This is how WE do a marathon.
This is Australia’s single trail marathon.
The AMB100 Marathon has its home at Stromlo Forest Park – it’s an awesome place to RIDE – discover with us how much fun it is to RACE!
Take on this marathon on giant circuit at Stromlo Forest Park – you pick your distance! Do 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?
Join locals and mountain bikers from all over Australia and conquer the Stromlo trails!
The AMB100 is loaded with Stromlo’s so iconic single trails and every year our race track is updated to be sure to link up as many of the most popular ones. Generally between 22-27km long, the race track always surprises with Stromlo’s hidden gems, which will make it a challenging and unforgettable experience (even for the locals!). It’s one of those races that will make you come back for more every year!
This is your unique annual chance to race Rocky Trail’s ‘giant monster circuit’ at Stromlo!
Spring racing in the Capital! The sweeping climbs, rocky descents and flowying trails at Stromlo mean that it gets you into a rythm that makes it one of the most fun and rewarding races you’ll ever do.
AMB100 Race Format
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
The traditional start is a mass gun start for the first three classifications and there is usually a short addition to the race circuit, an extra bit of firetrail, to avoid congestion on the first lap. Start for the 100miler is very early 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.
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!
What is the race circuit like?
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.
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! – The final details will be confirmed closer to race day.
The infamous 5-lap Miler
In this race classification 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!
Race and explore the Capital in Spring with us – a huge thanks to the Visit Canberra for their support. Click here for the #rockytrailracer Destination Guide in Canberra with lots of ideas for activities off the race track in and around the City plus two accommodation offers from the Abode Hotel Group as well as the Statesman Hotel.
Race highlights from AMB100 in 2019
Q: What has been a highlight for your racing the AMB 100 Marathon?
“The atmosphere and the event crew.” – Charlie Louise
“All the single track we get to ride!” – Gwynn McLeod
“Starting the 100 Miler in the dark!” – Jason English
“I love mix of single track, nice switch climbs, fast flowing descents, to rocky terrain out the back of Stromlo. Something for everyone to enjoy. The AMB100 is one of my favourites!” – Em Viotto
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.
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