March long weekend jam-packed with events

FROM March 7 – 10 the Alpine Shire will host a range of events, from a world-class mountain biking competition to family-friendly festivals.

Cycling enthusiasts will be in their element with the Subaru National Mountain Bike Championships, Audax Hotham Challenge Ride and Scody 3 Peaks Challenge all taking place during the long weekend.

The Myrtleford Festival and Brighter Days Festival showcase a line-up of family-friendly activities, including markets, children’s entertainment, live music and skate competition, or take on the challenge of the Mount Bogong Conquestathon.

Alpine Shire Council Director Sustainable Development Heather Green said the long weekend events will bring thousands of visitors to the Alpine Shire, providing a valuable boost to the local economy.

“The extended periods of extremely hot weather over summer have impacted on visitor numbers, so this long weekend provides an opportunity for people to come and enjoy what the Alpine Shire has to offer and support local business,” she said.

“We’ve got some fantastic returning and new events taking place, so residents and visitors alike will find something to enjoy.”

Four events will require road closures and impact on normal traffic flows.

Street closures for the Myrtleford Festival will be in place at various times on Saturday, 8 March, including sections of Clyde, Queen, Myrtle and Standish streets.

The Australian Mountain Bike Nationals will impact Bright’s Coronation Ave for five days. This closure will block access to Wandiligong along Coronation Ave but detours will be in place to allow uninterrupted access between towns.

The Brighter Days Festival will mainly impact Howitt Park and Ireland/Anderson St in Bright.

The single-day Scody 3 Peaks Challenge runs out of Falls Creek and will mainly impact Mount Beauty and the Tawonga Gap Rd as 2000 cyclists make their way to Mount Hotham on Saturday.

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