130 FALLS CREEK
130KM – Falls Creek – 2300m of climbing – 3 climbs
Ride Route –
Bright – Mount Beauty – Falls Creek – Mount Beauty – Bright
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Finish Time –
Time Allowed –
Entry Fee –
Early Bird – $135 – to 30/11/2016
Standard – $170 – 1/12/2016 to 8/01/2017
Late – $190 – 9/01/2017 to 27/01/2017
Ride Notes –
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.
Leaving Bright (300m) on the Great Alpine Way (direction Harrietville), you cycle to Germantown (approx. 5km) and turn left to start the 14km climb of Tawonga Gap (885m). After descending 8km down the Gap on the other side, you turn right at the bottom onto the Kiewa Valley Highway and proceed towards the Mt Beauty control on the left, behind the Mount Beauty Information Centre.
Even though this is a non-compulsory control, most riders do stop here for food and water, before starting the long climb (30km) to Falls Creek (1560m) and more refreshments. There is water on the way up, over the river, opposite the Fainter Falls parking area, about 2km past Bogong.
From Falls Creek you retrace the route to Mount Beauty (no control on return), to climb back over Tawonga Gap to Bright and the finish in Howitt Park. (Be very careful on this descent, as the Bright side of Tawonga Gap has an extremely high incidence of cycling accidents!)
Unlike those who have entered the 200km ride, your day’s work is over and you have the rest of the day to kick up your heels at the Bonjour Bright celebrations. The advantages of this ride are that most of your climbing is done in the relative cool of the morning and it’s an out and back course.
Controls (Checkpoints) – see Control locations –
Bright (start/finish only) –
Mount Beauty (outward leg only – catered) –
Falls Creek (catered) – Bright
Mount Beauty (outward leg only) – Falls Creek
Water points – see Food and Water Map –
Fainter Falls – 3km past Bogong, after crossing the East Kiewa River
Tawonga Gap (about 2.5km up the return climb).
Ride Difficulty – Hard plus –
The ride’s difficulty is not just the 130km distance with 2300m of climbing, but also the variations of the Alpine climate. Even though this ride is held at the height of summer, it is not uncommon for conditions at altitude to be freezing, when the heat is stifling in the valleys. Make sure you have adequate clothing for differing conditions.
Proper physical and mental preparation is very important, together with a “pace yourself approach. The only person you are racing is yourself, as the task is simply to finish safely within the time limit.
On all Alpine roads, you will find steep sections, blind corners, uncertain and uneven road surfaces, loose gravel, slippery spots (from water, vehicle or Eucalyptus deposits), fallen trees or branches and unexpected wildlife (all often mid corner). Please take care and be extremely vigilant whilst braking and cornering, especially when descending.
Mobile Phone Coverage –
Coverage may be limited and is dependent on weather conditions.