Course Description and Map

LORNE MINI
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’)

 

The course for the Lorne Mini gives you many of the same off road adventures as the full distance Lorne Adventure Race but in a smaller, sample sized version that’s full of fun.

Mini competitors will swim and paddle in the protected waters of Loutit Bay in front of the Surf Life Saving Club whilst remaining within easy reach of the coast. You will run on spectacular trails through towering timber forests and mountain bike on sweeping single track through the eucalypts that will certainly put a smile on your dial. All in all you’ll have an adventure to remember in a beautiful part of the world without putting yourself too far into the red (zone).

Designed so that just about anyone can be involved with a range of bite sized legs, the Lorne Mini can be completed by individuals or relay teams of up to 4 doing one leg each.

 

Course Description:

600m Ocean Swim

The Mini gets under way with all competitors lined up on the beach full of excitement and expectation for adventures ahead.. After a quick dash across the sand you’ll dive head first into a friendly ocean swim in the most protected corner of Loutit Bay right in front of the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club. Swimmers will complete a straight forward out and back swim around a couple of buoys before body surfing a (small) wave back into the beach to the cheers of the spectators standing alongside.

7km (protected) Ocean Paddle

Hand over to your team mate or find your boat and slide it into the shallows and you’re soon under way with the Ocean Paddle leg.. You may need to negotiate a small shore break (paddle hard!) then keep paddling towards the Lorne Pier and the first turn buoy anchored off the end. Turn left and paddle across the middle of Loutit Bay and marvel at how nice Lorne looks from the water before turning left near the Swing Bridge and you’ll soon be back in front of the Surf Life Saving Club having completed lap #1. Paddle a second lap of the same course and then it’s into the beach for the next transition.

7km Trail Run

Team paddlers tag your team mate whilst individuals complete a quick wardrobe change and then you’re off on foot for a scenic run around the ranges. Runners start on level ground by running along the coast around Point Grey and over a few rocks to the picturesque St George River. You’ll soon be puffing hard as the angle inclines to a steady climb up through the bush before descending down George St. Continue down Otway Street, complete a short wade under the Great Ocean Road Bridge and then it’s a short lap under the cypress trees and you’re back into the transition area on the Lorne Foreshore. 

11km Mountain Bike

The mountain bike leg starts by winding along a few sealed streets to help gain a bit of altitude before ramping up a notch (or two) with a tough little hill on a 4WD track. Then down to the outskirts of Lorne before an easier climb up Erskine Falls Rd, before another fun descent along Greenbreak Track. A short climb back to the top of Lorne township before a fast descent on bitumen before crossing the GOR at the Otway St roundabout and then riding into transition next to Mantra resort.

700m Beach Run

All team members reunite (whilst individuals continue solo) for a celebratory run down the beach to the finish together. You’ll have grins from ear to ear after your adventures around the course but don’t forget to wave to the crowd and clap a few high fives because you’ll feel like a hero having just completed the Lorne Mini adventure race at Lorne. Well done.

 


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Specific information on the course route, operation of the transition areas and other logistical information will be posted to the event website (and included in the event program) 2-3 weeks before the race itself.

 

Anyone can do it...

Choose your style and get involved - the Lorne Mini at Lorne 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 from start to finish.
  • Relay teams – enter a team with up to 4 people where you do one (or more) legs each. A great way to get involved if you only do one sport (eg. running) so you can build up a team of friends and work colleagues and join all the fun.
     

 

Race start information

These are provisional start times and may change nearer the event (but not by much!)

  • 11:00am Individual males, Male teams and mixed teams race – Lorne Beach
  • 11:05am Individual female and female only teams race start – Lorne Beach

All individual males, all male and mixed relay teams will start at 11:00am and individual females and female only teams will start at 11:05am. We have chosen to provide a female only start to reduce congestion on the swim and provide a less intimidating start for newcomers to the event.


 

Race leg requirements

For the Lorne Mini and the Lorne Adventure Race

The following requirements apply to the various legs of both the Lorne Mini and the Lorne Adventure Fest and constitute part of the event rules:

SWIM Leg requirements

  • All swimmers must wear the orange swim caps provided at registration.
  • Swimmers may use a PFD (life-jacket) and/or snorkel and mask if you are a weak swimmer.
  • Hand paddles, flippers and other propulsion devices are not permitted.
  • You are permitted to rest on a rescue craft if required without penalty.
  • Race bib MUST be worn over your wetsuit and MUST NOT be removed until inside the Transition Area. This applies to teams and individual competitors.

Safety actions in case of an emergency or difficulty on the swim leg:

  • Raise one arm if assistance is required and call for help. There will be numerous jet skis patrolling the swim leg.
  • If you hear a continuous siren, horn or whistle exit the water as soon as practicable.

 

PADDLE Leg requirements

  • For kayakers using an enclosed cockpit style of craft, spray skirts MUST be worn and fastened prior to leaving the beach.
  • PFDs MUST be worn by all competitors. The race bib must be worn OVER the PFD.
  • When paddlers land at the TA at the end of the paddle leg, they must carry their boats to the top of the beach area as directed by marshals. You can receive assistance from team mates or support crews for this.
  • Paddlers cannot receive any assistance in forward progression by another kayak or vessel during the paddle leg – with the exception of designated water safety vessels.
  • There will be numerous water safety craft. They can assist you, if required, to get back into your boat (without penalty).
  • A paddle leg may be altered depending on weather conditions with any changes communicated at the appropriate competitor briefing or on the race notice board.
  • Helmets (bike helmets are acceptable) MUST be worn on the paddle leg for the Lorne Adventure Fest and Lorne Mini..

Safety actions in case of an emergency and difficulty for all Paddle legs:

  • If assistance is required by water safety personnel, raise your paddle and wave it to attract attention and tell other competitors you need assistance and to pass the message on. If you get into trouble at sea, ALWAYS stay with your boat until water safety personnel arrive.
  • If you hear a continuous siren, horn or whistle exit the water as soon as practicable.

RUN Leg requirements

  • The course and all intersections will be marked with coloured (pink fluoro) tape and arrows, but you can still get lost if you don’t pay attention. Keep your eye out for trail markers at all times. It is the runner’s responsibility to follow the correct course.
  • Normal road rules apply at all times and all roads will remain open to cars. Any participant who disobeys road rules is subject to disqualification.
  • No assistance from team mates or support crews is allowed during the run leg. This includes provision of any food or drink along the course.
  • The run course is not closed to the public and you may encounter cars, walkers and other users… Please be respectful of other users of the tracks and trails.
  • It is compulsory for all runners to carry a First Aid Kit comprising 2 x crepe bandages, 6 x wound closure strips, 1 x triangular bandage, 2 x non-stick wound dressing pads and a pair of surgical gloves. These are available for sale at the race registration area for $15.
  • There will be no drink stations along the run courses.

Safety steps in case of an emergency or difficulty on Run Legs:

  • If you become injured and require assistance, stop moving and stay where you are. Tell the competitors that pass you to alert the next race marshal and advise them of your location.
  • If you become lost, backtrack along the trail you followed to return to the marked course.


MTB Leg requirements

  • The course and all intersections will be marked with coloured (pink fluoro) tape, arrows and witches hats but you can still get lost if you don’t pay attention. Keep your eye out for trail markers at all times. It is the runner’s responsibility to follow the correct course.
  • Normal road rules apply at all times and all roads will remain open to cars. Any participant who disobeys road rules is subject to disqualification.
  • The MTB course is not closed to the public and you may encounter cars, walkers and other users… Please be respectful of other users of the tracks and trails.
  • No assistance from team mates or support crews is allowed during the MTB leg. This includes provision of any food or drink along the course.
  • It is compulsory for all riders to carry a First Aid Kit comprising 2 x crepe bandages, 6 x wound closure strips, 1 x triangular bandage, 2 x non-stick wound dressing pads and a pair of surgical gloves. These are available for sale at the race registration area for $15.
  • We recommend that all riders carry spares, including pump, tube, tyre levers, chain breaker, and multi-tool, as well as water or hydration fluid.
  • All riders must walk bikes through the transition area and helmets must be fastened before exiting the TA.
  • There will be no drink stations on the MTB courses.

Safety actions in case of an emergency or difficulty on MTB legs:

  • If you become injured and require assistance, stop moving and stay where you are, tell the competitors that pass you to alert the next race marshal and advise them of your location.
  • If you become lost: backtrack along the trail you followed to return to the marked course.
  • If your bike breaks beyond repair, you are entitled to walk/jog your bike over the rest of the course to the transition area.


TEAM RUN requirements

  • Teams must run together the whole way from the TA to the finish line. Any team who does not complete the final run leg as a FULL team will be listed as an unranked finisher. No exceptions will be made to this rule under any circumstances.