In November 2011, a sneaky little self supported event ran for the first time following 324km of mixed single track and fire roads through the Hunter Valley in Australia. It's working title was called the 'HuRT' which seemed to stick, and while it was a small event with only four riders, it was a start for bikepacking events in Aus and there are quite a few people lining up ITT's for early 2012.
This year, we wanted to go bigger, so the Big HuRT was born and while the last of the mapping is still being finalised, it will certainly crack the 600 km mark. It features every kind of terrain imaginable; smooth flowy single track, rutted motorbike tracks, rocky fire roads, god foresaken hike-a-bikes and some amazing scenery.
It's a rugged event so don't expect to finish it in 2 days, It took the winner 40 hours to finish the original HuRT so we are forecasting near enough to 5 days for the new version. Riders look after themselves and follow the standard self supported ethos we all know and love.
The start date has been set for September 1 2012 and the HuRT and Big HuRT will run concurrently so choose your length and start planning.
More details are available at the wordpress site http://hunterracetrail.wordpress.com/
or the facebook group http://www.facebook.com/groups/190943500957500/