Notes from a softer Hunt1000 route

Our version of the Hunt was a mix of the 2016 route (as written up on bikepacking.com), with the deviation to Mt Kosciusko (2018 route), a shortcut down to Omeo and a low level diversion to avoid the Billy Goat pushfest. The only section that involved a significant amount of pushing was the steep pitches between Grey Mare and Valentines huts (plus the ‘walk’ off Mt Kosciusko) Most favourite sections were the Jagungal and Pilot wilderness areas Overall we were really impressed with the variety of riding and scenery We were lucky … Continued

Hunt1000 Dargo to Melbourne – part 3

From Dargo the 2016 Hunt1000 route goes up Billy Goat Bluff. There were souvineer badges in the Dargo general store with the slogan “I survived Billy Goat Bluff” and a drawing of a 4WD on a very steep track. For cyclists it is a 7km, 1,100m push up the rough rocky track. Our set up is not race light and we were happy to look at an alternative route to the south. From our riverside camp we took a paved road for 20km then turned off on the Freestone Creek road. It … Continued

Hunt1000 Thredbo to Dargo – part 2

We had an indulgent day of doing nothing in Thredbo, enjoying the comforts of the YHA and eating well. Rain showers came through as predicted so it was nice to be in the dry. Legs were fresh for the climb up the road to Dead Horse Pass – a local had warned us there would be quite a bit of pushing if we followed the river track so we avoided it. We turned onto the Cascade track that lead us through the Pilot Wilderness area. We followed the track up a beautiful … Continued

The Hunt1000 – Canberra to Thredbo – part 1

The Hunt1000 is a bike brevet event from Canberra to Melbourne through the Australian Alps. It has run 3 times now and riders try and complete the route in 8 to 10 days. This years event had a new course and ran in a week of very bad weather and unseasonal snow on the high tracks, resulting in a low number of the 100 starters making it to Melbourne and even fewer following the exact route. We decided to ride it recreationally (read..take a lot more time and take rest days) a … Continued