MOUNTAINS, VALLEYS & COUNTRY ROADS
HIGH COUNTRY ROAD RIDES
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! You can ride any of the High Country’s famous valley’s (like the King, Ovens or Kiewa or even Mitta) past farms, wineries and quaint towns on terrain to make any rouler 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
Mt. Buffalo is the closest mountain to Bright, providing an up-and-down ride of roughly 50km. The climb itself is roughly 20km long, depending on whether you ride to the old chalet, Dingo Dell, or even The Horn (be prepared for some gravel). A truly stunning ascent with one of the best descents anywhere in Australia.
From the township of Mt. Beauty, it’s roughly 30km of scenic climbing to Falls Creek. It’s not uphill the whole way — the middle section of the climb even has some descending in it — but it’s still a long and challenging ascent. For a really special day out start and finish in Angler's Rest, and head along Big River to Mitta Mitta. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more picturesque set of rollers anywhere in Australia.
One of the most feared ascents in Victoria. This 30km climb starts in Harrietville and can be broken into three sections of roughly 10km. The first section is steady, the second is flatter and somewhat easier, the third — above the tree line — features some sustained sections of very tough climbing. A long, hard ascent that should be respected, but that delivers views like few others. Start and finish in Bright for a ride of roughly 100km.
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.