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Simpson Desert Bike Challenge

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Event type:
MTB Stage
Event dates:
27 Sep 2022 - 5 day event
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Race Organiser:
Desert Challenge Inc.
Race Director:
Martin Solms

Simpson Desert Bike Challenge

Welcome to the middle of Australia.

The Simpson Desert is the worlds largest parallel sand dune desert in the world and The Simpson Desert Bike Challenge is one of the oldest stage races in the country.   The event crosses the Simpson Desert from East to West covering roughly 500km over ten stages. Each race day has two stages – approximately 80km morning / 50km afternoon.
The course traverses some 700 sand dunes, salt lakes, vast cattle stations and gibber plains. Riders and crews will experience all the diversity of this rugged and beautiful desert.

The event is more than a mountain bike race – it’s a moving race village comprising riders, their support crews, 4wd vehicles and event crew.  Everyone involved in the event comes away with new friendships, awesome stories and a sense of having achieved something unique.

We have three main goals for our event:

Provide opportunities for personal achievement in a sporting challenge
Support community interests through raising funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service
Foster appreciation of the Australian outback and the natural environment

The 2019 event will start in Birdsville, Queensland and will finish at the Mt Dare Hotel in South Australia.

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