36km Mountain Biking, Canoeing and Running Event from Ben Lomond National Park to North Esk Memorial Hall, Blessington TASMANIA
There will be no Ben Lomond Descent in 2017.
Hopefully we will able to get the race going again in 2018.
The BEN LOMOND DESCENT is a multi-discipline event with the emphasis on fun and participation. Entrants complete each section in sequence, as an individual entrant, or as a relay team of two to three entrants. Each section begins with a mass start, so entrants must re-group after each leg.
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|Mountain Bike – 16 km||Download MTB map||Start Time 10.00am briefing 9.40am at start|
Starting on the Ben Lomond road at the tip site (just outside the National Park boundary), competitors traverse a rough narrow 4WD track, including fallen trees, creek crossings, rocks and mud puddles, before joining the Ragged Jack road. Various 4WD and single track is followed down through a quarry, from where another 4WD track is taken through private property to the Blessington road, finishing at the North Esk Memorial Hall, Blessington.
Estimated time 45 to 60 mins.
|Kayak – 11 km||Download Kayak map||Start Time 12.00pm briefing 11.40am at start|
Canoeists enter the North Esk river at the Burns Creek Rd bridge and exit at the Musselboro Rd bridge. The river is mainly flat water with a few small rapids and pebble races at lower water levels. At higher levels the rapids disappear, but the water becomes fast-flowing and turbulent. There are a few tree-bound sections that may require portaging.
Estimated time 50 to 90 mins.
|Run – 9 km||Download Run map||Start Time 2.00pm briefing 1.50pm at start|
Runners start at the Musselboro Rd bridge and follow this road for 2.5 km, then follow private roads across varied terrain including plantations and paddocks, to finish at the North Esk Memorial Hall, Blessington.
Entry Fee Payments: Direct Credit (Tamar Canoe Club Inc.: use your name as description); Money Order; Cash; Cheque
*** Late entry fees apply after the closing date – 5pm Friday, July 29th 2016 ***
The event will finish with the presentation of trophies and prizes: 1st Female individual; 1st Male individual; 1st Team overall ; 1st Female team; 1st School/College team; plus other spot prizes. The event will conclude with a friendly chat and cheer over a great “Off Centre” coffee and delicious warming “Tinnies” pie (vege option also) at the North Esk Memorial Hall, Blessington. The refreshments will be free for entrants, others will be charged a small fee. Camping will be available at the North Esk Memorial Hall, Blessington on the Saturday night prior to the event.
Well, the race has been run and won for this year. Congratulations to all the competitors! You endured some atrocious weather with rain, sleet, mud, icy water and storm squalls. That makes you “EXTREME” in anyones books! We hope you had a great race and enjoyed the interesting weather, beautiful scenery and fine sportmans/womans-ship of the other racers.
A special thank you to our sponsors who help keep our event alive and kicking so we all get to play another day.
Most importantly- NRM North.… Please heed the Clean your Bike! Good for the bike, good for the bush!
Also to AvantiPlus Launceston, Kayak4Play, The Running Company Launceston, Allgoods. The goodies and spot prizes put a lot of smiles on faces!
A special thank you to all the officials and marshals and the many faces behind the scene who help make the day a great success for all.
Results and past records are below. Hope to see you all next year!!!