NOVICE course

Course description

NOTE: The Novice course is a new 2021 addition to the Upper Murray Challenge, and we are yet to finalise details. Watch this space for updates.

12 km MTB, 5 km paddle, 5 km trail run.

The race course commences in the Khancoban town center finishing in Khancoban TA1. The Novice course does not require a support crew. The Novice course will give you a taste of what Upper Murray Challenge is about. 

Registration is open for Individual competitors, relay teams of two or three, AR Duo teams (both participants stay together for the entire event and paddling equipment is supplied). 

All participants (except for AR Duo category) have to supply their own equipment for the kayaking leg. 

The race starts with mountain bike leg, competitors cycle 12 km over hilly forest trails, in and around Khancoban Township. 

The second leg is a paddling leg. Competitors paddle down the swift-flowing Swampy Plains River with rapids up to grade 1+ for 5km to a privately owned bridge across the river. 

The whole paddle is not usually suited to crafts with an understern rudders. Kayaks and other crafts, including K1s, skis (Endorphinn, etc), sea kayaks and Down River Racers, with trailing rudder, are recommended.  

The final leg is a trail run. Runners head along the nothern bank of the river back to TA1.

The route is clearly marked and well marshalled.