SNOWY MOUNTAINS

In February we spend three fabulous days of riding through the Australian Alps. Based in Jindabyne, you'll get two summit climbs, plenty of rolling countryside and a great time with friends and maybe a visit to a brewery.

This is one of our favourite tours with a big turn out every year, perfect for a long weekend away. The climbing is hard but we take it easy after with trips to breweries, gin distilleries or a BBQ back at the accommodation. A great way to see the Snowies whilst building some fitness and riding with friends new and old.The itinerary will vary year to year but here's a rough idea as to what's in store...

DAY 1 - DEAD HORSE GAP

78km   |   1,518m   |   4 hrs

A summit climb to Dead Horse Gap & back. Everyone goes at their own pace, and we re-group at the top (for photos of course). The fool hardy go beyond Dead Horse Gap down to Tom Groggin, which entails a massive, steep climb back up - not for the faint hearted (increasing the days riding to 112km and 2,557 vertical metres). On the way back down we stop at Thredbo Village for a coffee and pastry, then descend back down to Jindabyne. In the evening we have dinner out at a local restaurant. 

DAY 2- SNOWY LOOP

107km   |   1,559m   |   4½ hrs

A big loop of rolling alpine countryside via Dalgety, Berridale and Rocky Plains. Lots of amazing scenery to soak in and of course coffee stops (it is a tour) which will help the legs recover for the next day's ride. In the early evening we have a BBQ at one of the houses & possibly dress up! 

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DAY 3 - CHARLOTTE PASS

81km   |   1,850m   |   3½ hrs

Charlotte Pass!  A magnificent 40km hill climb to the highest sealed road in Australia - something to boast about, which means your hard work climbing will be rewarded with a 40km descent on beautiful smooth roads. For a bit of fun we make this handicapped 'race', so each person is allocated a start time based on how well you are riding the previous 2 days. It means we all get to the top about the same time. Then it's time to pack up and head home at about midday. 

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A special thanks to Brandon Heng for the amazing photos.

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