Victoria’s North East is a road cycling paradise! Breathtaking scenery, quiet country roads, alpine ascents, happy-to-help locals and an action-packed events calendar. With such a wide range of cycling options, this part of the world is THE ideal holiday destination for avid road cyclists.
Enjoy the mountains in summer where the air is so much cooler and soak up the sun’s warmth during blue sky days in winter. Every ride you choose will reward you with bucket-fulls of crisp clean air, long-reaching vista, challenge (in just the right proportions) and best of all, the chance to really experience why the locals who ride choose to call this part of the world home. They will share their secrets with enthusiasm, and invite you to experience their treats with open arms making you an honorary part of their world within days of arriving- up-scaling your cycling experience to one that is truly unforgettable!
To cap it all off, a road cycling escapade to the North East will satisfy your craving for hearty, wholesome food, with gorgeous cafes, wineries and restaurants along most routes and in every town. With over 270 operators tipping their cap to you, the cyclist, you can be sure they will entice you to come back for more… and there is always more!
Visit the Alpine Visitor Information Centre and pick up a road cycling map, download it here, or see below for full details of the rides.
The rides covered by these maps are:
Wandi & back 14km
Buckland Valley out & back 38km
Harrietville and back 48km
Mount Buffalo 84km
Falls Creek 125km
Alpine Classic 210km
Road Cycling Events
Audax Alpine Classic - January
A week of cycling, culminating in a series of challenging alpine rides. The distance and the number of climbs is up to you. Choose from 8 one-day rides (60 - 320 km) or take a 2-days to complete a 250 km loop. Run in conjunction with Bonjour Bright. Click here for more.
Scody 3 Peaks Challenge - March
Bicycle Network Victoria’s SCODY 3 Peaks Challenge provides cyclists with one of the world’s toughest and most picturesque cycling challenges. Attracting local, international, and interstate cyclists, the 235km circuit is so epic it is comparable to a Tour de France stage with three major climbs. Click here for more.
Tour of Bright - December
The Tour of Bright is held on the first weekend of December annually. With a capped number of riders, it’s important to enter the ballot early. Click here for more.
Mount Buffalo - 84km
Grade: Advanced (Black)
A classic Bright ride. This ride has the most amazing views of all the surrounding mountains and is a challenge for even the fittest riders.
• Start at the roundabout in Bright and head along Gavan Street/Great Alpine Road towards Porepunkah.
• Go straight at the roundabout towards Mount Buffalo.
• Enjoy the views as you climb to the top!
Make sure you get your 7 Peaks Passport stamped at the cafe (or Ranger Station) before flying down and back into Bright for a well-deserved coffee.
Wandi and back - 14km
Grade: Easy (Green)
Starting in the centre of Bright, ride up to the roundabout at the corner of Ireland Street and Cobden Street – and turn left into Cobden Street.
• Follow it as it weaves then take the right fork into Coronation Avenue. Stay on Coronation Avenue as it veers left past the cemetery.
• Follow this south out of town and onto Morses Creek Road and head out to heritage listed Wandiligong.
• Ride on out to the end of the tar seal on Morses Creek Road, then turn around and ride back the way you came – through Wandiligong, and back into Bright.
Buckland Valley out and back - 38km
Grade: Intermediate (Blue)
This ride is suitable for beginners if you begin the ride at Porepunkah. It’s a spectacular ride through vineyards and apple orchards with the raw rock of Mount Buffalo as a backdrop.
• Head out of Bright on Gavan Street/Great Alpine Road towards Porepunkah.
• Turn left at the big roundabout and follow the Buckland Valley Road.
• Ride to the end of the tar seal, or turn back at Buckland Junction Bridge.
• Check out the magnificent views of Mount Buffalo before heading back into town for a feed!
Harrietville and back - 48km
Grade: Intermediate (Blue)
Highway riding up the Great Alpine Road and back. It’s a scenic ride uphill from Bright to Harrietville and a very pleasant descent back. Check out the spectacular views of Mt. Feathertop at the Germantown lookout just east of the Tawonga Gap turnoff. There are plenty of places for a meal, or maybe a coffee in Harrietville.
Bright to Falls Creek - 125km
Grade: Expert (Double Black)
Three tough climbs and over 125km of challenging riding make this one of the North East’s classic rides.
• Head east out of Bright (towards Harrietville) and turn left at the Tawonga Gap Road - and begin your climb.
• Take in the magnificent views of Mount Bogong from Tawonga Gap before riding down and into Mount Beauty.
• Ride on up to Falls Creek and get your 7 Peaks Passport stamped at the Visitor Centre before heading back toward Bright via the Tawonga Gap again!
With 2,700 metres of climbing, this ride is not one for the faint hearted.
Alpine Classic - 210km
Grade: Expert (Double Black)
The Alpine Classic has the four ascents of Tawonga Gap, Falls Creek, Tawonga Gap again and Mount Buffalo. The route commences in Bright and travels through Germantown, Tawonga, Mount Beauty, and Falls Creek, before returning to Bright along the same route. The route then continues to Porepunkah and onto Mount Buffalo - and once again returns to Bright. They say it’s the mother of all rides. The ride difficulty is not just due to the degree of climbing, but also because of the variations in the Alpine Climate.