Upper Murray Challenge

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Distances in this event

  1. Multisport race

    Duathlon: Run 25km, Kayak 26km, Bike 28km
    AUD $174–AUD $194
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  2. Single leg - MTB

    Bike 28km
    AUD $84
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  3. Single leg - Paddle

    Kayak 26km
    AUD $84
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  4. Single leg - Run

    Run 25km
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Upper Murray Challenge routes

The Race

The race course commences in Khancoban finishing in Corryong and is almost linear, support crew is required to transport the gear between legs and participants from the finish.

The race starts with mountain bike leg, competitors cycle 28 km over hilly forest trails, and open paddocks in and around Khancoban Township, including 10km on the privately owned property ‘Khancoban Station’.

The second leg is a paddling leg, from the transition, competitors paddle down the swift-flowing Swampy Plains River with rapids up to grade 1+ for 11km to its confluence with the Murray River. From there they continue for another 15 km to the transition at Towong Bridge.

The whole paddle is not usually suited to crafts with an understern rudders. Kayaks and other crafts, including K1s, skis (Endorphinn etc), sea kayaks and Down River Racers, with trailing rudder, are recommended.

The final leg is a trail run. Runners head south along Towong Hill road for approximately 7kms to the Murray Valley Highway. This is a gently undulating dirt road, then some flat off-road section along paddock and a gruelling climb to the Mount Elliot Ridge track with a 500 meters gain over 3 km to the summit, then undulating track and paddock descending to Thowgla valley and road to the finish at Corryong town centre.

The route is clearly marked and well marshalled.

The Bike Leg

Competitors cycle 28 km over hilly forest trails, 4wd tracks and open paddocks in and around Khancoban township, including 10km on the privately owned property ‘Khancoban Station’. From the start outside the general store, competitors follow residential streets onto a short section of forest trail that leads onto a hilly 6,5km loop on 4wd tracks and singletracks above the golf course and town. Instead of heading back, competitors will complete another larger (10km) loop with less singletrack and more of 4wd tracks (and climbing again). The route then returns over the forest trail section, follows some quiet backstreets and crosses the Alpine Way near the dam wall after full18 km of hard work.

Follow the flat dirt track for the full length of the airstrip before entering Khancoban Station. The route follows internal farm tracks as it passes through prime cattle country. It then crosses the Swampy Plains River on the second bridge and riding on the other side for 3,5km approximately through the privately owned land. Then we cross the first bridge, and you’re nearly at the transition. Total distance is 28km and takes between 85 and 180 minutes to complete. Use of ‘slick’ tyres is not recommended and competitors should have plenty of steep hill climbing practice.

The Paddle Leg

From the transition, competitors paddle down the swift-flowing Swampy Plains River for 11 km, to it’s confluence with the infant Murray River. The characteristics of the Swampy Plains River change significantly depending on the volume of flow. At high levels (which is normal in spring) there are 0.5m high standing waves in places and a couple of tricky ‘chutes’ to negotiate.

From the confluence, competitors continue for another 15 km to the transition at Towong Bridge. The whole paddle is not usually suited to craft with an understern. Kayaks and other craft, including K1, skis  (Endorphinn etc), sea kayaks and Down River Racers, with trailing rudder, are recommended if you have experience in swift flowing conditions. Paddlers not experienced with turbulent eddies should exercise caution, particularly on corners.

For paddlers who mainly practice and compete on lakes or slow-moving rivers (Murray River below Albury/Wodonga, Barwon River, etc), it is recommended that you gain some experience on a river with some current OR sacrifice some time in this event and use a more stable craft. A capsize will make self-rescue of your craft difficult, due to the volume and power of the freezing water.

Total distance is approximately 26 km and will take between 90 and 150 minutes to complete.

The Run Leg

Runners follow and enjoy a gently undulating dirt road for 7 km (that offers outstanding views over the Murray River flats towards the Main Range), before a gruelling and at times very steep climb, gaining 500m to the summit of Mt Elliott. This is off road section and appropoff-roadoes are recommended.

They then follow the undulating Mt Elliott Ridge 4WD Track until descending into Thowgla valley and then through farmland to the finish at Corryong’s main street. Total distance is approximately 25 km and will take between 120 and 210 minutes to complete.

No navigation is required on any part of the course.

From the organizer

The Upper Murray Challenge is a Multisport EPIC - A perfect mix of Mountain Biking, Kayaking and running - It's an awesome event!

The one day event is located at the Kosciuszko foothills and features a 28 km mountain bike ride, 26km kayak paddle and 25km run set against the backdrop of a gorgeous spring alpine setting. Australian toughest and one of the most spectacular Multisport races. Open for SOLO, Relay and AR Duo teams, Single leg entries, Regular entries.

ENJOY!

Raceday Logistics

Race day

  • 6:00 AM- Transition area at the finish of MTB-start of kayak open for boat drop off
  • 6:00 AM- Late registration is open at the start
  • 7:30 AM – Late registration closes
  • 7:50 AM – Pre-race check in, last minute briefing
  • 8:00 AM – Start
  • 9:45 AM – Leaders are expected at the finish of the MTB
  • 11:15 AM – Leaders are expected at the finish of the paddle
  • 11:40 AM – Cut off for the start of the paddle
  • 2:00 PM – Leaders are expected at the finish
  • 2:00 PM – Cut off for the start of the run
  • 6:00 PM- Finish closes
  • 5:00 PM- Start of presentation (at the finish site).
Kit List

Compulsory Equipment for the race

This list is created to ensuring your safety and enjoyment of the event in most weather conditions. Additional requirements can be included closer to the event and will be sent to all registered participants in final information.

All-time compulsory equipment:

  • Timing chip (provided by race organisers)
  • Race bib (provided by race organisers), has to be your outermost garment
  • First aid kit (per team):  2x 1.5 m long (unstretched) roll of 5 cm wide crepe bandage, 5m long roll of 2 cm wide strapping tape, 10 Band-Aid strips, Triangular bandag, 4 x pain relief tablets (that can be used to treat pain in case of injury while help arrives – always follow the directions for taking medications) ,Any Competitor specific medication
  • Emergency blanket (per person)
  • Mobile phone in a waterproof bag (Telstra 3G)

MTB leg compulsory equipment

In addition to the all-time compulsory equipment list:

  • MTB number plate in the front of the bike (provided by race organisers)
  • MTB, cyclocross is not recommended.
  • Pump, repair kit, spare tube/tubular
  • Helmet Aus Standards Approved

Paddle leg compulsory equipment:

In addition to all time compulsory equipment list:

  • Kayak sticker (provided by race organisers)
  • Dry bag with spare dry clothes: thermal top, thermal bottom, socks.
  • Helmet
  • Paddle
  • PFD
  • Whistle attached to PFD
  • Kayak, surfski or the paddlecraft (all boats should have trailing rudders or no rudders). Kayak hire is available at Peakadventure.com.au and includes appropriate kayak and transport to and from an event.
  • For kayaks: spray skirt is highly recommended.

Run compulsory equipment:

In addition to the all-time compulsory equipment list:

Drinking system (at least 1-litre capacity).

FAQs

The Rules

Safety of the participants, their support crews is our priority

1. GENERAL RACE RULES

1.1 SAFETY IS A PRIORITY – Any infringement of race rules by competitors or support crew may incur time penalties or disqualification.

1.2 The race organiser reserves the right to reject any entry.

1.3 Competitors must render assistance to any fellow competitors in distress or any form of danger.

1.4 It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure their equipment is in a safe, working condition.

1.5 Any competitor retiring from the course must notify the nearest official as soon as possible.

1.6 Any competitor who retires or requires transport out of a stage will not be able to continue in the race. Relay Teams will be able to continue at the start of the next stage after receiving their team’s timing chip & bib from their withdrawing team member & checking in with officials and timekeeper. The team will not qualify as finishers.

1.7 Any protest must be lodged within 30 minutes of the completion of the event, in writing to the Race Director. Protests must be lodged with a $20 fee that is refundable if the protest is upheld. Protest outcomes are final.

1.8 No person may take part in the event who is not named on the official entry form, or has not signed the official entry form. Teams must nominate who is competing in which stage prior to race start.

1.9 All Individuals must have a support crew and vehicle. Relay Teams may act as their own support crew.

1.10 Competitors must wear their issued timing chip & race bib with event logo facing the front and ensure the logo/number is visible at all times. Teams are to use the race bib as their changeover baton. Changeovers must take place inside the designated transition areas. Competitors must pass through all timing gates wearing the timing chip & race bib.

1.11 Support crews and team members are not permitted to assist in any way, their team mates or any other competitor in forward movement on any part of the course during the race unless specifically authorised beforehand.

1.12 At all times the competitor being overtaken shall have right of way. The responsibility for safe overtaking lies with the person doing the overtaking.

1.13 Any competitor with a medical problem must declare it in writing to the organisers not less than 2 weeks prior to the event.

1.14 Competitors must be self-sufficient and carry own fluids or energy foods and equipment for repairs.

1.15 All competitors MUST obey any directive by an official.

1.16 All individuals & relay team runners must ‘hand in’ their timing chip and race bib immediately after completing the run. There will be a charge of $75 for any unreturned timing chips.

2. MOUNTAIN BIKE RULES

2.1 Drafting is permitted.

2.2 The entire cycle course will be closed to vehicles for the duration of the cycle leg. Recommended vantage points will be advised. Support crews MUST NOT follow, lead or leap-frog their cyclists at any stage on the course.

2.3 Cyclists should be careful when negotiating speed humps. Some are steep and could lead to a rough landing.

2.4 Competitors must carry spare tyre or tubes and kits to be able to carry out their own repairs.

2.5 Competitors must be self-sufficient and carry own fluids or energy foods.

2.6 Assistance from vehicles is not permitted.

2.7 Cycle helmets meeting Australian safety standards must be worn and firmly secured until the bicycle is stationary inside transition area.

2.8 Cyclists MUST dismount before passing under the finishing banner.

2.9 There is a ‘cut-off’ time of 9:35am at the first passing of the Khancoban airfield that will be strictly enforced. Competitors (both individual and relay team) who fail to reach that checkpoint in time will be advised that the Khancoban Station section of the course is closed. They will be directed to the MTB/Paddle transition and permitted to commence the paddle. The cut-off time is generous. Only riders on target for a 3.5+ hrs ride are at risk of missing it. If you can’t ride some steep trails expect to be in trouble. If, prior to the race commencing, any competitor believes that they have special circumstances that should allow them to complete this section of the course after the cut-off time, they should raise the matter with the Race Director prior to race day.

3. KAYAK RULES

3.1 Competitors may use any type of kayak or canoe with fixed buoyancy.

3.2 All competitors Must wear an approved buoyancy vest and helmet. Use of a spray deck is advised.

3.3 Competitors who require assistance may proceed without penalty. Paddlers who require assistance more than three times shall be disqualified, at the discretion of the race director.

3.4 Support crew may assist their competitor at the start of the kayak stage, and at the finish line. At no other time shall they render assistance.

3.5 Competitors must be self-sufficient and carry own fluids or energy foods and equipment for repairs.

3.6 No boats are to be in the water before the paddler has the Race Bib.

3.7 Paddlers may wash ride other competitors

3.8 Paddlers who are not familiar with swift flowing conditions are advised to gain some relevant experience before the race. There are sections of the rivers where willow trees would make a swim potentially dangerous.

3.9 The official sticker with race number (provided in your race pack) must be clearly visible on the front, right hand side of your craft (as you sit in the craft). All other numbers must be covered or removed.

3.10 Competitors who choose to leave the river for any reason, with or without their craft, MUST notify 2 competitors or one official before they leave the river bank. This is to avoid unnecessary searches. Recommended escape routes are on the right hand side before passing under the Murray Valley Highway and on the left hand side after the Murray Valley Highway .

4. RUNNING RULES

4.1 Competitors must take care when crossing roads and give way to all vehicles where applicable. Marshals will monitor any crossings and time penalties or disqualification may occur for infringement.

4.2 Competitors must be self-sufficient and carry own fluids or energy foods.

Multisport events do not provide drink and aid stations along the course. Competitors (especially individuals) should expect a long, dry run and should carry at least two litres of drink.

4.3 Competitors should keep to the right-hand side of any road that is shared by vehicles.

4.4 There is a ‘cut-off’ time of 3.15pm at the intersection of Towong Hill Rd and the Murray Valley Hwy that will be strictly enforced. Competitors who fail to reach that checkpoint in time will be advised that the mountain section of the course is closed and that there are no marshals on that section of the course. They will be conveyed to Thougla Hall and permitted to finish the run from there. If, prior to the race commencing, any competitor believes that they have special circumstances that should allow them to complete the course after the cut-off time, they should raise the matter with the Race Director at event registration (or prior).

4.5 No walking sticks or other similar aids can be used.

Upper Murray Challenge weather forecast

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

15°C
Predicted highs
6°C
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 8mph

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