Course Overview

Port to Port 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.

2018 saw many improvements and we are pumped you loved them. Each year we bring new trails and tweaks to the course to make your ride even better than the year before, and 2019 is no different. As soon as 2018 finished, our awesome course team were back out on the trails putting together new alignments to entice you back for more of what you love to ride. We’ll be keeping the same stages, just working on new inclusions and trails to make them even more epic. You don’t want to miss 2019.

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.

2019 will see the wave starts remain, heaps more single track, a little less climbing and basically more of what you love.

Map Overview

P2P overview map 2019

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Port to Port courses can only be ridden in their full format at event time. Local heroes open up their gates and allow access to their private land for the P2P riders as the event benefits the community in so many ways. Please respect private property and make sure we are able to continue accessing these tracks by not pre-riding the course.

Stage 1 - Pokolbin, Hunter Valley

Distance:             45km
Total Climbing:  1034m
Start / Finish:    Audrey Wilkinson Winery
Start Time:         All riders roll out at 8.00am

New beginnings...

5 years in and it was time to mix things up. So for 2018 we moved Stage One… and it was epic.

Rolling out from the stunning Audrey Wilkinson Winery in the heart of the Hunter Valley, riders face a nice, long accent early on that gets the blood pumping and reminds riders of the journey ahead. Spectacular views back down across the Hunter offer a well-earned reward.

But, what goes up must come down… and it just so happens that the way back down is via 15kms of singletrack, before blasting back down to the valley floor.

Judging by the wide grins on riders faces as they soaked up the sun with a glass of local vino and a view out over the valley – this was the perfect start to a week of MTB goodness.

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Stage 2 - Killingworth, Lake Macquarie

Distance:           45km
Total Climbing: 665m
Start / Finish:   Sugar Valley Golf Course
Start Time:        Wave starts from 8am

No words...

Amazing. Historic. Stunning. Magical. Perfect.

Riders ran out of words to describe the all-new Stage 2 in 2018. They probably shouldn’t have even tried… there are simply no words to describe this latest addition to Australian MTB stage race folklore.

Mt Sugarloaf casts it’s long shadow over the first part of your ride, with some serious climbing into rarefied air. But (as some science guy once said) for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and that came in the form of kilometre after kilometre of fast, flowy singletrack, hard packed fire trails, thrilling descents and a trip back in time to damn fun old school XC trails.

Stage 3 - Awaba / Watagans, Lake Macquarie

Distance:            60km
Total Climbing: 1200m
Start / Finish:   Cooranbong Park
Start Time:        Wave starts from 8am

With two days riding in their legs and possibly a burger and the odd beer in the belly from the night before, this stage is where Port to Port reminds you that you’re not on just another Saturday social ride. It’s the longest, it has the most climbing … but it also has over 35kms of sweet singletrack on some of the regions best trails.

Awaba needs no introduction. Immaculately groomed singletrack sections to froth over, thanks to the hard-working, local trail teams working tirelessly to ensure this network of goodness never fails to deliver.

The Watagans was no different – just a little lumpier – but then you can just let gravity take over … because if you like fast downhill, then you’re in luck. The descents were wild in parts, but mostly just fun…. really, really fun.

You just had to get to the top first.

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Stage 4 - Glenrock, Newcastle

Distance:            45km
Total Climbing: 570m
Start:                 Blacksmiths Beach, Swansea
Finish:                Dixon Park, Newcastle
Start Time:        Wave starts from 8am

Going Coastal...

By day four you might be a bit over groomed, flowing singletrack … if you are, it’s bad luck buddy…

Stage 4 is mostly singletrack (yeeww!), with the world-class Glenrock MTB park and newer trails at Redhead and Whitebridge playing generous host before you go coastal.

Then it’s sensory overload time. We suggest you keep your eyes on the track for the sometimes-wild decent to the beach, but with the most breath-taking views of the entire race, that might be harder than you think.

One last blast down the beach – where you can both sink and swim at the same time – gets you to the cheering crowds at the Eat’s, Beats and Bikes festival in Dixon Park at the Port to Port finish line.

195km of riding and 3450m of climbing will be behind you… your medal, a few beers, burgers and not a little bit of banter awaits...