Newcrest Orange Challenge set for spectacular return

The Newcrest Orange Challenge is set to return to the majestic tablelands of New South Wales and the pieces are locked in place for a stellar springtime event.

Set in the historical township of Orange and surrounding countryside on Sunday 10 September, the 2023 Newcrest Orange Challenge invites riders to test themselves across either the 88km or 170km distances, which will begin and end in the city centre.

Gruelling climbs, swooping descents and rolling hills will ask even the hardiest of riders to dig deep, while variable road surfaces are sure to keep them on their toes.

The reward? Car-free country roads, breathtaking views of stunning valleys, mountains and vineyards and the satisfaction that comes only from a truly demanding day on your bike.

Bicycle Network will be beside you for the fully supported ride, providing rest stops, nutrition, medical and mechanical assistance – leaving you to enjoy the journey.

An event village will be set up with entertainment and act as a hub for social and kids rides. It will also host a meet-and-greet with Bicycle Network CEO Alison McCormack.

“The Newcrest Orange Challenge is a one-of-a-kind event and our team is determined to make the 2023 edition the best one yet,” says Bicycle Network CEO Alison McCormack. “Whether you’re testing yourself on the bike or just joining in the festivities in this beautiful part of the country, it’s shaping up to be an unforgettable weekend.”

There is plenty on offer for those not taking part in either of the challenge rides. Orange is brimming with character and history and its attractions include gorgeous gardens, diverse art galleries, walking trails and award-winning restaurants.

The area’s cool climate and rich soils lend themselves to acclaimed wine, produce and gourmet delights, too.

Bicycle Network is thrilled to be back in the region running the 2023 Newcrest Orange Challenge. The event is sponsored by Newcrest Mining's Cadia Valley Operations and is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Participation numbers climbed steadily each year since Bicycle Network became involved in 2016. The pandemic sidelined the event and stalled its momentum in 2020, but the stage is now set for a spectacular return. 

Don't miss out on early bird tickets. Register your interest here.

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