On March 10 the Australian Alpine Ascent returns to the Snowy Mountains. 2018 marks the events third successive year, featuring an array of events for the active minded adventurer. This year AAA adds two brand new events, a 25k and 50k trail run to the pre-existing AAA triathlon and Tri Kozzi triathlon. The key feature of these two trail runs will see athletes tackle Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko.
The event is expected to see some of the World’s greatest endurance athletes descend on the New South Wales Snowy Mountains. Elite Energy CEO, Mark Emerton, believes this festival will set the benchmark for endurance events in the Southern Hemisphere and will test even the toughest of competitors and those willing to take the challenge ‘into thin air’. “The AAA triathlon is already up there with the likes of Norseman and has been designed to really test an individual. It’s not just about distance, it’s about altitude, it’s about unpredictable weather, it’s about hills – big hills, competitors will be running to the highest peak in Australia and it will be in vain if they don’t get there before dusk when the National Park come in and literally lock you out.
“Logistically, this will be the biggest event we’ve organised and we are working really closely with all local authorities to ensure this is a great success. Due to the nature of the course and safety requirements, entries will be capped and we are ecstatic to see such a healthy response to these events”.
For all the suffering athletes are sure to endure, the courses are nothing short of spectacular and will see athletes pass through some of the Snowy Mountains’ most picturesque locations including Dead Horse Gap, Charlotte Pass, Thredbo Village and one of the most famous landmarks in Australia, the peak of Mt Kosciuszko.
The AAA triathlon course will begin with a 3km swim in Lake Jindabyne, before transitioning out of the water and onto the bike to commence the 124km ride, the first 16km of which will be a hill climb, this ride has competitors climbing over 3200 vertical metres and will finish at Charlotte Pass Village to transition for the 25k return run along the trails to Mount Kosciuszko, before descending to the finish back at Charlottes Pass Village.
No matter whether the athletes have chosen the shorter triathlon, the AAA or one of the 2 trail runs, the courses will be a test of sheer strength, fitness and at times courage. If people would like to test themselves against any of the distance races they can still enter here.
Lake Jindabyne and Kosciuszko National Park Sunday 4 March 2018
Event website – https://au.srichinmoyraces.org/sri-chinmoy-multi-sport-classic-jindabyne
Facebook – www.facebook.com/Sri-Chinmoy-Multi-Sport-Classic-138414553310215/
Swim 1.5km + paddle 9km + run 6km + mountain bike 8km + swim 2.5km + paddle 5.5km + mountain bike 9km + run 12.5km + mountain bike 42.8km + swim 1.2km + paddle 9.5km + run 5km …
The Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic is a 12-leg, all-day adventure for Solo Athletes and Relay Teams combining swimming, mountain biking, paddling and running in, on and around beautiful Lake Jindabyne. The race will be staged for the 12th time on Sunday the 4th of March 2018.
Set in the idyllic surrounds of Lake Jindabyne in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, the race combines water and land-based sports over 12 legs, ranging in difficulty from mild to strenuous.
Race Solo or in Relay
The race is ideally suited to Relay Teams of varying tastes and capacities, or for Solo Athletes seeking a complete all-day test of skill, stamina and fitness.
The course is varied, with 3 mountain bike legs ranging from easy to highly technical; 3 running courses from flat to very not-flat; 3 swims of between 1.2 and 2.5 kms; and 3 paddles of 5.5 to 9.5 kms. The swims and paddles criss-cross most of Lake Jindabyne, while the mountain bikers and runners thoroughly explore the rugged Eastern Escarpment, rolling farmland of the Western Shore, and bushland of the adjoining Kosciuszko National Park.
Who Can Participate?
To take part in such a gruelling multi-discipline event as a Solo Athlete requires a high level of fitness and training in all 4 disciplines of swimming, paddling, mountain biking and running. However, most moderately fit people can join a relay team and complete one or more of the legs, such as a 1.5km swim, 5.5km paddle or 5km run.
Get Your Team Together Now
Find a group of friends or colleagues with the right mix of skills and fitness to cover all 12 legs – and start training!
Information and online entries
Full event information, including course maps and descriptions, stories from previous years, and online entry is available at https://au.srichinmoyraces.org/sri-chinmoy-multi-sport-classic-jindabyne
For inquiries or to register interest in joining a team, phone 0404 071 327 or write to email@example.com
L’Étape Australia by le Tour de France is a unique road cycle event that provides an experience as close to riding in the Tour de France as it is possible for an amateur to get. Staged in the Snowy Mountains on 160km of fully closed roads, traversing through a multitude of stunning landscapes and topographies and truly challenging climbs, and run under professional Tour de France Race conditions, the route includes a 350m Sprint section and two challenging King of the Mountain sections.
There are two distances: The Race of 157km and the Ride of 126km. The ride includes the Sprint section in Berridale and the infamous first King of the Mountain section Col de Beloka, but excludes the final push up Col Kosciuszko to Perisher.
The local communities have truly embraced the Tour de France coming to the Snowy Mountains. The entire route is decorated with cycling paraphernalia, some exquisite works of art. The towns and villages have adopted the colours of the Tour de France: yellow (Jindabyne), green (Berridale) and polka dot (Dalgety). Last year thousands of locals lined the route with their cow bells, flags and encouragement; the welcome from the local community was extraordinary and created a wonderful ambience throughout the day.
Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome will again ride L’Étape Australia – providing some clinics on Friday and then riding from the back of the pack to the front on Saturday. While many have watched Chris Froome from the sidelines or on TV, few have had the opportunity to ride with him.
The legendary voice of cycling Phil Liggett will be calling in the riders at the Finish of the Race in Perisher, and Matt Keenan will be calling in the riders at the Finish of the Ride in Jindabyne.
ROAD CLOSURE INFO
L’Etape Australia Cycle Ride – by Le Tour De France
Over 3,500 riders will take part in one of two rides through the Snowy Mountains starting from Bullocks Flat in Perisher. The 157km course finishes on Kosciuszko Road at Perisher and the 126km course finishing at Jindabyne.
Road closures will be in place in Thredbo, Perisher, Jindabyne, RockyPoint, Berridale and Dalgety between 5.15am and 4.30pm. Key roads include Alpine Way, Eucumbene Rd, Kosciuszko Rd, Barry Way, Dalgety Rd and the Snow River Way.
– Police will manage access to/from Jindabyne via Kosciuszko Rd from 8.30am to 3pm.
– From Berridale/Dalgety access to Jindabyne between 5am and 7am via Dalgety Rd, Dalgety and Snowy River Way, Beloka only.
– From Berridale/Dalgety access to Jindabyne between 12:15pm and 2pm via Dalgety Rd only.
– Northbound traffic from Jincumbilly will be held at Dalgety until Snowy River Way reopens at 2pm.
– Westbound traffic from Cooma will be held at Berridale until Middlingbank Rd reopens at 10.50am.
– Local resident access maintained on Kosciuszko Rd from Berridale to Eucumbene Road, Hill Top from 6am to 10.50am.
From 5.30am to 8:30am
- Alpine Way between Friday Drive (Thredbo Village) and Kosciuszko Road
JINDABYNE & BERRIDALE
From 5:15am to 9:15am
- Kosciuszko Road(1, 2, 3) between Alpine Way and Eucumbene Road (westbound)
1 Managed access to/from Jindabyne from 8:30am to 3pm. Follow Police and Traffic Control staff instructions at the location
2 Access to Jindabyne from Berridale via Dalgety detour between 5am and 7am.
3 Local resident access on Kosciuszko Road maintained from Berridale as far as Eucumbene Road.
JINDABYNE & ROCKY PLAINS
From 6:00am to 10:50am
- Eucumbene Road between Kosciuszko Road and Rocky Plains Road
- Rocky Plains Road between Eucumbene Road and Middlingbank Road
From 6:00am to 10:50am
- Middlingbank Road between Kosciuszko Road and Rocky Plain Road
- Jindabyne Road Between Middlingbank Road and Myack Street
From 6:00am to 12:45pm
- Mayack Street between Kosciuszko Road and Dalgety Road
BERRIDALE & DALGETY
From 7:15am to 12:15pm
- Campbell Street between Barnes Street and The Snowy River Way
- Dalgety Road between Myack Street and Barnes Street
DALGETY & JINDABYNE
From 7:15am to 2pm
- The Snowy River Way (4) between Dalgety Road and Barry Way
Note 4 – Between 7:15am and 2pm all westbound vehicles approaching Dalgety will be stopped at Dalgety until the road reopens. From 12:15pm vehicles will be able to travel to Jindabyne via Berridale
From 7:30am to 2:00pm
- Barry Way (5) between The Snowy River Way and Kosciuszko Road
Note 5 – Managed access between Nettin Circuit and Reedys Cutting Road
JINDABYNE & PERISHER
From 8:30am to 4:30pm
- Kosciuszko Road between Alpine Way and Perisher Village
The Bungarra Centre is located on the Barry Way in Jindabyne just 2kms past the Sport and Recreation Centre. Please get in touch for further directions if you’re not sure where to go. Be sure to arrive 15 minutes before and meet up by the big green shed on the right hand side, past reception.
- A mountain bike in good running order – contact Gravity Sports, Sacred Ride for bike rentals or bike tuning
- An Australian approved bike helmet
- Gloves – preferably full finger
- Socks that cover ankle bones
- Water and a snack – if you don’t have a water bottle cage on your bike, a hydration pack or backpack is a good alternative
- Comfortable clothing suitable for riding and the prevailing weather conditions; bike shorts with a chamois are recommended
- a rain coat if it is a wet day; please do not wear tank tops or sleeveless jerseys
- sunglasses are recommended for eye protection
- Suitable footwear (bike shoes or runners)
A free outdoor thermal spring that’s open year round? Grab your cozzies and head to Kozzie.
Think of the Snowy Mountains and swimsuits don’t spring to mind. But that’s probably because you’ve never heard of this natural pool in northern Kosciuszko National Park. In winter, it’s like slipping into a toasty bath that never gets cold, thanks to mother nature working her geothermal magic hundreds of metres below. Whether or not you’ve taken a couple of spills on the slopes, the heat will make that tension ooze out of your muscles. We’re not saying it’s like a setting for a winter rom com, but as steam fogs the surface and (if you’re lucky) snow dusts the valley floor, it’s pretty close.
This is one pool where relaxation is the order of the day. The water is dissolved with calcium, sodium and the hero of muscle relaxants, magnesium. A few laps and you’ll be feeling heavy and sedate as those sore muscles are soothed after your high country hikes, creaky joints from the desk job loosen up, and any hint of a headache vanishes.
The big pool is 20m long and 2.5m deep, ie. no shallow end, so if you’re in more of a jacuzzi mood, step into the kiddy pool. It means you can sit and relax, and the rushing water streaming connecting it to the main waterhole will act like a jet-spa massage.
Don’t be grossed-out if you see algae or even springtime tadpoles in the water. Algae and weed provide a breeding site for frogs, and frogs mean the water is clean and healthy. A local platypus has been known to make an appearance, too.
The hilly walk back up to your car may undo the effects of your thermal dip, so a better option is to stroll 1km along the River walk to gently wake up your limbs. From there, it’s a short scramble up to the path that heads back towards the carpark. Or, if you haven’t filled up on natural beauty yet, turn left and head around the corner to Glory Arch and the lofty chambers of South Glory Cave.
Fresh alpine air, mineral-rich waters to soak away everyday aches, and an absence of entry fees (unless you count the low daily parking fee), puts this leagues above the average day spa.
This article first appeared on the National Parks Blog Page and was written by
Whatever the season, Jindabyne is a great base for you to explore the Snowy Mountains. While most people visit in winter to ski or snowboard, snowshoeing is another great way to explore around and beyond the resort areas. In this article, we’ll give you some handy tips and resources to get you started on your first, or next, snowshoeing adventure.
Where to go
A great place to get started is the Rock Creek Snowshoe Trail at Perisher Valley. It’s a well signposted gentle 3km snowshoe walk that starts opposite the The Man from Snowy River Hotel. It’s a winter-only walk and only available when there is sufficient snow cover, due to the sensitive landscape underneath.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service has a handy guide you can view and download, which includes that map you see here.
Also, this great article from bushwalk.com provides a detailed description of the trail, along with a map and images to help you familiarise yourself before you set off.
In Bushwalking Australia Magazine, Bruce Easton published the guide Snowshoeing – Getting Started. It provides a thorough overview of the gear you’ll need and the places you’ll want to go, including a heap of places all accessible from Jindabyne: Perisher, Guthega, Thredbo, and Mount Selwyn, plus Cabramurra and Victoria.
He also published Ten Tips for Backcountry Snowshoeing and Winter. We recommend you check them out for all the details, but here is a snapshot of things you need to consider:
- Planning is everything
- Hone your skills
- The right gear
- Food and eating
- Wild camping or huts
- Tech gear
- Light is right
- Sound information
- Be inspired
- Remember to have fun
So what are you waiting for? Whether you want go for an extended backcountry hike, or just want to break up your snow season holiday with a day off the skis, take a look through this info head into Wilderness Sports in Jindabyne for a chat with one of their experienced staff.