A Mission to Ride Canberra’s iconic Mountain Bike Trails
25. – 27. September 2020
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.
The three-day event will be a celebration of the vibrant cycling and mountain biking lifestyle in Canberra for local and visiting riders – a multi-day experience like no other: your 3-day mountain bike mission 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 with the Rocky Trail Kids MTB Fair and the Hills and Hops Spring Festival by The Handlebar Stromlo on the Saturday. 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.
Day 1 | Majura Pines & Mount Majura Vineyard
Ease into a cruisy spring weekend with a Friday afternoon at Mount Majura Vineyard!
We are starting with an afternoon riding, racing and social affair at Majura Pines and Mount Majura Vineyard: a short-course cross-country race at Majura Pines will get your heart rates up and then it will be about a leisurely late-afternoon and evening together, enjoying local wines, food and live music right in the heart of the beautiful adjoining winery.
The perfect gathering for mountain bikers and their foodie friends and families!
Day 2 | Stromlo Forest Park to Pine Island Murrumbidgee River Loop
From day two the event will be based at Stromlo Forest Park, the epicentre of Canberra’s mountain biking action. A 43 km loop will take its participants to Kambah Pools and Pine Island via the Centenary Trail and along the banks of the iconic Murrumbidgee River and back. This route has never been used in an organised cycling event before and will be an incredible experience!
There will be two timed stages – the first one is a 13km time trial from the feed zone at Kambah Pools to The Vikings Club at Tuggeranong via Pine Island. Have a rest at the feed zone and ride back to Stromlo Forest Park via the Centennary Trail, which will include the second time trial, a ‘short and sweet’ 1km+ hill climb time trial up Cooleman Ridge, the KOM (King of the Mountain) classification of the day.
The Rocky Trail Kids MTB Fair is held with smaller #rockytrailshredders in mind. The ideal age range for kids to participate in it would be from six years and older – we reckon juniors up to 10 or 12 will still enjoy the activities we have planned. We have skilled MTB coaches who will cater for the age and skills groups on the day. The younger kiddies can of course join in too – everyone is welcome and will get a “starter gift” and “finisher certificate”. FIND OUT MORE…
e-Bike Show Race & Hills and Hops Spring Festival
Rocky Trail will host an e-Bike show competition on the four cross track with an invite-only race. The local Handlebar Cafe at Stromlo Forest Park will organise the Hills and Hops Spring Festival.
Day 3 | AMB 100 Marathon
The AMB 100 Marathon is on of Rocky Trail’s flagship cross-country events, with its unique ‘monster circuit’ at Stromlo Forest Park. The event offers a 25-30km race loop, connecting the most trail sections of any event held at Stromlo Forest Park. Depending on their chosen race option, Terra in the Berra participants will do one or two laps.
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 AMB100 Marathon is part of the Terra in the Berra multi-day event and also remains a stand-alone competition. Riders can still register to race the AMB100 Marathon only.
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
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!
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 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!
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.”