As teams left the suburbs in their wake, the best of Black Sheep’s hometown came out to play. Bunyaville State Forest was the first unexpected challenge to face the riders. As the road turned from tarmac to gravel, it was the first indication of what lay ahead, the further riders travelled, the narrower the road became before arriving at a split in the trail, with only single track in both directions ahead.
The single track in the Forest is not something routinely tackled or even known to most road riders, but today it would form one of The Classic’s most challenging parcours. Riders would have to work together to conquer doubtful minds, confusion of direction and a creek crossing on Dam Road, which was closer to a mountain bike trail than the favoured tarmac.