Wagga Wagga to Wodonga
Day 1 The riders leave the comfort of their beds for the trek south to Wodonga. Whilst a relatively flat stage their is still 140 km’s ahead and we will be hoping that a stiff southerly wind is not on offer. Here we will travel through some towns most of us will not have heard of including Mangoplah, Cookardinia, Morven and Gerogery to name a few. Morven is well known as a Cobb and Co. Staging post and the riders will be hoping to avoid Bushranger Mad Dog Morgan who roamed the area many years ago. The riders will be looking forward to reaching Wodonga and getting a goods night rest as the toughest day of the ride is next to come.
Wodonga to Porpunkah
Day 2 The riders travel south from Wodonga and into the Alpine country making their way toward Beechworth. I’m sure some refreshments at Beechworth Bakery will be more than welcomed. After the well earned break the riders continue south toward the Great Alpine Road before heading east through Myrtleford to Porepunkah nestled beside the often fast flowing Ovens River. The job however is not done as after a short stop at Porepunkah, the climb to the summit of Mt Buffalo awaits.
Porpunkah to Mt Buffalo
Day 2 By the time we reach the ascent to Mt Buffalo the riders will already have travelled almost 90 km’s with over 1,000 climbing metres gained. The toughest day of the ride ends with a 21 km journey to the summit of Mt Buffalo climbing a further 1,013 metres. The descent back down will be more than worth it.
The stunning ascent of Mt. Buffalo in Victoria’s north-east is among the easiest of the Victorian Alps climbs. But, at a touch under 21km, the climb still demands strength and fitness of riders who are keen to partake in the breathtaking summit views.
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Porpunkah to Wangaratta
Day 3 The riders will travel back through some familiar territory on the way to Wangaratta. We travel west back along the Great Alpine Road to Myrtleford before heading north to Yackandandah. We travel through Mudgegonga and Bruarong before reaching Yackandandah where some riders may hope to strike it rich at this old gold mining town. We leave Yackandandah and head slightly north before heading south west toward Beechworth once again. From Beechworth we make our way westward toward Wangaratta, the junction point for the Ovens and Kings rivers. A tough day to follow up day 2 with 1,237 metres climbed over 115 km’s.
Day 4 This is by far our flatest day of riding but may not be the easiest. With very little shelter the ride from Wangaratta to Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley could be quite difficult if mother nature throws a stiff westerly our way. We again travel through some interesting towns including Thoona, Devonish, Dookie and Cosgrove. Of course Dookie is well renowned for it’s college in training agriculture. The riders will be only to happy to reach Shepparton and sample some local fruit produce from SPC (Shepparton Preserving Company). I’m sure this is not the only produce the riders will be only to happy to sample.
Shepparton to Bendigo
Day 5 We leave Goulburn Valley Gold behind and continue to travel west toward Bendigo. The first part sees us head south west to Murchison, a small rural village on the Goulburn River. The riders then travel due west to Rushworth, a popular gold rush town in it’s hey day. We continue due west through Colbinabbin until we reach the Midland Highway. From here we head south west and into our resting place for the night at Bendigo. Bendigo is considered to be the centre point of the state of Victoria and another boom town of Victoria gold rush era. Another flatish day but mother nature could spoil the party.
via Maldon & Clunes
Day 6 This may be a short day in distance but with over 1,000 metres climbing it will be by no means easy. The day is pretty much spent climbing with our first pinch just south of Bendigo at Big Hill. There is no rest however as we continue climbing between Ravenswood and Ravenswood South. From here the riders enjoy some downhill sections through Harcourt and Castlemaine. We continue south to Guildford and that is where the fun stops. The last 25 km’s from Guildford to Daylesford is all uphill with some of the most challenging parts at the end of the day. The riders will welcome their respite upon reaching Daylesford.
Day 7 Leaving the caravan park for the final day, we skirt around the edge of Victoria Park, picking up Old Ballarat Road, which leads us to the Midland Hwy. A decent climb out of Daylesford sees us on the way to Ballarat. Again there are some reasonable bumps along the way. We continue through Newlyn towards Ballarat for an opportunity to promote the Ballarat sponsors. Leaving Ballarat via Geelong Road, takes us to Buninyong, where we find our last category climb (category 4). As we are staying on the Highway, we miss the main sections of Mt Buninyong, but will still climb 400 metres over 2 kms. The next 70 kms are downhill as we return to sea level, passing through Meredith, Bannockburn and the dreaded Batesford. This is the very last of the hills as we climb out of the gully, and down into Geelong. We’ll head down to the waterfront, for a gentle roll around Corio Bay to the finish line. We have travelled a leisurely 134 km for the last day, but still managed to gain 1000 metres. Thanks to all our Sponsors, Family and Friends for your support along the way.