Great Southern Randonnée

6th edition - 13-18 November 2016

Great Southern Randonnée 2016

The 6th edition of the Great Southern Randonnée (GSR) was held during the week from Sunday 13th November to Friday 18thNovember 2016. Distances of 1200km, 1000km, 300km & 200km were offered.

Results are available on our tracking page.

The 6th edition of the GSR brought some minor changes, but continued with the tradition of fabulous support provided by our enthusiastic volunteers. For the 1200km distance the traditional evening start was offered, sending riders on an overnight loop of the Bellarine Peninsula first. However riders couldalso elect to start in the morning and head along the grandeur of the Great Ocean Road first, leaving the Bellarine Peninsula loop until the end.

Qualifying rides applied for those entering the 1000km & 1200km distances.

Thanks to ride organiser Peter Donnan and all our amazing volunteers for making this the best GSR yet!


They’re OFF!

Spot trackers reporting movement at the station with the evening start riders heading off onto the overnight Bellarine Peninsula loop. You can follow all the riders’ via our tracking page.

Good luck and stay safe to all our riders!


GSR Essentials document

The GSR Essentials document is now available for download. Click here to get your copy!


Changes to routes

Due to the risk of continued landslides and road closures along a small section of the Great Ocean Road, we have cut over to the alternative inland route to avoid the damaged section of road.

But in addition to some magnificent Otways rainforest, you still get to see the Anglesea to Lorne section of the Great Ocean Road, plus the spectacular Shipwreck Coast around Port Campbell.

The route now goes inland from Lorne over the climb to Benwerrin then to Deans Marsh, Forrest and then via Turtons Track to Lavers Hill.

Distance has been taken off the northern Halls Gap to Stawell loop to compensate.

Only one control has moved, from Apollo Bay to Forrest.

The route now looks like this:


Instead of this:


Routes have been updated here, and new cue sheets loaded under each route on the GSR website


A note about cancellations

If you wish to cancel your participation in the GSR, please note the following extract from the Terms and Conditions

18. No refunds will be offered for cancellations received after 5pm Wednesday 31 August 2016 (AEST) unless the entry can be transferred to a suitably qualified rider.

There are, at the time of writing, 3 places available on the GSR 1000/1200 rides and no one on the Wait List, so we are unable to transfer entries to another rider.


Cue Sheets available for download

Cue sheets for all distances are available now in a variety of formats for you to print out:

  • A4 foldable – full course or individual days
  • A4 full size – full course
  • Excel spreadsheet – if you prefer to customise your printout

The cue sheets can be downloaded from the route pages:


Event jersey orders closing soon!

You can see all the details of the event jersey here.event-jersey-option-1

Jersey orders need to be finalised by 23rd September.  When ordering, just select Local Pickup (therefore free postage) as all orders will be distributed at the start of the GSR.

This is an event jersey with no distance displayed, so it is available for purchase by all riders and volunteers associated with the GSR.


GSR 2016 Jersey Orders Now Open

The event jersey (A$85) and matching arm warmers (A$35) are now available for purchase here direct from the manufacturer.


Our cycling jerseys are the highest quality made using Triple Play Triflow fabric with moisture-wicking characteristics for maximum breath-ability, YKK Zippers for the best strength and best of all they are Australian made locally in Brisbane by an Australian owned and operated company.

Our cycling arm warmers are manufactured using the highest quality Lycra for the best comfort on the bike.

The entrants voted for the design below.



Information Sheet #1

The first information sheet for 1000km/1200km riders was sent out by email today – please let us know if you have not yet received your copy as we may have your details wrong!

You can also download the information sheet here.


GSR jersey design – your choice



GSR entrants and Wait Listed riders have been sent a survey to help choose the GSR jersey between a couple of alternative prototype designs. The survey closes on 10th June.


GSR Photographers


Bob McHugh and Rod Burgess are delighted to have been invited to photograph this classic Audax ride.

Some may remember them from the Sydney-Melbourne Alpine 1200 in 2013. Bob has been a member of Audax Australia for 16 years and has completed a dozen 1,000 km or 1,200 km events during that time, including the GSR. Rod is something of a vicarious Audaxer, having supported and photographed previous events and heard Bob’s tales of the highs and lows of randonneuring.

Both of them are keen landscape and outdoor photographers. They’ll use a range of equipment and lenses to photograph riders as they move across the countryside and rest at controls. Rather than concentrating on headshots, their aim is to ‘place’ riders in the beautiful scenery that the GSR traverses. You are likely to find them atop an embankment, on a slope below or around the next corner.

They’ll be at the checkpoints too. The vollies are an integral part of the event. They’ll try to photograph as many of you as possible.

They’re looking forward to renewing old Audax acquaintanceships and meeting new riders and volunteers. See you in November!

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