Great Alpine Road closure for Peaks Challenge

Cyclists participating in the Peaks Challenge Falls Creek 2015 are set to ride all three climbs on fully closed roads for the first time, following an announcement made last week. 

In addition to changed traffic conditions on Tawonga Gap and Falls Creek on Sunday 8 March 2015, there will also be a temporary closure of the Great Alpine Road between Harrietville and Mount Hotham for the first time in the event's history.

Changes to traffic conditions were announced at a local community meeting held at Mount Beauty Rotary last week. The meeting was attended by Alpine Shire residents, community groups and representatives from Alpine Shire Council, VicRoads, Falls Creek and Bicycle Network’s event team.

Held annually on Victoria’s Labour Day weekend, the internationally acclaimed Peaks Challenge Falls Creek incorporates the toughest and most picturesque cycling climbs in Victoria’s Alpine region, including Tawonga Gap, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek.

With the event expected to sell out again in 2015, Bicycle Network’s General Manager of Events Darren Allen wanted to assure local residents that the decision to close the road during the event was made to ensure the safety of all road users.

“The decision to close the Great Alpine Road for a limited period during the event was made in consultation with VicRoads, Victoria Police and the Alpine Shire,” Mr Allen said.

“Our extensive review of conditions took into account the volume of car and bike traffic, time of day, date and ways to minimise and reduce disruptions to locals and visitors to the area.”

Mr Allen also wanted to emphasise that the use of the Great Alpine Road during the Peaks Challenge Falls Creek will adhere to strict times and be supported by extensive communications over the next six months.

“We’re letting locals know about these changes well in advance so that you can spread the word to visitors, and plan ahead accordingly,” Mr Allen added.

Entries for the Peaks Challenge Falls Creek open to Bicycle Network members on Monday 1 September and to the general public on Monday 8 September.