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

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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:             47km
Total Climbing:  1160m
Start:                  Audrey Wilkinson Winery
Finish:                 Spicers Retreat (Next to Audrey Wilkinson Winery)
Start Time:         8.00am

 

Tough and fun in equal amounts…

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

What goes up must come down… and it just so happens that the way back down is via a great new network of fun trails and a thrilling brand-new descent; the “wishing well”, that for return riders will bring back memories of the much loved Rabbit Hole. You’ll enjoy the descent, but might be wishing that you did more training as you face the climb back out.

A mix of single track, forest trail, back roads and double track complete a loop back to another descent sprinkled with single track, down Broken Back Road.

Cheering supporters and amazing views await you at the brand new finish line at Spicers Guesthouse (just a short stroll from the start line). Riders can soak up the sun with a glass of local vino - the perfect start to four days of MTB goodness.

 

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Stage 2 - Killingworth, Lake Macquarie

Distance:           46km
Total Climbing: 550m
Start / Finish:   Sugar Valley Golf Course
Start Time:        Wave starts from 8am

 

Your sugar rush…

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 if you’re lucky it is in the form of a collection of fire roads and new single track, that brings bring you into kilometre after kilometre of fast, flowy singletrack, thrilling descents and a trip back in time to damn fun old school XC trails that is the awesome trail network of Killingworth and Holmesville.

This year’s course has even better flow and it will be all smiles across the finish line at Sugar Valley Gold Course. With so many treats on this stage you’ll be on a sugar high!

 

Stage 3 - Awaba / Watagans, Lake Macquarie

Distance:           60km
Total Climbing: 1250m
Start / Finish:   Cooranbong Park
Start Time:        Wave starts from 8am

 

Long live the queen…

With two days riding in their legs and possibly a burger and the odd beer in the belly from the night before, Port to Port’s Queen stage reminds riders that they’re not on just another Saturday social ride. It’s the longest, it has the most climbing… but it also has plenty of sweet single track on some of the region’s 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. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the brilliant HMBA crew have their shovels out and this year riders will be treated to some awesome new tracks.

The Watagans is 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 are wild in parts, but mostly just fun… really, really fun.

You just have to get to the top first.

 

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Stage 4 - Glenrock, Newcastle

Distance:           39km
Total Climbing: 540m
Start:                 Belmont Golf Course, Belmont
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 trails at Redhead and Whitebridge playing generous host before you hit the coast. The new start line will give riders more space when they hit the single track and a few more kms of the fun Redhead and Whitebridge network.

Once you hit Glenrock you’ll see why we kept this epic (and rider favourite) trail network to last. Old favourite trails will be joined by some spicy new flavour to create an experience you’ll be frothing over well past your finish line cold beers.

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.

Ahh the beach blast… love it or hate it. For 2019 you’ll just have to wait a little longer to see if this controversial section will sink or swim. Either way what is certain is the cheering crowds at the Eats’, Beats and Bikes festival in Dixon Park at the Port to Port finish line.

192km of riding and 3500m of climbing will be behind you… your medal, burgers and the sharing of trail tails over a few beers awaits.

 

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