November 17-19th, 2017
Get ready for the summer cycling season including the Audax Alpine Classic & Bicycle Network’s Peaks Challenge Series or just catch up with your riding buddies over a fantastic weekend of riding and camaraderie. Our 2 night, 3 day Bright training camp takes place just 20min outside of Bright at luxury accommodation – Villa Gusto in the beautiful Buckland Valley.
Friday November 17th – Warm Up Ride 30-40km
Independent arrival at accommodation from 2pm. For those who arrive early we will have a short warm-up ride departing at 3-4.30pm. This will be followed by a cycle specific recovery stretch/yoga session at 5-6pm. Group dinner will complete Day 1. Meals: Dinner
Saturday November 18th – Mt Hotham 110km
Following an early breakfast we depart for the 110km climb to Mt Hotham. Upon our return, you can relax in the picturesque surrounds of our accommodation, or take part in a stretch session before a group dinner. Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Sunday November 19th – Mt Buffalo 70km
Following an early breakfast we depart for our final ride, to Mt Buffalo (profile by cyclingprofiles.com.au). We have organised a late check out to allow you to pack and have a shower before your departure. Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation – Villa Gusto, Buckland Valley
We have the sole use of luxury accommodation – Villa Gusto*, situated in the Buckland Valley just outside of Bright. The stunning villa is reminiscent of being in Tuscany with it’s Italian architecture and cyprus trees. Well known for it’s food and wine we will enjoy sumptuous breakfasts and dinners during our stay. After a long day out riding a dip in the chemical free pool during apertivo hour will allow for a magnificent weekend.
*Villa Gusto is a small 7 room villa. Rooms at the villa will be given on a first booked basis. Additional rooms will be booked at The Buckland Luxury studio retreat located 1.2km from Villa Gusto. Breakfast, dinner and full use of Villa Gusto will be available for all guests. Cost will be the same as both accommodations are of a very high standard.
My Bright Training Camp experience by Ali Rastgou
Solo Bike Bright training camp 2015 is not something I had in mind when I took up cycling less than a year ago.
The doubt in myself, fear of climbing mountains and cycling 170km over a weekend was not setting well with me. I was nervous, anxious, but very excited at the same time. All the other riders on the team had a few years’ experience under their belt and some had already done this ride a number of times.
On Saturday we started with an early morning breakfast, the sun was already shining with a beautiful clear blue sky; the perfect cycling weather, you could not ask for a better day. The moment we left the accommodation to take the challenge, everything seemed to fall into place. The ride took us through Ovens valley, Tawonga Gap and finished in Porepunkah, back at our accommodation. It was a tough but picturesque and magnificent ride. My legs were on fire when we returned to camp, but we had a fantastic warm down with a yoga session to ease our weary bodies, followed by a delicious BBQ dinner, wine and cheese….a fantastic end to the day.
Come Sunday morning, we were off again to cycle 65km return up Mount Buffalo. Considered an “easier” ride I was feeling confident and ready to take on this challenge, more so than the day before. I surprised myself by how well I rode, and the fact it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. In actual fact, it was the perfect ride to do on the last day.
As a first timer to a weekend of cycling like this, I enjoyed it immensely and have already booked into the next camp scheduled for April 2017. Solo Bike’s organization of the event was second to none, and I highly recommend to anyone considering it.