Cycling + Mountain Biking
The Alpine High Country offers an ideal climate for cycling with superb scenery and seemingly limitless choice of rides making the area a cycling hot-spot.
We have listed a selection of rides for you. However, for more information pick up a copy of "Ride Guide 2010", a handy pocket guide on cycling in the north east, from the local visitor information centre or a copy of “Mountain Biking Guide – Bright & District” which is well worth purchasing. Local specialists in Bright can give you information on organized mountain bike and road bike events.
During Daylight Saving months, locals and visitors get together to tackle the trials.
- Bright and District Summer Road Series-Mondays time trials and racing. Meet at Alpine Cycling Club headquarters on Coronation Ave (near tennis counts) in Bright at 6.30pm. Rides go out to Wandiligong and back.
- Mountain bike rides – Wednesdays starting 6pm from Bright – for further information contact one of the team on 03 5750 1442.
SHORT RIDES SUITABLE FOR FAMILIES AND NOVICES
Bright – Porepunkah (10km return). Via the shared pedestrian/bicycle path, the Murray to Mountain Rail Trail (visit website address) Starts behind Bright Museum in Railway Ave. Bright. This track is sealed and flat. A booklet on the rail trail is available from the Alpine Visitor Information Centre in Bright or the Bright Visitors Centre.
Bright – Wandiligong (10km return) on sealed main road or (15km return) Churchill Ave. – Back Wandiligong Road (gravel surface) Wandiligong – Mills Bridge – Centenary Ave – White Star Road (dirt road)
Bright – Porepunkah loop (15km round trip) turning where the Back Porepunkah Road joins Great Alpine Road.
MEDIUM DISTANCE RIDES
Using main roads, cyclists must be aware of traffic particularly in peak holiday times.
- Bright – Harrietville (50km return)
- Bright – Buckland Valley (32km return) turning back at end of sealed road at Buckland Bridge.
- Bright- Myrtleford (60km return) via Great Alpine Road, sealed shoulder most of the way. Bike station at Eurobin with toilets/shelter.
- Bright – Myrtleford – Lake Buffalo (100km return)
ROUTES FOR TOURING AND TRAINING
(Beware of ice on road in winter.)
- Bright – Tawonga Gap Lookout (40km return) Great views, climb and descend.
- Bright – Mt Beauty (60km return) Climb and descend x 2
- Bright – Great Alpine Rd (110km circuit) – Ovens – Happy Valley Rd. (Kancoona Gap) Kiewa Valley Highway – Tawonga Gap Rd. – Bright. Climb and descend.
WANT TO TEST YOURSELF?
- Audax Alpine Classic and Bonjour Bright – end January www.audax.org.au
- Audax Road Bike Event also in December. 50,100,200km.
- Tour of Bright Road Bike Race in November or December Phone 5756 2403.
- Semaine Federale Festival of Cycling in January in Bright. Phone 0405 223 406. See the event listing here. For more information visit their website www.semainefederale.org.au
GRAVEL ROADS AND TRACKS SUITABLE FOR MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDING
You can obtain copies of Bright &/or Wandiligong 1:25000 Vicmaps locally and do some exploring.
NB: Our suggested routes list times which are approximate only and will depend on ability of rider.
- Back Germantown Rd to Tawonga Gap Rd and return (30mins) flat, river crossings.
- Back Porepunkah Rd, Roberts Ck Rd. Quinn’s Gap loop (45mins)
- Huggins Lookout. (30mins) Go up Bakers Gully Rd. wind round to the left to Huggins Lookout and continue on to Mystic Lane and back to Bright.
- Tom Briggs Rd – Quinn’s Gap loop. (45mins) Tom Briggs Rd is a gravel track and starts from the Back Porepunkah Rd (about 2km from Bright) Tom Brigg’s Rd climbs from the Back Porepunkah Rd to the top of the ridge then doubles back along the ridge to Quinn’s Gap. Continue down the Mt Porepunkah Rd into Bright.
- Templar Rd. – Oregon Rd. – Quinn’s Gap Loop (30mins) Templar Rd. starts off Tom Brigg’s Rd about ¾ way up the side of the hill before the ridge. Templar Rd. continues back towards Bright and joins Oregon Rd. which continue to Quinn’s Gap. Continue down Mt Porepunkah Rd to Bright.
- Mt Porepunkah (4hrs) – Mt Porepunkah Rd to Quinn’s Gap, on to Mt Porepunkah itself and continue on. Return via One Mile Creek Rd to Porepunkah town and back to Bright.
- Bright – Wandiligong – Freeburgh (2hrs) up Hillsborough Track which starts from Growlers Gully Rd in Wandiligong, up to ridge and then down Reliance Track to Great Alpine Rd at Freeburgh and return to Bright.
- Bright – Wandiligong (30mins) To Wandiligong and back via White Star Rd which starts at Dougherty’s Bridge just past the Bright Football Oval on Coronation Ave.
- Clear Spot & Return (2hrs) Up Bakers Gully Rd. then wind round to the right to Clearspot Lookout and return.
FURTHER AFIELD TRACKS
Check tracks are open, phone Parks Vic on 131 963
The adventurous route to Mt Beauty. Bright, Back Germantown Rd, Snowy Crk Rd, Dungey Track, Simmonds Gap (approximately 20kms) Pyramid Hill Fire Track, Simmonds Crk Rd, Mt Beauty ( a further 15kms)
Great Views & Downhill Runs.
Mt St Bernard, - Twins Jeep Trk, Mt Murray Nth Trk, Buckland River Rd, (Alpine National Park – Rd. closed in winter & early Spring) (approx. 24kms), Buckland Bridge (a further 27kms)
During the Summer Heat
Dargo High Plains Rd starting from The Great Alpine Rd (Mt St Bernard) or start from Landey Plain which is down the Dargo High Plains Rd. (closed by snow in winter).