Stories

stories from riders, support crews and officials about their experiences

French Line Route Survey – 2015

In 2015 the Simpson Desert Bike Challenge featured a new route traversing the French Line.   Video of the French Line Survey – Alan Keenleside (Race Director) Here is a blow by blow description of what to expect when you tackle the big dune country. So what’s it going to be...
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COURSE MARKING AGAIN and OTHER FUN JOBS

Water Stop Crew 2015 Lorraine and Alan Hancox In 2014 we ventured into the unknown by accepting the role of Course Markers. Apparently we did an acceptable job because the Race Director made it clear the job was ours for “life”. Fortunately, as in that other event where life sentences...
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The Worlds most hardcore endurance races (we’re on the list)

So, you’ve mastered the marathon, triumphed in the triathlon and kicked ass in the CrossFit Games. But what does an endurance sports adrenaline junkie do next? Here are 12 of the world’s most hardcore endurance races to test your bones, brains and bodily fluids to their absolute limits and earn...
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Desert Dreaming (from Ride-On Magazine)

We were heading for the start of the 2014 Simpson Desert Bike Challenge. As an event, it pretty much does what it says on the tin—a race 600km across the Simpson Desert and yes, it’s a challenge for all concerned. It begins at Purni Bore and to get there one...
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Are you tough enough….or crazy enough?

Story from ‘The Australian’ lifestyle magazine, 18th April 2015 Entries are open for the 2015 Simpson Desert Bike Challenge. Any takers? Before you get a rush of blood to the head and sign up, you should know that this 480km, five-day race from Purnie Bore to Birdsville, across the heart...
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Unsealed 4×4 Feature Article

“Unsealed 4×4″magazine features the Simpson Desert in their March Edition. Tim Stanners who writes for the magazine recently came out to take on the role as support crewman. Click Here for his story...
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Stories Pre 2013

Here is a compilation of stories previous to 2013 in pdf format  ...
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Crikey it’s a Megasaurarse

by workmates of Declan Brazil…rider No 3 2001 Scientists trekking by Bicycle through the Simpson Desert have found the rare and endangered Megasaurarse. This Dinosaur from the late Devonian Period, was thought only to have inhabited the Oxford Street Precinct of Sydney. Rated a “ground breaking find”, the Megasaurarse was...
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Desert Storm

Inside Sport Magazine – December 1999 Story: Robert Drane Images: Ian Kenins Purni Bore, South Australia, not far from the NT border. Nothing to do but look for shade from the stinging sun amidst vegetation too low to sit under. Forty-three degrees and rising. Last night, camels and donkeys frolicked...
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Three Simpsons: Two Up

The Simpson Desert Cycle Classic is the year’s most insane endurance race. Bob and Jayne Simpson made it even tougher by tackling it on a tandem. With almost 600 sand dunes behind us and plenty still ahead I glanced at my watch. As we pushed and shoved the tandem through...
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