Ride Start Date: 2021-11-08
April 16, 2021
The GSR Sub Committee continues to assess and monitor the current impacts from the COVID-19 global restrictions on the running of the 2021 GSR.
It is highly likely that current international travel restrictions will remain in place for the remainder of 2021 – the success of progress with the rollout of the various global vaccines will determine the status of these restrictions so we will keep a close eye on this front. However, based on this likelihood and to reduce the complexity of accommodation controls to cater for multiple start times, we have confirmed that this year’s GSR will be a locals-only (i.e Australian-based) version, with a field limit of 60 riders and a single start time (6:00am November 8, multiple waves).
If international travel restrictions are eased prior to November based on vaccine passports, we will look at the potential to include OS riders in the field.
Regards…..your GSR Sub Committee
The Great Southern Randonnée (GSR) is a premier 1200 km randonnee with a tradition of fabulous support provided by enthusiastic volunteers. It is Audax Australia’s equivalent of the iconic Paris-Brest-Paris 1200km randonnee, similarly being run every four years.
The seventh edition of the GSR will be held on Monday 8th November 2021.
For 2021 and unlike 2016, due to COVID-19 there will be a limit of 60 riders with a single start/multiple waves. Riders will head first along the iconic Great Ocean Road, head north from Port Fairy to Halls Gap and then return via the GoR to Anglesea, with a final 200km loop up to Geelong, west to Winchelsea and return to Anglesea.
Website details will continue to be updated as detailed planning proceeds.
Registrations opened on April 23 2021. The field limit of 60 has been reached, therefore a wait list has been established to cater for entry cancellations (view list here). If you cannot do the ride but would still like to be involved, why not volunteer to help with the running of the event? Depending on the help provided, volunteers can receive free food and accommodation during the event.
For further information or to volunteer for the event, email email@example.com.
The Great Southern Randonnée offers three rides:
Support at Controls for the 1200 km options is designed for the ride to be completed in 80 to 90 hours (giving maximum sleep and enjoyment).
Also available (at extra cost):
Unlike previous GSRs, there will be a single morning start on November 8 at 6am, but with multiple waves (probably 15 riders per wave at 10 minute intervals). Waves will be assigned in alphabetic order.
The 300km ride will start on Wednesday November 10 at 6am at Port Fairy.
Yes, the event limit (constrained by the sleeping/eating facilities at the overnight controls) is 60. Also, there are limits on the number of riders per wave (15).
Yes, a wait list will be established. OS riders will be considered if international travel restrictions are eased prior to November.
Check the general Terms and Conditions when entering for Audax Australia events.
Refunds will be provided for cancellations, the following schedule overrides the standard Audax Australia Terms & Conditions cancellation policy:
If there is a Wait List, Audax Australia may, in its absolute discretion, refund the Ride Entry Fee less an administration fee of $50.