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Mar

05 2014

 The best climbs in the world aren’t necessarily those with the steepest gradients but those where you’re too distracted by the view to feel the pain. High in the Victorian Alps, hidden among the bush and imposing granite cliffs are the magical roads of Mount Buffalo. Whilst some climbs are ridden for the pure challenge, Buffalo is also about the spectacular display of nature that you’ll behold along the way. Mount Buffalo takes you on an inspiring 28 kilometre ascent through the boulders, forests and clouds that have earned it the name – “the garden of the gods”. 

 Mount Buffalo takes you on an inspiring 28 kilometre ascent through the boulders, forests and clouds that have earned it the name – “the garden of the gods”. 


The Climb

  

Make the most of the reasonably flat roads outside of Bright because it’s basically all up hill to the summit once you reach Porepunkah. The climb (28km at 4.8%) begins in earnest at the entry gates to the national park, where you are almost immediately greeted with some amazing views of the Buffalo Gorge above. The climb has no particularly steep pinches like many of the other mountains in the region and therefore allows you to get into a comfortable rhythm where you can simply enjoy the ride at hand. Unlike the standard Mount Buffalo climb that ends at the Chalet, ‘the Horn’ continues along the plateau until it reaches the highest point of the picture-perfect road. 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

The Summit

  

The road turns to gravel a kilometer before the summit and takes you all the way to the mountain’s most prominent peak, the Horn, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Australian Alps. Whilst the final dirt section can be quite challenging after more than 20 kilometres of constant climbing, the view from the Horn and the overwhelming sense of satisfaction is certainly worthwhile. Be sure to take a detour to the Mount Buffalo Chalet and the stunning Buffalo Gorge on the return ride before finally, taking the long and winding descent home.

  

  

  

  

 We'd like to give a special thanks to Wayne and Sue from Bright Velo for their hospitality and the amazing coffee that made this ride possible. If you're ever in the area make sure you check it out. The cafe is jam packed with cycling memorabilia so it's worth a visit just to have a look around. 

  

  

  

  

THE HORN

Start
Bright
Category
Road
Distance
86 km
Max Elevation
1621 m
Elevation Gain
2034 m

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