb. It’s probably the easiest climb up to Mt Victoria out of the three options available, GWH and Bells Line. Andrew and I were relieved when we got to the top of Mt Victoria as we knew it’s mostly downhill to our next checkpoint at Penrith.

Our spirits picked up when we got back onto the GWH as we were feeling more confident of making it to Penrith before the 4:52am cut off. It was exhilarating riding as we hammered from Blackheath to Blaxland. Andrew was riding so strong that I was struggling to keep up. We received a couple of friendly honks from passing motorists, seeing two crazy cyclists out on the road when most sane people would have been asleep. We lost a bit of time at Blaxland missing the Wilson Way turn off that takes us into Emu Plains via Mitchells Pass, a one way road.

We made it to the Penrith checkpoint in good time, (343km at 3:36am, more than an hour ahead of the cut off). The attendant at the Servo was so impressed after signing our brevet cards that he offered us free coffee and doughnuts. We were very appreciative of such a nice gesture. With only 58km back to our starting point to complete the ride, we were feeling pretty good having endured many hours riding in trying conditions. Although we have maps and cue sheets printed out, it’s difficult to navigate and ride at the same time with them. So, we placed our complete trust on the TCX route guidance file provided by Tim the ride organiser. Andrew and I are very grateful that the route guidance was spot on and we completed our ride at 7:15am on Sunday morning (404.2km) the extra distance takes into account the few times we got a bit lost.

After getting our brevet cards signed at the Servo nearby to officially end our pain and suffering, we congratulated each other for completing a very challenging but satisfying ride!

Footnote:
Andrew reckons someone should give him a slap if he mentions another Audax ride!
The route of this Audax 400 ride takes you through some of the most stunning countryside you’ll ever see, and it would be great if it was scheduled at a time of year when the longer daylight hours and hopefully warmer temperatures allow riders to take in the magnificent views.


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Upcoming Rides

Tue 27 February
QLD Regatta Ferry Stage Toowong 40km Route Map
Thu 1 March
NSW Orchard Tavern, Chatswood 0km 
Fri 2 March
VIC Brighton 100km Route MapRegistration
VIC Brighton 157km Route MapRegistration
VIC Brighton 200km Route MapRegistration
Sat 3 March
ACT Dickson 200km Route MapRegistration
ACT Dickson 400km Route MapRegistration
ACT Dickson 600km Registration
NSW Parkes NSW 100km Route MapRegistration
NSW 1 Palm Court, Woodbine 112km InformationRoute MapRegistration
NSW Parkes NSW 150km Route MapRegistration
NSW Parkes NSW 200km Route MapRegistration
NSW 1 Palm Court, Woodbine 202km InformationRoute MapRegistration
NSW Parkes NSW 300km Route MapRegistration
NSW Parkes NSW 400km Route MapRegistration
NSW Parkes NSW 600km Route MapRegistration
QLD Lowood 200km Route MapRegistration
SA Kingston Park 100km Route MapRegistration
SA Kingston Park 150km Route MapRegistration
SA Kingston Park 200km Route MapRegistration
SA Kingston Park 300km Route MapRegistration
TAS Cenotaph/ Intercity Cycleway, Hobart 150km Route MapRegistration
TAS Cenotaph/ Intercity Cycleway, Hobart 200km Route MapRegistration
VIC Murrumbeena 56km InformationRoute MapRegistration
VIC Bendigo 300km Route MapRegistration
WA Singleton 200km Route MapRegistration
WA Singleton 400km Route MapRegistration
WA Singleton 600km Route MapRegistration
Sun 4 March
NSW Parkes, NSW 50km Route MapRegistration
NSW Parkes, NSW 100km Route MapRegistration
NSW Parkes, NSW 150km Route MapRegistration
NSW Parkes, NSW 200km Route MapRegistration
NSW Parkes, NSW 300km Route MapRegistration
TAS Bronte Lagoon 150km Route MapRegistration
TAS Bronte Lagoon 200km Route MapRegistration
VIC Eltham Lower Park 100km Route MapRegistration
VIC Eltham Lower Park 200km Route MapRegistration