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Convict 100 2015

Tristania's picture

By Tristania - Posted on 04 May 2015

Saturday, 8 August, 2015 - 08:00
10 hours
Come Rain or Shine: 
I'll be there, no matter what the weather.
Ride Database Entry: 
Great Northern Road
Ride Database Entry: 
Womerah Range
Meeting Point: 

St Albans, NSW

Bulga St and Wharf st, st albans, nsw

Due to the flooding of St Albans, the original date had to be postponed, now rescheduled to August

The Convict 100 is an ‘institution’ in Australia mountain biking! As one of the first marathon events established in Australia, it consistently inspires all entrants to push their personal boundaries. The 2015 event will be the 11th installment of the “Century of Dirt” with a course change to the 100km and all new 68km and 44km course options.

Hosted from the sleepy township of St. Albans only 2 hours North of Sydney, the course follows the historic Convict Trail through the heart of the Hawkesbury Valley, taking in some of the best scenery the area has to offer. The mix of fast fire trail, technical rock gardens, rocky descents and spectacular ridgeline views is unmatched by any other MTB event. It is rugged, remote and one epic adventure on a bike!

The race starts and finishes in the historic township of St. Albans where a community (and the third oldest pub in Australia) welcomes all competitors with open arms. Riders can choose between the full “Century of Dirt” 100km, the all new “Convict half” 68km or a 44km introductory ride for beginners and juniors. This is one mountain bike weekend you do not want to miss!

Who's in?
Blades_Utd, Fatboy, Tristania, duck, ahein, Hangers, all74, GarethP, commandokamikaze, GeoffR, the pedaling donkey (11 riders)
Blades_Utd Fatboy Tristania duck ahein Hangers all74 GarethP commandokamikaze GeoffR the pedaling donkey
What Happened?

Blog entries about this meeting (as this is a race standings and times are shown, click on the title for more and to comment)...

Who Title Status Time Pos.Gen. Category Pos.Cat.
ahein Tcivnoc 68 (or convict backwards) Finished 03:51:22 63 68km Male Veteran 20
Tristania Numb Feet, Working Together, Playing Limbo, and Water Drops Finished 04:17:37 13 100km Male Senior 2
Blades_Utd Convict 100 2015 Finished 04:20:03 17 100km Male Masters 5
GarethP 2015 Convict 100 Finished 04:39:15 37 100km Male Veteran 8
obmal A race in reverse Finished 05:27:58

Were you there and have a story to tell?

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philberesford's picture

Injured Sad Gutted

garyinoz's picture

Is that down to the ribs? Were you on for the full 100km?

I'm just lazy and still in two minds!

philberesford's picture

Yes the full ton Gary, my whole chest is very sore, the GNR is going to hurt for all the wrong reasons Sad

Blades_Utd's picture

That's a shame Phil, time to get in some drinking practice for your upcoming 40th Smiling

all74's picture

Going in the 44k with my 12yo. I hope it will be an adventure and not put him off for life.

Fatboy's picture

No good Phil. Come join the injured then. I'm going to be one of the helpers at the feed station at the canoe bridge.

Lach's picture

Couldn't make it this year, but keen to know whether it's better in reverse. And especially whether the "new" 68 is better than the "old" 50. Views??

obmal's picture

I think that its a harder 100k race in reverse, possibly because you hit the technical rock shelves about the same time fatigue is starting to hit (normally most the technical stuff is done in the first 2-3 hours) and the last hilly section has more pinch climbs that hit you 70-85k's into it than when run in the normal direction that while its a lot of climb there is only really one walking section.. (and we all know where that one is..)

The 44 and 68k options are good for the race, but its a tough one to solve if they run it any other way?

I prefer the normal direction, but if this direction helps keep selling race entries then so be it.

Brian's picture

They could run the new loops the other way to then get the 100 back in the normal direction

Horizon's picture

Its a better race anticlockwise because:

- Riding up Shepherd's Gully is not as steep as Blue Hill

- You ride across the kayak bridge sooner so you have more energy for concentration.

- You tackle the technical rock shelves sooner so you should have more energy.

- Riding down Blue Hill is more fun than riding up.

The four plank kayak bridge sounded good in theory however at the end of the bridge some of the planks had sunk down turning the bridge into a single plank bridge.

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