Early Bird – $180 – to 30/11/16.
Standard – $225 – 01/12/16-08/1/2107.
Late – $245 – 09/1/2017-27/1/2017
Ride Notes –
Join the Ultimate 320 and ACE250 riders in the darkness at the starting line. At 4:00am the three groups set off, with the ACE250 riders turning left while you and the Ultimate riders turn right towards Porepunkah and the turnoff to Mt Buffalo. The darkness is intense, and there is nothing but the moon and the stars (and your headlights) to illuminate the way. The ascent coincides with the slowly lightening sky but much of the climb to the plateau is done in darkness. Watch out for wildlife and road debris in the forested areas.
At Dingo Dell, the volunteers (who left Bright even earlier than you) will be on hand to feed and water you, then it’s back across the plateau and the swooping descent to Ovens Valley. By now the sun has fully arisen. Another water stop at the Information Rotunda as you enter Bright (NOTE – THERE IS NO INTERIM CONTROL IN BRIGHT), riding straight through, off to the Kiewa Valley behind all the later starting participants in the 60, and 130 km rides for more food and water at the Mount Beauty Control (Outbound only).
The climb to the Falls Creek control passes without a hitch. Now all that remains is the descent to Mount Beauty and the return across Tawonga Gap. This is where the early start pays off. It’s still relatively early in the day and the climb is nowhere near as draining as it would be later in the afternoon. Please take extra care on this descent, as it has the highest incidence of cycling accidents in the Alpine area.
The crowds at Howitt Park greet you as you cross finish line. Post-ride relaxation time is here – WELL DONE!
Controls (checkpoints) – see Control locations
Bright (Start/Finish only) – Dingo Dell (Mt Buffalo) – Mount Beauty – Outbound only – Falls Creek – Bright
Dingo Dell (Mt Buffalo) – Mt Beauty (outbound only) – Falls Creek
Water Points – see Food and Water Map
Dingo Dell – Bright Information Rotunda –
Mount Beauty – past Bogong over East Kiewa River –
Falls Creek – Tawonga Gap.
Riders are expected to carry enough water for the ascent of Mt Buffalo. There will not be a water point open at Mackeys Corner at this time.
Ride Difficulty – Very Hard –
The ride’s difficulty is not just the 200km distance with 3600metres 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 and Falls Creek 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 13 hours 30min 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 –
Good throughout most of the course, however can be patchy in certain areas.