Now in its 22nd year, the organisers of the annual Century Challenge have made quite a few changes to this popular charity ride, now known as the Century Challenge Cycle Rides. The event hub has been moved from Kariong to Mardi which means that riders in the 2 new road events are guaranteed to ride along quiet roads. In addition to these 2 events, there will also be a gravel ride which is bound to be popular with the many riders who have taken up gravel riding in recent years.
The two road events include the Yarramalong 50 described by the organisers as ‘...a shorter flat course for the beginner starting to push the distance'. The other road bike ride, the Twin Valleys 100, is described as a ‘ ...relatively flat course for the majority of the ride with some hills in the second half’. The 38km Ourimbah Gravel Challenge can be ridden with any bike, however it is recommended that the bike has at least 28mm tyres for the most comfort and to avoid punctures.
While much has changed, some key elements of this event will remain the same for 2022. The scenery of the Central Coast hinterland will still be as spectacular with road bike riders winding their way through the Yarramalong and Dooralong Valleys, while gravel riders get to enjoy Ourimbah State Forest. There will also be plenty of good food, coffee and other drinks available at the event hub. Coast Shelter and Lifeline Central Coast remain the main beneficiary of this event while some smaller charities will also receive some funds.
Lock in a great day or even a weekend away and register now. Early registration closes on 15 April! With 3 great rides on offer, the only question is: which one to choose?
Date of event: Sunday 15th May
Location: Mardi near Wyong on the Central Coast
For more great charity rides, go to our online charity ride listing.