Stage Details


My plan at the moment (this may change) is to split the riders into two groups (the faster group & the fast group). The fast group will leave at 6AM each morning and the faster fastest group will leave an hour later at 7AM. My rationale is that this will lead to less problems with regards to drafting and will also mean competitors finish each stage closer together.


Motorhome & Vehicle Hire

Shortly, a list be appear on the website and through the monthly newsletter, of motorhome companies in Perth, and the discounts available to competitors in the race. I would suggest though, even if you have a motorhome, please do bring a tent just in case you need it. From experience, camper vans and even motorhomes can feel slightly claustrophobic. Having the option of camping some nights out in the desert is a nice one to have (trust me on that one).


Charity Places


One of the key aspects of the TACR is that it is aiming to be a big fund raiser for charity. There will be a number of charity places available for this race, raising money for the events chosen charities. As well as raising large sums for very worthwhile causes, it is also a way for cyclists who feel they are unable to afford to compete, being able to do so. The way it works is that if you commit to raising a minimum amount of money for the charity the entry fee for the event will be paid for by the charity. If you require a supported place, this would mean that the only personal costs of competing in the TACR will be your transport to Perth and back from Sydney, plus any loss of earnings (if applicable) of being away for one month. For more information about obtaining a charity place for the TACR please do email me.

MP3 Players

 I have thought this through long and hard and have decided: MP3 players are allowed to be used by cyclists if they wish. The reason? During all my continental races, triathlons and thousands of hours of training, I have always listened to an MP3 player (of course in the good old days it used to be a Walkman). Personally, I couldn’t imagine cycling across Australia without music.

Your safety is our primary concern. We all know that with earphones in we can’t hear traffic very well. The Road trains  that command the desert roads need to be treated with respect.

What I am suggesting is that if you wish to use an MP3 player maybe just have one earphone in and / or the volume lower, so that you can hear approaching traffic. I wholeheartedly trust riders to be sensible.

Accommodation

Supported Athletes – Your accommodation will be a mixture of hotels, motels, caravan parks, roadhouses & occasional camping. Mostly, you will be sharing with other (like-minded) people. Whatever the type of accommodation, BobBrownEndurance will endeavour that it will be comfortable, peaceful and enhance the experience. A list of your exact accommodation itinerary will be emailed to each athlete three months prior to race start. It would be helpful if all supported athletes could bring a pillow & sleeping bag (tent optional). 

Unsupported athletes – Most unsupported athletes will hire a camper van or a motorhome. Therefore, most nights you will probably sleep in your van. However, if you need any support on additional accommodation requirements, please do Email. Shortly, a list be appear on the website and through the monthly newsletter, of motorhome companies in Perth, and the discounts available to competitors in the TAAU. I would suggest though, even if you have a motorhome, please do bring a tent just in case you need it. From experience, camper vans and even motorhomes can feel slightly claustrophobic. Having the option of camping some nights out in the desert is a nice one to have (trust me on that one).

Flights From the UK

Details will appear shortly on the websites on discounts available to competitors through our race airline.

Bike Repairs & Equipment

Supported riders will have access to the services of a bike mechanic prior to, and during the race. In the sweep race van we will carry spare bikes (in the event a bike is unrepairable – ie. cracked frame),  tubes, tyres, chains, rear mechs, front chain rings, brake blocks and other basic equipment. We will also carry a great deal of bike tools which will solve most problems.

Unsupported riders – although the very term suggests we won’t help you – of course – resources permitting – we will try our very best. If you break both your bikes so they are not ride able -  we will give you one of our spares if it is available. We don’t want anyone to abandon because of mechanical issues. Please be aware though that we can only give as much assistance to unsupported as our resources allow.