Ride Start Date: 2021-11-08
August 12, 2021
It is with the deepest regret that after long and careful consideration, we advise you of the cancellation of this year’s GSR (all distances). Riders will receive a full refund of fees.
With the current Delta COVID situations Australia-wide and the likelihood of further rolling lockdowns and reduced accommodation density limits until years-end, the demands of running the GSR and lack of long-distance training opportunities for riders make it not feasible to continue from a logistical, financial or rider/volunteer health & safety perspective. In particular, we have ~40 interstate riders signed up and 22 from NSW alone, so border closures would lead to a significant field reduction.
For the 35+ volunteers, we sincerely thank you for your generous offer of assistance, it was very much appreciated. Fingers crossed we get to have another crack in 2024!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.