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The month of May signifies the start of Mountain Bike Month, a five week celebration of all things that are possible on mountain bikes. So whether you are in to short casual and fun rides, competitions or long distance travels, there is something for everyone and every member of the family.
Dirty Weekend (2 to 3 May)
Starting the month is the annual BikeSA Dirty Weekend. Offering the ultimate in pun lines, the Dirty Weekend is South Australia's only 24 hour mountain challenge right here in Adelaide at nearby Cudlee Creek. With 6, 12 and 24 hour options, this is an epic adventure and above all a hell of a lot of fun along South Australia's finest mountain bike trails.
A 10km loop, mixing single track, access roads, climbs and descents, with alternate lines around technical sections is what is in store for all riders, with age / distance competitions and prizes. The loop features some of the old favourites and some new challenges on trails that have been added to the Cudlee Creek Forest trail network over the last 12 months.
With camping facilities, open fires, music, and an event village, this event is surely to be another sellout with riders of all age and gender participating. Further details on entry fees, riding times, route maps etc are all available from the BikeSA website.
The Outback Odyssey is an epic 16 day, 900 kilometre ride through the Australian Outback, with several shorter 5, 6 and 7 day options for riders who are short on time or fitness. The Odyssey first began in 2002 and takes place every two years with this ride taking place in 2015.
At the heart of the experience is adventure. This epic ride will take you through the Australian Outback, as you ride the Mawson Trail all the way from Adelaide to the Flinders Ranges, tracing some of South Australia's most beautiful scenery along the way.
It's tough stuff where you can expect anything from mud and rain, to heat and humidity, but every pedal is worth it. The ride is fully supported, so all you have to do is pedal. With feed on the way, a campsite that resembles your home away from home, hot showers, massages and a place where you can put your feet up, all you do is ride each day and then put the feet up, enjoy a wine or a coldie and enjoy the great company.
Riders are drawn by the chilled out vibe and non competitive nature of the weekend in an environment where they come to improve their skills, ride trails they wouldn't normally be allowed to ride on outside festival times, meet new friends and enjoy all the entertainment through out the day and night. And 2015 is the 13th festival, and promises to bring a completely terrifyingly different festival – one that has never been experienced before !