The 2018 Epic course will be the same course as last year, the format will consist of one 50km loop which is ridden once for the Shorty competitors twice for 100km entries and three times for the 100 Mile entries. The 30km race is completed over two laps of the the novice course with Spring Gully reservoir included. 15km race includes two 7.5km laps of the novice loop.
Spring Gully Reservoir is owned and operated by Coliban Water and is one of the oldest dams in the Bendigo region and one of the ten oldest dams in Australia. It supplies recycled water for public gardens, recreation reserves and irrigation in the Bendigo area. Water is supplied by a pipeline from the Bendigo Water Reclamation Plant in Epsom where Bendigo's wastewater is treated for reuse.
Access to the Spring Gully Reservoir site is restricted and only provided for limited permitted events. Outside of these events it is closed to the public. No spectators will be permitted into the reservoir site. Only riders entered in the event will be allowed through the check point
The 15km Novice entry riders will not be entering the Spring Gully Reservoir, instead they will be staying on the on the great green loop area, doing two 7.5km laps.
The event starts at our new club home being Pendlebury Park/Muldoon Reserve across the road from the One Tree Hill Hotel Spring Gully Rd, Spring Gully where under a controlled start competitors will skirt the edge of Wattle Drive before hitting the dirt, then a 1km fire road dash with a pinchy climb before hitting single track on the return loop of the Spring Gully trail network. Riders will exit near the top of the water tower and complete a short section of fire road before hitting another small patch of single track exiting at Connellys Rd. From there the course has plenty of good flowing single track sections and some fire trails dotted throughout giving competitors a little breathing or over taking space before arriving at Diamond Hill Rd. When crossing at Diamond Hill Rd (controlled crossing of 40km speed zone), all competitors must dismount when safe to do so under the supervision of officials.
From there competitors head out over undulating terrain toward Mt Alexander and turn back at Sandhurst Reservoir. Between Diamond Hill Road crossing and Sandhurst Reservoir riders will be on parts of the Goldfields (Leanganook) Track. From there riders face a roller coaster series of small hills under the power lines before heading towards Apeline Track, then turning back towards Cahills Rd. Leaving the fire trail behind a left hand turn delivers more flowing single track guiding riders back towards Diamond Hill Rd and the 3rd Checkpoint (40km mark).. After the second rd crossing its not too far from the finish line (approx 7km) which takes riders over a combination of single track and fire trail. Hitting the marked Green circle trail in Spring Gully is an indication to pull out all the stops before pushing up the final rise leading to the finish at the reserve.