Long Rides

Goldfields Traverse Super Series 2014

The Super Randonneur Series is the gold standard in Audax achievements, comprising a series rides of 200km, 300km, 400km, and 600km all completed within the same 12-month season.

The Bendigo Super Series is both an introduction to Audax and a chance for experienced riders to complete the Super Randonneur series in some great cycling country with (if history is any guide) good weather.


If you have never done an Audax ride before, here's how it works, in a nutshell:
The starting time, route and latest allowable finishing time are fixed. In between, go as fast or as slow as you like, keeping to the (generous) time limit for the day. Some people finish in half the allocated time, others use every minute of it; it's up to you.
Carry a route card with you and get someone to sign it and note your arrival time at the checkpoints. The checkpoints are usually cafes or bakeries - so you would want to stop anyway!
The fine print is simple:
Be self-sufficient, so no on-road support except at checkpoints. If you need tools, spares, warm clothes, spare batteries, carry your own.
You must have lights and reflective gear. No lights, no start.

For more details, see the rider rules under Rules & Forms above and the Essential Rider Information to the left.

The Routes

8 Feb: BNB 200
For the Bendigo - Nagambie - Bendigo, we take the scenic road over the Lake Eppalock spillway then on to Heathcote for a bakery checkpoint at the halfway mark. The route detours into the bush through Greytown to Nagambie with lunch at a cafe beside the lake. This is a great introduction to Audax with easy terrain, simple navigation, plenty of trees for shade and windbreak and good cafes for vital caffeine infusions. Time limit 8:00 to 21:30.
2 March: BCB 300
Bendigo - Charlton - Bendigo is as easy as 300 km in a day can be. The route is mildly undulating, with no big hills. Discover the towns that time forgot - Newbridge, Tarnagulla and Logan (pop. 3, or 11 if the pub is busy). Don't forget to pick up some gourmet treats in St. Arnaud, both coming and going.
12 April: Tour of the Goldfields 400
Two out and back legs, Bendigo to Creswick and Bendigo to Avoca. See if you can count the number of towns claiming to be the first gold field in Victoria and how many bakeries have prize-winning vanilla slices. Stash any special treats or warm clothes in Bendigo so you can pick them up on the second leg. The route features rolling hills (nothing difficult) and good roads.
3 May: Traverse of central Victoria 600
Final instalment of of the Goldfields Super Series: day 1 is Bendigo to Stawell and return (354 km) and day 2 is Bendigo to Shepparton and return (248 km). This is the big one! By now, you should be well-prepared to tackle 600 km in 40 hours. A few tough nuts might try it non-stop, most will get a good night's sleep in Bendigo. To the Grampians and back and to the orchards and back in two days of persistent cycling will make a memorable weekend.

Check details of these rides and more in our Rides Calendar.

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Vic Upcoming Rides

Sat 1 February
APCO, Kangaroo Flat 215km Route MapRegistration
Sun 2 February
Kernot 48km Route MapRegistration
Kernot 100km Route MapRegistration
Kernot 150km Route MapRegistration
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Kernot 200km Route MapRegistration
Wed 5 February
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Cobram 56km Route MapRegistration
Cobram 100km Route MapRegistration
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