60km – 1,300m of climbing – 2 climbs – MEDIUM
No distance on the Alpine Classic is a walk in the park, but the 60km is probably the easiest. It’s a challenge – but we’re confident that most people with a reasonable level of fitness can happily complete this ride.
We’ll do our best to keep you safe on the day with food and water on-course, mobile moto marshals, and comprehensive medical and emergency coverage, but you must be prepared for this ride.
Tawonga Gap is steep in places on both sides and 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. Please take care and be extremely vigilant whilst braking and cornering, especially when descending. Take extra care on the descent of the Bright side of Tawonga Gap as this descent has a very high incidence of cycling accidents!
Leaving Bright (300m) in the Ovens Valley, you cycle to Germantown (5km) and turn left towards Mt Beauty to start the 14km climb to Tawonga Gap (885m). Many riders doing the 250km and 320km rides dread the Gap as it comes at the end of a very long day in the saddle, but for you it’s the only climb of the day, though you will need to climb it twice!
There are some stunning views as you descend into the Kiewa Valley, but please do make the time to pull over at one of the viewing points along the way to take in the beautiful scenery and the views across to Mount Bogong, Victoria’s highest peak.
After descending the Gap, you turn right on to the Kiewa Valley Highway and continue into the Mount Beauty control point (behind the Information Centre), where you fuel up and take on water for the return over the Gap and back to Bright.
Bright (start and finish)
Water is also available on Tawonga Gap.