The Bullsheet        "2015 Tour de Victorian Alps - Ride pics"

"2015 Tour de Victorian Alps"  -  up to 7 nights:

*        Drive down from Sydney by 6:00am Tues, 20 Jan. '15 - arrive at Bright Holiday Park Cherry Lane, Bright (03) 5755.1141 by 3:30pm - assemble one's tent, thence customary 30km ride  from 4:15pm up Tawonga Gap 'n back. 

*        Ride between 40km and 60km a day on each of Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat  -  start on Wed. 21st Jan with 25km flat ride to Harrietville, then 30km ascent to Mt. Hotham aka "The Giant" - 1,830m and 55km back to Bright = 110km

*        Ride Mt Buffalo on Sunday arvo , 25 Jan '15 with Eric aka PapaBear as he attempts his 20th straight  200km Audax Alpine Classic

*        Drive back on Tuesday 27th Jan. to avoid Public Holiday Monday traffic jams and 'double demerit points'

The following
Muggs have thus far have committed to
"2015 Tour de Victorian Alps":
BankTeller, Jean aka ChiliDog, Matt aka Printer, Jane aka NeoLuddite plan to arrive Tues 20th Jan. around 3:30pm, camping at Bright Holiday Park Reservation Number: #27978 campsite #502 (see further below details of 4 camp grounds).  Karen and Gareth E. are also camping on our site #502 - arrive Wed arvo and depart Monday morning.
Kev aka TexDubbo has again entered the 200km AAC and are again staying at Riverbank Motel, BrightBill aka Glasgow has also registered for the 200km ACC.

Bill and Mary are staying at a motel from Friday, 23rd to Tuesday morning, 27th.
Alan aka PharLap and dutiful wife, Sharyn, "... we would like to come along and support PapaBear" and AnotherBeanCounter and wife, Margaret, are camping from Tues 20th to Wed 28th Jan at Mount Buffalo Caravan Park.
Arno aka The Kaiser is staying at the
BIG4 Bright Holiday Park (listed below)

Pics from 2008 Tour de Victorian Alps

Hardcopy this Bullsheet and these street directions from Sydney Harbour Bridge to Bright - 700.63km - 8 hrs driving time

The Alpine Classic evidences endurance cyclists from across Aust flock to the pristine town of Bright in the foothills of the Vic Alps twds the end of Jan for the annual pilgrimage where the splendid mountainous terrain proffers entrants in 6 ride distances from 60km up to 250km starting from Howitt Park, Bright. 

The pre-eminent 200km 'Classic' event contains 4 tough ascents:
*        NEE up
Towonga Gap 11km,
*        NNE up Falls Creek 29km,
*        SWW up Towonga Gap 8km (
from the steeper side); and
*        W up
Mt. Buffalo 22km.

These four marvellous climbs aggregate 3,700m of pedal pumping, quad draining, elevation.  

Bank Teller has attempted the "200km Audax" thrice with two finishes (best 10hrs 50m in '97) and a DNF after he blew-up, 'cause he went out too hard, if that is humanly possible given his military medium mobility.  These days he spends 5 days in Bright preceding the event cycling all the nearby marvellous climbs in the Victorian Alps, and rides a 60km clockwise loop twds Beechworth on the Sunday: 

     Tues 20     Depart your Sydney digs by 6:00am to beat traffic and arrive in time to commence
4:15pm ride up Tawonga Gap and back - 33km ride -
12km climbing

Wed 21     112km out 'n back ride SSW to Mt. Hotham initially along a pleasant, flattish SEE 25km route to friendly Harrietville, whereupon an immediate hard left up a steepish 31km memorable climb across the spectacular Razorback Ridge to Hotham Heights, known as "The Giant" - (1,862m above sea level) in the heart of the Bogong National ParkAfter 4.95km of steady climbing you meet The MEG.  Don't let the name frighten you as it is merely a 18o 70m switchback.  From 10.05km to 19.25km climbing is easy.  After 20.85km you reach Mt St. Bernard and at 23.35km Renee's Lookout where you then ride across the ridge feeling as though you are on top of the world, because all the adjoining mountains to your left and right are clearly visible, and they all appear lower - 31km climbingMt. Hotham elevation profile

Thurs 22   35km out 'n back ride = 70km due West to Mt Buffalo "The Horn" (1,330m) - 22km climbing.

Fri 23        65km out 'n back ride = 130km heading SW to Falls Creek (1,580m) via Mt Beauty and Tawonga Gap (885m) with views across Rocky Valley reservoir and back down the length of the Ovens Valley -  48km climbing.                                                                        

Sat 24       112km out 'n back ride SSW to Mt. Hotham - 2nd time in 4 days 'to accommodate late arrivers' - see details above for Wed 21st - 31km climbing.

Sun 25      Watch the staggered Starts to 8:30am from Bright town centre, have a coffee and then about 9:30am ride 60km clockwise loop twds Beechworth Bakery.  Return in time to climb Mt Buffalo with Eric aka PapaBear.  

The above initial 5 days' cycling -                                                       

(i)         elevate 7,189m (585m+1,562m+1,030m+585m+1,280m+585m+1,562m) from Bright which is 300m above sea level;

(ii)        aggregate 457km (33+112+70+130+112);

(iii)       require 109km (12+31+22+48+31) of gut wrenching, pedal pushing, quad snapping climbing on sections such as Tawonga Gap to Mt Beauty and early in the 31km climb to "The Giant" (Mt. Hotham).

Bank Teller will again book at below listed Bright Holiday Park a large camp site "up the back" of the camp ground (away from the creek) which can accommodate up to 10 people even if they are all in single tents.  The booking costs are listed shortly below. 






As the Bright motels are usually booked chockers for the Oz Day long w'end by the previous October, below are 5 camp grounds in/near Bright with prices for pitching your trusty tent:

*        Bright Holiday Park Cherry Lane, Bright (03) 5755.1141  1800 706 685 - centre of town / turn Left at BP garage 100m before bridge - $52 per night for 2 persons on unpowered site. $15 for each adult beyond two adults within the designated/booked camp site.

*        BIG4 Bright Holiday Park  1-11 Mountbatten Ave, Bright 1800 033.188 

*        Bright Accommodation Park  438 Great Alpine Rd, Bright (03) 5750.1001 formerly Green Hills Caravan Park - 3½km East of town centre - $52 per night for two persons on unpowered site.

*        Bright Riverside Holiday Park  4-10 Toorak Ave Bright.  (03) 5755.1118  300m from town.  $55 per night for 2 people on unpowered site on a long w'end and $45 per night for Tues, Wed, Thurs nights

*        BIG4 Porepunkah Holiday Park  6674 Great Alpine Rd, Bright 1800 234.798

*        Mount Buffalo Caravan Park  Harrisons Lane, Porepunkah  (03) 5756 2235

If you are making the annual pilgrimage to Bright to -

*        climb all the marvellous mountains in the Vic Alps between Tues and Sat as listed above, and/or to compete on Sunday; and

*        suck some Reds at night,



Directions to Bright:

Drive 680km SSW from Sydney thru Liverpool along Hume Highway to Albury on the Victorian border on an uninteresting freeway route in 7 hrs.  Thence it is another 90/110 mins to Bright depending whether you take Route1. 2. or 3. below. 

Recommend you pull in at the Holbrook Bakery (300m Sth of the big black submarine on LHS of Pacific H'way in Holbrook) which is the first major town Nth of Albury.

    Route 1.    Simplest albeit longest route is:

    Follow Hume Hwy to Wangaratta, then Left onto Ovens Hwy leads to Myrtleford, then Bright.


    Route 2.    Or 107km (about 30km less) and more scenic:

    Drive to Wodonga on Hume Hwy.  Left onto Kiewa Valley Hwy on route twds Yackandandah and Myrtleford.  Do not turn Right to Yackandandah or Myrtleford, but remain on main road to Mt Beauty and follow this until 3km past Tawonga (which is also 3km prior to township of Mt Beauty) where you turn Right uphill onto the Tawonga Gap Rd up and down Tawonga Gap.  At the bottom of the other side of  Tawonga Gap turn right into Ovens Hwy for 5km to Bright;  or

    Route 3.    Or about 10km more than 2. above and equally scenic as 2. above:

    Drive to Wodonga on the Hume Hwy then exit the Hume by taking the Beechworth Road which is virtually straight on. Drive straight through Beechworth without turning and its another 20km to the Ovens Hwy where you Left and proceed 50km to Bright.

Scribe favours "Route 2." above where after Wodonga follow the Kiewa River Sth twds Mt Beauty.  Turn Right into Tawonga Gap Rd to Bright - nestled in foothills of the Vic Alps.  After a few days cycling all day and fine wine at night, you won't want to leave.

You might think you are driving South, but, in fact, you head lots more West, albeit hooking back SE after Wangaratta

What does the above map show you?  Not a lot. It is as boring as batshit driving 680km to the Vic. border and onto Wodonga.  However, voila the landscape and scenic beauty increase exponentially the more you drive Sth. into Vic. 


u milieu de this map is the quaint, pristine township of Bright in the foothills of the Vic. Alps.  Falls Creek is SE.  "The Giant" Mt Hotham is Sth.  Mt Buffalo is due West.


Pics from St Ives, Terrey Hills, Duffy's Forest, Akuna Bay, Church Point 'n back  -  55km  -  7 riders

Our 1st Sag Stop outside Thai Restaurant at the top of McCarrs Creek Rd

The panorama from outside the at Church Point Cafe on a truly 'brill', slightly cooler morn'

Scribe  0434 715.861  last updated 19 Jan '15