Something magical happens when daylight savings finally rolls around. It's like the weight of the long, cold winter is finally lifted and summer feels like it's just around the corner. Sure enough, it's slowly starting to warm up here in Melbourne and it's hard not to be excited about the opportunities for great riding in the months ahead.

One of the rides I'm most looking forward to is the Domestique 7 Peaks Ride at Lake Mountain on Sunday November 13. It's hard to believe that this is the fifth year that my good friend Andy and I have run these rides, but here we are!

For those that aren't familiar with Domestique, it's a collaboration between this site and the cycling collective that Andy heads up: Hells 500. Andy and I had been fans of the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge (as it was called then - now 7 Peaks Ride) from the start and in 2012 we decided to organise some rides to coincide with the Challenge. Our goal: introduce people to the satisfaction of riding in the hills and help them to conquer the great mountains that our state of Victoria has to offer. It didn't matter whether you'd never climbed a mountain before or if you were a competitive local racer -- the ride was open to all, and free.

Four years on, those ideals haven't changed. Sure, the rides might look a little different than they once did -- doing 12 rides throughout the summer simply isn't feasible any more -- but the Domestique 7 Peaks rides are still free, they're still inclusive, and they're still a great day out, whether you're climbing Lake Mountain for the first time, trying to get yourself into some form ahead of the summer, or deep into your training for the upcoming Tour of Bright.

So get a bunch of mates together, or come by yourself. It really doesn't matter. With so many cyclists there you'll always find someone to ride with, and you'll always have a "carrot" up the road, spurring you on! One thing we can guarantee is that there'll be a friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the day and that you'll almost certainly have a great time. Even when it's been cold and wet up there in the past we've had fun! (Of course we'll be pulling as many strings as we can to ensure great weather this year ...)

2014 Lake Mountain Bunch

So what are you doing on Sunday November 13? We do hope you'll join us. The event starts at Gallipoli Park in Marysville at 9am with a quick rider briefing, after which we'll be sending you off in waves. Then it's just about settling in to a rhythm and climbing your way to the Lake Mountain resort at your own pace.

To register for the ride, click here (again, it's free). To stay up to date on the ride, head through to the Facebook event page. And to learn more about Domestique Cycling, head to the website.

And finally, if you're keen to see what the ride will be like, click the links below for reports and photos from the past four years:

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Hi all,

I will be over in Victoria in September to do Amy's Gran Fondo on the Great Ocean Rd. I am planning to be there for a couple of weeks, and was hoping to hit some of the climbs in the Victorian Alps but not sure what the conditions will be like for cycling. I understand this is the end of the ski season. Is there likely to be snow or ice at the top of some of the climbs? What are temperatures likely to be?

I'm looking at Mt Buller, Baw Baw, and maybe another climb.

Thanks,
Matt

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Hi Matt

I live in North East Victoria and have ridden up Mt Buffalo a number of times during September but have avoided climbs to the more popular ski resorts such as Falls Creek and Hotham because of the traffic. The snow traffic drivers can be a little crazy.

It can be beautiful on a sunny day but obviously you need to be very, very careful with the weather - a nice sunny day can turn to rain and snow. I scared myself one day when it started drizzling on the way up, climbing meant that I didn't feel the cold so kept going. I should have turned around and gone back down rather than continuing up to the top. A damp, twisty road, and shivering meant a very anxious descent. I was worried I would get hypothermia.

So watch the weather and be prepared !

Alan

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Thanks Alan.

I've actually decided I don't want to stray too far from Melbourne, so I'm really looking now at Mt Donna Buang and Lake Mountain. Maybe Baw Baw but we will see. Are these climbs likely to have significant traffic on them, and are the peaks relatively ice free in mid September?

Ta,
Matt

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Something magical happens when daylight savings finally rolls around. It's like the weight of the long, cold winter is finally lifted and summer feels like it's just around the corner. Sure enough, it's slowly starting to warm up here in Melbourne and it's hard not to be excited about the opportunities for great riding in the months ahead.

One of the rides I'm most looking forward to is the Domestique 7 Peaks Ride at Lake Mountain on Sunday November 13. It's hard to believe that this is the fifth year that my good friend Andy and I have run these rides, but here we are!

For those that aren't familiar with Domestique, it's a collaboration between this site and the cycling collective that Andy heads up: Hells 500. Andy and I had been fans of the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge (as it was called then - now 7 Peaks Ride) from the start and in 2012 we decided to organise some rides to coincide with the Challenge. Our goal: introduce people to the satisfaction of riding in the hills and help them to conquer the great mountains that our state of Victoria has to offer. It didn't matter whether you'd never climbed a mountain before or if you were a competitive local racer -- the ride was open to all, and free.

Four years on, those ideals haven't changed. Sure, the rides might look a little different than they once did -- doing 12 rides throughout the summer simply isn't feasible any more -- but the Domestique 7 Peaks rides are still free, they're still inclusive, and they're still a great day out, whether you're climbing Lake Mountain for the first time, trying to get yourself into some form ahead of the summer, or deep into your training for the upcoming Tour of Bright.

So get a bunch of mates together, or come by yourself. It really doesn't matter. With so many cyclists there you'll always find someone to ride with, and you'll always have a "carrot" up the road, spurring you on! One thing we can guarantee is that there'll be a friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the day and that you'll almost certainly have a great time. Even when it's been cold and wet up there in the past we've had fun! (Of course we'll be pulling as many strings as we can to ensure great weather this year ...)

2014 Lake Mountain Bunch

So what are you doing on Sunday November 13? We do hope you'll join us. The event starts at Gallipoli Park in Marysville at 9am with a quick rider briefing, after which we'll be sending you off in waves. Then it's just about settling in to a rhythm and climbing your way to the Lake Mountain resort at your own pace.

To register for the ride, click here (again, it's free). To stay up to date on the ride, head through to the Facebook event page. And to learn more about Domestique Cycling, head to the website.

And finally, if you're keen to see what the ride will be like, click the links below for reports and photos from the past four years:

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Hi all,

I will be over in Victoria in September to do Amy's Gran Fondo on the Great Ocean Rd. I am planning to be there for a couple of weeks, and was hoping to hit some of the climbs in the Victorian Alps but not sure what the conditions will be like for cycling. I understand this is the end of the ski season. Is there likely to be snow or ice at the top of some of the climbs? What are temperatures likely to be?

I'm looking at Mt Buller, Baw Baw, and maybe another climb.

Thanks,
Matt

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Hi Matt

I live in North East Victoria and have ridden up Mt Buffalo a number of times during September but have avoided climbs to the more popular ski resorts such as Falls Creek and Hotham because of the traffic. The snow traffic drivers can be a little crazy.

It can be beautiful on a sunny day but obviously you need to be very, very careful with the weather - a nice sunny day can turn to rain and snow. I scared myself one day when it started drizzling on the way up, climbing meant that I didn't feel the cold so kept going. I should have turned around and gone back down rather than continuing up to the top. A damp, twisty road, and shivering meant a very anxious descent. I was worried I would get hypothermia.

So watch the weather and be prepared !

Alan

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Thanks Alan.

I've actually decided I don't want to stray too far from Melbourne, so I'm really looking now at Mt Donna Buang and Lake Mountain. Maybe Baw Baw but we will see. Are these climbs likely to have significant traffic on them, and are the peaks relatively ice free in mid September?

Ta,
Matt

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Something magical happens when daylight savings finally rolls around. It's like the weight of the long, cold winter is finally lifted and summer feels like it's just around the corner. Sure enough, it's slowly starting to warm up here in Melbourne and it's hard not to be excited about the opportunities for great riding in the months ahead.

One of the rides I'm most looking forward to is the Domestique 7 Peaks Ride at Lake Mountain on Sunday November 13. It's hard to believe that this is the fifth year that my good friend Andy and I have run these rides, but here we are!

For those that aren't familiar with Domestique, it's a collaboration between this site and the cycling collective that Andy heads up: Hells 500. Andy and I had been fans of the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge (as it was called then - now 7 Peaks Ride) from the start and in 2012 we decided to organise some rides to coincide with the Challenge. Our goal: introduce people to the satisfaction of riding in the hills and help them to conquer the great mountains that our state of Victoria has to offer. It didn't matter whether you'd never climbed a mountain before or if you were a competitive local racer -- the ride was open to all, and free.

Four years on, those ideals haven't changed. Sure, the rides might look a little different than they once did -- doing 12 rides throughout the summer simply isn't feasible any more -- but the Domestique 7 Peaks rides are still free, they're still inclusive, and they're still a great day out, whether you're climbing Lake Mountain for the first time, trying to get yourself into some form ahead of the summer, or deep into your training for the upcoming Tour of Bright.

So get a bunch of mates together, or come by yourself. It really doesn't matter. With so many cyclists there you'll always find someone to ride with, and you'll always have a "carrot" up the road, spurring you on! One thing we can guarantee is that there'll be a friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the day and that you'll almost certainly have a great time. Even when it's been cold and wet up there in the past we've had fun! (Of course we'll be pulling as many strings as we can to ensure great weather this year ...)

2014 Lake Mountain Bunch

So what are you doing on Sunday November 13? We do hope you'll join us. The event starts at Gallipoli Park in Marysville at 9am with a quick rider briefing, after which we'll be sending you off in waves. Then it's just about settling in to a rhythm and climbing your way to the Lake Mountain resort at your own pace.

To register for the ride, click here (again, it's free). To stay up to date on the ride, head through to the Facebook event page. And to learn more about Domestique Cycling, head to the website.

And finally, if you're keen to see what the ride will be like, click the links below for reports and photos from the past four years:

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Hi all,

I will be over in Victoria in September to do Amy's Gran Fondo on the Great Ocean Rd. I am planning to be there for a couple of weeks, and was hoping to hit some of the climbs in the Victorian Alps but not sure what the conditions will be like for cycling. I understand this is the end of the ski season. Is there likely to be snow or ice at the top of some of the climbs? What are temperatures likely to be?

I'm looking at Mt Buller, Baw Baw, and maybe another climb.

Thanks,
Matt

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August 15, 2015 - 8:10 pm

Hi Matt

I live in North East Victoria and have ridden up Mt Buffalo a number of times during September but have avoided climbs to the more popular ski resorts such as Falls Creek and Hotham because of the traffic. The snow traffic drivers can be a little crazy.

It can be beautiful on a sunny day but obviously you need to be very, very careful with the weather - a nice sunny day can turn to rain and snow. I scared myself one day when it started drizzling on the way up, climbing meant that I didn't feel the cold so kept going. I should have turned around and gone back down rather than continuing up to the top. A damp, twisty road, and shivering meant a very anxious descent. I was worried I would get hypothermia.

So watch the weather and be prepared !

Alan

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Thanks Alan.

I've actually decided I don't want to stray too far from Melbourne, so I'm really looking now at Mt Donna Buang and Lake Mountain. Maybe Baw Baw but we will see. Are these climbs likely to have significant traffic on them, and are the peaks relatively ice free in mid September?

Ta,
Matt

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Something magical happens when daylight savings finally rolls around. It's like the weight of the long, cold winter is finally lifted and summer feels like it's just around the corner. Sure enough, it's slowly starting to warm up here in Melbourne and it's hard not to be excited about the opportunities for great riding in the months ahead.

One of the rides I'm most looking forward to is the Domestique 7 Peaks Ride at Lake Mountain on Sunday November 13. It's hard to believe that this is the fifth year that my good friend Andy and I have run these rides, but here we are!

For those that aren't familiar with Domestique, it's a collaboration between this site and the cycling collective that Andy heads up: Hells 500. Andy and I had been fans of the 7 Peaks Alpine Ascent Challenge (as it was called then - now 7 Peaks Ride) from the start and in 2012 we decided to organise some rides to coincide with the Challenge. Our goal: introduce people to the satisfaction of riding in the hills and help them to conquer the great mountains that our state of Victoria has to offer. It didn't matter whether you'd never climbed a mountain before or if you were a competitive local racer -- the ride was open to all, and free.

Four years on, those ideals haven't changed. Sure, the rides might look a little different than they once did -- doing 12 rides throughout the summer simply isn't feasible any more -- but the Domestique 7 Peaks rides are still free, they're still inclusive, and they're still a great day out, whether you're climbing Lake Mountain for the first time, trying to get yourself into some form ahead of the summer, or deep into your training for the upcoming Tour of Bright.

So get a bunch of mates together, or come by yourself. It really doesn't matter. With so many cyclists there you'll always find someone to ride with, and you'll always have a "carrot" up the road, spurring you on! One thing we can guarantee is that there'll be a friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the day and that you'll almost certainly have a great time. Even when it's been cold and wet up there in the past we've had fun! (Of course we'll be pulling as many strings as we can to ensure great weather this year ...)

2014 Lake Mountain Bunch

So what are you doing on Sunday November 13? We do hope you'll join us. The event starts at Gallipoli Park in Marysville at 9am with a quick rider briefing, after which we'll be sending you off in waves. Then it's just about settling in to a rhythm and climbing your way to the Lake Mountain resort at your own pace.

To register for the ride, click here (again, it's free). To stay up to date on the ride, head through to the Facebook event page. And to learn more about Domestique Cycling, head to the website.

And finally, if you're keen to see what the ride will be like, click the links below for reports and photos from the past four years:

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Hi all,

I will be over in Victoria in September to do Amy's Gran Fondo on the Great Ocean Rd. I am planning to be there for a couple of weeks, and was hoping to hit some of the climbs in the Victorian Alps but not sure what the conditions will be like for cycling. I understand this is the end of the ski season. Is there likely to be snow or ice at the top of some of the climbs? What are temperatures likely to be?

I'm looking at Mt Buller, Baw Baw, and maybe another climb.

Thanks,
Matt

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Hi Matt

I live in North East Victoria and have ridden up Mt Buffalo a number of times during September but have avoided climbs to the more popular ski resorts such as Falls Creek and Hotham because of the traffic. The snow traffic drivers can be a little crazy.

It can be beautiful on a sunny day but obviously you need to be very, very careful with the weather - a nice sunny day can turn to rain and snow. I scared myself one day when it started drizzling on the way up, climbing meant that I didn't feel the cold so kept going. I should have turned around and gone back down rather than continuing up to the top. A damp, twisty road, and shivering meant a very anxious descent. I was worried I would get hypothermia.

So watch the weather and be prepared !

Alan

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Thanks Alan.

I've actually decided I don't want to stray too far from Melbourne, so I'm really looking now at Mt Donna Buang and Lake Mountain. Maybe Baw Baw but we will see. Are these climbs likely to have significant traffic on them, and are the peaks relatively ice free in mid September?

Ta,
Matt

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I will be over in Victoria in September to do Amy's Gran Fondo on the Great Ocean Rd. I am planning to be there for a couple of weeks, and was hoping to hit some of the climbs in the Victorian Alps but not sure what the conditions will be like for cycling. I understand this is the end of the ski season. Is there likely to be snow or ice at the top of some of the climbs? What are temperatures likely to be?

I'm looking at Mt Buller, Baw Baw, and maybe another climb.

Thanks,
Matt

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Hi Matt

I live in North East Victoria and have ridden up Mt Buffalo a number of times during September but have avoided climbs to the more popular ski resorts such as Falls Creek and Hotham because of the traffic. The snow traffic drivers can be a little crazy.

It can be beautiful on a sunny day but obviously you need to be very, very careful with the weather - a nice sunny day can turn to rain and snow. I scared myself one day when it started drizzling on the way up, climbing meant that I didn't feel the cold so kept going. I should have turned around and gone back down rather than continuing up to the top. A damp, twisty road, and shivering meant a very anxious descent. I was worried I would get hypothermia.

So watch the weather and be prepared !

Alan

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Thanks Alan.

I've actually decided I don't want to stray too far from Melbourne, so I'm really looking now at Mt Donna Buang and Lake Mountain. Maybe Baw Baw but we will see. Are these climbs likely to have significant traffic on them, and are the peaks relatively ice free in mid September?

Ta,
Matt

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