Port to Port MTB

14 May 2014

Port to Port MTB

The inaugural Port to Port MTB is a four-day mountain bike challenge through the landscapes of Newcastle, Port Stephens, and the Hunter Valley, from 29 May to 1 June, 2014.

The event is the newest section of the MTB (mountain biking) international stages and is designed to cater to all skill levels. Following the motto, “it’s a ride, not a race”, the event combines cycling with an opportunity for sightseeing. The ride is split into three categories – open, masters, and elite – and covers just over 200 km of scenic track.

Register to enter the ride or follow the tour to take in the beautiful scenery of NSW. Day one of the event starts in Port Stephens, a seaside township with 26 beaches. The trail begins and ends at the Nelson Bay Marina, passing through Shoal Bay and venturing down forest trails in the area.

Spend day two and three in the Hunter Valley. Beginning at Lindeman’s Winery on day two, riders will climb the region’s motor bike single track to reach the Pokolbin State Forest, and be rewarded with spectacular views of the wine country region. Riders leave from Briar Ridge Winery on the morning of day three for the longest leg of Port to Port MTB; they’ll enjoy the old rail roads of the area coupled with magnificent local scenery. Learn about the history of the region by visiting the Richmond Vale Railway Museum as you wait for cyclists to arrive here at the end of the stage.

Enjoy Blacksmiths Surf Beach as riders speed out of the area on day four, headed to Newcastle. Relax on Merewether Beach to watch the riders pass through, or head straight to the finish line at Nobbys Lighthouse.