Rego opens : 9:15am
Start time : 9:45am
Start location : Belgrave train station
Finish location : Belgrave train station
Distance : ~80km
Map : http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/78713522/ (subject to change!)
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This is a scenic tour of the beautiful south-east. Starting at Belgrave station (at the southern or bus stop side of the station), we'll head out through big old forest to the Beachcombers-esque Cardinia Reservoir. Then it's dirt roads down to Pakenham Upper (checkpoint 1), then more dirt roads and an aqueduct trail across to Beaconsfield Upper before shooting across to Lysterfield Lake Park where we'll visit the cafe/bike shop at Trailmix (checkpoint 2) for a well-earned coffee break. From there it's a short hop back to Belgrave Train Station or you can take the long way and hit up some Lysterfield MTB trails. Your call!
This is a moderately hilly ride with little flat terrain. The MGG Garmin reports about 1300m of climbing. There are no sustained climbs - it's just kinda lumpy. There are some fantastic views, some nice fast descents and just enough rough stuff to make you feel like you've earned that second muffin at Trailmix.
If you're catching the train out to Belgrave you've got two options :
Leave Flinders St 7:36am - Arrive Belgrave 8:50am
Leave Flinders St 8:06am - Arrive Belgrave 9:20am
Either way, you'll have to change trains at Ringwood. Or better yet, why not ride out to the start!
The cue sheet can be found here.
Note : The course has been altered slightly to remove a small section of private property.