When to ride
Our recommended 7 Peaks season runs from late spring through to mid-autumn (October through to April), as each of the 7 Peaks routes take riders into Australia's alpine areas which are usually inaccessible to cyclists during the winter months. It is important to note that snowfalls are possible year round in the High Country, and all cyclists should check local weather conditions before commencing each ascent.
It’s a good idea to check that roads are open before you go. For Victorian road closures check out the VicRoads website.
Road maintenance can also affect your ride. Regional Roads Victoria regularly undertake maintenance on these climbs in spring after the rigours of the snow season. The roads don't usually close, but road quality may be affected while works are on and you may have to wait for equipment to move around.
Official emergency warnings are broadcast on ABC Local Radio and commercial radio stations across Victoria and on SkyNews television. Make sure you are aware of the conditions and listen to warnings by tuning into one of the local radio stations, SkyNews or visiting the Emergency Services website.
Always check the weather forecast before you set off on your ride.
Alpine weather changes very quickly, even in summer.
Always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
Always carry adequate clothing for changing weather conditions.
Always carry adequate water and food as you might not be able to access either at the top of the climb.
Carry a mobile phone, but be aware that mobile coverage is not guaranteed.
Be fire ready and stay safe. Be aware of the Fire Danger Rating for the day you are cycling, especially in high fire-risk areas. If the day is declared a day of Code Red fire danger follow the advice from emergency services. For up-to-date information on fire danger ratings in Victoria or general safety advice contact 1800 240 667 and check out the CFA website.