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September 2, 2016
Photography by Tim Bardsley-Smith
The Race to the Rock is a 2,300km solo, unsupported ride from the heart of Adelaide’s CBD to Uluru — also known as Ayers Rock — in Australia’s dusty Red Centre. The inaugural edition begins tomorrow, Saturday September 3, 2016.
In addition to temperature extremes, the need to remain self-sufficient, and a limited number of refuelling stations along the way, riders must face the challenging Mawson Trail and the isolation of the Oodnadatta Track.
Despite the complexity of the terrain and the task ahead, racers are governed by just three simple rules: Ride the full route. No drafting. No help that others couldn’t also get along the way.
The route demands respect, research and caution – and it’s with this approach that 20 racers leave Victoria Square at 6am tomorrow.
Having previously watched Jesse Carlsson ride to victory in the 2015 Trans Am, and, more recently, Sarah Hammond’s successful completion of the same race this year, the Race to the Rock — which features both Jesse and Sarah — was always going to be something we wanted to cover.
Having experienced first-hand how quickly conditions can change in the Australian Outback, we agreed that we needed a car that was up to the terrain. Our partnership with Holden allowed us to get our hands on the just-released Holden Colorado LTZ Crew Cab pickup 4×4 to make sure our film crew is able to follow along.
From Saturday you will find the CyclingTips Colorado making its way up to Uluru and back following the Race to the Rock. Upon its return it’ll be hitting the road as a support vehicle for a series of Australian Roadtripping features and for events like the Giro della Donna.
Visit the Race to the Rock hub page to watch daily video updates, read reports, and live-track the racers as they make their long journey north over the next couple weeks.