140 MT BUFFALO
140KM – Mt Buffalo and Mount Beauty – 3 climbs – 2300m of climbing
Ride Route –
Bright – Dingo Dell (Mt Buffalo) – Bright – Mount Beauty – Bright
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Finish time –
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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 –
This distance has a lot of the attractions of the 200km distance – you climb Mt Buffalo first, before climbing Tawonga Gap twice, but its 60km shorter and you get to tackle all three climbs in somewhat cooler conditions.
Note the actual distance for this route is currently 133km, due to a re-route in Mt Beauty.
Leave Bright at 6.40am and follow in the tracks of the 200km riders, travelling to Porepunkah along the Great Alpine Road, before turning left at the second exit off the roundabout and starting the long climb up to Mt Buffalo (1330m). If you need extra water, you can pick it up at the water stop before Mackeys Lookout, about halfway up the main climb. The major climb is over when you reach The Gap, where you travel down and then across to Lake Catani, before taking another deep breath to climb the final pinch into the control at Dingo Dell. Here you are likely to be directed by a bearded volunteer, called Rhonda – his mother wanted a girl! Rest and refuel at Dingo Dell, before beginning the descent back to Bright. Continue straight through town, as there isn’t an interim control in Bright, although water is available at the Information Rotunda just before town. At Germantown, 5km beyond the town centre, turn left from the Great Alpine Road and it is straight on to the climb of Tawonga Gap (885m). Up and over and at the bottom turn right onto the Kiewa Valley Highway, to proceed to your turnaround checkpoint on the left, behind the Mount Beauty Information Centre. After a refuel at Mt Beauty, you return to Bright, back over the steeper side of Tawonga Gap, which unfortunately is still 885m. However, it’s pretty much all down hill to Bright from the top, but take extra care as this descent has an abnormally high incidence of cycle accidents. It’s trickier than it looks.
Back in Bright – enjoy the Bonjour Bright Festival with family and friends.
Dingo Dell (Mt Buffalo) – Mount Beauty
Water points – see Food and Water Map
Makeys Corner –
Dingo Dell –
Bright Information Rotunda at the entrance to town –
Mount Beauty –
Tawonga Gap (about 2.5km up the return climb).
Ride Difficulty – Hard plus –
The ride’s difficulty is not just the 140km 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 Buffalo 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 patchy and is dependent on weather conditions.