AMB100 Rider Briefing + Mass Race Start moved forward to 8am!!

Dear AMB100 racers,
The Rocky Trail crew has moved into Stromlo, checking out the trails today for the AMB100 race day on Sunday. The trails are in very good condition, albeit a bit sandy in parts. This is the final rider briefing and first things first – we are aware of the high temperatures forecast for Sunday and have moved the mass race start to 8am!
Please go through the following important bits of information to prepare for the event and we are excited and looking forward to welcoming you all at Stromlo Forest Park this weekend, one of our all-time favourite MTB parks!
A preliminary rider list will be posted on Friday.
Juliane + Martin


Mass race start earlier at 8am!

Due to high temperatures being forecast for Sunday we decided to move the start for the 100, 66 and 33 km racers to 8am. Registration starts at 6am. Please check out the updated schedule.
We are also offering extended registration hours on Saturday to pick up your race number between 4 and 7 pm.

The Sunday schedule for the AMB100-milers has not changed:

  • 4.45am – Race registration AMB100-milers at Pavilion office (next to toilet block)
  • 5:00am – Race start AMB100-miler (5 laps) ***no change***
  • Changes for other categories:
  • 6:00-7:30am – Race registration at Stromlo Forest Park event centre (near car park)
  • 7.45 am – Rider briefing, be race ready
  • 8:00am – Mass race start 100km (3 laps) as well as 2- and 3-lap challenges
  • 10:00am – Free kids race at events centre
  • from 11:00pm – Category prize ceremonies
  • est. 12pm – Ceremony 100km Elite Men’s
  • est. 1pm – Ceremony 100miler Elite Men’s
  • 2:00pm – Time limit to start last lap
  • est. 3:30pm – Event finish

Water stations
There are three water stations with water and electrolyte drinks –

  • one in the event centre near timing (there is also a tap);
  • one on top of the Stromlo climb (marked, water only) and
  • one at the intersection Double Dissolution/Party Line (about half-way mark, you will pass it twice, water and electrolytes).

This will also be a manned marshal and first aid contact point. We highly recommend that ever rider takes at least 2x full 750ml bottles out on track or alternatively a 2-3L hydration pack (e.g. Camelbak). You will need it.

Our race director, Martin Wisata, has had thorough experience racing in hot conditions during four completed Crocodile Trophy stage races, where on some days temperatures where in the mid forties. He recommends that you start hydrating your body on Friday evening and throughout Saturday.
The key is to listen to your body during the race, keep drinking plenty of electrolytes and look after yourself. We have a manned marshal point at the half-way mark for support – refer to the water station comment above.

Race rules – Additional regulation regarding race dropout
Please familiarise yourself with our rules and race regulations – they are available on our website.
IMPORTANT:  Should you decide you dropout of the race and finish early you MUST report to the timing tent, so we can record your activity! This is of utmost importance, as we need to make sure that all racers are accounted for throughout the day. Thank you for your cooperation.

Track shorter
The race director decided to shorten the 2014 AMB100 race track marginally and it will be around the 25km mark in length. However, keep in mind that based on previous years, we expect the lap times in the mid-field to be around 1.5-2 hours minimum; fastest lap times last year where around the 75 min mark.

We’re taking out Holden’s Creek near the event centre and head straight up towards the Observatory via Fenceline and Blue Gum Climb. From the top you descend via Western Wedgetail towards the back down Pork Barrell. – IMPORTANT: Pork Barrell is a more technical trail section of Stromlo, beware of the rocky and sandy corners as well as roll-overs! – From half-way down Pork Barrell you turn towards Slick Rock and Brindabellas and then turn into Deep Creek. You start climbing back via Terminal Velocity and Missing Link arriving on top of Double Dissolution. Crim Track and Party Line are next, followed by Dingo and Blue Tongue/Heart Breaker – from there you turn left onto Skyline. Half-way down Luge you turn LEFT to climb up Blackberry Climb to Slant Six and then you’re on the home run via Break-Out.

Track Signage

Please follow the Rocky Trail signage, which will be attached to official Stromlo signs and trees. We are not able to bunt the entire track as Stromlo is such a huge area, but all of the trails are very obvious and visible. Key intersections will be bunted and also signed – but be aware that we’ve had incidents where bunting was torn at Stromlo, so always look out for signs and you’ll be right.

First aid
Will be provided by Pink First Aid; one first aider will be available at the manned marshal station at the Double Dissolution/Party Line intersection and the main first aid station is located at the main AMB100 event centre.

Food & drinks
Will be provided by the Daily Espresso crew include yummy sandwiches, wraps and savoury and sweet snacks as well as coffee, tea and cold drinks. They will be located in the main event centre at the car park.

Weather forecast – Stromlo Forest Park policy
We are racing at Stromlo Forest Park, which is ruled by ACT Government regulations. Under “Catastrophic” fire danger conditions the MTB park will get closed; however, based on the current forecast and previous experience, we don’t expect any closures for this weekend. Please be aware of Rocky Trail rules applying to such instances – they are published in our event cancellation policy on our website.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their support!