I grew up in this area and Mt Buller was where I competed in my first road race, so of all the 7 Peaks, this is the one most familiar to me. It’s a great ride, but planning your ascent is important as my recent challenge against mountain biking champion Jess Douglas showed. The first 8km are tough and unrelenting, so setting a steady pace at the start is important. After this, you reach some nice flatter sections where you can either gain some momentum or recover a little before the final climb up to the village. Those last 1.5 kilometres are by far the toughest and if you use up your energy too early it can feel like you’re riding into a wall. When you start to see some of the chalets and hotels you know that you’re nearly at the end where you can enjoy both the sense of relief that always comes with finishing a tough climb, and the great views from the village.