In 2018 the Alpine Classic will celebrate its 32nd year and Bonjour Bright its 11th!
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.