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Melbourne Branch Autumn Ice Run from Dandenong

Submitted by John_Cook on Tue, 13/08/2013 - 10:15pm

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Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 8:00am to Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 4:30pm
Departs Dandenong 0800 Sharp on Saturday.  Ride Leader John Cook (03) 97285769 or 0419 599 530.  NB Early Start

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 be Mt Hotham if possible.

Quite a sizeable group will be meeting us at Bruthen after riding there on the Friday.

Overnight stay is at Howmans Gap YMCA (5 km from Falls Creek) in bunk rooms.   Private rooms are also available.   Full dinner, bed and bedding followed by substantial breakfast included in price of $78 per person payable at 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.

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 is not for the inexperienced or easily fatigued.

This ride has now been an annual event since 1998.   It was featured in the August 2011 Riding On magazine.

NB: If you intend to come please let me; John Cook know by 8 May 2014 at latest so that catering can be arranged.

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


Just a reminder to let me know if you intend to come. 

I repeat - it is not for the inexperienced or easily fatigued.

I intend to go over Mt Hotham this year if at all possible after the detours of the past two years.

With all the planning for the 30 year dinner & ride, this one may have slipped your attention