Leg#4 The run 25 km

This run leg showcases Victorian Alps at their best. Starting from meters-wide centuries-old over 80m tall gum trees and sub-tropical rainforest, you will climb to sub-alpine and then alpine vegetation in one go.

This is the hardest and the most technical section of the race.  We expect the fast times to be around 3 hours, while it can take up to 6-7 hours if you walk all the way up. Plan your nutrition accordingly. There are some creeks on the way, but you do not have a constant access to them, so carrying 2-3 litres of water is recommended as well as water purification.

Straight after leaving the last transition area, you will enter the alpine wilderness. This 25km section follows along one of the most remote sections of the Australian Alps walking track. The first 10km of the leg is a major uphill, up to the gravel road. Turn left on the road and follow the road until the end - this is the last turning point - Mt Erica car park.

You will still be going uphill and in about 1.5km you will reach a spectacular Mushroom rocks site. Another steep pinch and you will arrive to Mt. Erica and Talbot Peak soon after. Even though it’s not the highest points, you have completed the majority of climbing and until the village, the track is undulating. On the turn-off, you will see the sign “Baw Baw is 5km away”. You are nearly there. Then there is only a couple of small uphills to negotiate before you get to the top of a downhill slope, where you have less than a kilometre to go.

Congratulations! You conquered the mountain and yourself!

 

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Course legs

Leg#1 Run 5 km

The first run leg starts in the heart of the township, next to the historic original vault of The Bank of Victoria, which once stored 72 tons of Walhalla gold.  The run climbs up a steep staircase to join with a historic tramline walk.

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Leg#2 Paddle 14 km

Thompson River is one of the best places in Victoria to paddle. The beautiful rocky, steep slopes, along with pristine waters create a majestic atmosphere and makes this paddle pretty special.

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Leg#3 MTB 40 km

We have sub-divided the mountain bike course into two parts. 1 Day competitors will tackle both parts in one go, while 2 Day competitors will do part 1 on the first day, and re-start at Erica Sun morning to complete part 2.

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Leg#4 The run 25 km

This run leg showcases Victorian Alps at their best. Starting from meters-wide centuries-old over 80m tall gum trees and sub-tropical rainforest, you will climb to sub-alpine and then alpine vegetation in one go.

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What it takes to finish the race

Off-road skills

Commitment

Endurance

Determination