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The clubs will be changing things up in 2024 to give you more flow on the course.

There’s a bunch of singletrack that will take you through box-ironbark woodland areas of historic gold mining activity.

This route features undulating terrain with generally flowy trails on smooth, sometimes loose, dirt surfaces. There are some small drop-offs, rocky sections, and steeper climbs and descents.

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COURSE OVERVIEW

The clubs are changing things up in 2024 to give you more flow on the course.

There’s a bunch of singletrack that will take you through box-ironbark woodland areas of historic gold mining activity.

This route features undulating terrain with generally flowy trails on smooth, sometimes loose, dirt surfaces. There are some small drop-offs, rocky sections, and steeper climbs and descents.

We’ve also added a SHIFTY SMALLY, perfect for those looking to test the waters of MTB racing or making a return.

ENTER SHIFTY FIFTY (50KM)

  • Course Distance – 50KMS (2 x 22.2km lap +3.4km prologue)
  • Course Elevation Gain – 716m.

ENTER SHIFTY SHORTY (25KM)

  • Course Distance – 25KM (22.2km lap +3.4km prologue)
  • Course Elevation Gain – 358m

ENTER SHIFTY SMALLY (10KM)

  • Course Distance – 9.7KM
  • Course Elevation Gain – 155m

At a glance

With a variety of categories, there’s something for everyone. eBikes are welcome.

  • Daltons rd/Pine Track, Castlemaine
  • 8:30am
  • 10:00am
  • 10:10am
  • 1:30ish
  • $85-$100

PRICING

  • Up to 4 weeks before – $80 ends 5 May
  • Up to 2 weeks before – $85 ends 19 May
  • Within 2 weeks of the event – $90 ends 29 May
  • Late entries from Thursday 30 May – $100 (you can enter the day of the race also)

On site facilities

  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Coffee
  • Water
  • Food
  • First Aid

COURSE OVERVIEW

Using the links below, you can download the routes to your phone or head unit ahead of the race and find out more about the ride.

For those racing the Shifty Fifty, you’ll do two laps of this fun, flowy 22km route for a total of 44.6km and 776m of climbing. The Shifty Shorty will do a single lap.

You’ll do one lap of a fun 10km loop. This is perfect for people looking to dip their toe in the water and give timed MTB riding a go.

WHAT ARE THE START TIMES?

We have a self-seeding start procedure for Roll’d Gold. :

  • Registration open 8:30
  • Rider Briefing 9:35 in village. After the briefing, riders in Shifty Fifty and Shifty Shorty leave for the start line after briefing
  • Shifty Smally (10km) starts at 9:45 from the village
  • e-Bike starts 9:55
  • 10:00 In it to win it – if you’re looking to race this is for you.
  • 10:05 to 10:10 choose your start time and beat the flock.

WHERE ARE THE FEEDZONES ON COURSE?

The only feed zones on the course are located at the event village. Entrants will pass through the village at approximately the 3km, 9km, 25km, 31km distance marks.

IS THERE FOOD ON SITE?

Yes. There will be BBQ food (sausages, burgers, veggie burgers) and barista coffee will be available for purchase.

WHERE CAN I PARK?

Parking Marshalls will guide attendees to appropriate parking either at the southern end of the event village or along the verge of Dalton’s Road, just a couple of hundred metres from the event village.

GETTING HERE/WHERE IS THE EVENT VILLAGE?

 Walmer Forest is a little over 3km from the centre of Castlemaine. You can view the location view on Google Maps here. 

Directions from Castlemaine.

  • From the Midland Hwy which passes North-South through Castlemaine …
  • Follow Parker St(which then becomes Walker St, then Richards Road) in a West, then northern direction, for about 1.8km – Look for MTB Event signage
  • Ceer left onto the Castlemaine – Muckleford Rd (Daws Rd) for a further 900m
  • Turn right toward the Walmer Day Visitor Area (Recreation Area)

VOLUNTEER AND GET A FREE ENTRY

Cycling events in Australia are made possible thanks to volunteers like you. When you volunteer for any Big Hill Event, you’ll score a free entry to another Big Hill Event. These are transferable also, so if you’re keen, get in touch and let us know where you’d like to volunteer.

Contact us on info@bighillevents.com.au