The Monaro Cloudride 1000 is a mountain bike endurance ride that traverses the ridgetops of the Great Dividing Range through the Monaro region of south east Australia. Constantly challenging the bike handling skills of the rider with the demands of speed, climbing, descending, endurance and – add the demands of navigation, limited resupply along the route, long hours in the saddle and you introduce the companions of the long distance rider, mental fatigue, loneliness and the mirror of self. For 2016 the route was revised with several sections of the more difficult terrain replaced with challenging fast rolling rural roads enableing faster point to point speeds allowing most riders to cover the 1000k course in 5-7 days. In 2018 the course will run clockwise.
The journey takes riders 1000 kilometres across the rooftop of Australia to experience breathtaking wilderness areas of our national parks, vistas that go forever and the solitude and beauty of our high country plains. The Monaro Cloudride 1000 demands extraordinary determination and also an acceptance that the elements can and will sometimes prevail and reshape your journey. Those who finish can cherish and remember their time on the Monaro Cloudride 1000 as a lifetime achievement.
The route for this event has been chosen to provide a demanding mix of mountain biking skills with a constant overlay of endurance and speed intensity. Slow grinding rubble strewn sections are interchanged with fast flowing forest roads and open hard packed shire roads where, if favourable conditions prevail, high end average speeds can recover time lost on the more difficult sections. Challenge yourself …
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