250KM ALPINE RAID 2DAY
Entry fee: $180 ($210 with dormitory accommodation in Omeo)
What is the Alpine Raid?
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 Bright). The scenery is the same, the hills are just as long and steep, but the time limits are much less demanding. Riders do not have to qualify before entering.
The Alpine Raid will take place on 27th – 28th January 2017.
Riders receive luggage transport and some meals, including the usual Audax Alpine Classic support on the second day. Entrants must organise their own accommodation in Omeo or Anglers Rest (Blue Duck Inn) on Friday night, 27th January 2017.
Check the route map and notes – see Food and Water Map
Ride Notes –
Day 1 – Friday 27th – Leave Bright after breakfast. It’s a gentle rise to Harrietville, followed by a long climb to Mt Hotham (Australia’s highest paved road). Recover with a drink and something to eat before starting the long descent. It’s (almost) all downhill to beautiful Omeo, where you will spend the night (112km). Those staying at Anglers Rest will have an additional 27 km of stunning riding along the Mitta Mitta valley before reaching their lodgings.
Day 2 – Saturday 28th – Breakfast in Omeo, before leaving for Falls Creek via the Omeo Valley highway and the Bogong High Plains Road. This route takes you through the Alpine National Park with some of Australia’s most spectacular alpine scenery. The ‘Back-of-Falls’ climb is no less challenging than yesterday’s ascent of Mount Hotham. Arrive at Falls Creek for refreshments and join the one-day Alpine Classic riders for the descent into Mount Beauty, the climb over Tawonga Gap and the final downhill run to Bright (138km). Although this is a 2-day ride, the climbs are still formidable. The climb to Hotham Heights is 25 km and it is 21 km back up to the High Plains via the Back-of-Falls.
This is not a ride to be tackled without preparation! Riders need to be capable of sustained climbing and confident when faced with long descents. Information about the route and the profile is readily available.
Safety note: all riders must wear a high visibility vest (supplied as part of the entry fee) and carry a flashing tail-light when travelling from Harrietville to Falls Creek (ie on both days of the Raid).
Entrants staying at the Blue Duck Inn should –
– book and pay their own accommodation for Friday night, and
– choose the Blue Duck Inn option when entering the Alpine Raid.
What support is provided?
There is limited support on the outward leg to Omeo (see below), but full support is provided on the return leg from Omeo to Bright via Falls Creek.
Breakfast at Bright Community Centre (from 6.00 am)
Baggage transport to Omeo or Anglers Rest as needed
Storage of excess baggage at Bright.
Water on the climb to Mount Hotham (No 4 Chain Bay – Star Extended Spur – approx 17km up from Harrietville)
Lunch roll at “The General” Mount Hotham – RHS – 2km past tunnel – opposite Police Station
No on road Motor Cycle Marshals or event medical support.
Breakfast at Golden Age Hotel, Omeo (from 6.30 am)
Transport of bags to Bright
Food and water at Falls Creek
Motorcycle patrol and medical backup
Access to drinking water along the route,
Participants are responsible for their overnight accommodation and evening meal in Omeo. The use of private support vehicles is not encouraged. Increased road traffic risks the safety of participating cyclists. Audax Australia rules for the Alpine Raid does not allow vehicles to ‘shadow’ riders.
Breakfast in Bright and Omeo, plus
Baggage transport to and from accommodation.
Excess baggage storage in Bright
The Alpine Raid is very popular, but is limited by the finite number of available beds in Omeo. Book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment. Check Google Maps – map of the route and Omeo here.
Omeo Caravan Park (03) 5159 1351
Anglers Rest Accommodation
Blue Duck Inn (03) 5159 7220
Eating out in Omeo
Evening meals are available at
Omeo Caravan Park (03) 5159 1351 Lou and Sandy will hold a 2-course barbecue for riders (bookings essential)
Hilltop Hotel (03) 5159 1303
Golden Age Hotel (03) 5159 1344 (bookings advisable)