Important competitor information

Important information for all competitors

This information must be understood by all competitors:

Registration is from 3:30pm – 5:30pm Saturday January 31, and from 6.30am – 7:30am Sunday February 1st.

Parking is on the grassed area between the Athletic Centre and the Mountain Bike Park. Please do not park in the car park of the Golf Club.

Sign on – All riders need to sign on before the race, even if you collected your plate Saturday afternoon. Sign on will be near the registration centre. If you have not signed on, race organisers will assume you have not started and you will be a DNS and race times will not be recorded.

Withdrawal after sign-on – If you pull out of the race for any reason, (mechanical/injury etc) you must inform one of the checkpoints or race control at the finish line. We don’t want to be looking for people out on course that are not there.

Race brief is at 7.40am in the Athletic Centre. Be prepared to get underway straight after.

Rider assembly will be at the Golf Club car park after the race brief.

Drinks/food are to be placed in boxes at the entrance of the Athletic Centre. Please note the number of the box you place them in. They will be available at Checkpoint 2.

For further information please see your competitor notes available on the website:

Looking forward to seeing you all there on race day.
Last but not least, have a blast, be happy and safe riding.

The Cranky Team

Accommodation options

Accommodation options for The Cranky Penguin.

Prezzo Bay have a fully self contained unit available at a special price – details at

The Madsen are our Gold Sponsor for this event, details on the Sponsors page. They are offering a 20% discount for Cranky Penguin participants for the Friday and Saturday nights, 30-31 January and Sunday 1st February. Their website is

The Goodstone Group have a number of generous accommodation options, details are at

High On Penguin have accommodation – they can be found at

Seaview House have accommodation as well – details at

Accommodation offer at Prezzo Bay

“Prezzo Bay” is a one bedroom fully self-contained unit, right on the beach at Preservation Bay (2kms from Penguin).
The unit has a separate queen size bedroom, plus a fold-out couch or trundle bed (so can accommodate 2, 3 or 4 people).
Full kitchen facilities plus all linen provided. Off street parking. (Secure bike parking can be provided in our garage)
The beach is right across the road for swimming, walks or a pre or post event run!
“Cranky Penguin” event special price of $100 per night for 2 people. Extra adults $20 each.
To book ring Joan on 0427-371572 or e-mail

Little Penguins

Saturday 31st January.


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An added bonus to the winner!

To go with the numerous prizes on offer as well as trophies, there is an added bonus to the overall winner of the 70KM open event.

The overall winner will also receive free entry (excluding MTBA registration) into the following Cranky Penguin MTB Marathon should he/she wish to participate.

Good luck to all competitors!

Farewell to Greg Johnston from Ulverstone Bicycles

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Greg for all his support and especially for the mechanical support offered on the inaugural event in 2013. We wish Greg and his family all the best in his new adventure interstate in 2015. This means you will not get to see Greg’s smiling face as you ride past the checkpoint in need of a bit of mechanical attention to your bike.

We do have a new supporter of our event for mechanical assistance!
We welcome Ian from Sprung MTB on board and you can look forward to seeing him on the course.

The Cranky Penguin Launch – Speech

Following is a transcript of a speech given at the Official Launch of The Cranky Penguin MTB Marathon.
The speech was given y Phil Champassak from The Madsen Accommodation, which is our Gold Sponsor for the 2015 event.


The Madsen is delighted to be the Gold Sponsor of the Cranky Penguin MTB events for 2015 and 2016.
We sponsored last year’s inaugural Cranky Penguin, and even my son and I volunteered as marshalls to get a feel for what was happening, and enjoyed it very much.
We share the vision of the Central Coast Council, and the Cradle Coast MTB Club in developing this wonderful asset with the help of the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service. To borrow Martin Luther King’s famous sentence:
“We have a dream, that one day the Cranky Penguin MTB Marathon races will become the premier “must do” event for all MTBikers, not just for Taswedgians, but for the country and beyond. That dream is to establish the Cranky as the toughest and most challenging day event in the nation, leveraging off a unique combination of further developments in the Penguin MTB Park and track work in the Dial Ranges.”
The Penguin community and further afield in the Central Coast and beyond needs to support the MTB Park and the various events that will eventuate spinning off the Cranky Penguin marathons, to include family outing events on the less challenging parts of the course, the kids-specific track, and other non-competitive rides so that we will be able to cater for all sections of the community.
The health benefits for the community should not be underestimated.
And the economic benefits that this will bring to Penguin and our region will increase as the reputation and brand of the MTB Park and the Dial Range becomes more prominent. Over time we will need to provide more services to visiting MTBikers, not just in accommodation, hospitality like cafes and restaurants, but even the creation of business opportunities directly tied to the infrastructure, such as guided tours, bike hire and repairs, food and coffee stalls when events are on and so forth.
I know, unlike other developed bike trails around Tasmania, that our venue offers a spectacular seaside vista with Penguin at the foothill of the Dial Range, enabling MTBikers to pick and choose their courses during the day, coming back to the township for a well deserved coffee break or lunch.
To conclude, I’m mad. And cranky. Madsen of course!



Christmas present for your MTB’er

Wondering what to get for that special person for Christmas?

Why not enter them in The Cranky Penguin MTB Marathon?

This is an opportunity that exists only once every two years to ride your mountain bike through the entire loop of the Dial Range.

And while you’re at it, why not enter yourself? It’s going to be great!

As well as having the thrill of entering the premier one day MTB marathon in northwest Tasmania, just by participating you will have a chance at winning some FANTASTIC spot prizes! More details being announced as we get closer, but some of the information is available now on the Sponsor page – follow the link on the menu.

Get Cranky, people!

Entries close December 31.

Newsletter 2014-06-29

Hi Folks,

IT’S BACK…  Registration opens July 1, 2014

The Cranky Penguin Marathon race is on.  Registration is now open!

As you can see a change of date… Keep it free, plan your holidays, February 1, 2015 is the date.

(This change will please the trail fairies).

Register early for your spot.  Got any questions, comments (keep them nice) and enquires, please contact

Feel free to share this info.  

For a great review have a look at what Tassie Rambler Cranky Penguin has to say about the course.

Go to:  for registration

By supporting this event you are supporting mountain bike infrastructure development, all monies raised from this event directly benefit mountain biking in North West Tasmania

Cranky poster 2015 complete