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By Courtney Ammenhauser
June 23, 2021
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By Courtney Ammenhauser
June 23, 2021
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Looking for a change of scenery on your next long distance ride? Consider escaping the big smoke and hitting the hills on car-free country roads next time you want to get into top gear. If you're keen to mix up to your next cycling session, head to Orange this spring to dust off the winter cobwebs and take part in the Newcrest Orange Challenge.

On Sunday, September 12,  you can enjoy a scenic cycle through undulating hills on quiet country roads in one of the three ride options: 70 kilometres, 100 kilometres or 170 kilometres. There'll be on-route assistance in the form of medical and mechanical support, nutrition and hydration stations and rest stops to keep you safe and sound. If you arrive the day before, head to Robertson Park for the pre-race festivities on Saturday, September 11, including a midday social cycle and a Q&A session with the Bicycle Network's Women's Community. Or, battle it out for the $1000 cash prize at the time trial event Prologue in the Park.

You can even use the ride as an excuse to head out of town for the whole weekend for a relaxing country escape. While you're there, hit up the nearby wineries, check out the local galleries and boutiques and carb load for the big ride at Bills Beans or Racine Bakery.

The Newcrest Orange Challenge will take place on Sunday, September 12 with warm up events on Saturday, September 11. Register to ride before June 27 to receive a free event jersey via the website.

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