2017 Sydney-Melbourne Alpine 1200: Support


Riders will have lots of support along the way:

  • Overnight accommodation with dinner, showers, bed and breakfast at Canberra, Laurel Hill, and Lake Nillahcootie.
  • We will transport a bag for each rider from Sydney to be available at the overnight stops in Canberra, Laurel Hill and Lake Nillahcootie and at the finish in Melbourne.
  • Full support (meals, drinks) at most other checkpoints. Full details will be published on the website as they become available.
  • Medical support over the entire route.
  • A minibus providing a sag service over the most difficult part of the course from Canberra to Laurel Hill Forest Camp.
  • The help and encouragement of countless volunteers along the way.
  • The Victorian Region are hosting a BBQ at the finish in Melbourne. You can shower, change, enjoy a few drinks and welcome in other riders as they arrive.

Baggage transport

Drop Bag

We will transport a bag for each rider with spare cycling clothes, pyjamas, toiletries and other necessities of a 1200 km randonnee. These bags will be available at the Canberra, Laurel Hill and Lake Nillahcootie checkpoints and must be collected at the finish in Melbourne. You can only access the bag at these checkpoints. We will be unloading and loading 50+ bags at each overnight location so we ask that you limit the material you put in your bag to less than 10 kg. Nothing larger than an airline carry-on bag please.

Additional Luggage

Riders have the option of transporting additional luggage from Sydney to Melbourne. Additional luggage will not be accessible during the event. It must be collected at the ride finish location in Melbourne. You can drop off your bag (and bike box) at the lighting check location.
Cost for transport is:

  • Standard Luggage - $15 per piece
  • Oversized Luggage - $30 per piece

There is no charge to transport flattened cardboard bicycle boxes.

Calculating Luggage Size

Luggage size is calculated by adding the Length + Depth + Width of the bag, measured at the largest point of each dimension.

CalculatingLuggageSize BikeCase

Standard luggage: Length + Depth + Width is 157.5cm (62 inches) or less

Oversized luggage: Length + Depth + Width is more than 157.5cm (62 inches)

Even with the greatest motivation in the world and solid preparation, riders will withdraw from a challenging event like this for a variety of reasons. We can’t cover every situation that arises but we will ensure that any rider who pulls out of the event is transported to a railway station, bus terminal or town from where they can make arrangements to travel back to Sydney or on to Melbourne. In some cases we may be able to transport riders to the next overnight control point where they can elect to continue riding to Melbourne as a tourist.


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Last updated 21 August 2017


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