Put yourself to the test at the Convict 100!
The Convict 100 isn't just an authentically Australian MTB race, it's as challenging as the name suggests. Held on 2 May, it's an event designed to push riders to their limits. Affectionately known by participants as the ‘Century of Dirt’, 2020 will see the 16th instalment of this 100km MTB institution.
A brutal history
The race gets its name from the Convict Trail, a scenic track through the Hawkesbury Valley. Make no mistake though, it isn’t all stunning views. Hand built by convicts between 1826 and 1836, it’s no premium single track rather a rough and tumble thoroughfare as raw as the day it was carved into the landscape.
But don’t worry, there’s plenty of technical turns and rocky descents to remind you why you’re addicted.
Pure MTB action
The 100km course is legendary and has provided more than a few thrills and spills down the years. Riding up Jacks Track and Shepherds Gully will no doubt test the climbing legs but flying down the Womerah Range and the infamous Blue Hill is a welcome reward. The challenge of tackling the rock gardens and drop-offs along the Old Great North Road is a unique experience as well.
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 more casual 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.
Share a brew and story with friends, new and old
While the course itself is a challenge and you’ll leave feeling a sense of accomplishment the best thing about the Convict 100 is without a doubt the people you’ll meet. With the race kicking off in historic St Albans, there is a vibrant community hub to explore. The town is also home to Australia’s third-oldest pub, the Settlers Arms Inn, so what better way to toast the convicts who helped build the trails than with a nice cold beer.
Friday will see an Event Centre open from 5pm for riders to socialize before the big day. With the first race kicking off at 6:30am and the final race finishing up at 1:30pm there’s plenty of time to kick back and swap stories with your fellow riders in a vibrant, friendly atmosphere.
There are various campsites available for riders in St. Albans as well as several hotels ranging from basic lodgings to Bed and Breakfasts. You can click here to see the full range.
So, what are you waiting for? Experience Australia’s authentic MTB endurance race this May!
To learn more about the Convict 100 and to register click here!