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Brindabella Challenge kicks off

The Brindabella Challenge, Australia's largest variety cycling event, kicked off Friday and will run through December 9. The Challenge includes an adventure races, a navigation event, a mountain bike race and social mountain bike rides and skills practice. The event is named for the hills that ring the city.

One the competitive highlights is the Urban Polaris, on Sunday, December 2, with up to 600 participants expected to take on what will be the final Polaris event. In the Urban Polaris, bikes come to the streets, tracks, forests and parks of the nation's capital in Australia's biggest one day mountain bike navigation event. Teams of two riders (and a limited solo category) have seven hours to visit as many checkpoints as they can which are in buildings, up mountains, deep in forests and around tourist icons.

Other competitive events include the Paddy Pallin Adventure Race (in kayak, on mountain bike and on foot) held opening day and the CORC Brindabella Challenge Cross Country on December 1 at Stromlo Forest Park. Those not so interested in racing may come out for the skills clinic and social ride the afternoon of Saturday, December 1.

November 30: Paddy Pallin Adventure Race
December 1: CORC Brindabella XC, Skills clinic & social ride, Brindabella MTB Ride, Federation Historical Ride
December 2: Urban Polaris
December 7: Twilight ride around the Embassies
December 8: Brindabella Epic Point-to-Point, Mountain Cross, Brindabella Challenge Criteriums, Kids Fun Ride
December 9: Mountain Bike Orienteering, Downhill, BMX Racing, Brindabella Challenge Handicap

For more information, visit the official website.

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