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Spring Cycling Classic Returns to Orange
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Spring Cycling Classic Returns to Orange

Bicycle Network


Bicycle Network’s Newcrest Orange Challenge returns to Central West New South Wales as Australia’s spring cycling classic on Sunday 12 September 2021. 

More than 1,200 cyclists are expected to take part in the fifth edition of the event that started in 2016 and has become a highlight on the New South Wales cycling calendar. 

Bicycle Network General Manager of Events Rebecca Lane said it is exciting to return to such a beautiful part of Australia after COVID-19 stopped the event running in 2020. 

“Spring is a great time of year to visit Orange and the Central West. Not just for some great riding in September sunshine but also to have a full weekend escape filled with food, wine and country hospitality,” said Ms Lane. 

With three separate routes of 70 kilometres, 100 kilometres and 170 kilometres, cyclists of all abilities can test themselves on the rolling hills and country roads nestled among the region. The event is based in Orange and travels through Forest Reefs, Mandurama, Belubula Way, Canowindra and Cargo. 

“The riding route can be challenging, but the beautiful scenery makes it worth it, and Bicycle Network will have your back with pre-ride training plans, food and hydration, mechanical and medical support.” 

There is also an option for participants to increase their weekend spending money at the Prologue in the Park time trial race on the Saturday before the main event. A cash prize of $1,000 will be up for grabs for the fastest male and female to ride a special course in Orange. 

COVID-19 safety plans are also being developed to manage physical distancing, hygiene and capacity requirements at event sites. 

“To protect the local community and riders, changes will be made to how the event village, route and rest stops will operate. The size of groups and gatherings will be reduced, hand sanitiser readily available and surfaces regularly cleaned and sanitised,” added Ms Lane. 

Early bird entries to Bicycle Network’s Newcrest Orange Challenge are now open at orangechallenge.com.au with a bonus jersey available for anyone who enters by Sunday 27 June 2021. 

To give entrants peace of mind, a COVID ticketing policy has been created offering ticket credits or refunds if you cannot attend because of COVID-19. 2020 ticket holders have also had their entries transferred after last year’s event did not run. 

The 2021 Newcrest Orange Challenge is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Visit NSW. Newcrest is the event naming rights partner. 


Bicycle Network’s Newcrest Orange Challenge 


Saturday 11 September 2021: Rider registration and Prologue in the Park Sunday 12 September 2021.

Sunday 12 September 2021: Newcrest Orange Challenge 70km, 100km and 170kms rides 


Three separate ride options travelling through Orange, Canowindra, Cargo, Belubula Way, Mandurama and Forest Reefs. 

70 kilometre ride: the shortest option starts in Orange and finishes in Canowindra with a stop in Cargo. It includes 770 metres of climbing. Bicycle Network provides transport for 

100 kilometre ride: returning after a successful debut in 2018, this option starts in Canowindra and travels to Orange via Belubula Way, Mandurama and Forest Reefs with 1,430 metres of climbing. 

170 kilometre ride: the biggest and toughest ride starts and finishes in Orange and rides through Cargo, Canowindra, Belubula Way, Mandurama and Forest Reefs. It includes a mammoth 2,200 metres of climbing. 

Event village: Robertson Park, Orange CBD 


More than 1,200 riders, family and friends will descend on Orange for a weekend escape to the country filled with cycling and gourmet food and drink. 


Bicycle Network and its team of leading riders will help riders along every kilometre with food and hydration supplies, mechanical and medical support, shuttle buses and transport, traffic management and more. 

Visit orangechallenge.com.au for more information. 

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