School Holiday Fun

We know that you can't ride your bike all day, so let the kids explore their creative side by colouring in our fabulous event poster

Created locally by The Storyboard Guy, we think it perfectly captures the crazy fun to be had when participating in the event!

Full Steam Ahead for 2016 Race

FULL STEAM AHEAD!

Sunday 13th November 2016 is the date for this year's Race the Train!

In what will be its fourth year, the 2016 edition is looking superb and, being scheduled on the same weekend as the Bress Mega Twilight Criterium in Harcourt, it will round out a cracking weekend of cycling in the Mt Alexander Shire.

The race will once again kick off from the Old Castlemaine Gaol because there's really no better place to start this event than from the grand and historic Gaol overlooking Castlemaine Train Station.

It's going to be a great day out for cyclists of all abilities so rustle up your friends and family and get involved, and be sure to follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest news!

Entries open Monday September 5th via EntryZone.

2015 Date Announced!

MARK IT IN YOUR DIARY!

We're super excited to announce that Sunday 15th November 2015 is the date for this year's Race the Train!

Now in it's third year, the 2015 edition is looking superb with more single track planned to slow down those 'Challenge' riders, fundraising activities on the cards in support of the Maldon Primary School, and being scheduled on the same weekend as the Bress Mega Twilight Criterium in Harcourt to round out a cracking weekend of cycling in the Mt Alexander Shire!

And following the huge success of last year's venue change to the Old Castlemaine Gaol, we'll be back there again because there's really no better place to start this event than from the grand and historic Gaol overlooking Castlemaine Train Station.

It's going to be a great day out for cyclists of all abilities so rustle up your friends and family and get involved, and be sure to follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest news!

Entries open Monday September 7th via EntryZone.

 

Another cracking early bird offer!

This year we've scored two entries for the 2015 Amy's Gran Fondo on the Great Ocean Road to use as early bird prizes for Race the Train! 

We've got one free entry to the Gran Fondo (110km) and one free entry into the Medio Fondo (40km). All you need to do is enter Race the Train (Race or Ride) before Sunday October 5th and you'll be in the running to win. It's that easy.

The 2014 edition of Amy's Gran Fondo was held in early September with more than 5000 riders enjoying 110kms of closed roads including the Great Ocean Road. It's an amazing event that helps raise funds for the Amy Gillet Foundation.

Check out the post-event video on the Amy's Gran Fondo Facebook page. For more information on the event check out their website and Facebook page. To enter Race the Train visit www.entryzone.com.au…before October 5th! Entry prices and options available here.

It’s back on!

We're super excited to announce that Sunday 2nd November 2014 is the new date for Race the Train! 

It's a massive weekend in the Mount Alexander Shire with the Castlemaine Show, Festival of Gardens and the Maldon Folk Festival all taking place over the course of the weekend, so there will something for everyone to see and do.

Last year's inaugural event was a huge success with more than 200 people participating in either the race or the ride. The 2014 edition is shaping up to be even more exciting and we've had early indications from our defending champion, Jason Lowndes, that he's ready to make it two from two.

We're also excited to announce a few other changes to the format including:

  • Starting both the race and ride in Castlemaine - just minutes apart;
  • Moving the start location to the Old Castlemaine Gaol - a grand and historic venue overlooking Castlemaine Train Station; and
  • Offering a "challenge" category for competitors in the Race which includes an additional 3.2km of singletrack to keep things interesting;

It's going to be a great day out for cyclists of all abilities so rustle up your friends and family and get involved! 

Entries open Monday September 8th via EntryZone. For more information on entry categories and prices, click here.

 

 

 

Lowndes secures inaugural title

Strathfieldsaye’s Jason Lowndes (18) set a blistering pace in the inaugural Goldfields Steam Train Challenge on Sunday crossing the line in 32m20s and beating the historic locomotive by more than 13 minutes. 

Lowndes’ closest challenger was friend and Team Torq training partner Tasman Nankervis (17), also from Strathfieldsaye, who secured first in the U18 category as well as second place in the overall results.

Train Driver, Tony Llewellyn put in a solid effort on behalf of the Victorian Goldfields Railway but never saw the leading riders; literally finishing in the middle of the pack in 47th position in 45:51 - beaten by 46 riders, but ahead of 47 others.

But it was no walk-in-the-park for Lowndes whose heart rate reached 191 beats per minute (95% of his maximum) in the final kilometre of the course as he raced to the finish line at Maldon Station at more than 40km/hr; determined to take the win from Nankervis and lay down a scorching course record for future editions of the event.

And to add to the theory of there being something in the water in Bendigo, it was Jo Wall (Spring Gully) who claimed the Open Women’s title in an impressive 39:08 from road cycling legend Liz Taylor (42:08) with Shelley McColl rounding out the places in 46:15.

All three category winners not only secured $100 prize money, they each took home an additional $100 bonus for beating the Train and a rustic trophy (featuring old nails from the railway line) to place on the mantle.

Castlemaine Rocky Riders featured strongly in the standings with 14 year-old Dylan McKenna taking second place in the U18 Male category (38:31) ahead of club-mate Mitchell Noonan who finished third in 39:44.

McKenna also secured an impressive 9th place in the overall standings with fellow U18 riders Noonan, Jasper Albrecht, Otis Rees-MacLean and Nick Simpson all beating the Train.

However 12 year-old Piper Albrecht missed out on beating the Train by less than 30 seconds having had the unfortunate luck of being stopped at both of the railway crossing points along the way. We know he'll conquer it next year!

The atmosphere on the Race train was equally exciting with reports of passengers darting back and forth from one side of the carriage to the other to try and spot their friends and family out the windows.

Event organiser Paula Ewing was delighted with how the day unfolded and the support given towards the inaugural event.

“It’s always a little daunting launching a new event but I’m absolutely thrilled with how it all panned out.

“We had 101 riders register to contest the Race with an additional 90 participants between the ages of 2 and 73 who enjoyed the more leisurely Ride back from Maldon to Castlemaine,” said Paula.

“I had some pretty clear objectives from the outset including showcasing the Victorian Goldfields Railway, promoting the off-road connectivity between Castlemaine and Maldon, and creating a participation event for cyclists of all abilities, and I’m confident that I achieved those goals.

“I’m really proud of what we achieved in the first year and excited at how it will grow in the coming years. This is definitely here to stay as an annual event,” she said.

The event was made possible with the support of the Victorian Goldfields Railway (VGR) and principle sponsors KR Castlemaine, Waller Realty and the Maldon & District Community Bank Branch. 

Congratulations to all participants and thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the event including, sponsors, suppliers, raffle donators, and our valued volunteers.  

Event beneficiaries include the Victorian Goldfields Railway who received a $1,000 donation, and the Maldon, Walmer, Campbell’s Creek and Castlemaine branches of the CFA who also shared in a further $1,000 cash donation.

Full results are available at My Race Result

A selection of photos has been posted onto the Event's flickr account. If you have any pictures that'd you'd be willing to share, please email them through to info@racethetrain.com.au

See you next year!

 

Did you beat the Train?

The Train pulled into Maldon Station in 45:51. How did you fair?

Check your finishing time and place at My Race Result

Event Information Pack

All you need to know for event day is squashed into this epic newsletter

Grab a cuppa and sit back and have a read. 

See you on the start line!

 

Online entries extend until 12noon Friday 19th!

To help people avoid the $10 on-the-day Late Fee, EntryZone have extended online entries until 12 noon on Friday 19th. 

So jump online and register now at www.entryzone.com.au!

Event prize pool valued at more than $1,300

The pool of giveaways for the inaugural Goldfields Steam Train Challenge has just cracked the $1,300 mark thanks to some incredibly generous donations from the following key supporters: Roof Carrier Systems, Melbourne Parkview Hotel, Rapha Condor, The Bike Vault, Amy Gillett Foundation, Alfie Bloom, The Kangaroo Hotel and Bella Fresca.  

This is in addition to the $1,400 Cannondale 29er we’ve already given away thanks to the Bike Vault & Cannondale, and the $1,000 cash prize pool on offer for the first three place getters the Male, Female, U18 Male and U18 Female categories of the Race.

But it doesn’t stop there.

The Victorian Goldfields Railway will receive all proceeds from every train ticket sold (naturally) as well as a $1,000 donation to go towards helping keep the historic railway operational.

The Maldon, Walmer, Campbell’s Creek and Castlemaine branches of the CFA will also share in a further $1,000 cash donation for their hard work protecting the local community and keeping the fire fuel levels in check along the railway over the Summer.

And to help raise a few more dollars for the VGR and CFA, we’ll be raffling off a Castlemaine Farmers Market hamper on event day valued at more than $300 and loaded to the brim with quality local produce and products thanks to the following generous stallholders: A Hidden Secret Gourmet Produce, Barfold Olives, Barnes Castlemaine Rock, Blue Gum Emu Products, Coffee Basics, Coliban Valley Wines; Coventry Fare, Di’s Rhubarb, Dolphin Brewery, Goldfields Honey, Harcourt Perry & Cider Makers; Michel’s Fine Biscuits, Pud For All Seasons, Robinia Estate, White Gum Apples and Wildings Pantry Essentials.

And finally our sincere thanks the following Event Partners who have been instrumental in making this event possible: KR Castlemaine, Waller Realty and the Maldon & District Community Bank Branch. This event would simply not have got off the ground without their support. 

So not only do you get a fun day out on the bike Racing or Riding alongside the historic railway, your entry fee goes towards supporting the VGR and the CFA, and your name goes in the prize draw of giveaways valued at $1,300!  

You'd be mad not to enter!

Online entries close Wednesday 17th at 5pm. Enter now at www.entryzone.com.au