The 200km (The Big One)
The "Mother of all Rides". Difficult yes, but very rewarding. The rides difficulty is not just because of the degree of climbing but also because of the variations of the Alpine climate. Even though this ride is held at the height of summer, it is not uncommon for conditions at Falls Creek and Mt Buffalo to be freezing while in the valley stifling heat can await your return. This ride attracts cyclist from all levels of fitness and experience. While some of cycling's elite have failed, many middle aged and beyond with minimal experience have succeeded. Mental and physical preparation and a "pace yourself" approach is important. Remember it is not a race but the task is to finish within the time limit.
Leaving Bright (300m) in the valley floor you cycle to German Town and start climbing towards Tawonga Gap. Many riders dread Tawonga Gap (885m) more that any other part of the ride. After descending the Gap you turn right and drop into the Mt Beauty control point (this is the only non compulsory control on the route) however most riders stop for food & water before the long climb to Falls Creek (1560m) You retrace the route, past Mt Beauty, re-climb Tawonga Gap before descending to Bright. After Bright control ( Football Club) you travel along the valley to Porepunkah before starting the long climb up Mt Buffalo (1330m) Once at the top you take your last gasp before climbing the pinch into Dingo Dell. After resting at Dingo Dell you quickly and triumphantly return to Bright.
Controls (checkpoints) at Bright, Tawonga, Falls Creek, Bright, Mt Buffalo and Bright. Time allowed 13hours 30 mins.
View the 200km Profile
View the Rapha on Vimeo of the ACE250 route
View Dingo Dell Control
View Falls Creek Control
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Water Points: Mt Beauty (31km) Little Arthur Fire Trail (49km) Falls Ck (62km) Tawonga Gap (99km) Bright (125km)
Eurobin Falls (141km) Waterland (150km) Dingo Dell (162km)
Catering: Mt Beauty, Falls Creek, Bright (Football Club), Dingo Dell (Mt Buffalo)
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Coverage throughout most of the course, however can be patchy in wooded areas