After many weeks of training, improving our fitness levels and after successfully completed the 'Ride the Night' Melbourne 2016, we put together another smaller team to attempt to the 'Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute' 40km off-road mountain ride.
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We arrived around 7am and completed the registration process prior to seeing off the 50km mountain riders and the 100km road riders. True to Ballarat's reputation, it was a chilly morning but the sunrise over Lake Wendouree was a beautiful site.
Riding 40Km's in the mountains was always going to be tough; and the course didn't let us down. See the map below for the course we took.
Targeting the intermediate rider with reasonably good skills and fitness, this option aims to maximise the amount of single track to provide a fun and rewarding experience. Building on the ‘Mini’, this option picks up some additional trails in and around White Swan Reservoir including enjoyable extended sections of single track. Some hills included of course, but with all the fun you’ll have on the single track you will barely notice (well maybe you might notice one or two of the hills…). Again, well supported with 3 refreshments stops along the way.
Done and dusty; we'll see you again next year!
From the Team at Rhye Media