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Cloudride Prologue 500
The intention of the Cloudride Prologue event is to provide an entry level for first time bikepacking racers to test gear, navigation and themselves over two or three days and gain an experience of the terrain and fatigue levels that they will encounter on the full 1000k Monaro Cloudride. A secondary option is for strong but time poor XC racers who want to dig a little deeper without having to commit to the expense of a full multi-day bikepacking rig. These riders will need to meet the navigation challenges, ride light, ride hard and hit the commercial ’sleep/food’ options to make it work.
Seb Dunne, after a fitfull few hours of unsleep around 3:00am hit the opening 6:00am Tumut McDonalds breakfast menu with a $50 counter slap to get him home in 34h+ ... the 2018 course had a fair amount of elevation [12,000Vm] and not much sleep... he's still reminding me of the the 'soft' 2019 course.
Arron Thompson had a plan, along with several others, to make it
an 'all nighter' and managed to hit the re-fuel options to make
it work .... finishing in 30h 29m ... the wannabes/couldabeen all hit
the snooze button.
Some great riding, determination and learning experiences right
through the field. Special mention for 3rd outright Lauren Bartsch
underlining the strength that women riders have in ultra distance
events. Rowan McMurray 6th, went on to finish the European
TransContinental 4,000+k and Dan Hunt getting some early
training in for his great ride finishing top 25 in the Silk Road
Mountain Race, Kyrgyzstan from 137 starters.
2020 Prologue 500k will be another mix of challenges taking in some of the Brindabella's and passing near re-supply options [no particular order] in Cooma, Nimmitabel, Bungendore, Adaminaby, Berridale, Braidwood ... that's a pie and choc milk every 80k's! It could be fast but as always weather will dictate the final outcome and enjoyment.
Bikepacking self sufficiency, no outside or race side assistance from anyone. DIY .... prepare to succeed! More in depth race rules are available on the Monaro Cloudride 'Rules' page. Rules are self administered ... you make the call if you transgress, it's the right thing to do against your fellow rider.
RACE TRACKING REGISTRATION - $100 each rider.
GPS race tracking is mandatory. Enter, pay the tracking fee and rent, borrow or steal a SPOT gps tracker [or similar].