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.
How to enter the Alpine Classic
- Bike 60km
- Bike 70km
- Bike 130km
- Bike 140km
- Bike 200km
- Bike 250km
- Bike 320km
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.
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