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The Kowalski Classic

21 September 2014

The Race

The Kowalski Classic showcases the tireless work of trailbuilding legends Paul Cole, Alan Anderson and the mysterious Kowalski Brothers. This year’s course is jam packed with as much fine flowing trail as is humanly possible to string together, including all time favourites and new trails built especially for the race. If you like riding oodles of singletrack, then you will LOVE the Kowalski Classic. Find your flow on the Bird and the Kow. 

The Kowalski Classic is the ultimate single track marathon with two race distances taking in the very best trails in Sparrow Hill and East Kowen.

Event Photos

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The Kowalski Classic will run on Sunday 21 September 2014. Mark your calendar, do your chores early and make sure you keep the weekend free – The 2014 course will be a cracker.


Worried that the Full Kowalski will overwhelm your good vibes receptors? Then take on the Half Kowalski: shorter on distance and long on single track. This is a no compromise race distance with the very best trails in East Kowen on display. We have woven an intricate course that will challenge and reward. Be warned: Your face may ache on account of excessive smiling.

The Kowalski Brothers have been turning themselves inside out building brand new trails and interesting links especially for the race so you can expect to ride a crazy amount of trail. You will visit places not seen before and ride what is quite possibly the highest mtb single track in the region.

Of course, we know you want a bit of mongrel in your racing, so we’ve put in a stout climb or two. You can expect to kiss your stem and find the upper limit of your HRM on at least one of these climbs. (Note: all steep fire road climbs are courtesy of our hosts, the ACT Parks and Conservation Service. Awesome work, thanks guys.)

There is a fire road climb at the start of the race which will serve to spread the field out and assist with uninterrupted bliss as you shred the turns, traverses, climbs and descents you love so much. The Kow is like wow. Enjoy.

THE FULL KOWALSKI (Circa 90 km):

Riders will come through transition after riding the Half Kowalski loop and then head out on a totally different loop — which for 2013 will be a veritable grand tour of Sparrow Hill (a Paul Cole Special Edition™). The Bird is the word.

We have planned a new way home for the final kilometres, so keep an eye out for this. We think you will love it.