AMB100 | Canberra ACT | 03.10.2020

3. – 4. October 2020

Joy, collected over time, fuels resilience.

Brene Brown

Race the AMB100 Async Marathon

In the spirit of resilience, we bring you the AMB100 Async Marathon in 2020. The event features a lap in a figure eight configuration in Canberra, consisting of the Sparrow loop and the Kowen loop, which is 42km in total and the “single lap” distance on offer. Competitors can compete this distance once, twice or three times as part of the marathon challenge.

We dedicated the better of the last month to re-envisaging and re-working this race, motivated by the positive encouragement by our naming rights sponsor, the Australian Mountain Bike Magazine (AMB), our event partners and #rockytrailracers.

There are two major changes:

👀 Location: Sparrow & Kowen Forests

It is amazing to see the uptake in cycling and mountain biking and we are truly stoked about it. This has meant that the ‘original home’ of the AMB100 Marathon has been getting hammered over the weekends especially. We decided that the 25km ‘monster circuit’ would impact the operations at Stromlo too severely and moved the event to Sparrow & Kowen this year.

What can you say about these forests… between them, they would have had more 24hr MTB and Marathon MTB races than any in the country, more club XC races than most, also hosted rally cars, sled dogs, trail running and more… and yet they remain a great place to ride and race in the ACT.

🚲 Race Format: Race the way you ride

This event will be stretched across 2 days to spread the rider numbers and will be run under the new Rocky Trail Async RacingTM brand and event format. This brand was developed specifically to adapt to the Covid-19 environment for our events.

asynchronous
adjective, not existing or occurring at the same time.

You still race together in the one event, but not at the same time!

In it’s essence it means that our athletes will literally “race the way they ride”- they still compete in the one event, but not at the same time.

The four core elements in the context of this event are:

No event centre, no spectators

We will run a format of racing that complies with all the sometimes very loosely defined Covid-19 rules and regulations. A “Star, Operations and Medical Hub” will replace the event centre.

2- day event, start time slots

We stripped the original marathon event concept down to the bare essentials. We put even more safety measures in place to eliminate touch points based on venue-specific specifications.

Mat-start and self-support

We have a lap in a figure 8 configuration of two loops: Sparrow and Kowen. You can have a break in between laps. Once you have completed either loop your time stops and restarts again when you start the next loop.

Staying true to our racing spirit

We will keep the #rockytrailracer spirit alive, still have the riders feel connected, excited and motivated. We will deliver the same challenge, toughness and the fun of it all.

The AMB100 Challenges

We have a lap in a figure 8 configuration consisting of the Sparrow loop and the Kowen loop, which is 42km in total and the “single lap” distance on offer. Competitors can compete this distance once, twice or three times as part of the marathon challenge.

1 LAP = Sparrow plus Kowen loops = 42km

You can choose between the following different challenges:

  • AMB100 Single | 1 lap – Sparrow + Kowen loops | 42km
  • AMB100 Double | 2 laps – Kowen + Sparrow loops ridden twice | 84km
  • AMB100 Triple | 3 laps – Kowen + Sparrow loops ridden three times | 126km

Race the way you RIDE!

You can pick the order in which you complete the tracks! Each half of the figure eight has its own mat start – you can have a break in between laps. Once you have completed either the Sparrow or Kowen loop your time stops and restarts again when you start the next loop. You can even abandon the loop and restart it!

Junior entry fee offered for the Single 42km option as well as Elite, Age Group, eBike and Singlespeed classifications!

About the Venue

What can you say about these forests… between them, they would have had more 24hr MTB and Marathon MTB races than any in the country, more club XC races than most, also hosted rally cars, sled dogs, trail running and more… and yet they remain a great place to ride and race in the ACT.

Sparrow offers hand-built trails through the pine forest that are in places smooth and flowy and in others rocky and tight. The over 100m elevation change can be hardly noticed when flowing through the fast forest section or brought into thigh burning focus when pushing up rocky pinch after pinch. A true test of the all-round mountain biker.

Kowen trails built predominantly by the infamous Kowalski Brothers and their network of volunteers has for years provided the pinnacle of marathon mountain bike tracks. Trails like the “Stairway to Heaven”, “Yipikaye” and “Quadrophenia” are burnt deeply into the memories of many as the now passed Mont 24hr and Kowalski Classic were either the first races or bucket list races for all Australian mountain bikers at one time.

How it works & Race Rules
  • You can have a break in between laps. Once you have completed either the Sparrow or Kowen loop your time stops and restarts again when you start the next loop.
  • You can start each loop between your chosen start time and 3pm.
  • You need to complete your race on the day you signed up for.
  • If you abandon the loop you can restart it.
  • You can choose the order in which you do the loops. E.g. if you are doing the AMB100 Double you can ride: Sparrow, Sparrow, Kowen, Kowen OR Kowen, Sparrow, Kowen, Sparrow OR any other combination as long as you complete both loops twice.
  • Spectators or supporters are not allowed. Because your time stops between loops you have plenty of time to eat, drink and refresh.
  • We will not have space for a pit area. In order to keep all competitors socially distanced we ask you to pit from your car in the carpark.
  • The rules and regulations will be communicated directly in more detail via the Rider Briefing ahead of each event and our website and social media channels.
Our Covid-19 Response
  • We are Covid Safe compliant, your briefing will be virtual, we’ll be social distancing, the podium ceremony will be virtual and we’ll make this the safest event you’ve ever been at!
  • We expect all event participants to observe strict social distancing practices and will communicate specific rules and regulations in the rider briefing, which will be communicated via email to all registered competitors, via the website and our social media channels in the week before the race.

Destination & Plan your trip to Canberra

For travel and other Covid related advice please visit the ACT Government website. You obviously need to be allowed to travel to the ACT in order to race.

Why not make it a weekend getaway to the Capital?

Check out what other events are on, including the “reimagined”Floriade Festival that weekend here! Iconic national attractions; riding Mount Stromlo’s bike trails; sipping our cool-climate Shiraz. Canberra offers the peak experience. It’s the best of Australia, brought together for you.

The Statesman Hotel is our accommodation partner in Canberra. Find out more details here.


Note about the MITAS Terra in the Berra

The Mitas Terra in the Berra is a three-day mountain bike event in Canberra. Under the patronage of the Canberra Off-Road Cyclist Club it promises to be a celebration of the vibrant cycling lifestyle in the Capital. After a successful launch in 2018 and the first year under our management in 2019 we had big plans for 2020. We were working very hard to find a format for a multi day event during Covid but unfortunately failed to come up with something that would tick all the various boxes that need to be ticked this year. The plans we had for this year are ready to go and as soon as the world gets a little bit more normal again we will roll them out.


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