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29 March 2020 – High Country Hops Festival rideCancelled due to coronavirus 24-26 April 2020 – The (mini) High Country Brewery Grind bikepacking ridePostponed to November due to coronavirus
- Year round – Monday Night Gravel
August 22 – Beechworth Gaol BreakCancelled due to coronavirus September 2020 – Tour de BeechworthCancelled due to coronavirus October 2020 – The GruffaloCancelled due to coronavirus November 2020 – The (mini) High Country Brewery Grind bikepacking ridePostponed until 2021
Year round – Monday Night Gravel
Join us on Monday evenings for a cruisy and safe evening loop around Beechworth’s gravel roads and tracks.
Meet at Gravelmob HQ (Old Beechworth Gaol) for a 6.00pm sharp departure. During spring, summer and early autumn we finish up on dusk by 7.30ish. In winter it’s dark by 5.30pm, but there’s no need to stop riding. It’s time to bust out the lumens and light up the night.
In winter, good quality lights are essential – we recommend 1000 lumens minimum on your bars plus a helmet light. It’s dark and we’re riding gravel roads, dirt tracks and occasional singletrack, so you’ll need to be confident in your lights, equipment and bike handling.
The routes vary each week and cover 15-20km. Ending the ride with a pint at Bridge Road Brewers is a regular occurrence, and sometimes we stop halfway round at The Stanley Pub too.
September 5/6 2020 – Tour de Beechworth
This annual celebration of cycling and beer is run by Bridge Road Brewers, Beechworth’s well known independent craft brewery. Gravelmob curated the TDB route in 2019 and is doing the same in 2020. The TDB is fast gaining a reputation as an unmissable gravel event. The Saturday gravel grind and the Sunday recovery gravel ride were both very popular in 2019 and this year will be even bigger and better. Plus there’s donuts, homemade slice, hot soup and cold beer on the way round. Make sure you’re here in town for the 2020 edition. More details at Bridge Road Brewers.
Cancelled: Old mate coronavirus has claimed yet another event.
October 10/11 2020 – The Gruffalo
The Gruffalo is a (mostly) gravel ascent of Mount Buffalo. Get it? Gr-uffalo. Oh yeah. Starting and finishing in Myrtleford, this 100km+ ride takes in 2,200m of vertical via the gravelly side way up Buffalo and then the sealed road until it ends, then more gravel right up to The Horn. We’ve never done it. We don’t know how doable it is. We’ll find out on the day. More details to come.
Cancelled: We’ll reschedule this to a date in 2021.
Spring 2020 – Mountain Bike Orienteering
If you’ve never given mountain bike orienteering a go, get on board. It combines old school XC mountain biking with map reading, route choice and the buzz of competition. Using specially prepared maps that include feature markings but no road, village or track names, riders navigate cross-country from one control point to the next. Each rider decides for themselves the route they will take, and the person who completes the course in the fastest time is the winner. Event dates are TBC. Read more at vicmtbo.com.
The nature of the tracks and backroads on many MTBO courses means they’re easily completed on a gravel bike (although if you’re looking for a podium finish you might be faster on an XC mountain bike).
On hold: We’re not sure whether there’ll be any MTBO this spring. Check the VIC MTBO website.
November 2020 – The Mini High Country Brewery Grind
This Melbourne Cup weekend we’ll be riding a 3 day, 2 night bikepacking route that takes in four of the High Country breweries and includes plenty of the spectacular High Country gravel riding that the region is famous for.
We’ve moved the information for this ride onto its own page: The (mini) High Country Brewery Grind
We’re gutted but have made the decision to postpone this event – again – due to the regional travel restrictions in Victoria and the NSW border closure. We will find a date in 2021 and run it then.