The ultimate challenge for road cycling and mountain bike enthusiasts.
Starting in the beautiful valley town of Harrietville, this ride takes you up one of the most stunning roads in Australia. The road winds through lush green areas, tall forests and majestic snowgums, then traverses the top of the mountain range, surrounded by vistas of endless mountain peaks and valleys.
The Great Alpine Road between Harrietville and Hotham passes local huts and ski lodges, providing a spectacular view of Mt Buffalo, Mt Feathertop and the high plains. The climb is quite steep in some areas and is not for the faint hearted. With some areas at a maximum grade of 18%, this ride is a true alpine challenge. Be sure to stop at Icewater Creek on your way to Dinner Plain, to fill your drink bottles with mountain spring water.
Photo: Tarrawanna Men's Cycle Club
Evolving from the Dinner Plain Festival of Cycling and the Hotham Challenge Ride, the Audax Hotham Challenge is a new event which offers cyclists a series of three challenging mountain rides. These include a 200km ride from Dinner Plain to Mt Buffalo (featuring two climbs); a shorter 135km ride from Dinner Plain to Bright and back (one climb); and a third ride from Bright to Mt Buffalo.
- Start – Harrietville General Store
- Finish – Hotham Corral Day Carpark
- Distance – 30.8km Photo: Tarrawanna Men's Cycle Club
- Rise – 1,347m
- Grade Average – 3.7%
- Grade Max – 18%
The Challenge: It’s you against the Mountains
Victoria’s 7 peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge is an at-your-own pace cycling challenge which takes you up winding mountain roads, around steep turns and past spectacular views right to the top of Victoria’s Alpine Resorts.
Your challenge for the next five months is to take on the toughest road climbs in Australia – which rival some of the famous Tour de France peaks.
The 7 Peaks passport will be the proof of your cycling toughness, stamping it along the way for every summit you successfully ride. Once you have completed your peaks and submitted your stamped passport, you will go into the draw to win some amazing prizes. Ride four peaks or more and you get the chance to win this year’s major prize. There’s also 7 amazing alpine winter experiences to be won.
You can tackle the 7 Peaks (Mt Baw Baw, Mt Buffalo, Mt Buller, Dinner Plain, Falls Creek, Hotham, Lake Mountain) anytime from October 17 2014 to March 31 2015.
Stamp My Ride
Validate your climb at the Mount Hotham Resort Management Office, Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm or the General Store, Mon-Sat: 10am till late, Sun: 10am-5pm. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
7 Peaks Ride - registration open for 2014/2015 season
Take a breather, the Tour de France is over and so is the Commonwealth Games! Now you can catch up on some sleep before you start planning your cycling season post snow melt in our own Victorian Alps.
Cycling season is really just around the corner and we're putting a few new things in place for our 7 Peaks Challengers to ensure we keep you updated at every corner, each turn, through the flats and up every single hill of the journey that is the Alpine Ascent Challenge.
We plan to send regular update emails from here on (maybe monthly?), so if you know anyone who would be interested in receiving these, please tell them to sign up on the website .
We're also ramping up the activity on our Facebook page so follow us to check out photos, updates and more. Twitter is being reserved for 'news' of events, road closures, important dates etc and of course, we love Instagram and seeing all your pics tagged #7peakschallenge too.
Click here to register for the challenge and to receive your passport. This year, passports will NOT be sent out automatically to past participants — please register for this year’s event to receive your passport after 1 October.
More information HERE
Audax Hotham Challenge (formerly the Hotham Challenge Ride)
Experience the thrill and challenge of riding the Great Alpine Road in a fully supported environment at the Audax Hotham Challenge.
The Hotham Challenge Ride (formerly DP Festival of Cycling) has recently become the Audax Hotham Challenge - a cycling event based out of the picturesque village of Dinner Plain in North East Victoria. The event offers a unique opportunity for road cyclists to challenge themselves to descend and climb the Great Alpine Road, including the renowned Hotham Summit, in a fully supported environment. All aspects of the weekend are personalised to ensure you can achieve your personal best on your bike.
A new series of rides in Alpine Victoria which will be held on the Labour Day long weekend (9 March 2014). What makes this event special is the high altitude start at Dinner Plain, Australia's prettiest alpine village.
Riders have a choice of two rides which include Mt Hotham, with the sting in the tail being the long climb to the finish, or a shorter ride which starts at Bright and tackles the climb to Mt Buffalo. 70-200km.
Register and find our more HERE
Please note, cycling on the Great Alpine Road can be dangerous due to cattle & logging trucks, caravans, boats etc. using the road. Always keep to the left and be aware what is around you at all times.
Dinner Plain Funduro Event
Test your legs above 1560 metres with the Dinner Plain Alpine Funduro, a 3 hour family mountain bike event (2-3 November 2013)
This is the first year of the family focused 3 hour funduro riding in and around Dinner Plain Alpine Village. A unique accessible enduro focused on fun and participation, race through houses, back onto bush tracks, fire roads and some sneaky single track, weaving in and around the alpine village of Dinner Plain which is nestled amongst the Alpine National Park and sitting 1560m above sea level, so come on get your team together & test your legs!
To find out more, click HERE.
XC Mountain Biking
Mountain biking around Hotham is one of the best ways to see it. There are a lot of trails, 4WD tracks and fire trails that wind through the Alpine flora and forests. The winter cross country ski trails are a great place to start, including the Hotham to Dinner Plain trail. You can pick up a cross country trail map from Mt Hotham Resort Management Board office during office hours. You can hire bikes and helmets from Adventures with Altitude in Dinner Plain by calling (03) 5159 6608 or in the valley at Bright Cyclepath.
Hotham to Dinner Plain
Distance - 16.1km
Information - Elevation drop from Hotham Heights to Dinner Plain is approx. 263m some undulating hills, easy to moderate riding.
Hotham to Harrietville
Distance - 28.0km
Information – Elevation drop from Hotham to Harrietville is approx. 1273m. There are steep downhills and difficult sections, which become long, tough climbs in the other direction. Excellent for advanced riders.
Hotham to Bright
Distance - 52.2km
Information – same as above, with an extra 25km from Harrietville to Bright, a couple of easy hills and enjoyable riding along the Great Alpine Road.
Hotham to Omeo
Distance - 54.2km
Information – The elevation from Hotham to Omeo drops approx. 1098m mostly downhill from Dinner Plain onwards. On the return journey the steep hill ‘Mountain Maid’ is difficult but rewarding.