Yes. The entry system is set up so you can log back in at any stage and add extras like transfers and breakfast boxes once we are a bit closer to the race. You will be given a link on the bottom of your confirmation email that allows you to set up the account.
You need basic mountain bike skills and the ability to ride Green and Blue Trails. The race is, however, as much about the journey and the experience as it is the racing. Start times will be staggered on your abilities and previous stage times, so you should mostly be riding with people of similar abilities around you. And if a section of trail looks a bit tricky, or too steep, just hop off and push that section and keep riding afterward!
Winners will spend approximately 3 to 3.5 hours riding each day. We will leave the stages open for approximately 8 hours to give anyone who is determined the ability to finish.
There are manned stations along the route you can withdraw from. If it just isn’t your day, or maybe you have had a major mechanical, we will transport you to the finish line from one of these points. You will be able to continue racing the next day with the race directors permission.
We have basic mechanical support at 2 to 3 locations along the route each day. We know it takes a lot to get to the start line and really want you to have the best chance you can of finishing. There will also be a full bike mechanic set up at the end of each day in the camps.
The course keeps to the Green and Blue graded trails. These are generally fairly fast tracks and any serious obstacle is well marked. You should be able to take a B line around anything that looks to tricky for you, or simply dismount and walk for that section. Some of the old mining and fire trails are quite rough. Again it may require hopping off and walking your bike for short sections. That being said, we believe the entire course is ridable.
The answer is the one you already own! Having said that, there are 3 daily stages of approx 45-60k each and they each include roughly similar distances of climbing and descending. If you are riding a pure cross country or hardtail mountain bike you might expect to be a bit quicker on the climbs. If you have a dual suspension or enduro bike, you might be a bit quicker on the descents.
No. Riders will be sent off in waves to make sure everyone is spread out. You will be put into waves for day 2 and 3 based on your time the day before. For day 1, there are 6 waves and you are asked in your entry form to nominate which wave you would like to be in. The first 5kms of Day 1 is on an open fire trail so there is plenty of time to establish a pecking order before the single track. The waves will be;
1 – The Fast Guys – Let me at it and get out of my way (no e-bikes)
2 – The Pretty Fast Guys – Still fast but not quite ready for Wave 1 (no e-bikes)
3 – Kinda Fast Guys – Pretty good on my bike but not up with the front runners
4 – In the Middle Guys – I’m an OK rider but not too fast, not too slow
5 – Social Guys – I’m a social rider, happy riding single track at my own speed
6 – Experience Guys – I’m here for the experience and don’t want to hold anyone up on the single track
On the course each day there are 1-2 aid stations which offer fruit and drinks. You should also carry some snacks with you while you ride. At the end of each day, there are either food trucks at the Camp or you are in a town with restaurants and grocery stores. For breakfast, there is an optional breakfast box you can pre-purchase. More information on the Food
The Dragon Trail is a race for solo riders and there is no category for pairs riding together. There is however an option for a pair to participate in the race relay style. You and a friend are more than welcome enter as two solos and ride each stage together and you will each receive an individual result. More information on the Categories here
No, the race is designed so you can undertake the event without a support crew and vehicle. We want to reduce the hassle and let you spend more time enjoying the event. Each day’s stage finishes at that evening’s Camp and you begin the next days day’s stage from there. More information on accommodation
Launceston Airport is the best destination – check out our Transfer
page for all of the details
Sorry we are not able to provide transfers from Hobart airport. It is possible to use public transport to get to Launceston airport and we can pick you up from there.
It is a 2.5-hour trip back to the airport and most flights have departed by the time we can get you there. We recommend you plan to stay in St Helens Saturday night, clean up, enjoy the after party and book your flights for Sunday.
Pedal assisted e-bikes may be used provided they do not have a power output greater than 250watts or a powered speed faster than 25km/hr. E-bikes will have their own single category and will not be eligible for age group or overall prizes. E-bikes will not be able to start in lead groups and will be clearly identifiable by all riders with different coloured number plates on the front and back of bikes.
While there is no power available in the camp site, we have mains power at our HQ at each night. You will be able to hand your battery and charger over to be plugged in, in a secure environment overnight.
Yes for all of those of you drawn to this brutal yet somehow admirable style of riding …. this category is a go. You are forewarned – check those course profiles carefully! It’s just one category – a prize for the best male and female. – no age groups.
Yes – we are lucky enough to have the team from Tune Cycles
at the race with a bunch of experienced mechanics and mobile work shops. They will be located at the camps each night and also out on the course at check points. You can even pre-book bike washes at tunes at the end of each day or get your bike assembled. To book, log back into your entry here