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29 March 2020 – High Country Hops Festival rideCancelled due to COVID-19 24-26 April 2020 – The (mini) High Country Brewery Grind bikepacking ridePostponed to November due to COVID-19
- Year round – Monday Night Gravel
- August 22 – Beechworth Gaol Break
- September 2020 – Tour de Beechworth ??
- October 2020 – The Gruffalo
- November 2020 – The (mini) High Country Brewery Grind bikepacking ride
- January 2021 – New Years Day 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.
August 22 2020 – Beechworth Gaol Break
Warm up for the Tour De Beechworth with a 60km day loop on the gravel backroads and tracks around Beechworth. This will be a different route to 2018’s Gaol Break, but some of the “special” sections will be back…
September 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 … if it happens?
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.
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).
November 2020 – The Mini High Country Brewery Grind
This Melbourne Cup weekend we’ll be riding the 3 day, 2 night bikepacking route that we had to postpone from ANZAC weekend. The ride 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