AMB 100 Marathon | Stromlo ACT | 04.10.2020

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!

Event update 07.09.2020

Two words: Start training. Read more here.

Event update 05.09.2020

OK we have gotten some updates: the ACT rules as they are in place now won’t change anytime soon which is the bad news. The good news is that we at least know this now for sure and can work in a single direction as to how we can make it work. We are working hard on an event format that is fun, fair and safe and will let you know more in the coming days.

Event update 04.09.2020

It is 1 month before the event and we still don’t know if it can go ahead. To be honest with you this makes it unlikely to happen in 2020 but we haven’t given up yet. We are working with local authorities to find out if we can come up with a plan but it seems like those guidelines for events haven’t even been written yet. We will keep you up to date and will only decide to cancel the event once we know for sure that it can’t happen in any shape or form this year.

Event update 31.08.2020

With the gathering limit of 100 people which is currently in place in the ACT we will not be able to run this event. We are somewhat hopeful that this rule will be relaxed before the race but if not then we will have to postpone. An announcement from ACT government is expected on Thursday and we will hopefully know more then. Hang in there with us – racing will feel better than ever as soon as we are allowed again.

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?

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. In 2020 the AMB100 will again be part of the Mitas Terra in the Berra 3-day event.

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 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.

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!

AMB100 and the Mitas Terra in the Berra

The Terra in the Berra is Rocky Trail’s 3-day mountain bike event in the Capital, under the patronage of the local CORC Club. It will be a celebration of the vibrant mountain biking lifestyle in the Capital! Majura Pines and a relaxed afternoon at Mount Majura Vineyard on the Friday, Centenary and Murrumbidgee River Trails and lots of fun for the whole family at Stromlo Forest Park.

The AMB100 Marathon will remain a stand-alone race and Terra in the Berra will hit the monster circuit on the Sunday together with the marathon racers.

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!

Best time of they day, out in the early morning light before it gets too hot alone with your thoughts.

Destination & Plan your trip

Make this your perfect MTB Spring weekend getaway if you come from out of town and explore your home trails at race pace plus discover some hidden gems you might not know about if you’re a local!

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!


Race highlights from AMB100 in 2019

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.

Mike Blewitt

Experienced marathon racer and editor of the Australian MTB Magazine, the event’s headline sponsor