Course Overview

Summary

Distance: 195km+
Total Climbing: 3450m+
Location: Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie
Closest Airport: Newcastle or Sydney (160km)

What to expect:
Our course team have crushed it with a crankin’ new 2018 course. Port to Port MTB is 4 days full of good fun riding. Challenging climbs, thrilling descents and all the best single track we could find in the area, combined with some spectacular scenery.

It’s suitable to all rider levels with a decent level of fitness. There’s an awesome social atmosphere at the end of each stage and at the end of each day you get to kick back and enjoy the excellent food, local beers (or wine) and everything the regions have to offer.

2018 has heaps more single track, a brand spankin new stage, and new wave starts on stage 2-4. Basically more of what you love!

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Stage 1

Pokolbin, Hunter Valley

Distance:

45km

Stage 1

Total Climbing:

1034m

Start / Finish:

Audrey Wilkinson Winery

Start time:

Roll out at 8am

Course Map:

Download Stage 1 Course Map

The lowdown:
Stage 1 is similar to previous year’s stage 2, with a stunning start at Audrey Wilkinson winery with epic backdrop of hot air balloons floating over the Hunter Valley. Stage climbs are rewarded with views over the Hunter Valley. Enjoy a labyrinth of around 15km of single track and some sweet descents.

 

 


 

Stage 2

Killingworth, Lake Macquarie

Distance:

45km

Stage 2

Total Climbing:

665m

Start / Finish:

Sugar Valley Golf Course

Start time:

Wave starts from 8am

Course Map:

Download Stage 2 Course Map

The lowdown:
Our new stage for 2018! Set on a historical network of more than 30km of single track, with endless views of the lower Hunter Valley and Lake Macquarie. There is a decent climb but then the payoff is monumental views and an awesome descent. Enjoy sweet singletrack and a smattering of old school XC trails.

 

 

 


 

Stage 3

Awaba / Watagans, Lake Macquarie

Distance:

60km

Stage 3

Total Climbing:

1200m

Start / Finish:

Cooranbong Park

Start time:

Wave starts from 8am

Course Map:

Download Stage 3 Course Map

The lowdown:
This stage is what Port to Port is renowned for, with some of the best trails around, featuring the stunning single-track system at Awaba and the Watagans; with one of the best off-road descents anywhere in Oz! Wave starts cut congestion and give you max time rolling though Awaba. Stage 3 mixes it up with a few big climbs and over 35km of super-fast descents mixed with chunks of single track.

 

 


 

Stage 4

Glenrock, Newcastle

Distance:

45km

Stage 4

Total Climbing:

570m

Start: Blacksmiths Beach (north of Swansea)

Finish:

Dixon Park (overlooking Merewether Beach)

Start time:

Wave starts from 8am

Course Map:

Download Stage 4 Course Map

The lowdown:
Single trail bliss and stunning coastal views, pretty much sums up Stage 4.  Redhead and Whitebridge offer ripping single track and world-class trails in Glenrock MTB Park.  In fact the majority of stage 4 is single track – you will love it!. The final descent will take your breath away! Get your medal and celebrate finishing at the Eats, Beats and Bikes festival.

 

 

Travel Times

 

Stages

Hunter Valley

Newcastle

 

Stage 1 - Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard

10 mins

45 mins

 

Stage 2 - Sugar Valley Golf Course

36 mins

30 mins

 

Stage 3 - Cooranbong Park

40 mins

45 mins

 

Stage 4 Start - Ungala Rd, Blacksmiths Beach

58 mins

37 mins

 

Stage 4 Finish/Shuttle bus pick up - Dixon Park

45 mins

10 mins