Who is going to the Alpine Classic?

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Re: Who is going to the Alpine Classic?

Postby march83 » Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:40 am

200. looking forward to a chill weekend and my 3 favourites (buffalo, tawonga, falls)

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Re: Who is going to the Alpine Classic?

Postby Cyclophiliac » Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:40 pm

I think the Alpine Classic needs another ride option. A few years ago, I did the 200km option (while it still had Mt Buffalo last), but the day before, I rode from Bright to Mt Hotham and back, and thoroughly enjoyed it. A nice additional ride option would be Bright - Mt Hotham - Bright - Mt Buffalo - Bright, about 170-180km all up, I think.

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Re: Who is going to the Alpine Classic?

Postby cameronp » Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:15 pm

I'm going for the two day Alpine Raid this time. Seems like the civilised option - same course as the 250 but get a chance to have a few beers and a sleep before attacking the back of Falls climb.

Also in the process of building a new bike. A 34/42 gear should be enough to get me up Back of Falls, right?!

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Re: Who is going to the Alpine Classic?

Postby warthog1 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:12 pm

cameronp wrote:
Also in the process of building a new bike. A 34/42 gear should be enough to get me up Back of Falls, right?!


No one can answer that except you.
Depends on weight, fitness, age and ability.
It is a nice low gear though :)

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Re: Who is going to the Alpine Classic?

Postby biker jk » Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:41 pm

Audax Australia has sold the event to SME360 who run Amy's Grand Fondo among other events.

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Re: Who is going to the Alpine Classic?

Postby march83 » Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:51 pm

Interesting. What does this mean for the event sort and long term?

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Re: Who is going to the Alpine Classic?

Postby biker jk » Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:25 pm

march83 wrote:Interesting. What does this mean for the event sort and long term?


The 2018 event is going ahead with the usual Audax Australia organisers. After that it will be run by SME360 which I suspect will mean a steep hike in entry fees and possibly no discount for Audax members.

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Re: Who is going to the Alpine Classic?

Postby march83 » Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:35 pm

That's a shame. Price hikes probably won't suit that event - it's already competing against the TDU and the 3 peaks and I've heard it said that it's not nearly as popular an event as it used to be. Without the Audax stalwarts it might struggle?

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Re: Who is going to the Alpine Classic?

Postby madmacca » Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:56 pm

march83 wrote:That's a shame. Price hikes probably won't suit that event - it's already competing against the TDU and the 3 peaks and I've heard it said that it's not nearly as popular an event as it used to be. Without the Audax stalwarts it might struggle?


It's probably more the head-to-head clash with Cadel's race the same weekend than TDU and 3 peaks.

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Re: Who is going to the Alpine Classic?

Postby cyclotaur » Sat Oct 21, 2017 10:49 am

The thing about the AudaxAlpine is that you can make a short holiday of the whole thing, spend anything from a weekend to a week in Bright, and do lots of other riding and activities.

Many participants have their partners/families along and it's just a great place to hang out away from home for a short break. Hopefully that won't change and, in that context, the actual cost of entry to the Audax rides is not so significant. Hopefully any increase in ride fees won't affect the whole event too much. Bright really rocks over that weekend and I'm sure it does a lot for the local economy.

I also think a different kind of rider might be attracted to the AAC than would go for Cadel's Race, for example.
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