This 50km mountain bike ride features a new ride loop in 2019 and is not for the feint hearted!
It is our biggest offering, the Extreme Mountain Biking option is for the truly experienced mountain bike rider. You will take on all the gnarly hills that we could find and mix it with fun single track and fire trail to provide a challenging but rewarding mountain biking experience. This might not be the longest MTB course going around, but it is perhaps one of the more challenging ones on offer using track that you could not find on your own. You will be well taken care of with 4 refreshment stops to get you across the line and finishing this awesome ride.
For those pushing themselves with the 50km for the first time, there is a cut off time of 11am for riders to pass through the Codes Forest Road feed station.
If you miss the cut off time, you will be directed to follow the shorter 33km loop back to the finish line.
Are you up for a challenge? See you at the start line!
Approximately 15km road, 5km shared use trail, 30km fire trail/single track.
Registration Jersey and event bibs need to be picked up prior to the event, you can do this on Saturday 16th onsite between 2-6pm, alternatively from 7.00am on the day.
*Anyone not wearing official event bib will not have access to event facilities, including rest stops and on course support
Start time 7.45am
Location Windmill Drive, Lake Wendouree
Parking Available free of charge at North Gardens from 7.00am
*No parking is permitted on the inside lane of Lake Wendouree
Control room ph# 0437 551 423
In case of incident/emergency, please save the above contact number into your mobile for future reference.
For all serious issues requiring Police, Fire or Ambulance, please contact ‘000’ immediately and then inform control room on the number above.
The event village
We have created an event village that is fun for the whole family. There will be a selection of food and drinks, face painting, kids activities, live music and a bar area for a celebratory post ride drink, on us! (we’ll have a sausage waiting for you too).
The Boring but Important Stuff
A message from the Victoria Police
Riders must obey road rules and traffic signals at all times; where riders fail to obey road rules, Police will take appropriate action.
Rider rules & road information
• Ride safely and in control at all times
• Obey instructions from Events Marshals and traffic controllers
• Keep to the left at all times
• Wear an Australian standard safety helmet
• Ride no more than two abreast
• No racing and no pelotons – The Ballarat Cycle Classic is not a race. No pelotons larger than 20 are permitted on open roads.
The Ballarat Cycle Classic will be marked with directional signage throughout the course. Riders deviating from the course will not be covered by our event insurance.
Be sure to familiarise yourself with the course prior to the event. We have included it below, however we will also have hard copies available at the registration tent. Why not attach the course map through Strava.
Aid stations and medical support
Aid stations will be provided around the course. We will keep you well hydrated and energised with water, lollies, cake and bananas. Should you prefer sports drinks or gels, feel free to provide those for yourself. For rest stop locations, please refer to course map.
First Aid support will be provided by St Johns Ambulance Service. First Aid teams will be on course at all times. There will also be a First Aid tent in the event village.
Mechanical and Course Support
On course mechanical support is available at all times, so whether you puncture, break a chain or need your gears tweaked, you will be in safe hands. Please call # 0437 551 423.
We will also have a support vehicle stationed at Four ways in Buninyong, should you need to be transferred to the event village, please call the control room on 0437 551 423.