Cycling in Bright
The Alpine High Country offers an ideal climate for cycling with superb scenery and seemingly limitless choice of rides making the area a cycling hotspot.
Bicycle hire including road, mountain, electric, downhill, tandems, tagalongs and hybrids can be pre booked at either:
Cyclepath www.cyclepath.com.au 0357 501 442
All Terrain Cycles in Bright www.allterraincycles.com.au 0357 501 372
Bright Electric Bikes www.brightelectricbikes.com.au 0357 551 309
Cycling in Bright
First things first, grab your free local "Victoria's High Country Cycle Guide" which is the bible. This is available from NE Tourism or Bright, Myrtleford, Mt Beauty and Beechworth visitor information centres.
Because Bright is a cycling mecca it's hard to get across ALL of our awesome trails, routes, tracks, hero and flow trails and paths. Best you discover them for yourself... We have put together a few of our favourite rides and events in footage below to show you some of what NE Vic has to offer. The views are spectacular, the riding can be easy to extreme. Happiness is a given!
Murray to Mountains Rail Trail
With more than 100km of safe, scenic off-road trail, the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail is perfect for a pedal-powered getaway.
The Murray to Mountains Rail Trail is the perfect way to discover the diverse landscape of north-east Victoria – from natural bushland to abundant farmland, delightful hidden valleys and some of the Australia’s most spectacular mountain ranges. Along the ride you’ll savour some of Australia’s finest gourmet produce, renowned wines, and handcrafted beer.
Over 100km of sealed off road trails provides you with the perfect link between the already popular tourist villages of Wangaratta, Beechworth, Rutherglen and Bright. More recently the off road sealed trail network has been extended from Wangaratta to Milawa and Bright to Wandiligong – for the perfect pedal to produce adventure.
So come and find out for yourself why this trail has been called Australia’s Premier Rail Trail.
Pedal to Produce - Food and Wine Cycling
Imagine the perfect foodies holiday… cycling from a café in a quaint local village where you’ve had a fantastic brunch, down a country road to taste award winning wines and onto a farm-gate to pick up some fresh regional produce and meet the farmer who grew it.
You don’t have to imagine travelling to provincial France to enjoy this perfect escape.
It’s now available right here in north-east Victoria.
Whether you prefer to cruise along track through a national park or shred the trails of a world class track, you are going to love Bright. Home to the B24 Mountain Bike Race (Bright), Six Hours in the Saddle (Beechworth), RAMBO (regional), Alfred 6 Hour (Bright) and also the Nationals this area boasts sweet single track. Bright is also in the throws of building their famous HERO trail... From the top of Mystic Mountain 700m to the base you will be enjoy a smooth flow trail all the way down.
Clip on your panniers or packs and ride to BIG4 Bright Holiday Park. We are located just 1km from the Bright rail trail and 89km from Wangaratta railway station. Bright is a great base to discover our alpine high country, loops, valleys and of course then where are the wineries, breweries and gourmet eateries! Ensure you pre-book as we are popular.
7 PEAKS Ride
Grab your 7 peaks passport and conquer the 7 peaks between October and March each year.
AUDAX Alpine Classic
The Audax Alpine Classic® has been run successfully since 1986, when half a dozen keen Audax cyclists rode from Bright to Falls Creek and back. After a little refreshment they felt the need for more speed, and set off to ride the additional 70km up Mt Buffalo and back. This 200 km route became the famed Audax Alpine Classic®. As the ride became more popular routes of different distances were gradually introduced to allow more cyclists to complete their own Alpine Challenge, and share their achievement with like-minded athletes. The Audax Alpine Classic® is now catering to around 2000 riders, over 8 courses ranging from moderate to seriously challenging, all fabulously supported by a great team of volunteers. As this is not a race, there are no road closures.
When you complete your ride, a celebration of personal achievement with family and friends is warranted. So now, in addition to the range of rides which support “the Classic”, a free food and music festival is available for early finishers and non-cyclists at the start/finish in Howitt Park just 200m from BIG4 Bright Holiday Park. The Bonjour Bright Festival has been French themed to celebrate the association of the Audax Alpine Classic® with Audax International, based in France.
3 Peaks Challenge
Each March Labour Day long weekend you have 13 hours to defy your limits and prove yourself.
In 2010, Peaks Challenge Falls Creek was founded on adversity, with the first edition a fierce, cold and brutal ride through Victoria’s High Country. And from that event, grew a mystique that spawned a series.
Since then, thousands of brave cyclists have returned, pushing themselves beyond the edge of their abilities in one of the world’s toughest rides.
While many have risen to the challenge, many have failed, succumbing to the unforgiving terrain and gruelling mental battle that is unique to Peaks Challenge events.
There’s no disputing the stunning and alien-like beauty of the region and its summits. But the shifting weather conditions, vastness and isolation of Victoria’s High Country will challenge even the most hardened mountain goats.
You’ll tackle the ascents of Tawonga Gap, Mount Hotham and finally, the beast that is the back of Falls. The back of falls will hit you like a tonne of bricks. With 200km in your legs, you’ll quickly learn why the first pinch is called WTF corner. It’s a steep and relentless climb with little reprieve.
For many, Peaks Challenge Falls Creek will be the toughest day they spend on a bike. Seasoned riders know that no matter how many times you conquer the climbs; it never gets easier — you just go faster.
Last year, 2,000 riders faced the peaks but only those who crossed the finish line within the 13-hour deadline, earn the right to proudly call themselves Peaks Challenge finishers.
The mountains of Victoria’s Alpine area are beckoning. One of the greatest riding experiences of your life, is within reach.
This year, 88% of riders finished. Have you got what it takes?
Cafes in the area are cycle friendly with bike racks aplenty.
Next time you head to BIG4 Bright Holiday Park plan some time out on the bike.