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Event Update No 2 of 2 - Wollombi Wild Ride - 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 look forward to seeing you participating on Saturday. 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. 
Friends and Family Entry Reminder !
Let your family and friends know that ENTRIES ARE STILL OPEN. We have plenty of finisher medals available. Get in quick. Send them this email so they can enter below:

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 and stay left once on Yango Creek Rd. 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 event start start. 

On the lower carpark on the southern side of the Tavern. If the car park is full, DO NOT park on Yango Rd. Best to park north of the pub on Paynes Crossing Rd near the public toilet block. 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 event 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. NOTE, your ebike MUST not be altered from the factory settings AND MUST COMPLY WITH AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS. We reserve the right to inspect any bike that is suspected of going too fast. PLEASE DO NOT RIDE IN AN UNSAFE MANNER AT ANY TIME. NORMAL ROAD RULES MUST BE OBEYED WHEN ON ANY ROADS. PLEASE BE SAFE!!!!!!
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 and or marshalled. 
The track handles a bit of rain so don't panic. The recent rain has just settled the dust. The course is otherwise dry at the moment. There is one causeway with water. Saturday looks like a perfect spring day!!
Pre and Post event hospitality - cash only for BBQ
After being wiped out in 2022 by flooding, the Tavern has been rebuilt, but still has all the character of the old building. The Tavern will as usual be providing brunch food pre and post event from 7.30am. The bar will also be open from 10am. NOTE THE BBQ WILL BE CASH ONLY. For coffee see below. 
Coffee from 7.00am at Myrtle and Stone
The Tavern does not do coffee, so for your heart starter pre event or for spectators, wander just 100m up the street to the Myrtle and Stone. They do very good coffee and are opening early. 
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. 
$1000 prize from Bicycle Centre Hunter Valley
Our generous sponsor Scott Ellis from Bicycle Centre Hunter Valley and Merida have a great prize on offer to some lucky randomly drawn rider. For your chance to win the $1000 voucher towards a Merida bike, you must be a rider in the event and be present for the presentation to be eligible. 
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  . There are also still beds available at the Old Pub House (next to the Tavern) . Call Mick on 0418 114 303
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. It is about 4ks from the start, but very cool. 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. Always be safe!
Paul Humphreys and the H Events Team


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Posted by: Paul Humphreys
31 August 2023

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