The AMB100 Marathon will return to Stromlo Forest Park – it’s an awesome place to RIDE – discover with us how much fun it is to RACE!
29. September 2019
Join locals and mountain bikers from all over Australia and conquer the Stromlo trails! Take on this singletrack lap-based marathon on a giant circuit at Stromlo Forest Park – you pick your distance! One cheeky lap, two to catch the racing bug or three for a classic marathon… 5am start and sunrise lap for the 100-miler anyone?
The sweeping climbs, rocky descents and flowying trails at Stromlo, however, also mean that it gets you into a rythm that makes it one of the most fun and rewarding races you’ll ever do.
Supported by the Australian Mountain Bike Magazine and Events ACT, it features the longest racing circuit possible at the popular MTB park and for the classic marathon challenge participants will have to complete three laps of the ~25km monster race circuit, which links together almost all trail sections at Stromlo. The mass race start at 8am will launch the single, double and triple lap races. By then the growing number of marathon addicts will have completed almost a third of their race – the five-lap ‘Miler’ kicks off at 5am with views of a glorious sunrise over the Capital.
Stromlo Forest Park is located just 15 minutes outside the City Centre of Canberra and why not make it a weekend getaway to the Capital? There are so many things to see and do off the race track. There are a lot of ‘bike-loving places to stay‘ in Canberra and why not go on a hunt for the perfect ‘Instagram Moment‘? Check out what other events are on that weekend here and follow our event blog for more ideas!
The 5-lap Miler!
That’s right – we dare you to start your pain fest of a race at 5 am – a morning lap at Stromlo is one of the most memorable experiences on your bike! Start in the dark and as the sun comes out, the view from the top of the observatory will put a spell on your legs to keep you going all day!
About the race circuit
Climb up to the top via Bluegum and then it’s the sweeping descents of Skyline and Luge that will keep your heart rate up, tight switchback climbs, some sections to recover at Willow’s Link, fast downhills – look out Party Line! – everything a mountain biker’s heart could wish for!
Bring family & friends
This is a family-friendly event with kids races and activities. Yummy food, coffee and drinks will be available all day and the riders are treated to fresh fruit, energy drinks and snacks at the Euro-style feed zone in the event centre after each lap!
You can Choose Your Own Challenge with the options to ride the Single, Double, Triple or Miler
In this circuit race the distance challenges are on a 25 – 28 km loop:
Triple: 3 laps for the full marathon challenge
Double: 2 laps – the most popular distance
Single: 1 lap for a relatively quick but still hard race
Miler: 5 laps which has a small but very dedicated following of hard racers
There will be a mass start for the first three and we will most likely send you up an extra bit of firetrail to avoid congestion on the first lap. Start time for the 100miler is 5am to give you that rewarding morning lap and let’s you finish with the crowd. After each lap the times will be recorded at the event centre; the fastest rider in each category wins. Male and female age categories offered include Junior, Elite, Master and SuperMaster.
Mike Blewitt, experienced marathon racer and editor of the Australian MTB Magazine, the event’s headlinie sponsor, says of the race:
“Racing at Stromlo is an immense challenge, and as patrons of the AMB 100 Marathon, we are excited to present this event for Australian Mountain Bikers. The trails and terrain at Stromlo always determine a deserving winner, and with the variety of challenges on offer from a one lap race to the 100 miler, and with paired racing options, there is something for everyone out there. I’ve raced on every continent except the big frozen one, but the trails and racing I have experienced at Mt Stromlo have always left me both exhausted and exhilarated. This will be one of the toughest races on the Australian calendar, yet the variety of events and location means it is accessible to many.”