The Convict 100 is an ‘institution’ in Australia mountain biking! As one of the first marathon events established in Australia, it consistently inspires all entrants to push their personal boundaries. The 2017 event will be the 13th edition of the “Century of Dirt” capitalising on the course changes made in 2015, and enjoyed in 2016.
Hosted from the sleepy township of St. Albans barely 2 hours North of Sydney’s CBD, the course follows the historic Convict Trail through the heart of the Hawkesbury Valley, taking in some of the best scenery the area has to offer. The mix of fast fire trail, technical rock gardens, rocky descents and spectacular ridgeline views is unmatched by any other mountain bike event. It is rugged, remote and one epic adventure on a bike!
The race starts and finishes in the historic township of St. Albans where a community (and the third oldest pub in Australia) welcomes all competitors with open arms. Riders can choose between the full “Century of Dirt” 100km, the all new “Convict half” 68km or a 44km introductory ride for beginners and juniors. This is one mountain bike weekend you do not want to miss!
Logistics for the Convict 100
With a 7:15am race briefing, it means an early start from Sydney – but if you book early there are accommodation options within a 20-30 minute drive of St Albans – plus you can camp from $5 per vehicle.
If you’re driving in on the morning, leave time for the ferry crossing as it’s easy to get caught out with a minor traffic jam on the way in. Same for the way out – but the Settler’s Arms puts on a good spread so why not sit back and enjoy it? You’re in a special place in Sydney’s surrounds, so make the most of it!