They may look like giants in slumber, but the lofty snowfields do not sleep during non-winter months. There are heaps of things to see and do, and if you enjoy mountain bike riding, the Lake Mountain Challenge is guaranteed to get your adventure juices flowing.
The Short course at the Marysville Lake Mountain Challenge is nothing short of 35km. Or push yourself that bit harder and complete the short course and mountain climb with a total of 75km.
But for the really, truly, take-no-prisoners, die-hard mountain bike enthusiasts, you'd better be ready for the Ultimate Challenge. 120 hardcore kilometres is the Long Course distance. But why stop there? It's a grand, leg burning total of 160km to the top. Take it all the way and complete the Long Course and Mountain Climb event.
Okay, there are some flat sections and rolling hills mixed in with the climbs to balance it out, but you'll still be pushed to the edge riding through Buxton, Taggerty, Alexandra, Eildon, Thornton, Narbethong and Marysville.
Entry fees vary slightly for members and non-members of Cycling Victoria. Non-member entry fees are $100 for the Long Course and $90 for the short course. Register BEFORE Friday 6th February 2015 and save $10. This event is being run to raise funds to support Black Saturday bush-fire casualties and to help aid recovery projects.
Marysville is located approximately 90 minutes North East of Melbourne following the Maroondah Highway.
The Lake Mountain Challenge is one of four Challenge Series Events. The first was held in November 2014, but additional upcoming events include the Baw Baw Challenge on 29th March 2015 and the Whittlesea Challenge on 24th May 2015. Like' the Cycling Victoria Facebook Page for regular updates.