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Simpson Desert Bike Challenge

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By zeroland - Posted on 08 March 2018

Tuesday, 25 September, 2018 - 06:00
30 hours
Come Rain or Shine: 
I'll be there, no matter what the weather.
Meeting Point: 

Purni Bore, South Australia

-26.284611, 136.099320

The Simpson Desert Bike Challenge

Entries are now open for the 32nd Australian Simpson Desert Bike Challenge. The Australian Outback, hosting the world's largest parallel sand dune system, provides a stunning backdrop for mountain bike stage racing.

The 2018 course will traverse the Simpson Desert from west to east, covering approximately 530 km over nine stages. The five-day event will start in South Australia on the September 25 and finish in Queensland on the September 29, 2018.

Riders will face two challenging stages per day, fully supported by race crew, as well as ample opportunity to experience the remoteness of the Australian Outback.

Each stage will offer varied terrain, with the first few days tackling close to 500 sand dunes. The latter part of the race will make for fast gravel riding even though the sand dunes grow in size and the swales broaden.

Race Director Martin Solms notes that the majority of the riders are now opting to use a Fatbike compared to that of a sleek XC race bike. "The Fatbike might have been bred for snow, but truly comes alive in sandy desert conditions".

This event is non-technical but riders will be challenged with large steep sand dunes, potential headwinds and the likelihood of hot desert weather. The course is marked and supported by an experienced crew and no navigation is required. The majority of the terrain covered is National Park and the race ensures that all riders and support crew keep to established tracks to minimise environmental im

pact and respect the traditional custodians of this land.

Once again, the Simpson Desert Bike Challenge has nominated the Royal Flying Doctor Service as their primary charity and riders and crew are encouraged to support this organisation. For over 90 years, the RFDS has provided essential emergency and primary medical care to those living in rural and remote areas.
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