PORT TO PORT’S SINGLETRACK SOJOURN
In just four editions, Port to Port has become the stand out mountain bike stage race on the east coast of Australia. But anything that grows has growing pains, and the event crew are staying one step ahead, and updating the course for 2018 to make sure it’s better than ever. But what exactly does that look like?
STAGE 1: HUNTER VALLEY
That’s right – a new start! The hard and fast sandy stage at Nelson Bay is gone, making way for the views, climbs and raw trails of the Hunter Valley and Pokolbin.
STAGE 2: KILLINGWORTH
A flashback for some, a fresh taste for others... with a stage that kicks off climbing into the range behind the mountain bike park, the reward comes at the end as the course drops you back into the labyrinth of singletrack, with gravity assistance almost the whole way to the finishline.
STAGE 3: AWABA AND THE WATAGANS
This favourite stage has had some tweaks to deliver more fun and less congestion. With the neutral road start shunned for a back road and dirt track route to Awaba, let the singletrack nirvana begin before you ascend into the Watagans before a long and sinuous descent to the finish on just about every type of trail you can imagine. This is a stage you can’t miss!
STAGE 4: GLENROCK
In 2017 this stage was close to perfection. A fast and open start, twisty trails, singletrack above the Pacific Ocean and a finish on the beach – what’s not to love? 2018 delivers 40kms of mostly singletrack on this final stage, and lands you right at the finishing party at Dixon Park. Want to know more? Find your way to the event website – and see you on the trails in May! The Convict 100 has carved it’s own place in Australia’s mountain bike history, just like the engineering folly it runs along. The Old Convict Road was built to run from Sydney to Newcastle, but by the time it was built, there were faster options via ship up the coast! But what was a good road in the 19th century has now degraded to a demanding mountain bike course, where weather events change the best lines, and you can never be totally sure what you’ll be tackling. With the event now over 10 years old and offering not just the iconic 100km, but also a 68km and 44km option, there truly is something for just about any appetite. Starting and finishing at St Albans, about 90 minutes out of the centre of Sydney, the event on Saturday 5th May is an ideal time to test yourself, and your mates, on the challenging course including the infamous kayak bridge. Head to the event website to find out more, and hopefully we see you on the start line!