2020-01-27 at 5:25 pm #58458Russell IvesKeymaster
Wayne, courtesy of my inability to stay vertical on my bike (and some lack of fitness…) I will need to withdraw from the Alpine Challenge. Yes I know there has been a book running as to when I would pull out and the lengths to which I would go… Anyway, thanks again for organising, apologies for the relatively late notice. Hope the revised version goes well. One year I will get there! R2020-01-29 at 10:08 pm #58509Garry DowdModerator
Brother in law Pete has advised that he will not be able to make the planned weekend. Hopefully the spot can be filled
This also means that I have a spare bed in a double twin room at the Alpine Hotel Bright on Friday 7th February if anyone is interested in sharing
2020-01-31 at 4:36 pm #58537
- This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by Garry Dowd.
Imre, you now have a bed at The Blue Duck, should be a bit more comfortable.
Rusty, thanks for letting me know, you’re not just playing the bookies for a big plunge next year are you?
Garry, thanks for advice on Pete.
All the roads from Bright via Mt Hotham, Dinner Plain, and Omeo to Anglers Rest are now open, with the road via Tawonga Gap to Falls Ck also open, however a portion of the Bogong High Plains Rd beyond Falls Ck still closed.
I spoke to Lana, the publican at The Blue Duck Inn during the week, she had 40 people for lunch last weekend, her first customers since November, and is very much looking forward to seeing our group.
She is also optimistic that the Bogong High Plains Rd may open before our arrival, a lot will depend on what effect the latest hot weather has on the fires.
The plan at the moment is to leave Bright on Saturday riding the traditional route via Mt Hotham, Dinner Plain, and Omeo to Anglers Rest, and then returning the same way Sunday, with a possibility we may return via Falls Ck if the road opens.
The only thing I can’t control is the air quality and that will be very dependant on wind direction.
With the latest withdrawals and subs,the starters list currently looks like this
– Wayne and Jude
– John and Clare
– Barb and Frank
– Brad and Helen
– Gordon and Marg
– GlennS and Wilma
– Imre (25)
Still have room for a couple more.
I’m away without a lot of my planning materials at the moment but will post in the next couple of days asking some info of each of you, and providing detailed info for the uninitiated.
Wayne.2020-01-31 at 4:58 pm #58538Justin MurphyKeymaster
Thks for the update Wayne.2020-01-31 at 5:29 pm #58539Matt DouglasModerator
Great job organising.
With Buffalo still a no go zone. I am thinking maybe climbing up Falls Creek from Mt Beauty on Monday morning if the rd is safe.
2020-01-31 at 5:58 pm #58541
- This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by Matt Douglas.
Something I was going to mention in the next post is Jude and I can’t stay in Bright Sunday night now, and instead will head up on Thursday.
If The Bogong High Plains Rd remains closed, I will climb Falls Ck Friday morning.
Wayne.2020-01-31 at 9:34 pm #58542Julie ThiesModerator
Thanks Wayne, so happy to be able to go to Bright still. I feel confident you have looked at all options and appreciate the way you organise and communicate with us. It gives me confidence to join in, Julie2020-02-02 at 9:24 pm #58583Garry DowdModerator
Thanks Stephen – I will share the drive with you as discussed
PS All – I still have a spare bed available for a Friday night in Bright if happy to share
GarryD2020-02-02 at 11:37 pm #58586Trev SharrockModerator
As someone doing this ride for the first time, is there some kind of logistics summary for the weekend?
E.g. where and when to meet, what do people normally take on the ride with them, how to get stuff to Anglers Rest, what is typical ride time etc. Any advice appreciated.
Trev2020-02-03 at 12:30 am #58587
I’ve been away, and still am, but should have all the details out tomorrow.
It will generally be a cut and paste from last years if you would like a sneak peak, it is still on the forum.
Wayne.2020-02-03 at 12:07 pm #58591John De LeijerModerator
I know it’s v late in the planning, but if there is a space for a bod in Anglers Rest, and I could take up Gary D’s offer of a bed in Bright, I’d like to jump aboard for the Alpine weekend, with the aim of doing the Sat/Sun rides but neither Friday of Monday.
I certainly fully understand if it’s not possible.
Either way I wish you, and all participants, a safe and enjoyable weekend.
Regards, John de L.2020-02-03 at 5:30 pm #58593
Yes, with recent withdrawals there is a bed for you.
The weekend will be brighter by your presence, but you must be prepared to quizzed by Jude on all things NZ as we’re off to visit your homeland next month.
Wayne.2020-02-03 at 6:27 pm #58594
Friday 7th Feb.
10am Jayco Herald Sun Tour stage 3 start.
For those who are in Bright early enough, Jude and I are having a drink at The Brewery at 6pm, leading onto dinner at the same venue.
Saturday 8th Feb.
Bright to Anglers Rest (via Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain) – 139km, 2500vm, approx 7hr ride time.
2 groups (with the aim of coming together at Dinner Plain), both departing from the car park across Cobden St from Bright Velo, 2 Ireland St, Bright. Be self sufficient for breakfast. Cars can be left in that carpark.
6.30am – I wouldn’t say led by me, Mob.0403877060, but I’ll be joining this group.
7am – led by GarryD, Mob. 0438910335.
A car(s) will be available for bag drop from 6.20am in the carpark. Please keep bag size to a minimum, leave the rest in your car. A small esky will be available at the same time to transport any personal perishable breakfast items to Anglers Rest.
Water and food available (every 30 or 40km).
Water available at Harrietville (toilet block in carpark LHS just prior to the General Store, (I suggest leaving with 2 full bidons for a 2 hr climb), Mt Hotham (General Store), Dinner Plain (DP Hut LHS in main Carpark), and Omeo Bakery Cafe (& public toilet block, RHS opposite The Golden Age Hotel).
Food available at Harrietville General Store, Hotham General Store, Dinner Plain Mountain Kitchen, Omeo High Plains Bakery and Cafe.
Harrietville – stopping at carpark toilet block for water stop and climb prep.
Dinner Plain – Stopping at Mountain Kitchen (fronting the Carpark) for coffee/morning tea, and regroup. Open from 9am, and advised of our arrival.
Omeo – Stopping at High Plains Bakery and Café (LHS opposite The Golden Age Hotel) for lunch, and regroup. Advised of our arrival.
Beware the wooden bridge in the valley half way between Omeo and Anglers Rest – large longitudinal gaps that will swallow your front wheel – walk or ride VERY slowly.
Expect to arrive at The Blue Duck Inn around 2.30-3pm. Time for a nice cool swim in the river, a relax, and a few drinks before dinner. Jude has offered to supply drinks and snacks in the undercover BBQ area opposite our cabins from approx 4pm, beer/wine/mineral waters/chips/dips and snacks – $10pp to assist with costs.
If anyone has the energy, assistance with prep always appreciated.
Dinner at The Blue Duck is from 6pm, and must ordered by 7.30pm. Table booked. http://www.blueduckinn.com.au/index.html
Cabins $65pp, payable individually at check-in, a cabin list will be provided.
You can run a tab and pay at the end of the night as there is an EFTPOS surcharge for each transaction. Just remember to settle up before retiring.
Order Sunday breakfast packs at check-in, $10 continental, (no cooked option this year), pickup after dinner, or be self sufficient with the esky option. Gas powered fridges and cook tops in the rooms.
No power in the rooms (except lighting), plenty of outlets in the pub for recharging.
No mobile reception, public phone in the pub.
For those not cycling, the pub is not open until 11.30 Sunday morning, so you will need to be self sufficient.
Sunday 9th Feb.
Anglers Rest to Bright (returning via Mt Hotham) 139km, 2150vm’s, approx 6.30hr ride time.
Again, 2 start groups, 6.30 & 7am, same leaders, the aim to arrive at Dinner Plain at a similar time.
Dinner Plain – Stopping again at Mountain Kitchen for lunch and regroup.
Bright – The toilet block near the river in Mountbatten St, (RHS before crossing Morses Creek) will be the initial drop off point for the bags. Nice to have a swim in the river on a hot day. Join us for a drink or two at The Brewery from 3pm to celebrate a great ride before heading home.
Monday 10th Feb.
I now can’t stay to ride Monday but there could be a Falls Ck option – MattDoug?
I’ll bring a floor pump and a few 10 speed Shimano spares, tyres, tubes, tools, 25litres of fresh Melbourne water. Bring anything else you think prudent, but there is limited space available for transport.
Could you please give me an idea if:
– attending dinner Friday night.
– which group 6.30/7am you are joining Saturday (for rollcall).
– there are other vehicles travelling to Anglers Rest other than Jude/Clare and Justin that can assist with bag/food transport.
– needing esky space Bright to Anglers Rest.
– anyone you particularly do (or don’t) want to share a cabin with, as I’ll be providing The Blue Duck with a cabin list on Wednesday to assist our checkin Saturday.
– you have any Vego/Vegan/Food allergies that need considering for Saturday afternoon snacks ASAP.
At the moment we have 26 participants (23 cyclists) –
– Wayne and Jude
– John and Clare
– Barb and Frank
– Brad and Helen
– Gordon and Marg
– GlennS and Wilma
– NZJohn (26)
It’s getting exciting. Fingers crossed for the weather. Ensure your bike is in good order.
If for any reason you think your fitness is not as you had hoped, it is not an issue to withdraw, or to drive, offer support, and just enjoy the social aspects of the weekend. We have well above the minimum required to cover accommodation assurances.
Give me a call if you have any questions (I’ll be home Weds)
Wayne. 0403877060.2020-02-03 at 7:51 pm #58595Matt DouglasModerator
Excellent summary of what’s to come.
As for Monday l am planning to drive from Bright to Mt Beauty in the morning to leave from the bakery at 7.30am to climb Falls Creek before heading home.
All welcome to join me if you can.
In for dinner Friday night.
No esky space required.
No issues with cabin arrangements.
No food allergies.
Thanks again Wayne.2020-02-03 at 8:06 pm #58597Phil RundleModerator
For anyone arriving early for the weekend The Herald Sun Tour is in the area Thursday and Friday (details below). There will be some rolling road closures Friday but delays will be minimal.
The Jayco Herald Sun Tour starts in Beechworth at 10am Thursday 6th Feb, and has a sprint in Dederang and another sprint in Mount Beauty before a huge climb up the hill to Falls Creek at about 1pm.
On Friday 7th February, the tour leaves from Bright at 10am, rides up over Tawonga Gap, along the Kiewa Valley Highway, a climb up Rosewhite Gap, then on to Myrtleford and Wangaratta. This is the longest ride of the tour – 178.1 kms.
Meanwhile, the Women’s Herald Sun Tour commences in Falls Creek on Thursday 6th February, at 2.30pm, starting with a big downhill to Mount Beauty (3.10pm), a sprint in Tawonga South (3.25pm), loop around Damms Road and back to Mount Beauty for another sprint (3.43pm), and then back up to Falls Creek by 4.38pm.
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