The Alpine Classic is Australia's toughest one day cycling event. The event is held each Australia Day weekend in Bright and is run over distances of 60km, 70 km, 130 km, 140 km, 200 km, 250km and the 320km Ultimate Alpine single day cycle challenge. The Audax Alpine Classic® has been run successfully since 1986, when half a dozen keen Audax cyclists rode from Bright to Falls Creek and back. After a little refreshment they felt the need for more speed, and set off to ride the additional 70km up Mt Buffalo and back. This 200 km route became the famed Audax Alpine Classic®. As the ride became more popular routes of different distances were gradually introduced to allow more cyclists to complete their own Alpine Challenge, and share their achievement with like-minded athletes. The Audax Alpine Classic® is now catering to around 2000 riders, over 8 courses ranging from moderate to seriously challenging, all fabulously supported by a great team of volunteers. As this is not a race, there are no road closures.
When you complete your ride, a celebration of personal achievement with family and friends is warranted. So now, in addition to the range of rides which support “the Classic”, a free food and music festival is available for early finishers and non-cyclists at the start/finish in Howitt Park. The Bonjour Bright Festival has been French themed to celebrate the association of the Audax Alpine Classic® with Audax International, based in France.