Here’s what you get for your entry and registration into the Cranky Penguin Marathon apart from a great day out…
Entry into the event
A fully insured event through MTBA with a comprehensive risk management plan
A fully supported First Response Medical Team, with 4 medical staff on standby
SES support on the day
Fully supported marshals along 8-10 check points
A fully marked, signposted and manned course
New Event centre with access to showers and toilets and parking close to the venue
Access to mechanical assistance at a checkpoint on the course (equipment at extra cost to individual if needed)
Electronic Timing with full category results – A state-of-the-art timing system for the event with sensors for each competitor is also included
Personalised number plates
T-shirt with race pack
Feed Stations with access to water, fruit and snacks
If you are lucky to win your division, prizemoney trophy and prizes
If you are lucky, lucky prize give-aways
All proceeds from this event go back into the development and infrastructure of the Penguin Mountain Bike Park and the surrounding trails, and for the running of future events. There are no paid staff at the Cradle Coast Mountain Bike Club who are running this event – we are volunteers working at bringing you the greatest event possible.
How much experience do I need?
The Cranky Penguin is a challenging ride. It has some technical sections that will challenge the most experienced riders. But, you do not have to ride those parts if you don’t have all the skills. Walk them, and marvel at how people do ride them. Then hop back on, and continue on your way.
There is over 2000 metres of climbing on The Cranky Penguin. The hills will be alive with heavy breathing, so you do need a good level of fitness to be able to do the full event. The “Not So Cranky” has over 1500 metres of climbing and so is doable for those wanting the challenge of completing the course.
Will there be any mechanical support?
There will be a mechanic at the half way point of The Cranky with tools and parts that may enable those with basic problems to get them sorted so as to be able to continue. Bring a spare hanger with you.
Where is Penguin?
Penguin is in Northwest Tasmania, situated on the edge of Bass Strait. A small town of 5000 residents.
The Spirit Of Tasmania passenger ferry docks in Devonport, which is a 25 minute drive from Penguin.
There are two small airports close by – Burnie and Devonport. Both are only a 30 minute drive from Penguin and both airports have direct flights to and from Melbourne. Check with airlines regarding capacity.
Launceston airport is one and a half hours drive from Penguin and provides access for larger jets with direct flights between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Who runs The Cranky Penguin?
The Cranky Penguin is organised by the Cradle Coast Mountain Bike Club and uses the services of the local SES and volunteers for checkpoints around the course, and start / finish areas.
Where does the entry fee go?
All proceeds from The Cranky Penguin are used to further develop the Penguin Mountain Bike Park and MTB infrastructure on the northwest coast of Tasmania. By entering the event, you are helping to continue the trail network which will be of interest to everyone.
There are no paid staff running this event.
Can I get a refund if I cancel?
Our cancellation policy entitles you to a 70% refund if you cancel prior to 31st December 2014. From 1st January 2015 we regret that no refund is applicable.