60Km – MT BEAUTY
60km – over 1,000 m of climbing – 2 climbs
Ride Route – Bright – Mt Beauty – Bright
Start Time – 7:00am
Finish Time – 11:00am
Time Allowed – 4 hours
*Entry Fee: –
Early Bird – $65 – to 30/11/2016
Standard – $95 – 1/12/2016 to 08/01/2017
Late – $105 – 09/01/2017-27/01/2017
Ride Notes –
No distance on the Alpine Classic is a walk in the park. But the 60km is probably the least difficult.
Leaving Bright (300m) in the Ovens Valley, you cycle to Germantown (5km) and turn left towards Mt Beauty to start the 14km climb to Tawonga Gap (885m). Many riders doing the 200km ride dread Tawonga Gap (885m), but for you it’s the only climb of the day, though you will need to climb it twice!
There are some stunning views as you descend into the Kiewa Valley, but please pull over at one of the viewing points along the way to take in the scenery.
After descending the Gap, you turn right on to the Kiewa Valley Highway and continue into the Mt Beauty control point (behind the Information Centre), where you fuel up and take on water for the return to Bright.
Caution – Tawonga Gap is very steep on both sides and 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. Take extra care on the descent of the Bright side of Tawonga Gap as this descent has a very high incidence of cycling accidents!
Controls – (Checkpoints) – see Control locations
Bright – Mount Beauty (catered) – Bright
Water Points – see Food and Water Map
Mt Beauty (31km)-Tawonga Gap (38km) return only
Mobile Phone Coverage –
Generally good all the way, but can be patchy at times