Next weekend, some 500 mountain bikers from across Australia will set off from the Delegate/Bendoc region of Southern NSW/NE Victoria for the 2006 Nalgene Polaris Challenge. The event is a two-day overnight race combining mountain biking with navigation, bush skills and touring.
Self-supported teams of two ride between checkpoints scattered over a large area of rugged country (approx. 25km x 25km). Each checkpoint has a score and the aim is to accumulate as many points as possible within each day’s time limit. Distant and hard-to-access checkpoints carry higher scores and there are tough penalties for exceeding the time limits.
The Challenge attracts all kinds of riders; from the serious competitor to those in it just for a fun weekend. The event moves to a different location each year. In 2006, the race's tenth anniversary, the Challenge terrain straddles the recently proclaimed Black-Allan Border Line with half the map area in Victoria around the village of Bendoc and half in NSW.
For further information, visit www.wildhorizons.com.au.