ABOUT THE TRANSMOTO 8-HOUR @ BRIGHT
The 8-Hour at Bright – run for the first time in 2018 – is situated at the base of Victoria’s infamous alpine region, with a combination of undulating grasstrack, gum-lined singletrail and picturesque views in every direction.
The event venue itself is off Happy Valley Road, between Ovens and Rosewhite. It’s a cruisy three-hour drive from Melbourne, a six-hour drive from Sydney, and less than an hour’s drive south of Albury-Wodonga on the NSW/Victorian border.
THE COURSE – WHAT TO EXPECT
If you’ve ridden around the Victorian township of Bright, then you’ll already know how epic the riding terrain is. Surrounded by several Alpine National Parks, ski resorts and wineries, Bright is a popular base for all manner of adventure activities in the region. But what about the course itself at the inaugural Transmoto 8-Hour at Bright? According to Course Director, Dirt2Ride’s Lyndon Heffernan, “It’s shaping up to be a doozy! The 300-acre property is very undulating and lightly timbered, and there’s a great mix of challenging singletrack and flowing grasstrack. No wonder the road this property is situated on is called ‘Happy Valley Road’!,” Heffernan went on to say, before scurrying off to the character-filled Happy Valley Hotel on the Great Alpine Way in nearby Ovens for a meal at its renowned restaurant.
ATTENTION: JUNIOR RIDERS!
Have you already entered the Transmoto 8-Hour at Bright, but feel guilty that your dirt-bike-mad kids will be bored out of their minds (and/or insanely jealous) while you’re out there cutting laps? Or would you be more inclined to enter the 8-Hour if there was a non-competitive trail loop for your groms to tear around?
Well, thanks to the progressive-minded people from the Alpine Shire Council, we’re happy to announce that we’ve opened up a limited number of spots for kids aged between nine and 15 to ride a non-competitive trail loop at the Bright 8-Hour on Saturday, April 28. This Fun/Junior ride will be staged in two age groups (9-11 and 12-15) between 11am and 1pm. And best of all, entry is free*.
To enter Saturday’s non-competitive Fun/Junior ride, simply click on this link, and you’ll be linked directly through to the 2018 8-Hour’s online entry system.
* There’s no entry fee for the Fun/Junior loop at the 2018 Bright 8-Hour. If Junior riders do not have a current annual Junior MA Licence, they will need to purchase a One Event Recreational Licence for $30 through the event’s online entry system.
Also on offer for the grommets at Bright will be a fresh range of Transmoto apparel in tots’ and kids’ sizes, plus a bunch of sticker sheets. And for everyone else, don’t forget that, simply by entering the inaugural Transmoto 8-Hour at Bright, you’ll automatically go in the draw to win your choice of any enduro or cross-country model from Husqvarna’s 2018 model-range.
CALLING FEMALE RIDERS
Thanks to the ambassadorial role played by Aussie Dirt Chicks’ Phoebe Snell, we now have three Wonder Women teams (all female riders) entered for the inaugural Transmoto 8-Hour at Bright (which is close to our record of four Wonder Women team entries at the 2017 Transmoto 6-Hour in Conondale). Phoebe has a proven track record with women-specific rider tuition, and has appointed a dedicated sweep rider cum chaperone for the female riders at the Bright 8-Hour. So if you’re on the sidelines and still thinking about entering Bright in a Mixed or Wonder Women team, get onto it quick-smart, as there are only a few positions left in the Teams (of three or four riders) categories.
To enter, simply click on this link, and you’ll be linked directly through to the 2018 8-Hour’s online entry system.
THE ‘VIBE OF THE THING’
Rider etiquette has always been a big part of Transmoto’s events. We encourage good sportsmanship, care and courtesy towards other riders because we want everyone to have a good, positive experience – whether that’s on the track, in the camping area, or on the access roads leading to and from the event venue.