The Century Cycle Challenge is set to test both the physical and mental strength of competitors this year at the Outback Festival in Winton.
It's billed as the toughest, flattest cycling event in the Outback as the Century Cycle takes competitors on a metric (100km) or Imperial century (160km) on a fully sealed road, starting and finishing in Winton.
It may not be overly hilly, but what the ride lacks in physical tests, it more than makes up for in mental challenge.
The event is described by organisers as miles of wide-open spaces and there are more emus than cars.
"The absence of geographical features and scenery which many riders are accustomed to makes the the Outback Century Cycle Challenge a really tough course to compete" said Chris Carson, ride organiser.
"Once competitors get their head around the sheer vastness of this great Outback land of ours, it will be an adventure they will cherish for life!"
Attending to spur on race challengers this year as special guest is Olympic cycling champion Sara Carrigan OAM. No stranger to challenges of the road race, Sara was crowned Olympic Games Champion in the 130km Road Race at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games winning the gold medal, amongst countless other accolades as an Australian Cycling champion.
Early bird entries are available online until July 31, with standard pricing after this date. Entry includes an event branded jersey, water bottle, cap, random prize draws and post ride hospitality.
The Century Cycle Challenge follows a jam-packed Friday night of fun and excitement as the Quilton Australian Dunny Derby finds its new #1 champions of the #2. Competitors will vie for the fastest dunny in the west as they race past derby 'obstacles' to claim their high stakes prize. Special prizes will be awarded to the best presented team & dunny, and the Constipation Stakes (the best of the losers!) Capping off the evening is the Mayoral Mayhem Challenge, as the Outback Mayors challenge the Derby.
Entries are now open for the Century Cycle Challenge, Quilton Australia Dunny Derby and a host of Outback Strength Events including the Outback Iron Man, Outback Iron Woman and Masters of The Outback. Registrations are limited so competitors are encouraged to get in quick! Entry forms and spectator tickets all available online now: https://outbackfestival.com.au/buy-tickets/
Those looking for a bit of adventure can plan ahead for the ultimate 2019 Road Trip culminating at Winton's Outback Festival to celebrate Year of the Outback. A self-drive itinerary is the perfect way to truly It's often the road trip to get there that is just as much fun.
To encourage travellers to make the most of their experience all that the Aussie outback has to offer. motoring holiday, the good folks at the Outback Festival have make it easy with these wonderful itineraries available on their website: https://outbackfestival.com.au/visitor-info/how-to-get-here/
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