Words and photos by Jorja Creighton (@jambi_jambi)
There’s an exciting new bikepacking event on the Australian calendar. It is the big sister of The Super Jambo Grom Pre, the annual 200km gravel race. Introducing The Super Jambo Grom Pre MaXXX: a 600 or 1,000-kilometre off-road bike tour of the Northern Tablelands of NSW and the result of 12 months of route planning and scouting.
This rendition of the Grom Pre is a self-supported big girl bikepacking ride to kickstart a positive year for bike touring Australians. Casual fun is the aim of the game. While riding this 1,000-kilometre route, you will be galavanting through lush and drought recovered farmlands of the Northern Tablelands. Through rough and rugged travelling stock reserves, state forests, and epic old-growth national parks. Experiencing both gravy train graded country roads and steep hike-a-bike bush tracks. While it’s a route for intermediate and beyond riders, it’s also a manageable route for beginners wanting to bite off more than they can chew.
I work to add more casualness, good humour, fashion, and joy into cycling, so if you are intending to join the riders in 2022 – which is not a mass start, but rather a mass finish on the 15th of January – make sure you match your Celiné knock-off scarf to your merino wool socks.
The mass finish is designed to encourage riders to choose the speed right for them and to be able to share the stories from the road at the finish line. A long-term goal of the Grom Pre is to have a 50/50 gender diverse ratio, currently the riders are sitting at about 35% ratio which, for a journey this big, is a huge achievement.
Registration opened on the 26th of October, and the routes were released on the 14th of December. The 1,000-kilometre version is 973 kilometres (604 miles) with 14,144 metres (46404 feet) elevation gain, 71% unpaved, and bumbles through farmland, state forests, national parks, and remote country Australia.
Registration is $15 AUD and the routes cost $96 AUD for the 1,000-kilometre route and $58 AUD for the 600-kilometre version. With the purchase of the route, you receive tips for the trails, details of resupply and camping, and vouchers for cycling equipment at JambiJambi.com.
The routes are available for purchase for riders to do at any time of the year and are free for riders who do not need notes of resupply.
600-kilometre route without detail
The 1,000-kilometre route without detail
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