TERRA AUSTRALIS BIKE EPIC
START: 6:00am Saturday 31 August
FULL DISTANCE 6264k top to bottom!
Peter Gargano Age: 66 Coffs Harbour NSW
Bike: Giant Model: XTC Advanced 2 HT 29r Gears: 2X11 26:36f 11:42r
Power: Dynamo SP PX-8X, Battery: 7.2V x 10,000 mAh
Tent: no name Chinese Bivvy: Space Blnkt Bag: Adventuridge (Aldi)
Mat: Nature VENTURES (Chinese)
Bikepacking Race Experience:
Hunt 1000, 2017 ~350 km (DNF - mechanical - 2.5 days)
Cloudride, 2018 ~150 km, ( DNF - medical - 1 day)
Cloudride 500k (prologue) 2019 (3.5 days)
Comments: "If I thought TABE was going to be easy then I probably wouldn't be too interested. The most difficult part will be meeting my own expectations. The best time will simply be when everything is working and I'm out on my bike enjoying it!. I hope to complete the course in 40-45 days, but if I can go faster then I will.
Paul Lester Age: 54 Cooma NSW
Bike: Scott Model: Scale plus Rigid 29r Gears: 2x 10
Bivvy: J&H Gortex Bag: One Planet
Mat: Thermarest NeoAir
Bikepacking Race Experience: 2 x finisher US Tour Divide 2016, 2017
Adventure Race: Susitna 100 Alaska fatbike wilderness race 100 miles x 13 finishes
Comments: Thought I'd better do a ride in my own Country!
Steven MacLeod Age: 55 Auckland NZ
Nationality: New Zealand
Bike: Specialized Model: 'Louis Crosby special' 29r Rigid Gears: 1X Dinner plate on the granny.
Sleep Gear: Bivvy: Macpac Bag: Macpac Mat: Exped
Bikepacking Race Experience: 2018 Terra Australis illness enforced DNF!
2016 Tour Aotearoa [3,000k] Adventure Race: 76th 2016 World Champs.
Comments: I've noticed the idea of the Terra Australis is completely unexplainable to anyone who never steps out of the ordinary and completely explainable to those who do.
BYRON BAY - CANBERRA 1463k
START: 8:00am Sunday 22 September
Mark Riley Age: 59 Toowong Qld
Bike: Ebay Model: St Lucia Rigid, 700x35 Gears: 2X 33:42, 11:48
Sleep Gear: Bivvy: SOL Bag: Katmandu Mat: bubble-wrap
Bikepacking Race Experience: Rookie but Audax regular
Matt Sheather Age: 50 Gymea NSW
Bike: Specialized Model: Crux 29r Rigid 700c
Sleep Gear: Tent: Hennesey Hammock Bag: Denali capsule 300 + liner Mat: Nil
Bikepacking Race Experience: 2019 Cloudride 500 Prologue DNF
XC Racing: A few placings in over 40's 24H 1st Two man Stromlo
Adventure Race: Top ten overall Gloucester Mountain Man and Upper Murray Challenge
Trail Running: 6ft Track. 5hrs Sri Chinmoy Royal National Park 10k >50 Record
Comments: Got hooked after this years Cloudride 500, where I was continuously getting lost and DNF'd. Looking for a week away and couldn't think of a better thing to do. I will be better equipped after lessons learned at Cloudride and look forward to completing the Byron to Canberra leg within a week! Best of luck to everyone
Jeremy Barbe Age: 36 Brisbane Qld
Bike: Curve Model: GXR Rigid 27.5 Gears: 1X 32t 10:42
Power: SON Dynamo + 15,000mAh battery
Sleep Bivvy: Alpkit Bag: Katmandu Mat: Nemo 3/4
Bikepacking Race Experience: Great Southern NZ Brevet 1100k
Touring: NZ Sth Island, random Australia, Europe, Taiwan.
Comments: Had eyed off some of this route last year to explore when I had the time. Fortunately the Byron to Canberra stretch lined up with my holidays.
I've explored some of some of the route previously, but know there is plenty of challenging and beautiful terrain out there. Can't wait and will hopefully be rolling into Canberra before the holidays finish up.