Rockleigh 105 Gravel Fest
31 Aug - 01 Sep 2019
Welcome to the new Gravel Fest Weekend and the original Lofty 105 good people of Terra Australia! The South Mount Lofty Ranges have presented themselves to all gravel grinding, Le Gravurs aficionados to endure an epic adventure of joyous undulations, vistas, ridge tops and valleys. Of course, all en graveThis year we are making half a weekend of it! 2019 we will be all about Gravel, no more Federation Mtb! Not this year anyway.This promises to be a wild weekend of riding adventures and post ride tales around the campfire!
Food As part of your entry, a meal will be served upon finishing along with a beverage of choice to rehydrate. Coffee and additional food will be available to purchase on the day also from 11am to 4pm. Coffee and Breakfast of bacon and egg toastie available pre-ride.FacilitiesThe event village has good facilities including halls, toilets, children’s playground and bbq provisions. SecurityThe organisers are happy to look after a bag of clothing whilst you are out riding so you have some clean clothes to get changed into after the ride. All clothing must be in a single bag, with name, and telephone number clearly marked and must be dropped off at the ride registration marquee at Ride H.Q. before your ride. Also, you can hand your car keys to the organisers to be looked after if you require.Hydration There will be hydration stations for the longest two races including hydration facilities and snacks.First AidFirst Aid/Paramedics will be roaming the course and contactable via marshall points or via race director on 0431 638 721.
The Lofty Full Course 105kmIf you have never ridden around the Monarto/Rockleigh Lofty Ranges before then you are in for a real treat. The Lofty 105km highlights the best of these off pavement roads as a real showcase of the en grave style riding in the Lofty Ranges.The Lofty Mid 65kmThe Lofty 65km is the mid-strength highlight reel of the event. It is ideal for either a solid hit out or more relaxed cycle style for the day. (Note: course has changed this year, cut out Steep hill climb!! upon popular request…)The Lofty Mid-Lite 45kmThe Lofty Mid Lite is the Lighter version of the rides that provides all the highlights of the scenery but suitable for the time-constrained or beginners wanting to push themselves a bit more.The Lofty Fun Lite 21kmA fun for the whole family course.Night Grinder 40kmMake a weekend of it! Post Federation 30/60 dinner or pre “Night Grinder” Dinner included in the ticket. This course is a fast blast around 40km of Premo Gravel Grinder country taking in undulating gullies, and winding back roads. Pure night time gravel grinding bliss…
LocationMonarto Sports Complex (Schenscher Rd, Monarto) Off S.E.Fwy/Old Princes Hwy.Night Grinder 40km (Saturday Aug 31st)All riders start togetherRegistration: 17:00-17:45pmBriefing: Start Chute, 17:55pmStart Time: 18:00pmLofty 105km (Sunday Sept 1st)Registration: 07:00-07:45amBriefing: Start Chute, 07:50amStart Time: 08:00amPlease note that there are ride cut off times in place and you may be short coursed if you can’t adhere to the minimum required average pace. We need you back safely before dark! Set at 12.5kph Feed Station 3 (54km)must be passed at 14:00hrs. The Feed station on return (70km) will shut at 14:30pm. Lofty 65km, 45km and (Sunday Sept 1st)All riders start togetherRegistration: 08:00-8:45amBriefing: Start Chute, 08:50amStart TIme: 09:00amRide HQRide HQ is where riders will register, deregister and gather for lunch and. Upon completing the challenge, riders will be able to hand in their ticket for their meal (included in entry price) challenge merchandise this year will be available on registration, early bird only..FinishRiders finish the course at Ride HQ. Upon finishing, riders names will be recorded and given a time for interest sake.. (remember not a race…)
Getting to Ride HQRide HQ will be held at the Monarto Sports Complex, Schenscher Rd, Monarto. Access is via the Monarto exit of the SE Fwy, cross the Old Princes Hwy and turn right into the complex where marshals will direct parking.Car Parking, Road Closures and TrafficThere will be ample car parking at the event Ride H.Q. located within the grounds of the Monarto Sports Complex. All entrants should enter the complex via the (1st entry) southern entry where you will be then directed by marshals to the parking areas.As this is a challenge ride of sorts, and not a race. All roads travelled on this ride are public roads and traffic may be encountered. There are no road closures in place. Please follow all local road rules and be careful at intersections, blind corners and hill crests etc. Whilst warning signs will be in place and marshals located at major intersections, the organisers still require you to be careful out there and courteous of all road users. Locals will be advised of the event and many will be volunteering their time to help run the event. Offer a friendly smile and a hello. There should be minimal traffic during the event and given its location however, there may be the occasional driver unaware of the event in progress.
Pre Race Equipment ChecksDon’t forget to double check your bike for any mechanical issues before the race. Take your bike to your nearest bike shop for a tune up before the race to make sure it’s running sweetly.Things to Carry with YouCompulsory equipmentA First Aid kit comprising: 1 x crepe bandages suitable length for snake bites, 2 x non-adhesive would dressingsAt least one 600ml bottls of water and/or sports drink at the start of the event – even more if it is a hot day!All riders must wear a certified bike helmet at ALL times. Recommended things to carry with youSunscreen and sunglasses.Food and nutrition to last you until you reach the hydration/nutrition points.Bike pump, tyre levers, at least one spare inner tube and puncture repair kit. Chain breaker, allen key set, small bottle of bike lube, and a spare derailleur hanger in case you break it or bend it. (Also well worth knowing how to use your tools!) Rain jacket and/or thermal top and bottom (weather dependent). Mobile phone (there is mobile phone reception at most points around the course – yay!). Emergency space blanket. This may sound like a lot of gear to be lugging around on a ride and in many cases you won’t need it all. However, if something does happen to you or your bike in a remote location, you’ll be well equipped to deal with most situations or stay safe until help arrives.
What do I do if I get lost or lose the course?STOP! Sit down, have a drink of water and assess the situation with a clear mind. Consider where you are.Think about where you last saw a road sign – how far back do you think it was (200m, 700m or 2km?) go to it. Call event director, tell them where you are.When you are certain you have gone wrong backtrack along the exact route you came. Be aware of how far back you have gone and try to limit yourself to what you decided. Use your bike computer or look at your watch for time. Use your map you were given pre ride.Emergency Plans and ProceduresIf you are able and without incurring further injury, move off the actual line of travel so you are out of the way of other riders, vehicles and cannot cause further injury to yourself or others. Stay on the course / track at all times – do not try and find your own way to a road by cutting ‘cross country’.Seek assistance from other riders as they come past – tell them to relay a message forward to the next marshal and checkpoint confirming your location and suspected injuries. Stay calm, use your First Aid Kit. Help will be on its way as soon as possibleThere will be a ‘Grim Sweeper’ following the last riders along the course.What if I have to withdraw for non emergency reasons?If you wish to withdraw from the event because of fatigue, mechanical failure, an injury or any other reason AFTER YOU HAVE REGISTERED please tell a ride official. The organisers need to keep track of what riders are out on the course.If you started the ride and are out on the course and want to withdraw please tell the next marshal (who has mobile communication). MAKE YOUR WAY TO THE NEAREST CHECKPOINT as indicated on the maps above. For non emergency withdrawals the organisers can only arrange for a ‘grim sweeper’ to come and pick you up from the course.What happens if I need to make a mechanical repair?If you have ‘a mechanical’ out on the course, you are entitled to accept the assistance of other riders and still continue. If you have a mechanical failure, cannot fix it out on the course and are taken to the Ride H.Q. by outside assistance (eg in the sag wagon or in someone else’s car) to get your bike fixed but wish to continue with your ride:Advise an official when you get to the Ride H.Q.Please notify officials of your intended route choice before you recommence your ride from the Ride H.Q. It is the rider’s responsibility to carry sufficient tools with you and fix your own bike if you experience any mechanical failures.Is there mobile coverage?There is a fair to good mobile phone coverage on course for Telstra 3G customers and at Ride H.Q. you should have no problems with coverage. We recommend getting to higher ground on the course for best reception if needed for Telstra and Optus users.What if the course changes?Please note that Murraylands Multisports reserves the right to change or alter the course from the description above (due to fire, rain, private landowners or other reasons) and that any changes will be clearly communicated to riders through any of the following means:SMS sent to competitors' phones.During registration via announcements on the PA and notice posted on the race notice board on Saturday evening at Ride H.Q.When riders are assembled at the start line or when riders pass a checkpoint.