DAY 4 - Newcastle
DESCRIPTION OF THE 2017 COURSE
Start Line: Blacksmiths, Ungala Rd
Finish Line: Dixon Park, Ocean Street Merewhether
Start Time: 8:00am
Like Stage 2, Stage 4 has also received a freshen up for 2017 with changes including a new start line, new single track and even the addition of some Cape to Cape MTB inspired trail. The new changes allow the event to move away from the neutral bridge section seen in previous years and hope to increase the froth levels of the riders as they reach the end of their Port to Port MTB experience.
Riders will start the day at the Belmont Swansea Surf Life Saving Club in a staggered wave start format in the hope of easing the congestion throughout the stage, all in the hope of increasing rider experience because there is nothing worse than getting held up on the epic single track! While the start destination may be new, the first few kilometres of course alignment stay quite similar to alignments used in the past.
Heading out on a variety of terrain will see riders experience bitumen, fire road, grassland and even the odd part of sand as they head toward the suburb known as Dudley. Riders are in for a big treat once they reach the outer limits of Dudley and enter an assortment of brand new single trails that will have them pinging harder than a ping pong ball in an international table tennis tournament. For approximately 8kms riders will twist and wind their way through the bush before they turn to head down towards the coast for another treat in this pearler of a Stage 4.
Making a return in 2017 is THE BEACH! Re-appearing after a disappearance in former years, 2017 will see the addition of a short stint along Dudley Beach that will allow riders to possibly cool their feet off in the ocean or alternatively put the hammer down and really break their other competitors. It won’t be long before you are off the beach and climbing your way up in to Glenrock MTB where the real fun begins.
Returning competitors will know that Glenrock provides riders with one of the most epic finishes to a stage race possible and the 2017 Port to Port MTB Stage 4 is no different. Approximately 8kms of twisting and winding will have riders on a high, literally and figuratively, as they ride themselves out on to the top of Newcastle. All that is left once exiting Glenrock MTB Park is one flying road descent down in to Dixon Park where the finish line awaits along with all the post-race festivities!
Cross that finish line, crack a cold one of various sorts, sit back, relax and reflect on what has just been one epic week of riding!
STAGE HIGHLIGHT: NEW START LINE, NEW TRAILS AND EVEN A SHORT STINT ALONG THE BEACH.
Nestled in the heart of the Hunter Region is the beachside city of Newcastle. A top ten city in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2011’ guide and a 2012 International Festivals and Events City award recipient; Newcastle has a rich history, quirky arts culture and a thriving dining and shopping scene. Newcastle is a city that is always changing, a city with world class business, research and industry, and a city of hardworking genuine people. For further information please visit http://www.visitnewcastle.com.au/pages/things-to-see-and-do/
On Sunday 28th May some changes to road conditions will occur between the hours of 7.30am – 1.00pm
Ungala Road, between the Gomera Street Roundabout and Awabakal Ave, will be closed between the hours of 7.30am – 9.00am. Local traffic will be permitted at intervals.
Closure of the Fernleigh Track from Kalaroo Road to Colishaw Street between 8am and 10am (or until last rider passes)
Changed traffic conditions through Merewether Heights and encourage motorists to use City Road to the Junction
We encourage all local traffic on Scenic Drive to utilize Sun Hill Drive and Hatfield Street to get to Morgan Street and through to Charlestown where access is needed
Traffic coming from Newcastle and onto Frederick Street will be detoured right into Berner Street to link with Morgan Street.
Scenic Drive will be closed EastBound from Yule Road. The above mentioned detours will be in place. Approx times 9.30am – 11.30am (or until the bulk of riders have passed)
No entry onto Frederick Street via Curry, Lloyd or Ridge Street. Please use alternate route as guided by signage.
John Parade will be closed at Frederick and Berner Streets. Approx times 9.30am – 11.30am (or until the bulk of riders have passed)
For further information please contact Sally on 0447 836 125 or firstname.lastname@example.org