Victoria’s High Country is a dream to ride for many adventure riders with it’s variety of terrain; challenging hills, river crossings, cattlemen huts, fun twin track riding and commanding mountain views. For 2019 we have a brand new route for you to explore yet again.
This time the Alpine Explorer will start in Mansfield and will cover prime areas of the ranges east of Melbourne down into Gippsland and up into the High Country. In between, the riding varies from open rolling hills with views forever, to diving in and out of heavily forested valleys with ridge top runs in between. Visiting classic pubs and cattlemen’s huts area all part of the route this year. We will lead you out on to the majestic tracks of the high country that you just can’t get enough of.
Autumn is a beautiful time in the High Country with the change of seasons signalled by the change of colour in the leaves on the many deciduous trees. As with any trip through the Alpine region we should expect any extreme of weather so come prepared. Could be warm, could be snowing!
We are designing this ride to suit a wide range of adventure riders. If you have spent some time riding off-road on gravel roads you should be capable of completing this ride. We take great care in planning the routes to make them achievable for the average rider but still interesting to ride with plenty to capture your heart along the way. If you don’t have much off-road riding experience you might find yourself out of your comfort zone a few times but we can help you get through this. That’s the great thing about doing a group ride like ours, there is always someone there to help you or have a laugh with when you stuff up.
In 2018, we implemented a route grading system which will help you choose the most appropriate route options each day for your own capabilities. The route will be clearly described each night at the briefing to assist your decision. Of course, you can always contact us should you have any questions about this.
If you think your skills aren’t quite up to scratch then check out our range of rider training courses to help prepare you for your Alpine Exploration. We have a full calendar of courses available in 2019.
Of course weather can play a major role on our riding experience so we plan a few bug out options to get you back on bitumen if it all becomes a bit ugly!
To spice things up a little bit for the more advanced riders we typically also include a few “hard” route options that will throw you at some of the more challenging hills and river crossings in the High Country.
As with all of our TransTerra rides it is open to all brands of adventure bikes. You need to have a fuel range of around 300km but many of the refuel intervals will be less than that so most bikes will do the distance no problem.
The total trip will cover between 1,000-1,500km with daily distances of around 250 – 300km. These distances may not seem too long but trust us, in the Victorian High Country you will be blown away by how much awesome riding you can squeeze into 250 kilometres!
We all appreciate a great meal and a warm bed at the end of a good days ride. Maschine look after all of this for you. We carefully choose the accommodation for each night and book a bed for you, whether it’s shared or single accommodation.
A hallmark of Maschine events is the social get together each night for our riders briefing where we lay out the plan for the following day. We get together to share a drink or three, a meal and good times with your new found riding buddies. You are virtually guaranteed to have an awesome time.
We’re restricting the ride to 100 places, as we know this ride will be popular. This ride has sold out every year, so you’ll need to be quick when entries open to secure your place.
Well to start with, the guarantee that you’ll have a great 5 full days of riding with some awesome new mates and tracks that are going to make you want more!
Because maschine rides are fully supported, we include carrying your bags for you so you can ride light during the day, a tech support guy on bike to help you out with any mechanical issues you may have along the way. A sweep vehicle so if the worst happens and your bike breaks down, we can get you to the next overnight stop and help you work out a plan to get you and your bike home.
Apart from the riding itself, we’ve included 2 different levels of accommodation to suit your needs. Each one includes 6 nights of 3.5-4 star accommodation, along with 6 x dinners and 5 x breakfasts over the 6 nights/5 days.
*Earlybird Pricing valid up until 21 January, receive $200 off! Ride pricing will revert to $1,995 for Shared accommodation or $2,495 for Single accommodation after this date. Book early to beat the price rise!
We have introduced instalment payments for the ride next year so it’s easier to get approval from the director of finance 😉
The amounts listed below are inclusive of the $200 earlybird discount which lasts until 21 January 2019.
Please note, if you choose the single accommodation option, $500 will be added to the initial deposit payment.
Last year we had a handful of groups. Ranging from two mates right through to a group of eleven!
We’ve got an extra bonus for you when booking as a group. When you book as a group of 3 or more, we’ll apply a $50 store credit to your account free for you to use for your next maschine adventure tour or training course.
*When booking, riders must include their group leader’s name in comments field on our checkout page at time of booking. Store credit will be applied to your account after the event in March 2019.