Social rides and events

The club runs social rides and other events from time to time.  Information on upcoming events is published here.  Also check out our Facebook page for regular updates.

Beechworth Gaol Break Gravel Ride
Sunday 4 November 2018
Depart: Old Beechworth Gaol, 9am sharp (cafe open from 8:30am)
Ride: About 60km with 1100 m of elevation gain, and approx 3 hours ride time
Arrive: Bridge Road Brewers Beechworth, 12.30 onwards

The Beechworth Gaol Break gravel ride is a 60km social ride linking in some of the best gravel sectors around Beechworth, with a few surprises thrown in. We’ll break out of the Gaol at 9am, flee to the hills and forests around Stanley, and then outrun the constabulary on the long downhill run back to town – to finish with a refreshing ale at Bridge Road Brewers.

This ride is all about riding together – it’s a social ride, not a race. It’s also an unsupported ride on rural and forest roads, so you will need to carry your own water, food, spares and pump. We pass a cafe for refueling and coffee, or you can stock up with Old Beechworth Gaol Cafe cakes and cookies before you go.

The ride is open to all comers but please consider your fitness level, the ride length and the elevation gain – there will be no sag wagon!

We’ll be riding 90% gravel and dirt roads, with a bit of tarmac to link things together, and some secret single track to add to the adventure. We’re expecting most riders to ride together but we’ll supply you with a map and gpx file (to use in RidewithGPS or similar app on your phone) to help with navigation just in case.

A cyclocross or gravel bike with 32+mm tyres or a cross country mountain bike is ideal – leave the road bike at home…!

There’s no entry fee, however all riders must be MTBA members or purchase an MTBA recreation day permit for the event (available on the day, $10).

Update 29 October 2018: GPX and map now available

GPX file for the route (for use with Ridewith GPS or similar apps) is here Gaol Break 4 Nov 2018 GPX:
Georeferenced PDF map of the route is here: Gaol Break 4 Nov 2018 map

The PDF can be printed (some copies available on the day) and/or used in apps such as Avenza maps which will show your location on the map as you ride the route making it fairly simple to navigate.

And don’t forget to bring your MTBA license on the day.