Maxi Classic 170km: Course Overview
The 170km Mudgee Gran Fondo course offers the absolute ride of a lifetime. This is a true Aussie Classic and those tasked with the tough job (ahem…) of scoping out the course remain in awe of the ‘Mudgee Maxi’.
As an overview, riders will not only experience the stunning Mudgee township and surrounding vineyards, but head to distant hills and discover roads that will rank among the best they’ve seen.
170km with 1686m of ascent.
Come 7am on Sunday the 3rd of May, riders will roll out of one of regional Australia’s most iconic main streets. Moments after leaving the stunning township they’ll be passing the first of the Mudgee vineyards, home of many of Australia’s best wines.
From there it’s straight to the remarkable Munghorn Nature Reserve, itself a stark contrast from the rolling green vineyards closer to town. Here you will experience the true NSW country road conditions that riders have come to embrace when riding in the area, be prepared to challenge yourself on the rough roads.
After a steady climb the peloton will be enjoying a wonderful descent into Wollar. At this point riders are 50km in and warming up nicely for the picturesque Bylong Valley sector, the location of the first major rest stop.
Regarded as one of the top 10 drives in Australia, and freshly sealed in January 2019, riders will experience the stunning beauty of the Bylong Valley.
Maxi Classic riders will then encounter lush green fields before a backdrop many refer to as the Grand Canyon of the mid-west – an escarpment that simply has to be seen (and ridden past!) to be believed.
Pedal hard through the rolling Bylong Valley while fast-approaching these amazing gorges and enjoy the views … but don’t get too comfortable. A short distance ahead is the piece de resistance of the Maxi Classic – the challenging 5km climb … yes the KOM and QOM!
Known as Growee Gulph, this is one impressive climb. Sure it is challenging but is also very achievable and we guarantee this will be one of the major highlights of the entire event. A combination of wide open stretches, twisty climbs and challenging hairpins … the tight bends will keep you on your toes as you try taming Growee!
Riders will be comforted and reassured that the second major rest stop is a short distance past the top of Growee Gulph – riders can nourish up, fill their bidons and prepare for the gradual descent to Lou, home of the third and final rest stop.
From there it’s the challenge of more rolling hills prior to the final 5km and a nice fast finish into Mudgee.