Firstly, we are all exhausted, it’s been a massive three days. As we finished stage 18, the last one, we all agreed that it was a tough, challenging event physically and mentally but we were also excited at how good the roads are. This really is an event that will reward a strong team effort.
We have chosen a route that encompasses a range of roads from fast wide logging roads to tight twisty mountain tracks and cresty ridgetop tracks with almost everything in between. Competitive distance is 370kms with 400kms transport.
The event starts in Lakes Entrance on Friday afternoon Nov 29th with 3 awesome forest stages totalling 35kms and a very different stage around Bairnsdale Speedway as the last stage of the night under lights with lots of spectators. The Saturday is a big day with an all new 55km stage followed (after service) by another 48km stage. The usual service park locations are at the sports grounds in Orbost and Cann River. Most of the stages are new or vastly different from those we have used the last few events.
Sunday has a very different feel to the Saturday with roads moving inland to the more mountainous, cresty, ridgetops. The comment was made more than once during the day that they reminded us of some of the traditional Bright style Alpine roads. Bruthen is the focus for service with crews visiting there twice during the day before the first car arrives back in Lakes just before 2pm for the podium and champagne spray later that afternoon.
We have put a huge amount of thought and effort into creating an event that is worthy of the Alpine tradition and we are all praying for the weather gods to give us a great weekend so we can show this event off to it’s full potential. We can’t wait to see you all in Lakes Entrance on November 28th.