Santa Cruz Enduro Challenge


The Santa Cruz Enduro Challenge will be heading to Bright in Victoria for a full weekend of racing from Feb 13-14. The event also forms round 1 of the Australian Enduro Series so be sure to save the date and register early so you don’t miss out!

Are you up for the challenge?



Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2016 Santa Cruz Enduro Challenge. Results are now available for download below.

Elite Male:

1st Place, Jared Graves

2nd Place, Curtis Keene

3rd Place, Chris Panozzo

Elite Female:

1st Place, Philippa Rostan

2nd Place, Jaclyn Schapel

3rd Place, Dora Bettridge


Start List

Sunday 14 February Start Order Bright Enduro 2016

Practice: between 6am-12noon

Race Briefing: 12:45pm in the Bright Brewery Race Village with event start immediately after briefing

Presentations: After last rider is off the hill at approximately 5pm

SANTA CRUZ BRIGHT ENDURO download  for this weekends Santa Cruz Enduro Challenge

Saturday’s Practice and Prologue CANCELLED

Due to predicted extreme weather forecast for Saturday February 13 and the associated fire risk across the commercial forest areas. The organisers of the Santa Cruz Enduro Challenge have taken steps to cancel practice and racing on Saturday. This decision has been taken in consultation with the land owners, HVP Plantations land managers, Alpine Community Plantation who will publish their official fire ratings later today.

As a result, the racing schedule on Sunday has been adjusted to allow for practice and racing to occur on one day.

Blue Dirt Shuttles will be providing shuttles on Sunday between 6am and midday. EMS Australia will cover all costs associated with providing shuttles. Everyone who has pre-purchased shuttles will receive a refund from Blue Dirt early next week.

Due to the large number of riders it is expected that there will be delays on the shuttle service. Riders are encouraged to arrive early. It is advisable to practice the lower stages (4 and 5) by pedalling as this will be a more efficient use of time.

Schedule Sunday February 14
6am – Midday Practice
12:45 Rider briefing at event village.
1pm Racing begins from event village.

Rider registration will operate for the below times
Friday February 12 5pm – 6pm
Saturday February 13 10am – 3pm

In order to fit all riding in for the day, stage 3 will not be run. Riders will also be able to race in the “scatter” format, where stages can be ridden in any order. A time limit to complete all stages will be advised at the rider briefing. There will be no prologue stage. Riders will start as per their 2015 National Enduro Series rankings within their category.

Looking for something to do on Saturday. Blue Dirt Shuttles will be running a service at Falls Creek. Santa Cruz Enduro Challenge riders will receive a discounted rate of $30 (normally $50) for a day at Falls Creek where the temperature is forecast to be a refreshing 23 degrees. This shuttle service is not sold out and is open to all riders.

The adventure film festival is also in Bright this weekend and will have screenings throughout the day as well as night time screenings in Howitt Park on Friday and Saturday nights.
Please direct any questions to Race Director Ian Harwood

We thank you for your patience and understanding in this step that has been taken with rider safety in mind.


Please select your availability:

CG Fun Camp

World Champion Mountain Bike rider Cedric Gracia will be conducting his popular CG Fun Camp Feb 10 & 11 in Bright, Victoria. Each day 20 riders will be given the opportunity to  ride with Cedric, learn skills, and hear about his experiences over the last 20 years on the international Mountain Bike Circuit. The Camp will utilize the Mystic Mountain Bike Park then before heading back to to Bright’s iconic brewery to celebrate.
Entries are only $200 so head on over to the event website so you don’t miss out!

For more information or to register please visit the event website below

About Bright

The Santa Cruz Enduro Challenge will be held in Bright, Victoria. This is a popular location for summer travelers due to it’s beautiful scenery, attractions and of course great trails!

Find out everything you need to know about travel, accomodation and more below. For more information on the area please visit the official Bright Visitors Page.

Flying here:

There are two airports within driving distance to Bright, Albury and Melbourne. If you are looking to fly in for this event the closest option is Albury airport which has daily direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne.

Driving here:

Albury – Bright approx 1.5 hour drive

Melbourne – Bright approx 3.5 hour drive

Event Venue

Participants will compete on a special network of trails in Bright’s Mystic Mountain Bike Park. Please note that Sport and Junior riders will not be completing stage 2 (World Cup downhill track). If you have any questions about this please contact the event team at


Stage 1: All Mountain Track/Curtain

Stage 2: World Cup DH/Flat Strap (Sport and Junior rider do not complete)

Stage 3: Universal Soldier/Coffee Challenge

Stage 4. The Eiger/Grevids Way/Gorilla Warfare

Stage 5. Fly by Night/Tree Hugger/Rhy’s Piece/The Gully


Shuttles – SOLD OUT

Blue Dirt Mountain Biking will be operating shuttles the weekend before on February 6 & 7. They will also be providing shuttles on Saturday 13th for participants that are looking to get additional practice in before the Prologue. Please note that NO private shuttles will be permitted in the Mystic Mountain Bike Park over the event weekend so if you want a shuttle during practice you will need to book with Blue Dirt. There is a limited capacity for these shuttles so make sure you book online to ensure you don’t miss out. Bookings will close a few days out from the event.

Shuttles Saturday 13 Feb
Start: 7am
Finish: 3pm
Ticket options:
Option 1 $35pp – 4 hours (Either 7am-11am or 11am-3pm)
Option 2 $60pp – 8 hours: $60 per person  (7am-3pm)
Booking: Riders to pre-book via Blue Dirt’s online booking system 


17:00-18:00 Unofficial Practice

Athlete Registration


10:00-15:00 Registration open for riders
Official practice is CANCELLED
15:30 Prologue -CANCELLED


6:00 Registration open for riders
12:45 Rider Briefing
13:00 Village stage roll out
4.5hour max ride time
18:00ish Presentations *


  • Elite $90
  • Expert $85
  • Age Categories $85
    Under 19, Sport (18+), Veteran (30-39)

    Masters (40-49), Super Masters (50+)

  • Juniors $65
    Under 15/Under 17

Registrations for the 2016 Santa Cruz Enduro Challenge will open on January 1st. Get in early to make sure you don’t miss out!

Teams & Clubs

Book a space in the Event Village!

For teams and clubs that want to secure some prime real estate at the 2016 Santa Cruz Enduro Challenge, you’ve come to the right place. Spaces within the event village are available to those looking at setting up a team marquee, pit space, activation etc.

You have the option of booking either a 3×3 or 6x3m lot. Each space will be available for the entire event weekend so that you can make the most of your time at the Santa Cruz Enduro Challenge.

Please note that these spaces are strictly limited and subject to approval by the event team. If you have any questions about these spaces please email

Rules and safety

Event partners


Event Management Solutions

The team at Event Management Solutions are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Phone (07) 3139 0397