36km Mountain Biking, Canoeing and Running Event from Ben Lomond National Park to North Esk Memorial Hall, Blessington TASMANIA

*** Results & Race records links at bottom of page ***

 No Race in 2017

Hi Multisporters,

There will be no Ben Lomond Descent in 2017.

Hopefully we will able to get the race going again in 2018.

All the best
BLD Committee

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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Course Description

Download Full Course Map Web-map for Smartphone Web-map for PC
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.

Estimated time 40 to 60 mins.

Download Entry Form

Click here: EntryForm2016

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 ***

Individual $50.00 AUD

2 Person team $100.00 AUD

3 Person team $150.00 AUD

Individual + Late fee $60.00 AUD

2 Person Team + Late fee $120.00 AUD

3 Person team + Late fee $180.00 AUD

Presentation and Hot Pie-fest

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.

Conditions of Entry

  • Tamar Canoe Club Inc. (ABN 40 065 013 029) organises the Ben Lomond Descent and invites you to participate.
  • The event organisers have taken all care but accept no responsibility.
  • Entrants should note that where the course of the Ben Lomond Descent passes through private property, there will be no access permitted prior to the event. Access during the event will be restricted to competitors and officials only.
  • All entrants should have a support crew and support vehicle.  Competitors and support crews are responsible for their own food, drinks, equipment and clothing.
  • Competitors must be present at the briefing prior to the start of each section.
  • Competitors and support crews may be expelled, in the interests of safety, at the discretion of the organisers and officials.
  • Entrants must render all possible assistance to any other competitor who is in distress or danger.
  • Entrants must be 16 years of age or over on the race day. Entrants under 18 years must have the declaration attached signed by a parent or guardian.
  • All entrants must read and sign the declaration.
  • The number of entrants may be limited by the organisers, at the organisers’ discretion, and entries will be on a first received basis.
  • Any section of the course may be cancelled or modified (subject to weather and conditions) before or on the day of the race at the discretion of the organisers.
  • Any team member change is to be notified to organisers, and each new entrant’s declaration is required for them to be registered.
  • An “Individual” competitor may not also be a “Team” competitor .

Equipment/Safety Requirements

  • The area where this event is held is subject to very cold, very wet and very windy conditions as well as navigational challenges. All participants must assess the conditions and dress / equip themselves accordingly. Carrying extra clothing, food and equipment as required.
  • Mountain bikers must wear an approved bike helmet, and it is recommended that puncture and repair kits be carried. The bike (brakes especially) must be in good working order.
  • Paddlers must wear an approved helmet, buoyancy vest, footwear (not boots), and boats must have adequate buoyancy and hand loops.
  • Runners should wear sturdy cross-country running footwear.

 Event Photos:

Courtesy of The Examiner newspaper and photographer Scott Gelston.

Thanks also to Tineke Morrison.


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!!!