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Autumn Alpine Run 2019

Submitted by John_Cook on Mon, 13/08/2018 - 7:44pm

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Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:00am to Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 4:00pm

Departs Officer.   Still the same great ride with more daylight hours to enjoy it.

Ride Leader John Cook 0419 599 530 or (03) 9728 5769

NB Special Start time 0800 sharp on Saturday and location  BP Outbound Pakenham Bypass - 5 KM east of Clyde Road..,145.386483,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x6ad61b939d8d6553:0x52f7e21a7940c5f4!8m2!3d-38.0701131!4d145.3872069

Day one may be up to approx 560 km run up the Omeo Highway, then via Mt Hotham or Anglers Rest (The Blue Duck) up to Falls Creek.   I may vary the route between Omeo and Howmans Gap subject to conditions on the day but my preference for 2019 will via Mt Hotham.

Quite a sizeable group will be meeting us at Bruthen for a hopefully early lunch.

Overnight stay is at Howmans Gap YMCA (5 km from Falls Creek) in bunk rooms.   Full dinner, bed, bedding and towels followed by substantial breakfast is included in price of $98.50 per person payable direct in advance. 

NB Price has increased.    Please pay in advance by ringing Howmans Gap YMCA direct on  03 5758 3228  

Great camaraderie in large dining room plus adjoining lounge.   Sit and exchange some disgraceful lies over a drink.  BYO drinks.

Day Two also has some great roads returning via Myrtleford, Oxley, Whitfield, Tolmie & Mansfield distance approximately 400 km.  This may vary depending on circumstances on the day.

Total distance for 2 days is approximately 960 kilometres.  I allow for approximately 7 hours riding and 2 hours of rest stops on day one.


This ride has now been an annual event since 1998.   .

NB: If you intend to come please let me; John Cook know by 12 March 2019 at latest so that catering can be arranged.

NB: No last minute roll up as I need firm numbers for catering.

Put this date in your diary - You will have had time to recover from the 2019 National Rally enlightenedwink


This event is now just over two months away and it really helps me if I have an idea of numbers in order to confirm booking enlightened
So, if you're coming do let me know asap and don't just assume that I will assume etc etc wink
Note:  Prices have risen as detailed

As most of you would be aware I do need a minimum number of participants for this event to actually happen and confirm the booking at the venue, so 

  1. Please let me know that you are intending to come.enlightened
  2. Please ring Howmans Gap YMCA on 03 5758 3228  during business hours and pay direct
  3. Please let me know once you have paid enlightened
  4. My contact details are 0419 599 530 and or 

UPDATE 24 January enlightened

  • There has been a slight communication glitch.  I recommend you leave it until about the 2nd week in February before attempting to ring Howmans Gap and pay wink 
  • Please do still let me know of your intentions as soon as practicable enlightenedcool

See you there  winkcool

  1. If you intend to come please let me know asap as there is no roll up on the day enlightened
  2. If you've told me in the past fortnight, I was probably busy at Mornington so please double check with me.blush
  3. If you haven't already paid the YMCA at Howmans Gap - please do so direct ASAP enlightenedwink
  4. Don't forget start is on the freeway not the normal Officer start point. 
  5. I am looking forward to a great time and ride. cool  See you then  wink

It won't be cold but some rain showers are a strong possibility again. surprise  Two years running after moving it from May to March for more stable weather blush  Pack your wet weather riding gear.  Better yet, wear it and hopefully it won't be needed wink