ALPINE VALLEYS & COUNTRY ROADS

The Victorian High Country is one of Australia’s premier road cycling destinations. From stunning valley roads, to the towering heights of the region’s many mountains, Victoria’s High Country has something to offer all road cyclists.

Fancy the challenge of cycling uphill and the rewarding views that follow? You have a number of great options available to you. The ride up Mt Buffalo, from Bright via Porepunkah, is among Australia’s most scenic ascents. Falls Creek is a long and challenging climb with some beautiful temperate rainforest on the way. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, Hotham is among the toughest climbs in the state, with stunning views to match. Keen on something a little shorter? The Tawonga Gap or Myrtleford to Beechworth climbs fit the bill perfectly.

For those that prefer rolling country roads, the High Country has that in spades too! Ride one of the High Country’s famous valleys - the King, Ovens, Kiewa or Mitta - past farms, wineries and quaint towns on terrain to make any rouleur satisfied. For a change of pace, join the family and friends for a flat ride on one of the three Rail Trails.

As an alternative, investigate basing yourself in Mansfield, Wangaratta, Rutherglen, Beechworth or Benalla. Staying here allows instant access to the network of paved and unsealed backroads - you’ll be lucky to share the road with another car let alone a peloton.

Simply put, if you’re a road cyclist and you enjoy incredible scenery, you need to Ride High Country!

By Andy Van Bergen - CyclingTips

HIGHLIGHTS

THE OVENS VALLEY

Base yourself in Bright, Myrtleford or one of the valley villages and enjoy spectacular valley riding up and down the Great Alpine Road. Locals tend to link up the Ovens and Kiewa valleys via Rosewhite Gap and Tawonga Gap, creating rewarding loops that offer up just the right amount of climbing alongside the fast flat riding.

MYRTLEFORD LOOPS

With Mount Buffalo as its epic backdrop, Myrtleford is perfectly placed for spectacular road loops. Head up the Buffalo River Road for a quiet out-and-back, or link up with the towns and villages of Beechworth, Dederang or Yackandandah via local favourite segments such as Carroll's Road, Murmungee Gap, Tunnel Gap Road and Happy Valley.

WANGARATTA & THE KING VALLEY

Sitting on the edge of the Warby Ranges National Park, the vibrant regional centre of Wangaratta is the ideal base for a weekend of road riding. Take your pick with beginner, intermediate and advanced rides on offer. The roads vary from long and flat, to sharp and windy depending on your chosen route. In Whitfield don't miss the gentle Cheshunt Cruise ride to Lake William Hovell or the infamous Strade Nero, a ride for the serious road warriors.

MANSFIELD - WHITFIELD

When you think of cycling in Mansfield, it is usually as a starting point for the trek to Mt. Buller, however that is selling the destination short. The roads to Whitfield have to be ridden to be believed, particularly when incorporating either Mansfield, Benalla, or Wangaratta. Each corner reveals a different vista as you work your way across the Tolmie Range.