Course Description

LORNE ADVENTURE RACE
COURSE DESCRIPTION AND MAPS

 

The official Event Program for the 2014 Lorne Adventure Fest containing all the final event information, schedule, course details and more can now be downloaded from here – essential reading for all competitors. (35meg download, right click and select ‘save link as’)

 

Lorne is nestled in a protected corner of the Great Ocean Road coastline, surrounded by the impressive Otway Ranges, magnificent rain forest and spectacular coastline that makes it an adventure racers playground with endless options for off-road action. This is as good as it gets.

We are very excited to announce a NEW COURSE for the 2014 Lorne Adventure Race to challenge and inspire new and returning competitors to event. When designing the course we have basically cherry picked the very best trails, waterfalls, cliffs and views and combined them all into the one course that ramps up the wow factor on more ways than one.

Compete in this pre-eminent event and you’ll will swim across the crystal clear Loutit Bay, paddle beside the Great Ocean Road past secluded beaches and rocky headlands, run on trails through towering fern trees and incredible waterfalls, and mountain bike up and down rewarding double tracks through the bush. There is nothing better:

 Lorne Beach

 

Course Description


1.9km Endura Ocean Swim

Swim startThe Lorne Adventure Race kicks off with swimmers charging into the water at Point Grey and swimming around the Lorne Pier and across the gorgeous Loutit Bay in a scenic swim you’ll want to do again and again. The water is clear and with the gathered crowd of spectators looking down on you from the beach you’ll feel a million dollars as you body surf a wave into the beach and run the short 400m into the transition area on the Lorne foreshore.

 

13km Peak Adventure Ocean Paddle - NEW

Transition #1 is spectacular! Hundreds of boats lining the beach ready to go. Team swimmers hand over to their team paddlers while individuals climb aboard their own boat to punch out through the small waves inshore and head to sea amidst a battalion of boats getting in on the action. Paddlers head part way to the pier then turn left around a buoy to head north east, across the Bay then alongside the spectacular Great Ocean Road coastline in a long pitch that often includes a trailing swell. U-turn at the buoy just off from Big Hill and then power back along the same route or stay inshore for a more protected return leg before surfing a wave back in to the beach at Lorne. Leg 2 done!

[This is the same paddle course as used in the weather affected 2013 race. It may be altered in rough weather to stay in even more protected water. Either way we recommend paddlers to be strong and confident in ocean paddling, and if needs be, do an ocean paddling course.]

 

Trail run16km Active Feet Coast and Trail Run - NEW

Hitting the Lorne foreshore once again, runners get up to speed along the rocky and sandy shoreline all the way to Sheoak River and then turn up the valley to run past waterfalls and look outs and more (just like the old days!). Race through the Sheoak Picnic area and continue on spectacular single track through The Canyon, under towering tree ferns and mighty Mountain Ash in a run that is simply as good as it gets. Cut back down through picturesque Allenvale and you’ll soon be running back into the transition area at Lorne with a smile from ear to ear.

 

23km Camelbak Mountain Bike

Setting off from the foreshore once again, riders will soon find themselves climbing high and breathing hard as you wind up through Lorne and ascend to the top of the Otways on a mixture of urban streets, double track and fire roads before a ripping descent back to sea level. The course will be the same ride we used in 2008 - 2011 where riders will climb high up to the top of Benwerrin and then descend on the Big Hill 4WD track in a screaming downhill that will put a wicked grin on your face and a trail of dust behind your wheels. The ride concludes with a km on the beach and into the TA beside the Mantra with the finish in sight.

 

700m Otway Fly Team Beach Run - NEW

With a smile on your dial signalling a day of fun in the outdoors, all team mates reunite and individuals tackle their last challenge with a 700m run along the beach from a new transition area beside the Mantra Hotel and into the glory-bound finish chute. Wave to the crowd, smile for the cameras and clap a few high fives because you’ll feel like a hero and have battle scars to prove it, having just completed the Lorne Adventure Race. Well done - mission accomplished.
 


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GO THE DISTANCE

Team run to finishTo complete the Lorne Adventure Race in a team or as an individual is to get the best out of life. It’s about setting yourself a challenge and then fulfilling a goal. You’ll see people riding bikes who never should be, swimmers who’ll splash and crash and paddlers who spend more time up-side-down than right-way-up, but all in all there is something about doing the race that puts a smile on everyone’s faces. Maybe it’s the adventures with friends, the spectacular wilderness, the inclusive atmosphere or the satisfaction of the finish. Give it a crack and it;ll be an experience you willl never forget.

Anyone can do it...

Choose your style and get involved - the Lorne Adventure Race can be completed in a range of categories to get anyone and everyone onto the start then over the finish line:

  • Individuals – do all the legs listed above as a non stop race
  • Pairs – do every leg but in the company of your mate who’s by your side the whole way (must stay within 50m of each other)
  • Relay teams – enter a team with up to 4 people where you do one (or more) legs each. A great way to get involved without being a super hero – build up a team of friends and work colleagues and join all the fun

Enter online now!