Enjoy the French influenced festival in Howitt Park, Bright with open air films, live music, food and wine as an accompaniment to the Audax Alpine Classic. There is plenty of kids entertainment on offer throughout the weekend and a range of artists and musicians.
In 2019 the Alpine Classic will celebrate its 33nd year and Bonjour Bright its 12th!
The Alpine Classic has been run successfully since 1986, when half a dozen keen Audax cyclists rode from Bright to Falls Creek and back. After a little refreshment they felt the need for more distance, and set off to ride the additional 70km up Mt Buffalo and back. This 200 km route became the famed Alpine Classic.
As the ride became more popular routes of different distances were gradually introduced to allow more cyclists to complete their own Alpine Challenge, and share their achievement with like-minded athletes.
The Alpine Classic format is now catering to around 2,000 riders and provides supported routes over 8 courses providing moderate to seriously challenging courses, and of course fabulously supported by a great team of volunteers. As this is not a race there are no road closures.
When you complete your ride, a celebration of personal achievement with family and friends is strongly encouraged. So now, in addition to the range of rides which support “the Classic”, a free food and music festival is available for early finishers and non-cyclists at the start/finish in Howitt Park. The Bonjour Bright Festival has been French themed to celebrate the association of the Alpine Classic with Audax International, based in France.
Entries are open: Early July
Super Early Bird: 2nd July – 29th July 2018
Early Bird: 30th July – 21st Oct 2018
Standard: 22nd Oct 2018 – 6th Jan 2019
Last Minute: 7th Jan 2019 – 25th Jan 2019
30th November 2018: Cutoff for merchandise orders. Our orders are placed with the suppliers on 1st December. You can still buy a jersey or other merchandise after 30th November but size availability will not be guaranteed
6th January 2019: Standard entry closes – entries after 6th January will incur a late registration fee
27th January 2019: Alpine Classic!