DO IT YOURSELF
DO IT YOURSELF
Terra Australis is a solo self supported race. There is no route cue sheet, just the .gpx file of the route to follow on a gps navigation device. Riders contemplating registering for the TABE need to be prepared to undertake a detailed comprehensive study of the race route to identify the food re-supply and water resources that meet their intended race pace needs and include a contingency for delays in remote locations or circumstances.
If you’re technologically challenged and don’t understand the basics of combing through hours of route, logistics planning using mapping/satellite image programs and a spreadsheet [for distance and cue notations] then it’s best you cease any thoughts of undertaking this challenge. If you’re lazy, time poor or just think you can ‘wing it’ then, ditto. If after taking account of these considerations you wish to register for TABE the information and resources below will be available on confirmation of your Registration.
The specific intent of not providing volumenous route detail goes to the heart of the principals of solo self supported race preparation. Do It Yourself. Each rider in undertaking their own process of discovery will become aware and fully informed of the resources available along the route and accordingly have the confidence to embark on the challenge….. and succeed!
Entries open January 1 2020 here...
The following information that will be provided is limited and basic.
TRANSPORT TO START
Air, Sea, Road … the options used by previous years riders travelling to Cape York and up to the start provide a variety of options.
Potential wildlife and fauna hazards are identified with current best practice advice to avoid the danger and procedure protocols to follow in the event of an accidental encounter.
The Course Notes will provide some known water resource information that is not readily available from a general Google Search. Guidance instruction is provided on the identification and preparation of a more detailed water plan that will enable riders to replenish water at manageable intervals along the course.
The Course Notes will provide some known food resource information. Specifically this will identify some small town services or roadhouses with limited options that fall into the ‘local knowledge’ category and to some extent avoid the need for multiple research enquiry from riders asking the same questions.
The race route .gpx file will be provided as five  seperate files broken into shorter legs to avoid accumulated kilometre error in identifying navigation points. NOTE: eTrex 20/30 users will need to split and reduce the ‘points’ in these legs to ensure the full route distance is downloaded to their device.
The Course Notes will provide some known accommodation/camping resource information not readily available from a web search.
The Course Notes will provide some known Bike Service resource information.
This is not an event to be discovering these mysteries however no doubt there will be the need to fine tune one’s approach to this epic journey and there will be a opportunity to draw on the experience of riders who participated in previous years.
ROAD SURFACE CONDITIONS
The Course Notes will identify some road surface conditions however these can change dramatically with the weather riders encounter. In general there is about 25-30% of paved road along the race route.
TERRA AUSTRALIS 2018 [trackleaders.com] 2019 [maprogress.com]
The tracking points for each rider participating in previous events provide an invaluable resource for intending participants. Here you can identify difficult slow sections, sleep breaks, re-supply stops and ride speed between tracking points.