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Victoria’s beautiful high country is waiting… take the challenge on the 33rd installment of Australia’s best-supported ride!

Set yourself, your friends and family a challenge and see the world from a whole new perspective – from a bicycle at the top of a mountain (or 4 mountains!)

Our riders are men and women, boys and girls from 10 years old to 80 and up – you don’t need to be a superhero to have the time of your life.

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How to enter the Alpine Classic

  1. 60k

    Bike 60km
    AUD $115
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  2. 70k

    Bike 70km
    AUD $115
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  3. 130k

    Bike 130km
    AUD $180
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  4. 140k

    Bike 140km
    AUD $190
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  5. 200k

    Bike 200km
    AUD $235
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  6. 250k

    Bike 250km
    AUD $200–AUD $285
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  7. 320k

    Bike 320km
    AUD $325
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Alpine Classic routes


Start from Bright toward Germantown, over Tawonga Gap (a Category 2 climb), down to Mount Beauty with a stop for muffins and coffee, and then back over the Gap to Bright. This is the challenge for you if you’re not sure about the others – not easy, but with some basic preparation, we reckon anyone can make it!

No distance on the Alpine Classic is a walk in the park, but the 60km is probably the easiest. It’s a challenge – but most people with a reasonable level of fitness can happily complete this ride.

You’ll ride from Bright and head over Tawonga Gap to Mount Beauty, and then return over the Gap to Bright.


Head towards Porepunkah from Bright, at the roundabout, take the turn for Mount Buffalo and then make the climb all the way up to Dingo Dell. Return back to Bright in time for lunch and a great afternoon with the family at the Bonjour Bright festival.

In the cool of the morning climb Mount Buffalo (a National Park since 1898), then return to Bright. While no distance in the Alpine Classic is easy, as one of the shorter distances we are confident that most riders with a reasonable level of fitness should be able to make the long, but not too steep, climb.


From the start in Bright, you ride to Germantown, over Tawonga Gap, down into Mount Beauty and then make the 30km climb up to Falls Creek. In Falls Creek, you can replenish food and drink stocks and then return to Bright via the same route.

The Alpine Classic originally featured only the 200km distance, however in 1992 in an effort to encourage people to “try before they buy”, the 130km was introduced.

Ride from Bright, over Tawonga Gap, through Mount Beauty and then up the 30km climb to Falls Creek before returning back via the Gap to Bright.


Turn right from the start and head up to Mount Buffalo, turning around at the Dingo Dell cafe. When you get back to Bright, you’ll continue up the Ovens Valley and climb over Tawonga Gap, to the checkpoint at Mount Beauty, before returning back to Bright.

This distance has a lot of the attractions of the 200km distance – you climb Mount Buffalo first, before climbing Tawonga Gap twice, but it’s 60km shorter and you get to tackle all three climbs in somewhat cooler conditions.


The original climbs that those 6 hardy riders took on in 1986 – Mount Buffalo first in the early daylight and then all the way over Tawonga Gap and up to Falls Creek before coming back to Bright. A huge (and beautiful) day out that you’ll never forget!

The “Original Distance” route was changed for the 30th Anniversary and proved a big success. Same climbs as in 1986, but now both 200km starts (“Buffalo Sunrise” and “Alpine Classic”) climb Mount Buffalo first, before proceeding to Falls Creek.


A 2-day touring ride from Bright, over Mount Hotham to Omeo on day 1 (note that this ride starts on Saturday 26th), and then returning to Bright the following day, via Falls Creek.

The Alpine Raid is a two-day event, which follows the same route as the Alpine Classic’s ACE250 event (Bright, Omeo, Falls Creek, Mount Beauty and back to Bright). The scenery is the same, the hills are just as long and steep, but the extra day means that the ride is much less demanding. Riders do not have to qualify before entering.


The ultimate alpine challenge – 4 of the 7 Peaks summits in a single day. Ride Mount Buffalo, then Mount Hotham, through Dinner Plain, down to Omeo and then the fearsome Back of Falls climb up to Falls Creek before descending to Mount Beauty and then over the ‘small’ climb that is Tawonga Gap.

The longest, toughest, single day Alpine road ride in Australia. This is an extremely hard ride, going over 4 of the “7 Peaks” in one day, so it is only for the extremely fit and well prepared!

Start in the early – or very very early – morning and head up Mount Buffalo to Dingo Dell, before returning to Bright and then completing the 250km ACE course.



Event Details


What is the date of the 2019 event?

All single day rides – Sunday 27th January 2019

The Alpine Raid 2 Day Ride – Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January 2019

Is the Alpine Classic a race?

No – this event is all about personal achievement. It is not racing. It is about endurance and self-reliance, completing not competing. To complete is to win.

Support is provided with water and food available on-course, medical support and emergency services, and mobile moto marshals, but ultimately we want you to challenge yourself and achieve something truly remarkable on the day, whether you ride 60km or take on the Ultimate challenge and ride the 320km route.

Can anybody enter?

Yes – after years of asking people to qualify, except for the 320km Ultimate ride, we now believe those who enter, know what is involved and the fitness required to successfully complete their chosen challenge.

For the 320km Ultimate ride you’ll be asked to demonstrate that you’ve completed other rides of similar difficulty in the recent past – for example, the 250km ACE in a previous year, Fitz’s Epic, or the 3 Peaks ride. We will also accept verifiable evidence of training rides from online sites such as Strava.

Could it rain or even snow?

Yes, anything is possible to weather wise. In more than 30 years of the Alpine Classic, we have had snow and rain on Tawonga Gap, again at Falls Creek, plus rain, horizontal hail and freezing conditions on Mt Buffalo and heavy fog on Mount Hotham, all whilst the valleys were hot and sunny!

January and February are probably the most stable months in the Alps but come prepared for extreme weather.

Is bush fire a possibility?

Yes, the period from December to late March is usually a high fire danger time in the Alps. Naturally, the event will not go ahead if a fire were a threat. In 2003 the entire Alpine Classic was canceled because of bushfires and in 2013 only Mt Buffalo was ridden (multiple times).

What tyres are considered suitable?

Given the twisty long descents and variable road conditions, it is highly recommended that new, high-quality tyres are used.

Worn tyres failing, or rolling off rims in soft tar on deceptively tight corners, have resulted in a number of serious accidents on descents.

Can I start anytime between the two starting times of 04:00 and 06:20?

No. Our volunteers will not be available at the start between the official start times.

More importantly, as part of our risk management, it is vital that we know when you started and that we can keep track of you through the checkpoints, and ultimately make sure that you have safely completed the ride. Every year our volunteers spend hours ringing riders, late into the night, to make sure they have arrived back safely.

Are there any shops on the course?

There are supermarkets and cafes at Omeo, Falls Creek, and Mt Beauty. ATMs are available in Omeo (inside the supermarket), Falls Creek and Mt Beauty. There is a small shop as part of the “Blue Duck Inn” and “The General” may be open at Hotham Heights, RHS 2km beyond the Hotham entrance tunnel.

Will there be mechanics on duty?

There will be bike mechanics available at the 2 Bright bike shops the day prior, together with a bike shop in Mount Beauty and Myrtleford. However, there will be no mechanic available at the start of the event or on the course. Moto marshals will have VERY LIMITED spares – basically limited to 700c spare tubes.

You should have your bike serviced prior to the event or keep it well maintained. Having a qualified bike mechanic check the rims, spokes and headset/forks would be a good investment for the event. You need to carry spares for any eventuality i.e. tubes, spokes, spare seat bolt, tools etc.

Do I need to carry water?

Yes. Carrying 2 bidons is recommended as a minimum.

Sports Medicine Australia recommends that to avoid dehydration, athletes drink approximately 500ml (2 glasses) in the 2 hours prior to exercise. During exercise longer than 60 minutes, 2-3 cups (500-700ml) per hour of cool water or the sports drink are sufficient for most sports. After exercise replenishes your fluid deficit to ensure that you are fully re-hydrated, but not overhydrated.

What should I do in the event of an accident?

For medical help call 000 – or your mobile service may be connected to the free mobile service 112. Put the injured rider’s bike upside down on the side of the road and wait until help arrives.

Call the Event Control Centre. The number is on your transponder/rider number tag. Do not remove the injured riders tag from their bike.

Alpine Classic weather forecast

Overcast throughout the day.

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Alpine Classic reviews

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  • Did the 200k in 2019

    Very well organised! Easy registration, good course signage, plenty of Marshalls, good food, Bonjour Bright was entertaining! Ill be back next year.
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