Whether you are a beginner or an elite athlete, there’s a cycling event for you in Australia. There may only be a few months left in 2019, but they’re filled with epic cycling challenges and adventures.
Grand Slam Challenge Series
The Grand Slam Challenge Series happens between February and October. There are five recreational challenge rides throughout the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, and Fleurieu Peninsula. There’s still a chance for you to join the fun and register for the year’s last two events - Strathalbyn and Echunga.
Dates and locations for 2019:
#4 Strathalbyn – 25th August 2019
#5 Echunga – 13th October 2019
- #4 Strathalbyn - 75km/150km
The Rockleigh 105 Cycle Challenge
The Rockleigh 105 Cycle Challenge is an off-pavement, gravel grinder style cycling challenge. Look forward to undulations, vistas, ridge tops and valleys and a wild weekend of riding adventures – all en grave.
Saturday 31st August 2019 18:00 PM - Night Grinder 40K
Sunday 1st September 2019 – Lofty 105K, Lofty 65K, Lofty 45K, Lofty 21K
Venue: Monarto Sports Complex Event H.Q. Schenscher Rd, Monarto, SA 5254
- Lofty 105K
- Lofty 65K
- Lofty 45K
- Lofty 21K
Brisbane to Gold Coast Cycle Challenge
Queensland’s biggest bike ride challenge turns 15 this year. Register and you’ll join thousands of riders on a memorable 100km adventure that begins with an uninterrupted, traffic-free 15km start.
Date: 15th September 2019
Venue: Olivers Sports Complex, Eagleby
Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo
A ‘Gran Fondo’ is an age-old Italian cycling term meaning ‘great endurance.’ The family-friendly Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo caters to cyclists of all abilities and takes place in the picturesque Grand Ocean Road. We should mention there’s over $20,000 in prize money for Age Group, Overall, Team, and KOM categories.
Date: Sunday 15th September 2019
Venue: Lorne and Apollo Bay
- 130km – Amy’s Gran Fondo (Age Category)
- 130km – Amy’s Gran Fondo (Recreation Category)
- 45km – TAC Medio Fondo
- 14km – Family Fondo
- 60km – Amy’s Gravel Fondo
Bike SA Annual Tour
The Annual Tour is a 9-day 500km cycle tour that involves distances of between 50km and 100km each day. The tour kicks off in Cowell, SA and heads inland. The journey will take you along the Eyre Peninsula’s eastern coastline to the communities of Cleve to Coffin Bay and Port Lincoln. With a maximum of 200 riders, make sure you secure your slot by registering as early as you can.
Dates: 21st September – 29th September 2019
Venue: Eyre Peninsula
Robbie McEwan Granfondo
The Robbis McEwan Granfondo courses were personally designed by former Australian BMC champion and three-time winner of the Tour de France, Robbie McEwan.
Date: Sunday 22nd September 2019
Venue: Nerang Scout Group
- Gran Fondo – 130km (2600m elevation)
- Medio Fondo – 100km (2000m elevation)
- Piccolo Fondo – 65km (1000m elevation)
Outback Century Cycle Challenge
The Outback Century Cycle Challenge is billed as the “toughest, flattest cycling event in the Outback.” The challenge takes participants on a 100km ride.
Date: 24th September – 28th September 2019
Venue: Elderslie Street
Killarney Bike Classic
Participate in the Killarney Bike Classic and know you’re not just joining the thrill of a bike ride down the spectacularly scenic Killarney Gap; you’re also cycling to raise funds for local cancer groups including Can Assist, Narrabri Hospital Palliative Care Unit, Inala House Tamworth, Ronald McDonald House, Tamworth, and The Cancer Council.
Date: 29th September 2019
- 40km – Social Rider
- 75km – Long Distance Rider
- 10km – Junior 7yrs+
- 1km – Kids Classic 2-6 yrs
Gears and Beers Festival
The Gears and Beers Festival has courses for almost all ages and abilities, ranging from 7km to 130km – making it the perfect cycling event for the whole family. After your race, the Craft Beer & Cider Festival will welcome you with hand-crafted beers and ciders, locally roasted coffee, local food, and live entertainment.
Date: 6th October 2019
Venue: Wagga Wagga
- 7km course - Elevation: 34m / Gravel: Mixed surface (mostly walking track and fire trail)
- 30km course - Elevation: 202m / Gravel: None
- 50km course - Elevation: 332m / Gravel: None
- 115km course - Elevation: 810m / Gravel: None
The Bowral Challenge offers four courses to choose from. All the loops will take you through the breathtaking scenery of Bowral.
Date: 20th October 2019
Venue: Bong Bong Street, Bowral
- 175km Maxi Classic
- 120km Challenge Classic
- 90km Rouleurs Classic
- 35km Social Classic
Bass Coast Cycle Challenge
Participating in the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge will take you on a spectacular but challenging ride through the scenic Bass Coast Hills. Join the challenge and know you’re supporting the education of young road users through the RYDA-Road Safety Education programs.
Date: 9th November 2019
Venue: Inverloch Victoria
Long Course Weekend Jervis Bay
For Long Course Weekend, you can do the Swim, Bike, or Run individually, or you can treat it more like a triathlon event. With a variety of distances to choose from, it’s the perfect event whether you’re a first-timer or training for the Ironman. We’ve got the Jervis Bay Gran Fondo details for you:
Date: Saturday 16th November 2019
Venue: Callala Beach
Distances: 90km / 60km / 30km
L’Étape Australia is the only official Tour de France event in Australia. It’s the largest Tour de France event held outside of France, taking riders on a route that starts and finishes in Jindabyne. The Race route is 170km long with a 3,000m height gain.
Date: 29th November – 30th November 2019
Tips for your cycling race
Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, we know it can be a daunting experience to prepare for a race. We’re here to help. Here are a few OORRsome tips:
We recommend following a sound nutrition plan in the weeks or months leading up to the big race. Remember each body is different. Factors like your unique digestive system and race day conditions will determine what you should and shouldn’t eat on race day. Want to learn more? Check out our guide on How to Fuel Your Body Before a Big Race.
Even professional athletes deal with the frustration of illness or injury that threatens to derail them from their training and ruining their whole season. The good news is that there’s something you can do, starting with your overall nutrition strategy. Read more on Managing Illness and Injury Through Training and Competition.
We get that you want to look your best on the day of the big race. You may even buy brand new cycling apparel just for the event. However, the last thing you want to do is participate in a race without knowing if you can rely on your jersey and shorts to get you through the whole race. The wrong fit and material can be distracting and keep you from performing as well as you should.
At OORR, our products boast high-performing four-way stretch material that is abrasion-resistant. For eco-friendly pro-level cycling apparel that won’t hold you back, check out our White Noise - Summer ’19 line.