Start Time: 7am
The Rapha Dirty 130 - the ride everyone is talking about. The 2017 ride capped at 450 riders, departs from the Victory Memorial Gardens, and heads into the northern hills of Wagga Wagga. Four picturesque, challenging and unique Dirt Sectors await riders, as well as a jaunt through the rolling Coursing Park hills.
Starts from the Victory Memorial Gardens.
- Approximately 130km of challenging rural riding
- Four ‘Dirt Sectors’, each rated and named
- Hatwells Hardman and Hardwoman title
- Fully signed and mapped route
- Water and fuel on course
- On course support by Motorcycle and Sag Wagon
- Rapha Cap
- Rapha Musette
- Rapha Cloth Ride Number
- Rapha Sample Chamois Cream
- Illustrated Ride Map
- Top Tube Sector Sticker
- Free entry to the Gears and Beers Festival
- Emergency contacts
The route takes riders through the northern hills of the greater Wagga Wagga region, moving through Coolamon, Marrar and Coursing Park on the way back to Wagga Wagga and the Gears and Beers Festival. The route offers challenging and varied terrain, quiet country lanes, and stunning views.
Upon entering the Hatwells Sector, riders will be competing for the Hatwells Hardman and Hardwoman title. Riders need to upload their ride to Strava by 2.00pm on the day to be eligible. The male and female with the fastest time ridden over the sector on the day will be awarded the Hardman and Hardwoman title.
The route will finish at the Victory Memorial Gardens as the Gears and Beers Festival kicks off for the afternoon.
THE DIRT SECTORS
- Tooyal Sector. 10km. Five Stars. Long. Short punchy climbs. Beautiful laneways.
- Williamson Sector. 6km. Three Stars. Short. Smooth. Fast.
- Rockview Sector. 6km. Four Stars. Technical. Big views. Steep descent. 90deg corners.
- Hatwells Sector. 9km. Five Stars. Long and hard. Creek crossing. Hardman and Hardwoman.
Suitable for Standard Road bikes as 90kms will be ridden on sealed roads, Mountain bikes for those who are extremely fit, ideal for Cyclo cross bikes but not essential.
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