"You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.” ― C. G. Jung
The Indian Pacific Wheel Race is a solo, single-stage, unsupported, 5,000km road cycling race ocean-to-ocean across Australia. The course is 100% sealed. The race starts on 18 March 2017 at 6:00am from Fremantle, Western Australia and finishes at the Sydney Opera House whenever you get there. The clock does not stop. There is no prize money. Nothing is at stake except honour.
This race was inspired by the other grand tours of bikepacking: the Tour Divide, the Trans Am Bike Race and the Transcontinental. Similar to these races, the rules for the Indian Pacific Wheel Race are simple and largely self-policed. The rules attempt to embody the spirit of self-support and fairness for all riders.
The race course has a number of distinct sectors with different characteristics. Riders will brave the deserted and treeless Nullarbor Plain which includes a 150 km section of completely straight road. The next sector will take riders through the rolling hills of the famous Clare Valley and Barossa Valley wine districts as well as the Adelaide Hills, the setting for many Tour Down Under stages. Riders will travel the full length of the world famous Great Ocean Road, popular with cycle tourists from all around the world. Finally riders will have to tough it out through a mountainous 1,000km final sector through the heart of the Australian Alps. Sure you might be able to time-trial through the desert, but can you hold it together for a through a 1,000km high mountain stage to finish?
This race is not for everyone. The race route plots out a serious adventure through remote sections of regional Australia, one which is dangerous and has serious risks for those unprepared. Those considering racing the Indian Pacific Wheel Race should consider whether they are ready to take on such a serious challenge in an unforgiving environment.
Register here to start the entry process. You will need to complete the three steps outlined here to secure your entry.