Discover Victoria's road riding paradise on a cycling trip across the High Country. Pick a place, any place and be guaranteed myriad road riding opportunities, from mountain climbs and undulating loops to adrenaline-charged mountain descents and effortless valley roads. Stunning vistas, quiet country roads, helpful locals and a non-stop events calendar – the High Country has it all.
Leave the city in your wake and revel in the cool mountain air during the summer months or soak up the sun during blue sky days in the valleys over winter. After the race, share riding secrets with the locals and learn why so many call this spectacular region home.
And that's just the beginning. Once you're off your bike there's a plethora of great coffee in village cafes, award-winning wineries, craft breweries and restaurants dotted along every route to tempt the taste buds and recharge for the next challenge.
Favourite local road rides
Want to ride the routes the locals do? Here's a list of some of the best. For full details, visit the Ride High Country website or the local bike shop on arrival.
Buckland Valley and back (Bright) 45km
Ride along flat to undulating quiet roads where you'll be lucky to see a tractor, let alone a car. Pass vineyards and orchards on this picturesque ride suitable for beginners.
The Cellar Door Loop (Rutherglen)
Take a flat ride through magnificent vineyards and olive groves on the Cellar Door Loop. Stop at wineries and cafes along the way and if it's hot and sunny pull up at the Murray River for a refreshing swim. Take it nice and slow and spend the whole day on the trail.
Three Peaks Challenge (Kiewa Valley and Falls Creek)
The Three Peaks Challenge is arguably Australia's toughest one-day ride. Up for the challenge? Tackle the 235-kilometre course through some of the world's most picturesque yet demanding terrain, with three major climbs: Tawonga Gap, Mount Hotham, and the beast that is the back side of Falls Creek.