CHALLENGE: Winton’s Outback Festival will hold a special cycling challenge in September.
CHALLENGE: Winton’s Outback Festival will hold a special cycling challenge in September. Scott Powick

Olympian to join outback cycling challenge at festival

RIDE alongside Olympian and Commonwealth Games triple medalist Blair Stockwell when he tackles a special cycling challenge during Winton's Outback Festival in September.  

The Brodie Agencies/Ergon Energy Outback Century Cycle Challenge gives participants the choice of a metric (100km) or imperial century (160km) ride on a fully sealed road, starting and finishing in Winton.   

The challenge will be held on Saturday, September 26 - the final day of the five-day biennial festival. New Zealand-born and now Brisbane-based, Stockwell, who rode an imperial century in his first Outback Century Cycle Challenge in 2013, is keen for fellow cyclists to join him on the starting line in Winton.  

The Outback Century Cycle Challenge is billed as the toughest, flattest cycling event in the Outback.  

Ride organiser Chris Carson is unapologetic that the lack of geographic features and scenery make this a really tough course to complete.  

"Out here, there are no big climbs, there are miles of wide open spaces and there are more emus than cars," he said.   "The challenge is not just physical, it's also mental."  

Race entry is $95. Click here to book. 



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