Simpson Desert Classic set for battle among sand dunes

For the last 20 years, the annual Simpson Desert Bike Challenge has been an annual adventure for the select group of endurance riders who can organise themselves and a support crew for an ultra-marathon in one of the most remote areas of the world in South Australia.

The event comprises nine stages, almost 600km, over five days, and the route uses the old Rig Road across the Simpson Desert. While the first part of the race is focused on climbing and descending through sand dunes with all but the strongest riders doing their share of walking and carrying their bikes, the second half of the race challenges riders with claypans, gibber plains, and the uncertain conditions of Goyder's Lagoon.

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