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Event Updates No 1 of 3 - Let's GO! Sat - 2 Sept
Thanks for entering the event. It has been a long time coming....since 2021 or 22. Below is some news and tips on our upcoming 14th annual Wollombi Wild Ride Mountain Bike Event in the Hunter - set for Saturday 2 Sept. Check it out and feel free to contact us via phone or email for any questions. We are 'real' Hunter local people, not international corporations or interstate nomads. We live and move in the Hunter. We live it... and love it, and we hope to see you racing here soon. Call or email @ 0249348138, paul@hevents.com.au 
Thanks for sticking with us in tough times!
A big thanks to the community and property owners of Wollombi for allowing this event to continue in these complex times, albeit with a few changes. Also thanks to our major sponsors Quarry Mining and supporting sponsors Wollombi Tavern, Undercliff Winery and Bicycle Centre Hunter Valley. In particular thanks to the Laguna Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade for their assistance. 
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Standard entry price ends on Sun 20 August.
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Start times Sat 2 Sept

Start times are below. We will ask you to self seed to avoid congestion at the start. To make sure the start line is orderly we will also be asking you to walk over the timing mats to register your start time. Please be careful. The start area is in the bottom paddock of Wollombi Tavern and will go through the new Old Pub House camping area to the exit onto Yango Creek Rd. 
  1. Wild Long Approx 64km - 8.00am
  2. Wild Mid Approx 30km - 9.15am
  3. Wild Short Approx 13km - 9.30am
Event Kit collection
Saturday from 7.00 - 9.00am
Wollombi Tavern lower paddock, 2994 Great North Rd Wollombi (intersection with Wollombi Rd) as above. You must collect your registration kit at least 30 minutes before your race start. 

On the lower carpark on the southern side of the Tavern. Do NOT park on Yango Rd. Parking may become difficult later in the day, but please respect the locals by NOT PARKING in driveways etc. 
There are some portaloos near the admin area at the bottom of the paddock and good quality public toilets 200m away in Slacks Park off Yango Cr Road.   
E-Bike and Single Speed Category 
When you pick up your race kit, let us know if you are using an E-Bike or single speed. For E-Bikes we will of course put you in your own category. Single speed will be eligible for the overall and age category prizes but will have a separate category we will recognise.
Water refills on the course
With the course change there will be a drink station at:
  1. 20km into the 30km ride
  2. 20km and 54km into the 64km ride.
You must self-serve from water containers. We suggest you take 2 bidons if possible, for the 30 and 64km. For the 64km we also suggest taking some snacks and food. DO NOT litter!
Course marshalling
Laguna Rural Fire Service volunteers are assisting with the event at key points. We have communication with each marshal point. If you have difficulties, please ask for assistance at a marshal point. There is also a sweep vehicle with First aid on hand. All courses are well signposted or marshalled. 
The track handles a bit of rain so don't panic if we get some rain over the coming weeks.The course is otherwise dry at the moment. 
Pre and Post event hospitality
After being wiped out in 2022 by flooding, the Tavern has been rebuilt, but still has all the character of he old building. The Tavern will, as usual be providing brunch food and coffee pre and post event. The bar will also be open from 10am. 
Everyone will get a finishers medal after they finish. The overall and age category prizes will also be presented at a ceremony around 11.30am next to the Tavern. Please hang around for some giveaways from Bicycle Centre Hunter Valley. 
Event Sponsors
Thanks to our event sponsors Quarry Mining, Bicycle Centre Hunter Valley, Wollombi Tavern, and Undercliff Winery. A big thank you to the Wollombi property owners and community.
There are various overnight stay options. Check out https://www.visitwollombi.com.au/#take-time-to-make-history
Camping Near Start
If you are keen to stay the Friday or Saturday, note the camping area is no longer as big and is also not free. Contact the Old Pub House for Camping on site close to the Tavern. Call Mick on 0418 114 303
Camping on course
If you are keen to stay on course, contact us and we will put you in contact with the property owner. Contact paul@hevents.com.au
Just a quick tip. The course has a some great climbs and descents, please be responsible and remember normal road rules apply, except where traffic controllers give you right of way. 
MORE event updates will be sent out next week.
Paul Humphreys and the H Events Team


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Posted by: Paul Humphreys
25 August 2023

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