Ride The Convict!19th January 2020
Have you locked in your ticket to ride the Convict this year?
The Convict 100 is one of Australia’s most challenging MTB marathon races following the historic Convict Trail through the Dharug and Yengo National Parks, with the course featuring a mix of fast fire trail, technical rock gardens, rocky descents and spectacular ridgeline views.
The 2020 edition will also be a very special one for the hamlet of St Albans and the local RFS who are such great supporters of the event. Riders will see first hand some of the destruction caused by the Gospers Mountain ‘Megafire’ that impacted St Albans and the surrounding countryside late last year. As a major fundraiser for St Albans RFS each rider that participates will be directly contributing to the recovery efforts of the RFS and the township. So you will be helping a great cause while having a blast on your bike, what more could you want!!!
If you’re an experienced campaigner or stepping up to the full 100km distance for the first time, riding up Jacks Track and Shepherds Gully will no doubt test the climbing legs but being able to fly down the Womerah Range and the infamous Blue Hill will be the welcomed reward. The challenge of tackling the rock gardens and drop-offs along the Old Great North Road is a unique experience as well…a long, daunting, untamed stretch but oh so much fun!
Alternatively the 68km ‘Half Century’ is perfect for those riders looking for an exciting ride without the extra time in the saddle. Achievable for the casual rider but featuring enough single track to keep even the most regular of riders entertained. This course still features the fun of the Old Great North Road where you ride along a track carved into the hillside by a cattle thief many moons ago.
If you’re a novice mountain biker or take a very ‘laidback’ approach to your training you don’t have to miss out either. The 44km option is long enough to provide a challenge but avoids the most technical sections and only features one major climb. So there are no excuses for not coming along and joining in the fun. We even put the climb right near the start when your legs are at their best. You will not miss out on the views either, with stunning vistas across the MacDonald River valley from Yengo ridge and that unique feeling of being on a ‘journey’ that is the hallmark of the Convict 100.
Entries are still available for all three course distances, so now is the time to sign up, put some miles into your legs and get ready for an epic MTB adventure with your mates!