On May 6th, Max Adventure hosted another successful edition of the Convict 100, with the premier 100km distances being won by National XCM Champion Em Viotto and Joel Green. With 2022 being a wash out (what wasn’t?) the event had a bumper field of riders ready to tackle the 44km, 68km and 100km routes. There […]
The Convict 100 is one of Australia’s longest running mountain bike marathons, and it’s the closest marathon to Sydney, Australia’s most populous city. The hamlet of St Alban’s plays host to the iconic race run by Max Adventure, with riders setting off early in the morning, returning in as little as four hours later, even […]
The Convict 100 is probably the most distinctive mountain bike race in Australia. Despite having no singletrack, it manages to be technically challenging. Despite having no built features like gap jumps or north shore the trails are as badass as they come, being hand carved by thieves, bolters and lifers. It’s got zero pretension, not […]
Jon Odams and Cristy Henderson take out the 2021 Convict 100 in NW Sydney.
After a covid induced hiatus from XCM racing, the races are returning in Australia. The longstanding Convict 100 is underway on May 1. We take a look at team rider Justin Morris’ Norco Revolver prepared for race day.
So far the year 2020 has thrown up challenges around the world. The world of sport has been upended, but in some countries events have been able to reschedule, allowing us mountain bikers to set goals for later in the year. Goal setting is a key part of motivation, and a positive goal to train […]
The Convict 100 mountain bike marathon has now well and truly established itself as a classic and reliable staple on the Australian XCM calendar. The race originally called the Dirt Works Classic was first run in 2004 making it one of the oldest continuously running marathons in Australia. A very similar course has been used […]
Here in Australia, we don’t have the amount of historical paths and routes that fall into everyday use like some parts of the world. While we still have plenty of examples where indigenous routes of travel have become major traffic corridors, we don’t have quite the same connection with the lived history. We don’t have […]
St Albans is a sleepy town on the banks of the MacDonald River, a tributary of the Hawkesbury River about 2hrs drive north of Sydney. Settled in 1842 it doesn’t see a lot of heavy traffic other that 1 weekend in May for the Convict 100. Due to the location from Sydney, many opt to […]
At the start of this year, we published a post outlining the ingredients that make for a great marathon MTB race. One of the stand out components is the route – it needs to be challenging and interesting, and you’d also expect there to be singletrack. So how come, the Convict 100 has no singletrack, and […]