Come autumn in the Macedon Ranges, the Wombat is spotted. Will it be cuddly? Will it have its claws out?
Unquestionably one of Australia’s premier marathon races, the Wombat 100 will kick off this weekend from the beautiful surrounds of the Cammeray Waters resort in Woodend, just 90 minutes outside Melbourne. Always a chilly start, the action will heat up quickly on a course that has, over the last five years, garnered a deserving reputation as being, simply, world class.
With over 50% flowing, groomed single track, fast fire trail, pine forest singletrack, isolated 4WD trails and a disused airstrip, competitors will tackle the full range of trails and terrain in the Wombat State Forest and surrounding pine plantation. On either end of the main event is the laid-on hospitality of Cammeray Waters: with on-site accommodation, camping, food, kids races, jumping castles and the nearby towns of the Macedon Ranges in full autumn colour this race is a destination event for the whole family.
And at the pointy end? When the northerners venture south on to his territory, Adrian Jackson is always twitching for a win. Last year Shaun Lewis pipped him at the line and AJ is keen to go one better but will be battling two pairs of legs this time around with Lewis and Blair – two of the strongest mountain bike racers in the country – now riding for the same Swell-Specialized team. Throw in to this mix Tasmanian hard man Ben Mather who has made the trip across Bass Strait, world 24hr Champion Jason English and always threatening Andrew Hall and Andy Fellows and the pace in the men’s field will be frightening.
The women’s field is stacked. With a start line to rival a national championship, Australia’s best female marathon racers will be thrashing it out over the epic Wombat course. In their first marathon meeting since the Highland Fling last year, defending champion and marathon specialist Jenny Fay will be going head to head with national XCO and XCM champion Peta Mullens. Nipping at their heels and more than capable of taking a win will be Rowena Fry, ’10 winner Jenni King, ’09 winner Tory Thomas, Jo Bennett and 100 mile specialist, Naomi Hansen. For fans of top flight mountain bike racing, this is a heart starting field.
Online entries are closing Wednesday 10th May so click on the link there’s:
Beware the Wombat.
- The 18km junior ride developing the young champions of tomorrow
- The accommodation, camping availability, bike demo day and kids activities at the event centre making it a weekend for the whole family
- Magellan Strava Segment on the course offering some great prizes