do i need a bike license?
If you are planning to ride a motorcycle (except pillions), you must hold a current motorcycle licence and have a registered bike. You will need to submit your licence and proof of registration.
what is the adventure challenge?
Navigate your way past checkpoints in the bush using our digital road book (expensive equipment not required). Each checkpoint you find will add points to your total score. Checkpoints are allocated points, depending on their difficulty.There are four routes in 2022: road, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Each route takes between 2-4 hours.The Adventure Challenge starts at 8am and finishes at 5pm on Sunday 13th March 2022.
Do I need to be vaccinated?
We are currently awaiting the government guidelines for events in relation to vaccinations. The current estimate is that we will find out by early November, however it may take longer. Once the announcement has been made, in the event someone is not able to attend the rally due to their vaccination status, we will be providing a 1 week grace period to receive a full refund (minus booking fees). After the 1 week grace period, normal refund policy applies. You can view our normal refund policy here
HOW do i get there
There are several beautiful road routes from Melbourne to Alexandra, C725 through Kinglake West, B300 through Dixons Creek or the famous B360 Black Spur Drive through Buxton. Join our Discord channel to link up with other riders for the ride out.
what are the tracks like
There are three adventure tracks. The first route is designed for beginner riders and will see you traverse easy gravel and graded dirt roads. The second route is for intermediate adventure riders or beginner riders on light motorcycles. The third route is for advanced riders, generally with steep inclines and declines, washouts, river crossings and complication navigation. You can take all or any of these routes to accumulate points. The difficulty of these routes will vary depending on the weather.
can beginners participate?
Absolutely. We have designed a dirt route just for you. This route will introduce you to the feeling of graded surfaces like dirt and gravel. If you would like an easy, controlled environment to improve your skills we recommend you participate!
can i take a pillion?
Yep! We want you to bring your partners and friends along for the ride. If you are bringing a pillion rider, we recommend you take our beginner or road route. If you are an advanced rider, you can bring a pillion on all routes, but be aware it will be challenging to break and accelerate on steep sections and clear washouts confidently. If you want to bring a pillion, we suggest you ride our beginners route together and then try our intermediate routes on your own.
what kind of motorcycle do i need?
You can bring any motorcycle as long as it is fitted with enduro tyres. Bikes completing our intermediate routes must have suitable suspension and clearance. If you are a beginner, we recommend bringing a light adventure bike or dirt bike, and if you are an advanced dirt rider, we recommend you bring a heavy adventure bike.
Your motorcycle must be safe to ride and will be checked by the scrutineer upon registration and start line.
what kind of equipment do i need?
We recommend a mobile phone or tablet attached to your handlebars to navigate using our road-book. If you anticipate completing all three routes you will need a USB charger, or chargeable battery pack to ensure you maintain phone battery. You will need a camel pack or backpack to carry water during your ride, your bike needs to be fitted with enduro/off-road tyres and you need to bring spare tubes, a small tool kit and tyre levers.
what gear do i need?
It is mandatory to wear an approved helmet at all times when riding your motorcycle during the event. A protective motorcycle jacket, pants, boots and knee protection (soft or hard) must be worn to participate. You will be checked at the starting line.
what fuel range do i need?
You should have enough for 100-120km.
how do i follow the routes?
You can download our road-book app on your phone or print out the road-book in advance. The road books will be emailed to you one week before the event.
what happens if i get lost?
If you get lost and have signal you can open up Google Maps to direct you back to camp. If you do not have signal, you can try using offline maps which you have downloaded in advance (Guru maps app). If neither of those options help, backtrack to the last manned checkpoint or stay where you are. We have logged your exit time and will know to look for you if you don't return within the allocated window.
what happens if i have an accident?
Complete guide on what to do will be posted up closer to the event.
what happens if i breakdown?
If you break down, when it is safe to do so, move your motorcycle so it does not obscure the track. Stand in a safe position on the side of the road and flag down another rider for assistance. They may be able to transport you to a manned checkpoint or go and get help. Alternatively, if you have reception, you can call or message our support team.
When it is safe to do so, we will help you retrieve your motorcycle and you can try repairing it at camp.
can i arrive on sunday morning?
Yes. Cut off time for OpenRoads Challenge is 9am, so arrive with enough time to register and complete scrutineering.
what accomodation is available?
Camping is included this year in the price of the ticket. For cabins or rooms, contact local providers in Alexandra (5 mins away).
what is your refund policy?
Provided that you purchased your ticket through the OpenRoads Rally or from an authorised sales channel, you will be entitled to a refund where:
(a) The event is cancelled.
(b) The event is rescheduled and you cannot or do not wish to attend the rescheduled event.
(c) The event is significantly relocated, and the nature of the experience and/or geographic location of the event is fundamentally altered by the relocation. You must apply for a refund within ten (10) working days of the announcement of the relocation in order to obtain a refund.
(d) An event is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances that arise during the event, leaving the event uncompleted. (Note however that if a substantial proportion of the event is completed then, depending on the circumstances, OpenRoads Rally may determine that a refund or exchange is not warranted in which case a refund or exchange right will not apply.
(e) You are unable to attend due to injury, illness, illness of any person accompanying you to the event, or other person for whom you need to care and you provide valid supporting documentation such as a medical certificate.
(f) For any other reason, provided you apply for a refund within the specified time period as set out below:
- Within 60 days prior to the event date for a full refund minus an admin fee
- Between 21 - 60 days prior to the event date for a 50% refund minus an admin fee
what food is available
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available on site.
In the event of postponement (i.e. due to severe extreme weather or bushfires) OpenRoads Rally will organise an alternate date, at the next earliest practical time, subject to the availability of the site from landowners and registration money will be carried forward.
If you are unable to attend these new dates you are entitled to a full refund of the ticket (minus an admin fee).