Australian cycling classic returns to Orange

Australia’s one-day cycling classic, Bicycle Network’s Newcrest Orange Challenge, is returning to Central West New South Wales on Sunday 31 March 2019.

More than 1,000 cyclists are expected to take part in the fourth edition of the event that has become a highlight of the New South Wales cycling calendar.

With three separate routes of 70 kilometres, 100 kilometres and 170 kilometres, bike riders of all abilities can get a taste of the golden pastures, rolling hills and country roads that are unique to the region.

Bicycle Network General Manager of Events Rebecca Lane said it is exciting to return to such a beautiful part of Australia and help show riders everything that Orange and the local community has to offer.

“The beautiful but testing road conditions will give riders a taste of a European style cycling classic, and with three ride options, there is something for everyone—from beginner road riders to seasoned cyclists,” said Ms Lane.

“There will also be plenty to see and do off the bike as well, including having a taste of the local food and wine scene. The Newcrest Orange Challenge is a perfect weekend getaway.”

Riders will be supported by Bicycle Network every kilometre that they are out on the road with food, hydration, mechanical and medical support all provided.

Support and encouragement will also be available at rest stops at Forest Reefs, Mandurama, Belubula Way, Canowindra and Cargo.

To help riders experience the best of Orange, for the first time the Newcrest Orange Challenge event village and finish line will be set up at Robertson Park, in the heart of Orange.

“It will be easier for riders to get to and from and will also help local businesses, cafes, pubs and shops to get involved in the event,” added Ms Lane.

Also new for 2019 is a time-trial race on Saturday 30 March before the main event on the Sunday. A cash prize of $1,000 will be up for grabs for the fastest male and female around a special course in Orange.

Early bird entries to Bicycle Network’s Newcrest Orange Challenge are available at orangechallenge.com.au.

The 2019 Newcrest Orange Challenge is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Visit NSW. Newcrest is the event’s naming rights partner.

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