Racing: New and Improved AvantiPlus Hellfire Cup Is back for 2014

AvantiPlus Hellfire Cup Is back for 2014 and entries are rolling in.

What: 4 day 7 stage mountain bike race consisting of relays , TT, hill climb, crit, and adventure stages

When: November 20th –23rd 2014.

Format: Pairs mountain bike racing with options for solo riders

Location: Kellevie in the Sorell Municipality in South East Tasmania.

25 minutes from Hobart airport 50 minutes from Hobart CBD

Race Director: Duncan Giblin

Company: Stormbay Promotions

Entries open: Entries Opened on March 1

Entries close: September 7th 2014.

Entrant capacity for 2014: 500 riders

Entry: $445 per rider

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Rider Michael Crosbie, plantation single track



The Gig

In its second year the AvantiPlus Hellfire Cup is again based at Kellevie and rides into different areas of the Wielangta State Forest and surrounding areas each day, riding on private land and forestry land. The race course has myriad of tracks, forest trails, and awesome descents in beautiful landscapes. The event has 7 stages offering a good mix of single track and adventure riding. Our philosophy is that the course should not be too dumbed down and have should have lots organic single track and also require effort to conquer hills making it more rewarding. But we have designed it to still be achievable and enjoyable for someone new to stage races with a reasonable level of fitness.

The event is classified as a stage race but differs significantly from most other events of this type, having one base that competitors start and finish from each day to limit the logistic headaches for riders, support crews and families.

The upgrade

We have made vast improvements from the first event including a new timing system that is state of the art providing preliminary results online instantly. We have received funding from Events Tasmania enabling us to purchase this system. We have also improved rider comfort at the race village with new gas showers and more services on site so people can get comfortable and warm if we have a disagreement with the weather gods. Also upgraded is the food on offer with more substantial lunches and food vendors on site for evening meals.

The booty

The event has one of the largest prize pools for an event of its type in Australia

The 2014 Prize pool includes:

$26,000 cash for elite rider podiums divided equally between genders.

$52,000 in random spot prizes/ competitor giveaways (and growing) is on offer for competitors including two bikes from major sponsor Avanti plus.

The pointy end of the field.

From the word go the Hellfire Cup has attracted significant interest from elite riders. Titles attained by Elite riders who entered the inaugural event last year included: international Stage race title holders , national marathon title holders, world junior champions , Australian multisport champions, national xc title holders, XCO, Short course, enduro , world 24 solo hour champions, 6 Olympic representatives, Australian junior champions, national 24 hour solo champions. This year we already have current World XC Eliminator World champ Paul Vander Ploeg, Australian Women’s Marathon Champ Melisa Ansset , plus national stage race, marathon and xc enduro winners such as Rebecca Locke, Naomi Williams, National Female Masters Marathon champ Traci Lonergan , World number 2 world cup u23 Rebecca Henderson either signed up already or indicating they will be back for 2014.

The vibe of the thing

Equally as exciting for us as the elites attending is the interstate and overseas interest from your everyday riders in this years race, as bringing lots of new people together for 4 days of bike madness is what we love to see.

Last year the event culminated in presentations ceremony and after party with local bands Matt Bayes Blues, Guthrie, and MOFO curator and cycling advocate Brian Ritchie and friends. Elite rider trophies and awards were presented by Mike Tomalaris from SBS Cycling Central. This year we’ve got more entertainment lined up and for us the festival and race village environment is as important as the racing. Ride, relax ,eat and repeat.

Further enquiries: Storm Bay Promotions, Race Director – Duncan Giblin

Phone 0448 599 612




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