Entries close soon for the Lakes Entrance Epic, held on the gorgeous East Gippsland coast in Victoria. This is just the second running of the event, but it has all the hallmarks of becoming a classic addition to the race calendar. Full event details and entries are available here – or take a gander below to get a better idea what this region and race are all about.
The Lakes Entrance Epic is one of those amazing events riders are drawn to. Pristine, beautiful beaches, a buzzing coastal town, amazing trails, plenty for the whole family to do, and some of the best scenery in Australia: the Lakes Epic truly has it all.
A field of seasoned guns and a huge mix of riders and characters from all over the country rolled into the beautiful seaside town last year, and now with the addition of trail running on the Sunday, the event is set to grow.
With fantastic local trails, Lakes Entrance provides the perfect location for this style of event, with multiple distances and varying terrain, and has all the key ingredients needed in the perfect location of East Gippsland, Victoria.
There’s something for everyone at the Lakes Epic with the mountain bike event having three distances to choose from with 25km, 50km or the full 100km,; and the trail running event with 7km, 15km or 25km, as well as a kids’ event in both disciplines.
Lakes Entrance is such a family friendly destination and a great place for holidays. The town is packed with so much to do including boating, great fishing, beautiful beaches, local wildlife with seals and dolphins frolicking in the Lakes, mini golf, a huge skate park, plenty of shopping, wineries just out of town, the Bullant Brewery in Bruthen, plenty of funky little cafes, heaps of great restaurants, fresh seafood, and of course the fantastic trails of the Colquhoun Forest.
The event itself starts with beautiful views over the water on the foreshore, then competitors head along the highway under police escort and through town, and only after a few kms competitors are rewarded with flowing single trail taking them out into the Colquhoun forest. This is where the different distances of each day will split and go different directions, with the shorter distances experiencing some of the forest, and the longer distances experiencing the Colquhoun Bike Park, the Discovery trail, and the northern end of the forest. The best part though is that all competitors in either the bike or run events, regardless of distance, finish at the same amazing finish line with spectacular views out over the ocean and the town!
After such a huge success in its first ever year, Alpine Gravity took on valuable feedback and will continue to improve and refine the event to make it bigger and better for competitors each year, with some great improvements and even some brand new single trail, making the Lakes Entrance Epic one of the most sought after entries on the event calendar!
See you in May for the 2015 Lakes Entrance Epic!