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Bike North Murray to Mountains 2016

Bike North's popular "Murray to the Mountains" tour is on again providing 8 days of spectacular riding from Saturday March 5th to Saturday March 12th, 2016

It is a cycling / eating / sightseeing tour of North East Victoria, using safe cycle path routes and rail trails with the aim of enjoying the local scenery and produce.

Contact: Alison Pryor 0438 171 484 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Relaxed semi-supported cycle touring

Northern Victoria is the location of some of the best cycle touring in Australia – scenic landscapes, safe cycling routes including the 90km rail trail cycle path, great local produce and cycle friendly facilities.

A great introduction to cycle touring for those who can manage a medium grade ride, enough to keep regular cycle tourers interested. Essential is some flexibility and tolerance for travelling with others and the natural elements, e.g. it could rain!

The routes and speed are at the lower end of a medium ride (average 45km / day) but riders will need to backup for a ride the following days. The route alternates days with some cycling effort followed by an easy riding day. This tour is about exploring an area by bike – rather than challenging rides. There is time for off-bike activities in the schedule.

Route Summary

 DateOvernightCycling Activities
Day 1  Fri 4 March Albury Own transport arrangements to Albury drive or train (XPT gets in 15:19) meet for dinner. On the way think about stoping off around Gundagai, there is new path Dog on the Tucker Box Trail, reusing the old travelling stock route (4km to edge of Gundagai, 7km to town centre).
Day 2  Sat 5 March Tallangatta Day on the High Country Rail Trail 40km Ride through Wodonga and jump on the rail trail on the outskirts of town
Day 3  Sun 6 March Yackandandah Backtrack on the rail trail a little to Huon then through the Kiewa valley and backroads to Yackandandah
Day 4  Mon 7 March Beechworth Yackandandah– Beechworth 24km Afternoon at your leisure in Beechworth
Day 5  Tue 8 March Bright Beechworth – Bright on the Rail Trail 75km
Day 6  Wed 9 March Myrtleford Morning at leisure in Bright (11km optional ride to Wandiligong) Bright – Myrtleford 30km in the afternoon.
Day 7  Thu 10 March Wangaratta Myrtleford to Wangaratta Via Milawa 55km
Day 8 Fri 11 March  Rutherglen First few km on rail trail then straight road to Rutherglen Stoping off at a couple of wineries on the way into Rutherglen 55km
Day 9  Sat 12 March Albury Rutherglen to Albury Ride to Chiltern, 20km, A shuttle run will operate with the van or all the way to Albury 56km
Day 10  Sun 13 March Up to You Drive back to Sydney or stay in the area.

 Road surfaces are excellent and mostly sealed. The tour is suitable for all styles of bicycles. If you are riding a mountain bike with knobby tread, save yourself some pedalling effort - think about using slick or touring tread tyres. The route is on bike paths or trails or roads are with generally low traffic.

Riders need to be self sufficient in basic bike mechanics eg fixing a puncture. Riders will need to carry water, snacks, rain jacket on the ride. Main luggage will be in the support vehicle. There will be a nominated meeting stop for morning tea each day and lunch on the longer days.

All riders will be supplied with a route kit with route directions, mud map, rides profile and locations of the main meeting points. Riders are free to ride at their own pace / in smaller groups to the morning tea / lunch meeting point if they are happy to do their own navigation.

Rides will leave from the nominated motel of each town, and start with a route briefing. As a relaxed tour rides the briefing will be at 8.30am / 9am. The routes / time of year don’t require really early starts. There will be one ride log sheet sign on the first day.

Numbers

Minimum 6 – max 20 - Riders must be 18 years and over. Restricted to members of BN (if you have friend who wants to come with you then have them join BN $35).

Registration

Register online and $30 payable to Bike North (EFT) – will book your spot and give you a tour registration code -– use the registration  link to the left to register.

Payment

To pay by direct deposit or electronic banking 'pay anyone'

Account name: Bike North
BSB: 032081
Account No.: 127180
Customer reference*: insert your Murray to Mountains Tour Registration code here !!!!!
The registration fee is not refundable if you decide to withdraw

Semi-supported

Most riders will be required to drive the support vehicle for part of a day. Main luggage will be transported to the next accommodation location via the support vehicle. Riders will be responsible for ensuring their luggage is on the vehicle each morning and taken off in the afternoon. The support vehicle will be at the designated hotel.  If required it can do a quick run to another motel to collect luggage if the main one is full.

The duties of driver may include purchasing lunch supplies. The support vehicle will carry a portable stove and plates / cutlery etc for the group.

The support vehicle will be at the nominated meeting stops (morning / lunch or afternoon water refill stops on the longer days). A rider may bailout at this point if there is problem - they and their bike can get a lift in the support vehicle if needed – or they can become the support driver. Mobile phone coverage is patchy (okay in towns – not available in rural sections), so the support vehicle may or may not be contactable in between times.

Rest stops – most meeting stops include toilet facilities, however on a couple of days with longer stretches of quieter rural roads – behind a bush approach may be required.

Gear

Normal bike requirements, warm clothing for on and off the bike, ( it is Autumn in the mountains). Including a good quality wet weather jacket. Please give consideration to the amount of gear you bring, space will be limited in the support vehicle. Some motels have bike storage otherwise bikes will be – on the covered veranda of the motels - you will need to bring a bike lock.

Meals

Each day there will be one meal eaten at a local café/ restaurant at riders own cost.

Breakfast:  Most days cereal/ toast / tea & coffee will be provided for breakfast at the designated hotel (out of kitty). On a few days after a town walk or short ride there will be a bakery breakfast stop. (in the 1980’s recession the term bakery led recovery was coined for this area – the espresso machine then followed the baker). 

The other meal will be communal picnic or BBQ – mostly lunches, some evening meals, brought along by the support vehicle. (out of kitty)

Contributions purchased from produce stops / wineries/ breweries will be welcomed inclusions in the communal meal.

Transport

Transport to and from Albury will generally be the responsibility of participants.

Options

  • Drive: car pool with other participants - petrol cost shared. 556km estimated time 6hrs and 30 min.
  • rail passenger pay direct to country link – Sydney – Albury. (Economy or 1st class). XPT daily 7hr and 32 min Departs Sydney Central 07:42 Arrive Albury 15:19 also a night XPT but Check Rail Timetable.

Transporting bikes

  1. Carpool: work out how many bikes can be taken on the car
  2. Train. XPT trains have a limit on the number of bicycles that can be booked on XPT trains (5). Bikes need to be booked, boxed (or bike bag) and checked in on the day.
  3. A support vehicle (a van) will be going from Sydney there will be room for some bikes for those unable to be taken on the train / pooled cars

Arrangement for cars not required for the ride recommendation is to park the car outside the visitors centre in Albury. An option of secure paid parking is available at Albury Airport.  We will do a quick shuttle or cars & drivers. At the end of the ride we will work out the logistics of getting drivers from Wangaratta back to cars in Albury – support vehicle / and train.

Accommodation

This is a motel based cycle tour. Typically 3; 31/2 or 4 star motel that can handle a mid-sized group. Most motels have a secure bike storage garage or shed.

Book your own accommodation at the nominated motel below or an alternate of your own choosing in the town. Pay directly to the motel. If the motel is full at the time you book ask the managers for a recommendation of other accommodation in town.   The support vehicle can do luggage run if needed. Average $75 per person per day twin share, often triple share is available where possible we can pass on the details of participants looking for someone to share accommodation.

Night 1  Albury

The Hume Inn Motel 406 Wodonga Place, Albury. Phone: 02 6021 2733. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. http://www.humeinn.com.au/.Good price, basic style motel includes cereal/toast breakfast

Or next door 

Best Western Hotel : Hovell Tree Cnr Hovell Sts & Wodonga Place, Albury, Australia, 2640 Phone: (02) 6042 3900 Fax: (02) 6041 2883 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: hovelltree.bestwestern.com.au

Night 2  Tallangatta Tallangatta Motor Inn http://www.tallangattamotorinn.com.au/ 1 Akuna Avenue, Tallangatta Phone 02) 6071-2208 or 1800 816 746 Fax (02) 6071-2502 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Night 3  Yackandandah Yackandandah Townshiphill Motel: Myrtleford Rd C 527 Yackandandah Vic 3749. http://www.yackandandahaccommodation.com.au/index.html. (02) 6027 1467 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Night 4  Beechworth Golden Heritage Motor Inn www.goldenheritage.com.au 51 Sydney Road Beechworth VIC 3747 Reservations: 1800 812269 / Ph: 03 5728 1404 Fax: 03 5728 2119 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Night 5  Bright Bright Velo  2 Ireland St   BRIGHT T 03 57551074    m 0437 518848 e  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Night 6  Myrtleford Motel on Alpine 258 great alpine road Myrtleford 3737 Ph 03 5752 1438 fax 03 57521256 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Night 7  Wangaratta Advanced Motel 55 -59 Parfitt Road Wangaratta P.  +61 03 5721 9100    F. +61 03 5721 9647 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Night 8  Rutherglen Wine Village Motel 217 Main Street Rutherglen Victoria 3685 Reservation: 1800 028 356 / Telephone: 02 6032 9900 Fax: 02 6032 8125 http://winevillagemotorinn.com.au/
Night 9  Albury Best Western Hotel : Hovell Tree Cnr Hovell Sts & Wodonga Place, Albury, Australia, 2640 Phone: (02) 6042 3900 Fax: (02) 6041 2883 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: hovelltree.bestwestern.com.au

Costs

Estimated trip costs $1150 (twin share)

  • Registration fee $30 covers trailer hire / map printing etc
  • Transport $30 carpooling / train $150 return
  • Kitty $30 / day (8 riding days $240) covers 2 meals on riding days, snacks etc  & support vehicle costs.
  • Accommodation $600 (average $75 per person twin share)
  • Main meals, bakery stops, bar bill etc. estimated $35/day 7 days $245
  • Excluding sight-seeing entry fees / produce stop purchases

Ride Descriptions

Albury to Tallangatta 40km 

High Country Rail Trail http://highcountryrailtrail.org.au/ Grade: Easy Medium mostly flat– sealed or rolled fine gravel surface. Rice across the Murray to Wodonga – join the rail trail on eastern edge of town Ride to Tallangatta – including over the Sandy Creek Bridge The afternoon we will try and meet up with one of the ‘friends of the Rail Trail’ groups – contribute a couple of hours doing something useful along the trail - arranged with Albury Wodonga Parklands.

Tallangatta to Yackandandah 44km

Grade: Easy-Medium mostly flat Backtrack on the Rail Trail to Huon, then on road ((Huon – Kiewa Rd) to the towns of Tangambalanga and Kiewa. Changes to backroads through agricultural areas Osborn Flat into to Yackandandah (C533)

Yackandandah to Beechworth. 24km

Grade Easy Medium. Have a walk in the morning and a coffee in town then ride to Beechworth Route: On-road with some hills. Leave via Wodonga Yackandandah Rd (C532) 6km slowly up to Beechworth-Wodonga Rd (C315) - continue slowly climbing 7km to Woorragee avenue of pinoakes. 10km onto Beechworth staying on the C315 with a short climb in the last section. Though today is a short ride – you will feel like you have put some effort in. Drop the gear at the motel then explore Beechworth at your leisure. 

Beechworth to Bright – Rail Trail 74km

Grade Medium down hill , one hill then mostly flat. Enjoy 70+ of car free cycling. Bush, fields and Vic alps in the background. Start: Beechworth ‘Station’ descend to Everton ‘Station’ on railtrail 14.9 km Right onto Main Rail trail slight downhill to Brookfield 5.2km (memorial cairn)/ then uphill to Taylors Gap/ Gapsted (winery) 14.6km / Myrtleford 7.4km / Ovens 5.3km / Eurobin 11.2km / Porepunkah 8km / Bright 7.1

Wandilligong Circuit (optional ride) 15km

Explore a quiet rural valley on road route then head back to Bright. Or the morning off in Bright. 

Bright to Myrtleford. 35km

Grade easy medium. Pace Relaxed, flat, nearly all cycle path. – fit in some coffee/produce/nursery stops.

Pedal to Produce: Myrtleford to Wangaratta via Milawa 60km.

Grade Medium. Flat mostly cycle paths, some rural roads. Stops at the cheese factory and Brown Brothers Winery Rail trail to Everton, short section of rural road to Oxley, then cycle path to Milawa (adjacent to snow road) and then to Wangaratta (adjacent to Wangaratta-Whitfield Rd)

Wangaratta to Rutherglen 55km

Grade Medium. Flat. some cycle paths, some rural roads. Rail trail for 4km to Bowser then on Federation Way (straight and flat) stopping of at a couple of wineries continue to towards Corowa brief stop in NSW finish the route on the Wahgunyah – Rutherglen rail trail. Riders are reminded about responsible intake of alcohol and cycling on road related areas.

Rutherglen – Chiltern - Albury 20km or 56km

Morning off in Rutherglen Then 20km ride to Chiltern – an national trust historic town then have some time to look around and one more bakery stop. The support vehicle will make a shuttle run back to Albury from Chiltern. For those who want a longer ride in the afternoon 36km back roads route to Albury.

 Murray Mtn 2016 map