2017 Sydney-Melbourne Alpine 1200: The Route

The final route is now available for download on Ride with GPS.

The cue sheets are available for download in PDF format and Excel format and now include the emergency route for the second day. Do not use the emergency route unless instructed to do so by the Ride Director.

The route has been structured to enable the ride to be completed in four sections. The ride will start underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The overnight checkpoints will be in Canberra 358km, Laurel Hill 672km and Lake Nillahcootie 1020km, with the finish in Melbourne at Brunswick Cycle Club Velodrome.

Riders bags will be transported to the overnight checkpoints each day and to the finish on the final day. These stops are only available for rest stays on the evenings of day 1, 2 and 3 respectively, and your bags (and beds) will only be available from 5:00pm on each day.

Riders will roll out at 6:00am sharp on Sunday 19 November from the Dawes Point Park, Hickson Rd just north of Campbells Cove and the Park Hyatt hotel, on the western side of Circular Quay. There is plenty of parking nearby for those coming by car. Riders travelling to the start by train should alight at Wynyard station, walk up the ramp to George St, and ride down George St through the Rocks then turn right into Hickson Rd.Final pre-event briefing will be at 5:45 AM.
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The finish and final control will be at the Brunswick Cycling Club. The control will be open from 2:00pm on Wednesday 22 November. The clubhouse is available to us from this time. Arrival after 2:00pm ensures that there'll be people to welcome you, plus immediate access to a cold drink! Riders have clear directions on their cue sheets to reach the clubhouse.
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Day 1: Sydney to Canberra - 358km

Starting beneath the Harbour Bridge just after dawn, you pedal across Sydney on roads that are normally busy, but reasonably quiet at that time. After exiting the city, you climb over the Old Razorback and descend into Picton before slowly ascending to the beautiful Southern Highlands and the first checkpoint at Mittagong. The route then passes through some stunning and challenging parts of the highlands before easing you into the scenic, tree-lined roads through the highland villages of Bundanoon, Wingello and Tallong on to the second checkpoint at Marulan. The lushness of the highlands then makes way for some drier, scrubbier country as you head through Bungonia and Tarago to Bungendore. There are a couple of decent hills to be tackled before joining the Federal Highway for the last 20km cruise into Canberra.

Day 2: Canberra to Laurel Hill - 314km

You start this toughest of days by slipping silently through Canberra on its excellent and empty arterial roads, before joining the Monaro Highway that runs south between two ranges to Cooma, the day’s first checkpoint. The Monaro tablelands between Canberra and Cooma are open and windswept. From Cooma it’s into the high country along the Snowy Mountains Highway to the second checkpoint in the village of Adaminaby. From there the mountains start in earnest, as you tackle a series of steep ascents to the third checkpoint at Wolgal Hut. The climbing continues, then you plunge down the mountain, kissing the tip of the Talbingo Reservoir, before climbing again to the McPherson Plains via the very challenging Sue City Pass - 600 metres of climbing at over 8% gradient. A slight diversion takes you to the welcome fourth checkpoint at McPhersons Alpine Caravan Park. You then descend once more through forested roads to Tumbarumba, before commencing the final climb of the day to Laurel Hill Camp for a well-deserved sleep.

Day 3: Laurel Hill to Lake Nillahcootie - 348km

You start day 3 by swooping down the hill to the Murray River, entering Victoria at Jingellic. You follow the Murray for a further 70 kms, skirting around Albury-Wodonga and climbing gradually again through Yackandandah to the quaint gold-mining town of Beechworth. A great downhill run brings you to Tarrawingee and then it's a relatively flat run through to Lake Nillahcootie via Wangaratta.

Day 4: Lake Nillahcootie to Melbourne - 184km

Day four is payback time for the hard work over the previous three days as you ride 184km from Lake Nillahcootie through Yea and Whittlesea to the Brunswick Velodrome, just north of the Melbourne CBD, where you can finish this epic event with a lap of the track. Here you’ll join your Audax colleagues to celebrate a truly epic achievement. Finish by midnight on Wednesday 22 November and you’ve earned your medallion as a successful finisher of a truly iconic event. There’ll be dozens of Audaxers there to welcome you in and toast your achievement.


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Last updated 11 November 2017


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