The 2019 Port to Port MTB course has been released - this race just gets better with age!
The 2019 Port to Port is a combination of everything you love, plus some new bits. And that extends beyond just the announcement of the course, wtih updates that have been released this morning. This year, you now have the opportunity to race Port to Port in a pair. And as we already know, Port to Port is better with mates.
This brings Port to Port inline with The Pioneer and Reef to Reef, two other races in the Oceania Epic Series - and of course Cape to Cape will be run in the same format. Sure, you can ride solo, but there is a lot of fun when racing in pairs. You share the highs, the lows, the spills and the thrills. Plus you have a witness for any trail heroics.
But the big news today is updates to the stages for 2019. Port to Port has come a very long way since the first edition in 2014, and the race route just keeps getting better.
Stage 1 - Pokolbin
47km | 1160m climbing
Start: Audrey Wilkinson Winery
Finish: Spicers Retreat
Audrey Wilkinson Winery is back as a start venue, but what's new is a finish at Spicer's Retreat. But don't worry, it's just next door to the start.
As the numbers suggest, this is a hilly route. Infact Port to Port would be one of the hilliest stage races in Australia. Which is great! Uphill means downhill, and uphill before singletrack means way less bottlenecks. What's new after the first climb is a new section of trails, and we hear one section might even be reminiscent of the Rabbit Hole descent. The climb back our mixes singletrack with just about any kind of trail, before bombing Broken Back Road with some more trails to the finish.