Newcrest Orange Challenge
Sunday 5 March 2017


Australia’s latest cycling event – the Newcrest Orange Challenge

Orange NSW is the host destination of Australia’s newest fully supported one day bicycle challenge ride, the Newcrest Orange Challenge. Over 2,000 bike riders from around Australia and the world descend on the rolling hills of New South Wales’ central west region for the challenge event, which has been designated with flagship event status by Destination NSW through to 2018.

In the style of a European one day classic, the event follows a 170km circuit with 2,000 certical metres of climbing. The race starts and finishes in Orange and travels through Cudal, Canowindra, Mandurama and across the ascents of Mount Canobolas, to showcase the central tablelands region. Riders will have eight hours to tackle the 170km route, and are provided with full on-road support and traffic management.

“New South Wales has been crying out for bike riding events of this calibre,” relays Bicycle Network CEO, Craig Richards, the organisers of the event, “and we are now delivering the world-class event experience that riders in NSW have been waiting for.”

Bicycle Network believes that Orange is one of New South Wales best kept riding secrets.

“The scenery and views are breathtaking, but don’t be fooled. You will be surprised by short sharp climbs, rolling hills and challenging road surfaces that may have you thinking you’re riding a European one-day classic – until you start that vertical climb up Mount Canobolas!” adds Craig.

Bicycle Network’s NSW Manager, Ryan Lonsdale, says the event provides a challenging test for cyclists but also helps them uncover a new bike riding destination.

“We can’t wait to introduce the Orange circuit to our riders. While it’s a huge test of endurance with continuous hills and sharp tough climbs, it’ll be worth it to cross the finish line and unwind at the race after-party –  where the famous cool climate food and wine of the Orange region will be showcased. With plenty to see and do and taste in the region, it’s a fantastic destination for riders, their families and support crews.”

For more information on the Newcrest Orange Challenge, visit


Here’s a handy link to Training & Prep details provided by ride organisers Bicycle Network.


Late last year, Cyclist Magazine came out to Orange to take a look at the course and to find out what’s in store for riders in the Newcrest Orange Challenge. Here’s what Alex Malone had to say:

“New South Welshmen (and women) have been crying out for a truly challenging sportive to call their own and it may have just arrived. Situated three-and-a-half hours from Sydney or Canberra, the popular winemaking town of Orange will play host to the all-new Newcrest Orange Challenge in 2016. But unlike its epic Bicycle Network Peaks Challenge cousins, this Gran Fondo will leave you with just enough energy so you can enjoy an ale and steak from the renowned Hotel Canobolas or even a meal at local hatted restaurant Lolli Redini. A demanding yet highly achievable route and the promise of sampling some of the country’s top drops? We couldn’t resist taking a better look. Here’s a peak into what we found along the 170km Newcrest Orange Challenge course…”


What:  Newcrest Orange Challenge

When: Sunday 5 March 2017

Where: Orange, NSW – just 260 kilometres from Sydney and one of Australia’s best cool climate wine growing and food producing regions

Who: Over 2,000 bike riders from across Australia

How: With full on-road support and traffic management, riders will have eight hours to tackle the 170km route, incorporating 2,000 vertical metres of climbing

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