The Alpine Classic isn’t just a cycling event in Victoria’s majestic high country, it’s an experience that will stay with you forever. It will challenge you to the edge of your ability and then instantly reward you with breathtaking views. We can’t wait to see you at the start line!


When: Friday 27th Jan 2023 ‘Alpine Raid’ Start, Saturday 28th Jan 2023 Main Ride Day

Where: Start & Finish, Howitt Park, Bright, Victoria

Time: Start windows vary for each ride

Courses: 9 Courses featuring Mt Buffalo, Falls Creek, Tawonga Gap & Mount Hotham

7 reasons why the Alpine Classic is so great:

  • Positioned on the Australia Day Long Weekend so you don’t have to rush back
  • A selection of 9 rides – from 60km to 320km there a distance to suit all levels of ability
  • Safe Cycling Conditions with traffic controlled turns and speed reductions in place
  • First Class on-course support with 15 motos, 3 ambulances, 5 St John vehicles, 3 sag buses, mechanical support and more
  • Over $20,000 of registration fees reinvested into catering
  • Bonjour Bright Festival featuring live music, the Bright Brewery bar, kids entertainment, movies in the park, a wide range of food vendors and more
  • Groups at Alpine Classic – Additional 15% Discount for Groups of 4 or more that pay in one transaction OR as part of a ‘Group’, set up in registration. Please email once you have your group set up in the registration system via ‘Enter Now’.


4PM – 7PM
Timing Sticker & Merchandise Collection at Bright Brewery

Free Outdoor Movie Night Bright Brewery (Kids Short Film)

Free Outdoor Movie Night Bright Brewery (Main Film)


6AM – 8:30AM
Raid Riders Pre-Departure Breakfast & Luggage Drop.
Bright Community Centre, 1 Railway Ave, Bright VIC 3741

11AM – 8PM
‘Bonjour Bright’ Event Village Howitt Park; Food Vendors, and Cycling Retailers

11AM – 8PM
Event Village Merchandise & Timing Sticker Collection

Free Outdoor Movie Night Bright Brewery (Kids Short Film)

Free Outdoor Movie Night Bright Brewery (Main Film)


Please review route pages and click ‘Event Details’ for start timings.

9AM – 8PM
’Bonjour Bright’ Event Village Finish Line at Howitt Park; Food Vendors, Music, and Cycling Retailers

A Little History

In 2022 the Alpine Classic will celebrate its 36th year!

The Alpine Classic has been run successfully since 1986, when half a dozen keen Audax cyclists rode from Bright to Falls Creek and back. After a little refreshment they felt the need for more distance, and set off to ride the additional 70km up Mt Buffalo and back. This 200 km route became the famed Alpine Classic. As the ride became more popular routes of different distances were gradually introduced to allow more cyclists to complete their own Alpine Challenge, and share their achievement with like-minded athletes. The Alpine Classic format is now catering to around 2000 riders and provides supported routes over 8 courses providing moderate to seriously challenging courses, and of course fabulously supported by a great team of volunteers. As this is not a race there are no road closures.

When you complete your ride, a celebration of personal achievement with family and friends is strongly encouraged. So now, in addition to the range of rides which support “the Classic”, a free food and music festival is available for early finishers and non-cyclists at the start/finish in Howitt Park. The Bonjour Bright Festival has been French themed to celebrate the association of the Alpine Classic with Audax International, based in France.


Bright and the surrounding towns have a huge range of great accommodation from backpacker hostels, B&B’s, caravan parks, guesthouses, plus an excellent selection of self-contained cottages, units and apartments, motels, hotels, and luxurious escapes. Click below to check out all the options.