Starting in the beautiful valley town of Harrietville, this ride takes you up one of the most stunning roads in Australia. The road winds through lush green areas, tall forests and majestic snowgums, then traverses the top of the mountain range, surrounded by vistas of endless mountain peaks and valleys.
The Great Alpine Road between Harrietville and Hotham passes local huts and ski lodges, providing a spectacular view of Mt Buffalo, Mt Feathertop and the high plains. The climb is quite steep in some areas and is not for the faint hearted. With some areas at a maximum grade of 18%, this ride is a true alpine challenge. Be sure to stop at Icewater Creek on your way to Dinner Plain, to fill your drink bottles with mountain spring water.
The Hotham Challenge Ride is a three day festival of cycling (formerly the Dinner Plain Festival of Cycling) held over the March long weekend. Now in its sixth year this fully supported event offers ride legs to suit all serious cyclists. Choose from the Hotham Airport or Cobungra Station return rides on Saturday. Take your pick from four return leg options in the Hotham Challenge Ride on Sunday including Buckland Gate, Harrietville, Bright and a new proposed leg yet to be announced. The weekend wraps up with a social ride and lunch in the Omeo region on Monday.
- Start – Harrietville General Store
- Finish – Hotham Corral Day Carpark
- Distance – 30km
- Rise – 1322m
- Grade Average – 4.2%
- Grade Max – 18%
Stamp my Ride
Validate your climb at the Resort Management Office, Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm or the General Store, Mon-Sat: 10am till late, Sun: 10am-5pm. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day