Start Time: 7am
Limit: 1000 riders
The Rapha Dirty 130 - the ride everyone is talking about. The 2019 ride is capped at 1000 riders (increased from 750 last year), departs from the Victory Memorial Gardens, and heads into the northern hills of Wagga Wagga. Picturesque, challenging and unique gravel sectors await riders, as well as a jaunt through the rolling Coursing Park hills. At the 81km mark riders will hit the infamous Dead Camel Lane (the wildest gravel sector on course). Survive the gravel of Dead Camel and you'll get the chance to relax and enjoy a scenic stint surrounded by rural farmland. Finally you'll roll through the local university, and lap up the downhill roll on the black stuff all the way back to the craft beer festival (at the finish line).
Important: Some sections (31.8 to 36.8km) include private property (on farms) and must only be ridden during the event. Please don't trespass on this private property during training rides.
Starts and finishes at the Gears + Beers (craft beer and cider) festival.
- Approximately 130km of challenging rural riding
- Mulitple ‘Dirt Sectors’, each rated and named
- Fully signed and mapped route
- Water and fuel on course
- On course support by Motorcycle and Sag Wagon
NEW SECTORS IN 2019:
There's more gravel, a tiny bit more climbing, and even more fun. This year we also have some on-farm trails (through private property).
- Custom Rapha cycling cap
- Custom Rapha musette bag
- Rider number
- Top tube sector sticker
- Entry band to the Gears + Beers Festival
- Emergency contacts
- and some other goodies
WHAT TO RIDE?
We usually see cyclists riding road bikes fitted with the widest tyre compatible with their frame (eg 25/28mm+). Gravel/cyclocross bikes are however becoming increasingly popular and ideal for the route. Mountain bikes also seen in small numbers. Whatever you ride just take it fun a spin on some good gravel to make sure you're comfortable.
Not sure if you should ride your road bike on dirt? Read this great article - http://theclimbingcyclist.com/why-you-should-ride-your-road-bike-on-unsealed-roads/
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