Mad Max is the epic final stage of the infamous Outback Challenge. Mad Max takes competitors through the most extreme terrain that the Australian Outback has to offer. Guided by GPS navigation competitors are required to complete the 150km course within 8 hours.
This is a bit of background of this event and how it came to be. My name is Steve Tjepkema and I’ve ridden and raced dirt bikes for over 30 years. It is my passion. I have also raced 4WD’s in the Outback Challenge and many other events. The Outback Challenge is a cross country navigation event that runs for 6 days. In 2010 the organisers pulled the pin on the event. I couldn’t let this happen so I brought it back in 2014. I changed the format and it now runs like an ISDE. The best part is the final stage called Madmax and I have been planning on including bikes since I took it on. It is a 150km course that competitors in 4WD’s have 8 hours to complete. Most don’t. It is a perfect course for a hard enduro. In 2017 we tried to make it happen but didnt get the permits until a week before the event, so we didnt have time to publicise it. But we did get a few bike to run the course. The pulled the pin after 7 hours and three quarters of the course. Its not easy. Its not flat. It is EPIC. So in 2018 we are including bikes again. Here are the details:
- The date is Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th of September.
- Sign in and Scrutineering will be on Friday the 28th of September from 7am to 11am at the ARB store in Broken Hill.
- The start/finish line is approximately 30km out of Broken Hill on the Silver City Hwy. Camping will be available on site for $10/person/night.
- Vehicles and trailers will be secure onsite.
- The event is run completely on private property and registration is not required.
- It is a Motorcycling Australia affiliated event. Day Licences will be available for $75.
- The entry price is $185.
- The course is a single loop of approximately 150km. It is a mix of heavy sandy creek beds, extreme rocky gorges and shaley hills.
- Starting order will be determined by a prologue on Friday afternoon.
- Riders will start the main event at 15sec intervals.
- Numbers are limited.
- It is a hard enduro and the riding is challenging.
- There will be 2 pits. The first at 55km and the second at 118km.
- The first pit is accessible by 4WD only. We can provide fuel transport if needed. The second pit can be accessed by 2WD.
- The course is navigated by GPS. You will be given a gpx file to download to your gps. This will give you a line you have to follow. There will be a few signs on the course with bunting where it matters. If you don’t have a GPS you won’t know where to go.
- If you dont have a GPS there is a special offer available for outback challenge customers at Johnie Appleseed click here. You are welcome to use what ever GPS you like so long as you can load a .gpx file and record a track. The placing riders will be asked to hand their GPS over for course confirmation.
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