Outback Century Cycle Challenge

Do you have what it takes? You only get one chance every two years.

Saturday 25th September 2021

$95 per person

Entry cost includes 2021 Outback Century Cycle jersey sponsored by O’Regan & Partners + CP Architects

Proudly sponsored by Ergon Energy & Brodie Agencies

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  • Outback Century Cycle at Watlzing Matilda Centre
  • Competitors waving in century cycle comp
  • Competitors waving in century cycle comp
  • Solo bike rider on outback road
  • Riders in Outback Century Cycle Competition

It’s billed as the toughest, flattest cycling event in the Outback. In 2021, the Outback Festival Century Challenge will take participants on a metric century (100km) on a fully sealed road, starting and finishing in Winton. It may not be overly hilly, but what the ride lacks in physical tests, it more than makes up for in mental challenge.

Ride organiser, Chris Carson said the absence of geographic features and scenery which many riders are accustomed to, makes the Outback Century Cycle Challenge a really tough course to complete.

So what’s the challenge you may ask? Out here there are no big climbs, there are miles of wide-open spaces and there are more emus than cars. The challenge is not just physical – it’s also mental! But once you get your head around the sheer vastness of this great Outback land of ours, it will be an adventure you will cherish for life!

Meet our 2021 ambassador – Henk Vogels

Henk Vogels Ambassador for Cycle Challenge


  • 2 TDF competitor
  • 2 Giro D Italia Competitor
  • 2 Vuelta Espana  Competitor
  • 8 World Championships competed in for Australia
  • 3rd in World Championship teams Pursuit 1991
  • 2 Time Olympic Games representative , Barcelona 1992, Sydney 2000
  • Commonwealth games Gold Medalist 1994 TTT  (World Record )
  • 1999 Australian Professional Road race champion
  • 2000 US Pro road Champion
  • 2002 US Pro Criterium Champion
  • Australian Road Cyclist of the year 1997
  • Australian Cyclist of the year 1997
  • Professional cyclist for 16 Seasons
  • SBS Cycling Analyst
  • Director Sportiff , for UCI Continental teams , Rusvelo , Drapac , V Australia
  • Awarded Centenary Medal for Service to Sport with Anna , Meares 2003
  • Former Sport Director of Drapac Pro Cycling team , V Australia , Gazprom RUSVELO
  • Current Head Sport Director of the Australian Cycling Academy  (ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast )
Find out everything you need to know about being COVID safe at Outback Festival 2021


Find out everything you need to know about being COVID safe at Outback Festival 2021