The biggest mountain bike race we might ever see so close to home. Right on our doorstep, in perfect autumnal conditions, can you blame us for trading in the skinny tyres?
In 2019, it’s the same format as last year – 2018’s greatest hits but with even more of the good stuff and a few added bonuses. Part of the global Epic Series, the organisation and racing is world-class with all stages close to Newcastle and designed to showcase its surrounding mountain bike hot spots.
Beginning around the famed Hunter Valley region, Stage 1 will kick off and finish in the middle of renowned vineyards, a perfect setting to toast getting the wheels dirty. Stage 2 was already a rider favourite last year, and this time around, there’s promise for even more singletrack. Need we say more?
In every race there’s a queen stage and Stage 3 has been crowned with the privilege. With plenty of freshly groomed tracks awaiting you in Awaba, through to some solid climbing up into the Watagans, riders will be rewarded plenty across the day with a brilliant descent towards the finish. The final day samples the world class Glenrock trails plus a few other local networks whilst weaving along the Newcastle coast. Beach views and a final arrival at the Eats, Beats and Bikes Festival at the finish line.
You won’t have to wait till the final day to quench those race day feels with every stage offering plenty of post-ride refreshments in the race villages.
One and two-day race options are also offered if getting those couple of extra days off work prove tough to muster. If that’s not enough, keep in mind Port’s place in the Epic Series Triple Crown and the qualification spots available for the Absa Cape Epic. Cyclist certainly is, with two of our finest already slogging it out in preparation for the official start on 23 May. Thomas Treloar, a familiar face from the Redback, and Richie Tyler, who boasts a resume including the Mongolia Bike Challenge, will be our on-ground reporters.
Stay tuned as Port to Port unfolds!
Stage 1 – Pokolbin, Hunter Valley – 47km, 1,160m
Stage 2 – Killingworth, Lake Macquarie – 46km, 550m
Stage 3 – Awaba / Watagans, Lake Macquarie – 60km, 1,250m
Stage 4 – Glenrock, Newcastle – 39km, 540m
Date: 23-26 May 2019
Location: Central Coast, NSW
Number of stages: 4
Total elevation gained: 3,500m
Format: 4-Day, 2-Day, 1-Day options, and Solo or Pairs categories.
Entry cost: 4-Days from $475 per person.
Full details: porttoportmtb.com