Overview – Race 4

Race 4 of the MINI Countryman Trail Running Series 2020 heads to a spectacular new venue, The Werribee Gorge State Park just outside Bacchus Marsh, 1hr drive from Melbourne.

Werribee Gorge is a steep sided river valley with soaring cliffs, bold rocky outcrops and dense Aussie bushland split by the meandering waters of the Werribee River. The steep sided ravine is quite unlike any other race venue and looks more similar to the Gorges of the MacDonnell Ranges in central Australia than a Victorian regional park – we can’t wait to show it to you!

Werribee Gorge is located just off the Western Freeway, a short way past Bacchus March with the race centred at the scenic Meikles Picnic Area on the Werribee River.

When: Sunday 6 September, 2020
Where: Werribee Gorge State Park
What:

  • Long Course: 14km
  • Medium Course: 9km
  • Short Course: 5.5km

Each course offers a challenging mix of single tracks, gravel double tracks, rock outcrops , wild ascents and descents all whilst you get to enjoy being immersed in nature… the gentle sound of the river flowing, spectacular views, and if you’re lucky enough, you’ll spot wallaby’s, koalas, peregrine falcons and more!

It’s easy to see why Werribee Gorge is a very popular day trip from Melbourne. As The Age once said, it might leave you with the impression that “you have somehow ended up in the Northern Territory – such is the palette and grandeur of the landscape.”

It is a lovely example of the regions fauna and flora, quite different to anything you’ll see over to the East such as our Silvan Venue; much drier and scrubbier, and the cliffs are quite striking!

SPECTATOR INFO

This is a popular day trip from Melbourne and a pleasant place to visit and hang out with your friends and family.

Things to see and do for spectators:

  • There is a a fun trickling river for kids to play (safely) next to, permanent toilets and nearby car parking areas providing good facilities for families.
  • There are a range of short and long walking tracks that start and finish along the Werribee Gorge Trails
  • Check out the Parks Victoria visitor guide for maps and further information

Otherwise, hang out at the Event Expo where the finish line is and give everyone a well-deserved cheer as they come through at the end.