The Alpine Classic isn’t just a cycling event in Victoria’s majestic alpine region, 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 that will be etched into your mind forever.


When: Friday 21 Jan 2022 Raid Start, Saturday 22 Jan 2022 Main Ride Day

Where: Howitt Park, Bright Victoria

Time: Start time vary for each of the different distances

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 8 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’.

A Little History

In 2021 the Alpine Classic will celebrate its 35th year and Bonjour Bright its 14th!

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.