APC RALLY 7-8 Day Ride 25th March 2023
APC RALLY 8 Day Starting March 25th 2023 ( High country , Great Dividing Range ,NSW coastline, Western NSW)
The course is a massive loop of the best riding in Australia. Riders can leave work on a Friday afternoon and then make their way to one of Five start points. The course is approximately 3500 km in length. The APC rally is designed so riders can take easy options around more technical sections if they have a large touring bike or they just don’t have the confidence to take on these sections. If riders are traveling as a group and they have different skill levels it is easy to regroup at the next town and continue to ride together.
To keep costs low riders start and finish at the same point and hopefully, a start point is not too far for them to travel. Most riders will only require 5 days leave from work.
Riders are supplied with track maps and comprehensive track notes. All riders need a functioning GPS or phone app. I would suggest many have the GPS and Phone navigation App called GAIAi set up with the course before the start.
The key to this ride is the fact that other riders are on the course to help you. You can turn up yourself and quickly meet other riders.
Once riders have entered here an entry form that requires more information shall be sent to them.
Option 1: Planned ride with Accom booked $980
This year we are offering riders the option of having a completely planned out ride where a group of riders will start and finish at the same locations each day. This makes the ride a lot more social and as we are getting older it’s good to know how far you are going and that a bed and a hot shower is waiting for you. Only 20 positions per starting point are available with this option.
When entering the ride please advise who you wish to share with so the accom is kept as cheap as possible. If you have a large group of mates please just advise them to enter as soon as possible because we can only sort out so much accom .
Option 2: Non Planned ride $920
Riders taking this option can ride as far as they want each day and camp if they wish. They can still get accom they usually just making try to book accom at about lunch time each day. In most parts of the track another town will be available every 100 kms’s.
Option: Personal challenge Ride $980
This is where riders agree to carry a spot tracking with live tracking and they are doing the course as quickly as possible and all agree no riding before 6 am and not after 6 pm. They can use accom if it works out but the spot tracker must show the same location at 6 pm and 6 am the next day.
The spot trackers will be supervised constantly, and all riders must agree to have this information shared on social media. Spot locations will be verified every morning and a group spot page will be available to all riders.
All difficult options must be completed this ride format is designed to be tough both mentally and physically.
START POINTS : Sat 25th March All riders to start at 10 am after group photos
QLD Start Point : Tenterfield , Tenterfield Tavern 6 Old Northern Rd, Wisemans Ferry NSW 2775•(02) 4566 4780
Sydney Start point: Wisemans Ferry Wisemans Inn Hotel
Melbourne Start point: Mansfield Delatite Hotel 95 High St, Mansfield VIC 3722 03 57752004
Dubbo Start point: Amaroo hotel 81 Macquarie St, Dubbo NSW 2830 pH 0268823522
Port Macquarie: Port Macquarie Hotel 8 Horton St, Port Macquarie NSW 2444
PRE-EVENT GPS LOADING Sessions and ride Briefings
We will have GPS loading sessions: Brisbane Feb 10th Bulimba Golf club Friday 6 pm.
Sydney Feb 11th Rag and Famish Hotel Sat 3 pm
Melb Feb 12th Pullman hotel Albert Park Sunday 1 pm
Those who cannot make the GPS loading sessions can mail there GPS to APC Rally address: P.O Box 785 ,Bulimba QLD 4171
We have changed to March to avoid cold weather which means you don’t have to carry as much gear.
FUEL RANGE Required: 250 Km Min
All riders should try to have 300 km of fuel range so they can do diversions if required. It is always good practice to fuel up each evening and buy water at the same time.
Tyres : The course can now be done on one set of tyres. Bike shops are located on the route.
Tyre recommendations; MOTOZ Tractionator adventure Rear, Pirelli Scorpion rally Front Ultra heavy 5mm tubes and 28PSI pressure.
Some stuff we recommend all riders do before they do this ride or any other ride.
- Get travel insurance for the trip . insureandgo.com.au (gold cover) $60
- Get spinal injury insurance http://www.pbf.asn.au/ $48 for one year $250,000 pay out
- Get Racq Ultimate or equivalent in your state. $280 This is awesome road side assistance .
We highly recommend Garmin Montana with rugged marine mount and hard wiring kit, no extra sd card required and they come with good mapping software.
All Gps units need to be hard wired. The one in your car will not work in this application because we need to be able to load a GPX file into it.
Chain and Sprockets
Only steel sprockets should be used. Buy a $200 O ring chain. Have your gearing so you can do 100 km per hour without revving to hard.
Good Boots, Helmet and gloves are essential. Googles are handy in the dust. All riders need a camel back with at least two litres of water. Riders need to carry sunglasses and cap, leatherman and cigarette lighter.
3 socks, 3 jocks, two t shirts, 1 jeans, 1 jumper, shorts , thongs and casual sneakers. (no more)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste, deodorant, brush, headache tablets, lip balm.
Camping gear ( only if you don’t have accom booked)
Bikers swag, ground sheet, 1cans of stew, spoon, 4 muesli bars, 4 sachets of tuna and 4packets of noodles
1 spare water bottle. 1.5 litre
Bike Spares and Tools
You need to be able to change a tyre. Two tyre levers, 6 gas bottles and dispenser. Spanner to undo front and rear wheel nuts. Set of allan keys, two screw drivers, 6,7,8,10,11,12,13 and 17 mm ring spanners. Spare fuses, electrical tape, small zip ties 10, large zip ties 10, spare fuel filter. Filter oil in small bottle to redo an air filter on day 3. Use petrol and soapy water to clean it. Spare clutch lever and spare bolts.
This should all be in a tool roll.
Panniers and tie downs
Use soft panniers they don’t get wrecked if you crash. Andy strapz are the best. Use ratchet straps and cut the ends to suit the place they are going. Burn the ends. Buy a set of four and use the spare two to help to support your panniers. Buy two dry bags so your stuff won’t get wet when crossing creeks. When packing have all your pub stuff in one bag at the top of a pannier so its easy to unpack each night.
Wet Weather gear
Always carry wet weather pants and jacket and buy two sizes larger then usual so it will fit over your riding gear. When its cold you simply put this stuff on and it will make you warmer.
Extra plate on the bottom of your side stand. Usually heavier front springs on most bikes, Bark busters, and Loctite all bolts especially rear subframe. I strongly recommend fuel bladders as the best choice for carrying extra fuel. Do wheel bearings before a big trip as well as fuel filter and oil change and most of your troubles will be avoided.
Remember the lighter you travel the less stuff that will brake on your bike
- Pay and fill out entry form and then look at purchasing GPS and set it up on bike.
- Prepare bike for rally in January this allows for delays on parts.
- Attend Gps loading and information nights if unable to attend send GPS to Apc rally H.Q two weeks before event so it can be loaded and returned. Include $20 for return postage.
- Provide spot tracker url to rally HQ and look up apc rally website on how to set up spot tracker.
- Receive track notes 2 week prior to ride.
- Turn up to start point with full tank of fuel, water and cash to pay for meals and fuel and accom when on the road.
If a rider is seriously injured hit their spot tracker and complete first aid and call for help. Please remember you have been sold a map ,so do not mention that you are on an event because this will make your insurance claims very difficult.