Welcome to the middle of Australia. The Simpson Desert is the world’s largest parallel sand dune desert 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 in the morning and 50km in the afternoon.
Each September, competitors, support crew and officials gather in the Australian Simpson Desert for the annual Simpson Desert Bike Challenge. SDBC is a 5-day MTB event covering 300km or 500km. Each race day has two stages – approximately 80km in the morning and 50km in the afternoon stage. Riders have the option to compete solo or in a relay team. Riders are required to bring a dedicated support crew or they have the option to join a support crew.
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 the 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 by raising funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. And foster an appreciation of the Australian outback and the natural environment.
Click here for the details.