The Feathertop fire has put a stop to the plans expressed in my last post re the Alpine Classic. That’s fine; that’s life in the Australian bush.
The organisers have made a decision to cancel any of the routes going south to Hotham (into the fires!) or across to Falls Creek – no fires and road open. Mt. Buffalo is going to cop quite a bit of traffic with riders doing repetitive laps to make up their planned distances.
From what I have read the roads to Falls and the village itself will still be under absolutely no threat on Sunday. Therefore, I’ve come up with my own riding plan for Sunday morning.
For those interested – here is my firm position on Sunday riding (Alpine Classic Day). I will be leaving Cyclepath Bike Shop (opposite Woolworths) in Bright at 0620hrs and completing the normal 200km route of the Alpine Classic.
I know a few certainties will be joining me already but anyone is welcome to attend. WE WILL NOT BE GOING FLAT OUT. THIS WILL BE AN ENJOYABLE GROUP RIDE where we will ride together on the flat and re-group, 6am-er style, at the top of each climb (lead riders looping until all at the top) and each major descent.
Having said that… the standard of riding will be solid (6am-er and/or fit Bright Cyclist level).
Join us to Beauty and head back to Bright (80k), just come to Falls and back (140k) or come all the way (200k) and enjoy the carnage – sorry…. carnival environment – on the slopes of Buffalo with 1999 other cyclists including my son Jack. Depending on how some of us are feeling, we might even extend the 200 to take us out to Cresta – or even The Horn – before returning to Bright to jump in the river.
Bring on Sunday… see some of you at the shop.