A hill climb is literally the pinnacle of a cyclists’ experiences, and the iconic 30 kilometre hill climb from Harrietville to Mt Hotham has got the goods – and the March long weekend is the perfect time to tackle it.
Top spots to take a break on the Hotham hill climb
The 30 kilometre hill climb from Harrietville to the Hotham Village has some great spots to take a breather and enjoy the incredible scenery.
Rene’s Lookout: after grinding up CRB Hill (10%) gradient), this spot is a welcome reprieve.
Danny’s Lookout: If you’re unlucky enough to encounter the famous crosswinds at Blowhard Hut, you might want to take a quick stop at Danny’s Lookout to shake out your legs and take a photo of the stunning views into the valley and towards Mt Feathertop
The Cross: You’re on the home stretch! The Cross looks out towards Falls Creek and is your first glimpse into Mt Hotham’s skifields.
Cycle friendly accommodation
These accommodation providers have got the facilities to securely store your pride and joy while you relax after conquering the climb.
- Mountain Dreaming Apartments - private apartment accommodation, bicycles permitted in rooms, foot pump.
- Tanderra – lodge accommodation with shared facilities, close to the Great Alpine Road. Secure drying room suitable for bicycle storage.
- Asgaard – lodge accommodation with shared facilities, close to the Great Alpine Road. Secure storage for bicycles.
- Shepparton - lodge accommodation with shared facilities. Secure drying room suitable for bicycle storage.
- Alpine Heights Apartments – private apartment accommodation, secure drying room suitable for bicycle storage.
You’re riding in an alpine environment, which can mean unpredictable conditions that will test you. Here are our tips.
Water – there are no water supplies for the 30 km duration of the climb, so make sure you’re carrying plenty or have a support crew, especially if it’s warm.
Sun – you might not expect this, but the UV at higher altitudes can be very strong and you can easily get a painful sunburn, especially on the very exposed upper parts of the ride. Make sure you’re well covered.
Wind – the higher elevations of this ride can be subject to strong winds, which will be crosswinds on some sections of the ride (like the aptly named “Blowhard” section). Check the weather forecasts before you set out so you know what to expect.