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29 March 2020 – High Country Hops Festival rideCancelled 24-26 April 2020 – The (mini) High Country Brewery Grind bikepacking ridePostponed to November
- Year round – Monday Night Gravel
- July 2020(?) – Tour de Beechworth
- September 2020 – Mountain Bike Orienteering (Eldorado & Yackandandah)
- November 2020 – The (mini) High Country Brewery Grind bikepacking ride
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 8.00ish. 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. When the pubs are open again you can be certain that we’ll stop at one during or after the ride.
July 2020 – Tour de Beechworth
Note: At this stage (early May 2020) the COVID-19 distancing and travel restrictions mean nobody is sure if this event will go ahead. Stay tuned.
This annual celebration of “the misery of winter cycling” is run by Bridge Road Brewers, Beechworth’s renowned independent craft brewery. Gravelmob curated the TdB route in 2019 and is doing the same this year.
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 we’re mulling over a Friday night prologue ride this year. Plus there’s donuts. Stick the whole weekend in your diary, get some accommodation sorted and make sure you’re here in town for the 2020 edition.
September 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 all markings but no road, village or track names, riders navigate across 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. 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).
The weekend of Sep 5/6 sees two MTBO events in the Beechworth region: Saturday is Eldorado and Sunday Yackandandah. We’ll be competing, will we see you there?
November 2020 – The Mini High Country Brewery Grind
This Melbourne Cup weekend we’ll be riding the 3 day, 2 night bikepacking route that the Coronavirus restrictions forced us to postpone from ANZAC weekend. The loop 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