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Melbourne Branch Autumn Alpine Tour - Formerly known as The Ice Run

Submitted by John_Cook on Wed, 13/09/2017 - 3:00pm

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Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 8:00am to Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 4:30pm

After 20 Years as the "Ice Run" we have moved the date forward to lessen the chance of "Ice" actually preventing us from doing the ride safely.

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 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 will the the shorter (but windier) route via Anglers Rest if possible.

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 $90 per person payable at the venue

Great camaraderie in large dining room plus adjoining lounge with fireplace to sit before 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 09 March 2018 at latest so that catering can be arranged.

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


UPDATED 11 March.   I do now have sufficient numbers.  Thank you to all who responded yes

NB Closing date for registrations brought forward to Friday 9 March    REGISTRATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED 

I actually received a call from the Howmans Gap YMCA this week enquiring as to participant numbers.

Put simply, I do need a minimum number of participants to make this event happen and I'm not quite there yet.

If you intend to come and you haven't formally advised me of that fact it would be a great help if you actually contact me and let me know.  enlightened

Please do not assume that I know you're coming simply because you're a regular.

If you've never been - give it some serious thought - some very interesting riding and some extra hours of daylight to complete it safely.   

Having said that, it is not for the inexperienced or easily fatigued.

Hi all, just checked the weather forecast for Falls Creek this weekend. 

Saturday Top of 12 degrees and showers with low of 8

Sunday  top of 11 with rain  -  Luckily we leave Sunday morning as Sunday night forecast is a low of minus one!

So prepare for some cold and wet weather.