The 3 different challenges, 170 km, 100 km and 70 km, cater for different grades of rider. Don’t be fooled as there is a good amount of elevation.
The 70km and 170km rides of the Newcrest Orange Challenge start near the centre of Orange and travel north of Mt Canobolas. The Cargo Rd will then take you towards the small town of Cudel where you are in free fall by dropping off the tablelands and losing almost 500m in elevation. Turning for the town of Cargo and prepare for the first real climb of the day with a well placed water stop. The rolling descent into Canowindra is where the 70km riders finish and you then take the bus back to Orange. The 170km riders, will then keep on riding.
The 100km riders are bused to this point from Orange, where they will then join and take the same route as the 170km riders.
Now for the hard work will start for the Newcrest Orange Challenge. Heading East towards Mandurama, the road climbs along the Belubula Way Road with two stops available. These will be well deserved, after having come up part of the tablelands with 400 or so metres of climbing.
After Mandurama you are then heading north for home, with a steady climb towards Spring Terrace, another water stop and past the Cadia Mine to the left. Then the final downhill stretch and a nice roll into Orange.
Time to celebrate and enjoy the local area with family and friends, when the Newcrest Orange Challenge is completed.