70 MT BUFFALO
70km – Mount Buffalo – 1300m of climbing – 1 major climb
Ride Route – Bright – Dingo Dell (Mt Buffalo) – Bright
Start Time – 6.40am
Finish Time – 11.20am
Time allowed – 4h 40min
Early Bird – $65 – to 30/11/2016
Standard – $95 – 1/12/2016 to 8/01/2017
Late – $105 – 9/01/2017 to 27/01/2017
Ride Notes –
Push off from Bright at 6.40am with the 140km riders. In the cool of the morning climb Mt Buffalo (a National Park since 1898). Stop along the way to take on water at our water stop, near Mackeys Lookout track, just past the halfway point of the main climb. Crest Buffalo at The Gap, before dropping down to Tuckerbox corner and then riding past Lake Catani, to a final bit of climbing. Use those gears and with a burst of energy make it up the last, rather long, pinch into Dingo Dell.
Enjoy some early morning fare to warm you for your descent, check your water bottles and eventually drag yourself away from the idyllic Alpine setting and prepare for the hour plus whoosh back to Bright. Cross the finishing line, see your name up in lights, take in the festivities at Bonjour Bright. It’s time to cool off in the river, have a glass on wine and listen to some great French music while having lunch and watching the masses return from afar.
Ride Difficulty – Hard – There are no easy rides on the Alpine Classic and this ride’s difficulty is not just the 1300m of climbing in a short distance, 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.
Caution – 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.
Controls (Checkpoints) – see Control Locations
Bright – Dingo Dell – Bright
Dingo Dell. The café is also open for business.
Water Points – see Food and Water Map
Mackeys Lookout, Dingo Dell
Mobile Phone Coverage – Limited Coverage in places