Simpson Desert Bike Challenge 2016

Attempting to balance my love for remote outback touring and my passion for endurance sports often leads to a conflict of time.  This year, it's different - I am combining both my passions into a single event!
Welcome to the Simpson Desert Bike Challenge - the 30th edition of the annual mountain bike challenge across the Australian Simpson Desert covering roughly 500km over 10 stages.
This is my overland and mountain bike adventure for 2016...


The event will start on the 27th September 2016 in Purni Bore, South Australia and finish five days later in Birdsville, Queensland.

Simpson Desert Bike Challenge - 2015 Route

Typical track conditions
Our team in 2016 will be myself, Pete and Lynne


Race Event Website: DesertChallenge.org


We will be fundraising for the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Australia.  Take a look at the following page:




Here are a few extra details:


The Support Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Prado GXL 3.0 Diesel with long range fuel tank, 220l of water, roof rack, fridge, UHF radio, tyre compressor, rear drawers (mostly containing food).

The Bikes: Specialized Fuse 27.5x3.0 6Fattie and Specialized fatboy

Planning:
Training: Check out my profile on Strava
Equipment:  To be confirmed

Count down:

https://countingdownto.com/

Martin's riding Stats for 2016:





Stages:
  1. Stage 1: Strava Segment
  2. Stage 2: Strava Segment
  3. Stage 3: Strava Segment
  4. Stage 4Strava Segment
  5. Stage 5Strava Segment
  6. Stage 6Strava Segment
  7. Stage 7Strava Segment
  8. Stage 8Strava Segment
  9. Stage 9Strava Segment
  10. Stage10Strava Segment

The Strava Segment details and current leaderboard: