Sunday 26th January, 2014
Cruise 4 - Murchison - 5km
An easy warm-up road cruise towards towering Mt Murchison precedes the start of the first competition stage of the day.
Competition Stage 3 - Sterling Valley - 14km
After a fast gravel track for the first kilometre, the trail narrows to single track, and steadily climbs through dense rainforest to the saddle between Mt Black and the towering face of Mt Murchison. A 4WD track then leads to a gnarly single track descent, then gravel tracks & single tracks to the finish in Rosebery.
Competition Stage 4 - Montezuma Falls - 30km
Montezuma Falls is a stage to remember - and for all the right reasons! After a steep climb riders begin 35 km of superb riding along an old disused tramway. The tramway gently inclines and becomes enclosed by overhanging vegetation and narrow cuttings.
The track approaches the Montezuma Falls bridge, and before the bridge there will be an alternative track that riders can take to avoid crossing the bridge, if they choose. Soon after crossing the suspension bridge below the spectacular 100m high Montezuma Falls, or arriving back on the main track after the alternative route, you'll reach the high point and then select top gear for a fast ten kilometres downhill to Melba Flats.
Cruise 5 - Dundas - 8.5km
Riders turn south onto the highway and shortly after turn right for the last few kilometres of the day into Zeehan. The official end for the day is just outside the Hotel Cecil in the main street.