HIGH COUNTRY CHARITY RIDE 2023

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The High Country Charity Ride was born over a beer and a campfire between a bunch of keen cyclists. They wanted to create an event that enabled them to ride Victoria’s beautiful High Country but also have an impact on the community by raising money and awareness.   The atmosphere had to be relaxed but the riding to be hard and torturous. They come up with the concept of a 4 day tour with accents of Mt Hotham and Falls Creek while raising money for research into battling cancer. 

 

In 2013 the High Country Charity Ride was born, 18 riders started the tour towards Bright and Omeo. Great times were had and friendships created. Hard riding in the morning followed by relaxed cold beers on the riverside was the ethos of the event, everyone had a great time and was the start of the events 10 year journey.

 

Fast forward 10 years and we have had over 600 people ride the event and it has become of the highlight of most riders cycling calendar. We now 3 events with 100 riders and complete most of the same route from 10 years ago. The best part of the event is the ethos of hard riding and relaxed beers have not disappeared from the ride. We look forward to seeing riders we met from 12 months ago from all corners of Australia and recite cycling stories from the past. The motivation of the ride is to cycle but also to step away from our lives and enjoy the comradery of like-minded people. 

 

Over the last 10 years we have raised over 500,000 for cancer research via the successful Tour de Cure charity. We are very proud of the number as we have all been affected by the vicious disease and we all have that in our mind while climbing Mt Hotham. 

 

In 2023 it is special year!! We are retracing our history by riding the route we did in 2013 with 18 riders. Champion Systems have made a special anniversary jerseys and bibs and we have partnered with Bike Bug to make the best cycling event in Australia even better!!!

 

What you get for your entry fee:

 

All accommodation (Bright, Omeo and Albury)

All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

2 x Champion Systems limited edition Apex Pro Jersey (RRP $179 each)

2 x Champion Systems limited edition Premium Bib and Brace (RRP $179 each)

1 x Champion Systems limited edition Wind Vest (RRP $109 each)

1 x Champion Systems limited edition Musette Bag

2 x Bright Velo Tee Shirts

1 x Bright Velo Slides

Fully supported event

Spares and bike repairs

Good times guaranteed

There are 3 events in 2023 to choose from:

 

February 2nd - 5th 2023

Newest event on the calendar, very welcome to the new riders to the event. Get a group of mates and come along to this one. Also includes the first nights accommodation at Gateway Wangaratta for those people travelling to the event.

February 23rd - 26th 2023

One for the locals, Wangaratta riders and our brother NSW town Orange will join forces to make this event memorable. Lots of laughs and drinks on this none. CURRENTLY SOLD OUT

March 2nd - 5th 2023

This is where the former proffesional cyclists live their glory days one more time. With winners of stages from the Herald Sun Tour and Melbourne to Warnambool's this event will not be slow.

  • HCCR23 - 10th Anniversary
    Wed, Feb 01
    Wangaratta
    Feb 01, 2023, 6:00 PM – Feb 05, 2023, 12:00 PM
    Wangaratta, Wangaratta VIC 3677, Australia
    The High Country Charity Ride will ride roads untraveled! We have changed the route in 2023 to include roads that have never been used and will be the highlight of the event. So start training tomorrow and get ready to have a great time on and off the bike.
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  • HCCR23 - 10th Anniversary
    Thu, Feb 23
    Wangaratta
    Feb 23, 2023, 7:00 AM – Feb 26, 2023, 12:00 PM
    Wangaratta, Wangaratta VIC 3677, Australia
    The High Country Charity Ride will ride roads untraveled! We have changed the route in 2023 to include roads that have never been used and will be the highlight of the event. So start training tomorrow and get ready to have a great time on and off the bike.
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  • HCCR23 - 10th Anniversary
    Thu, Mar 02
    Wangaratta
    Mar 02, 2023, 7:00 AM – Mar 05, 2023, 7:00 AM
    Wangaratta, Wangaratta VIC 3677, Australia
    The High Country Charity Ride will ride roads untraveled! We have changed the route in 2023 to include roads that have never been used and will be the highlight of the event. So start training tomorrow and get ready to have a great time on and off the bike.
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We would also like to thank our event sponsors

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DEAN WOODS RIP 1966 - 2023

In 2013 and 2015 we had the fantastic experience of welcoming Olympic and World Champion Dean Woods to the High Country Charity Ride. Hailing from Wangaratta, Dean had just moved back to town after a very successful 20 year stint as a professional cyclist. It took a bit to talk him into it but after 3 weeks of pleading he agreed. 

With no training and a steel team bike from the 1990’s he completed the gruelling event. He rode up the back of Falls Creek on a 26 cassette and passed our leading riders, at 40 years old. At dinners he would tell us stories from the past and how he won the 1990 Melbourne to Warrnambool at an average of 50kmph, which still stands as the record to the day. 

This year Dean passed away after a battle of Lung Cancer, he was aged 55.

In 2023 we are going to wear the World Champion bands on our left sleeve for Dean.
 

  • Gold Medal 1984 Olympics

  • Silver & Bronze Medal 1988 Olympics

  • Bronze Medal 1996 Olympics

  • World champion Individual Pursuit

  • Melbourne to Warrnambool Winner 

A classy bike rider on and off the bike.