In 2014 the ride will take us down to the Snowies, covering 500 km in 4 days!
We begin our ride in Cooma on Thursday 13th of March at 8am.
Day 1: Thursday 13th March:
At 180 km this is the longest day in the saddle. We will be departing from Cooma at around 8am and heading along the Snowy Mountains Highway. Fortunately the biggest climb of the day comes early as we head towards morning tea at Adaminiby (KM50).
The next section to our lunchtime stop at historic Kiandra Courthouse (KM95) is a slow steady rolling uphill section across spectacular open alpine country.
All of the afternoon section (KM80) is basically downhill as we head across the roof of Australia towards the shore of Lake Blowering (which we follow for about 40 km), eventually reaching Tumut tired and triumphant in late afternoon.
Day 2: Friday 14th March:
The ride to Khancoban via Batlow is a more modest 130 km and takes us via the apple growing town of Batlow (via a short sharp climb) where we will have a relatively early morning tea (KM30).
From there we head onwards to historic Tumbarumba (KM70) for a well deserved lunch break, and then onto the small village of Tooma for afternoon tea and a relatively easy run along the valley to Khancoban.
Day 3: Saturday 15th March:
A short day of riding (65 km) but featuring the “Alpes D’Huez” of Australia. Otherwise known as the Dead Horse Gap (western) Climb!
We will take on rest and refreshments at Tom Groggin’s Station (KM45) then we will attack 16km of continuous climbing, which will take 1000 meters to the highest point of our ride at 1650 meters above sea level.
From the top of Dead Horse we will free wheel 8 km into the ski town of Thredbo.
Day 4: Sunday 16th March:
Thredbo to Cooma has two climbs. One just past the Ski Tube and the other out of Jindabyne, both of which we will now take in a stride!
Morning tea will be in Jindabyne (KM36) followed by a quick pit stop at Berridale (KM63) and a straight ride into Cooma, which we aim to hit around early afternoon so we can be ready to jump into our cars and head back to the big smoke!!
500 km and over 10000 meters of vertical climbing under our belt!