Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What sort of mountain bike do I need?
Any mountain bike (XC, Enduro, trail, all-mountain etc) will do, although a bike with front suspension makes for a smoother ride, rear suspension even more so. You can use a hybrid, gravel or cyclocross bike, however you may need to walk some rougher sections of the course. If doing one of the longer distances (100km course especially) and you have a choice of bikes, bring the bike that handles rough rock covered trails the best. You can use a single speed, cyclocross or Electric (eMTB) mountain bike for the 44km course, but you are not eligible for age category prizes (Junior & Adult only) therefore please choose your category carefully. You can use a single speed, cyclocross or Electric (eMTB) mountain bike for the 68km & 100km course, but you are not eligible for age category prizes therefore please choose your category carefully.
Q: What do I take with me on the course (mandatory gear)?
All CompetitorsCompetitors will have to carry all food and repair gear when they leave St. Albans. Please take note the course is basically one loop. You will start and finish at St. Albans so you will not have an opportunity to get more food or pickup gear along the way. Find below what we consider essentials for any mountain bike ride in the bush:
- Hydration backpack (plenty of water)
- Food (some energy food to keep you going)
- First aid kit (containing anti-septic, bandages, tweezers, dressings etc)
- Tool bag (containing everything you need to fix your bike)
- Spare tubes
- Chain lube
- Mobile phone (reception is patchy, but might help you get out of a sticky situation)
- Spray jacket
- Sunscreen and Insect repellent
- Sunglasses or clear lenses
100km CourseThere will be three Aid Stations positioned at the 33km, 47km and 72km mark for riders. Please refer to Aid Stations for further information on what will be offered at each Aid Station.
68km CourseRiders doing the 68km course will have access to two Aid Stations at 33km and 47km for riders. Please refer to Aid Stations for further information on what will be offered at each Aid Station.
44km CourseRiders doing the 44km course will have access to one Aid Station at the 33km mark for riders. Please refer to Aid Stations for further information on what will be offered at each Aid Station.
Q: Will my pre-purchased merchandise be mailed to me prior to the event?
Only Tailwind Endurance Fuel will be mailed to competitors prior to the event, if they have selected the 'posted' option. All other merchandise is to be collected on race day at registration.
Q: Are dogs allowed in the camping areas?
That's fine to bring along a dog as long as you clean up after it of course! If you're in a premium camping area though you will need to check with the landowner once you arrive to make sure its ok as this section is out of our control.
Q: Are the showers and toilet facilities at the event?
There are no showers available at the designated campsites in St Albans Village, only toilets. If you do have a camper trailer with these built in facilities, you can bring a camper trailer to the event and park in the camping areas. Please keep the area tidy by placing all your rubbish in the bins provided.
Q: What food/beverage facilities are available at the event?
There are food/beverage options available in St Albans, please refer to the Accommodation page (scroll to the bottom) for further information.
Q: Is there a bag drop available?
There is no bag drop facility available at the Event Centre. You will need to carry all your food/hydration with you on course and leave any other personal items in your vehicle.
Q: Do you offer a training plan?
Yes, please refer to our Training Plan page for updates on the current offer.
Q: Are there any course changes for 2022?
No, the 100km, 68km & 44km courses are all back in 2022, all unchanged from the 2019 edition (as the 2020 edition was postponed to 2021 and the 2021 edition course was altered slightly). Course maps, profiles and descriptions can be found on the Course page.
Q: Can I get a refund if I withdraw from the race?
Please see the Refunds / Transfers / Cancellations section for further information.
Q: Can I change from one distance to another distance?
Competitors registered for the 100km course can change to the 68km or 44km – at the same time riders in the 68km can drop down to the 44km course. For details on how to change courses, please refer to the Transfers section of the website.
Q: Can I transfer my race entry to another person?
Yes, please refer to the Transfers section of the website.
Q: Can I drive up on the morning of the race?
If you live in the Sydney metro area you can drive up on the morning of the race but you will have to allow at least 2 hours to get to St. Albans. Also, you need to factor in and allow additional time as the main route in goes via the Webbs Creek or Wisemans Ferry. Depending on your arrival there might be a delay at the ferry. Instead, why not make it a a two day trip by camping or staying in local accommodation around St Albans. There is ample accommodation options, please refer to the Accommodation page for further information.
Q: Where can I stay at St Albans?
There is ample accommodation options, please refer to the Accommodation page for further information.
Q: Is a support crew needed for the event?
No, you do not need a support crew for this event. The nature of the race will require you to be self-sufficient out on the course.
Q: Should I expect anything in the post after I’ve entered?
We do not post out any information, merchandise or items related to the event other than your race plate. Personalised race plate numbers will be mailed prior to the event. You are likely to receive your race plate anytime in the 3 weeks prior to the event. This only applies to event registrations made prior to Sunday 28th August 2022. Any registrations received after Sunday 28th August 2022 participants will need to attend Registration either on Friday night or on the day to collect their race plate. Participants with interstate (outside NSW) or international addresses listed on their event entry will not be mailed their race plate prior to the event, therefore these riders will need to collect their race plate at Registration either on Friday night or on race day. Your race plate will also not be mailed to you if you have an unsigned event waiver, so you will need to visit Registration to sign the event waiver before you will be permitted to start. If you are claiming a withdrawing riders entry after Sunday 28th August 2022, you will be allocated a NEW race plate number, without your personalised name printed on it and you will need to collect it either on Friday night or on race day at Registration. Your race plate will NOT be mailed to you prior to the event. The withdrawing riders race bib will therefore become void and can not be used. String will be available at Registration on race day if you forget to bring your own cable ties. Please place your race plate on the front of your bike, where it is clearly visible. To ensure all riders receive the necessary information, we will communicate with you via the event website and your registered email address. Two weeks before race day, we will release an Event Program document on the event website, containing all the information you need for race weekend. You will be made aware of this document via email.
Q: How do I enter the Convict 100?
Head to the Entry page for more information.
Q: How fit or skilled do I need to be?
Mountain biking for a prolonged period of time can be taxing on the body so you need to prepare accordingly. Depending on your experience and fitness level, you have the option to ride the 44km, 68km or 100km course. If you need some help with training, check out our Training Plan on offer HERE.
Q: Am I able to ride the course before the event?
Certain sections of the course like the Old Convict Trail are open to the public. However, the course as outlined on the course maps traverse through private property and cannot be ridden in its entirety. Special permission has been obtained to allow you access to these areas on the day of the event. Please be respectful to land owners by not trespassing on their premises before the event. If you do plan to ride sections of the course, get in touch with us at [email protected]. We will advise you on which areas are off limits.
Q: Are there any time cut offs?
There are no time cut offs for the 68km or 44km course. However both courses will be closed by dark. For the 100km course and for safety reasons we do not want any riders to remain out on the course after dark. Therefore we are enforcing a time cut off at the 47km mark. This is the split point between the 68 and 100km courses. 100km competitors must arrive before 12:00pm at this location or will be short coursed back to St. Albans via the 68km course. This means you will basically be transferred mid-ride from the 100km course to the 68km course. You wont be disqualified or receive a DNF on your 100km result, you will simply be transferred to the 68km course and will receive a classification within your age group in this course instead.
Q: Will I be given a start wave time for my respective course distance?
Riders will not be given a specific ‘start wave time’ for each course distance other than the designated course start time. For the 100km Elite category, there is only one group for all Elite riders, self seeded by ability. For the general 100km and 68km courses, within these course start times, there is the opportunity to self-seed yourself within 3 different groups based on your target finish time. For the 44km course there is only one group for all riders, self-seeded by ability. Participants will head off in each group at 5 second intervals in pairs. Please give way to faster riders behind if asked. Your race time doesn’t begin until you cross the timing mat at the start line therefore there’s no need to worry about being disadvantage if you have self-seeded yourself towards the back of your group.
Q: Are there any aid stations?
There are marshalled aid stations along the course. At the aid stations, riders will have access to the following:
- First Aid
- Unlimited quantities of water
- Tailwind nutrition
- Selection of fruit
- Selection of lollies
- Potato chips
Q: Is there a Rider List published before the event?
A Rider List which includes riders allocated race bib number, age category and wave start time (if relevant) will be emailed to riders 2 days before the event in the Last Minute Info email as well as published on the event website in the Last Minute Info Latest News post. The list will not be published before this time.
Q: What time does the race start?
Please see the preliminary Race Day Schedule for further information.
Q: What are the expected finish times?
Top riders doing the 100km course will finish the course in 4 hours depending on conditions. Start times for the race have been designed to allow those who would like to enjoy the ride sufficient time to finish in daylight. Top riders in the 68km category are expected to finish in 2 hours 40 minutes to 3 hours.
Q: How will I know where to go on the course?
The course will be clearly marked with brightly coloured markers for easy guidance. Marshals will also be positioned at critical points along the course for extra guidance when it is needed. The trail outline and markings will be discussed in the Event Program document (released two weeks before the event) and at the briefing prior to the commencement of the event.