70km – 1,600m of climbing – 1 climb – MEDIUM
In the cool of the morning climb Mount Buffalo (a National Park since 1898), then return to Bright. While no distance in the Alpine Classic is easy, as one of the shorter distances we are confident that most riders with a reasonable level of fitness should be able to make the long, but not too steep, climb.
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.
Even though this ride is held at the height of summer, it is not uncommon for conditions at altitude to be freezing, when the heat is stifling in the valleys. Make sure you have adequate clothing for differing conditions.
Proper physical and mental preparation is very important, together with a “pace yourself” approach. The only person you are racing is yourself, as the challenge you are setting yourself is simply to finish safely.
Mount Buffalo is a long climb (approximately 20km from the Gatehouse entry into the National Park) and while it has a very consistent gradient of about 6% it should not be treated too lightly. In particular, please be careful on the descent where you can achieve very high speeds.
Push off from Bright at 6.40am with the 140km riders. In the cool of the morning climb Mt Buffalo (a National Park since 1898). Stop along the way to take on water at our water stop, near Mackeys Lookout track, just past the halfway point of the main climb. Crest Buffalo at The Gap, before dropping down to Tuckerbox corner and then riding past Lake Catani, to a final bit of climbing. Use those gears and with a burst of energy make it up the last, rather long, pinch into Dingo Dell.
Enjoy some early morning fare to warm you for your descent, check your water bottles and eventually drag yourself away from the idyllic alpine setting and prepare for the joyous descent back to Bright.
Cross the finishing line, see your name up in lights, and take in the festivities at the Bonjour Bright festival – time to cool off in the river, have a glass of wine and listen to some great French music while having lunch and watching the rest of the riders return from their own adventures in the High Country.
Bright (start and finish)
Dingo Dell (Mount Buffalo)
Additional water is also available at various points on the route