Distances in this event
- Duathlon: Run 25km, Kayak 26km, Bike 28km
- Bike 28km
- Kayak 26km
- Run 25km
Upper Murray Challenge routes
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.
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Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
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