This challenging ride commences in the gateway town of Harrietville. Leaving the valley, riders take on the scenic Great Alpine Road surrounded by tall forests in the early part of the ride. The view then opens up to areas that are regenerating from bushfires, creating a surreal landscape to admire.
In the top areas of the ride, the endless vistas of surrounding mountains and valleys in all directions are breathtaking. Riders can see the rocky outcrops of Mount Buffalo as well as Victoria’s highest peak, Feathertop.
This is a demanding ride with some steep sections at a maximum grade of 18%. It will test and reward the riders who take on this leg of the Alpine Ascent Challenge series.
Event: The Audax Hotham Challenge Ride is held annually on the March Labour Day (Victoria) long weekend. Offering three challenging mountain ride legs, this event includes a 200km ride from Dinner Plain to Mount 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.
Remember to stamp your 7 Peaks Passport with these ride climb stamps!
For more information visit www.hothamchallenge.com.au
- Start – Harrietville General Store, Great Alpine Rd, Harrietville.
- Finish – Hotham Corral Day Carpark, Great Alpine Rd, Hotham (next to Hotham RMB building, opposite Hotham Central).
- Distance – 32.4km
- Rise – 1,347m
- Grade Average – 4%
- Grade Max – 18%
- Track your progress and challenge your friends on Strava
Stamp my Ride
Transit Lounge (under Resort Management Board Office)
Great Alpine Rd, Hotham Mon to Fri 8am – 4pm
The General Store
(grab a coffee – open 7 days for 7 peaks!), Great Alpine Rd, Hotham
Mon to Sat 10am til late; Sun 10am – 5pm. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day.
Cycling Inform Ride Tips
Hotham has an average gradient of 4.6% but don’t be deceived. The first 10km is hard and finishes with a short steep 10% pinch called the “Meg”. It then flattens out for most of the climb until the ticket box where you’ll ride through some tough sections with steep climbs and short steep descents. The last 1.5km pitches up again to the top.
To book accommodation visit mthotham.com.au
* Click on map to view route in Strava