2018 Hunt 1000: Bikepacking the Australian Alps (Video)
The Hunt 1000 is a 1,000-kilometer journey across the Australian Alps, and this short film from organizer Dan Hunt offers a glimpse of some of the stunning and challenging landscapes riders encounter between Canberra and Melbourne. Watch it here, along with details on this year’s event, which kicked off yesterday…
Developed by Dan Hunt in 2016, the Hunt 1000 is a 1,000-kilometer unsupported bicycle journey that traverses the Australian Alps via a network of rugged backcountry trails. The route connects Canberra and Melbourne, two of Australia’s major cities, in the least practical but arguably most beautiful way possible.
As of yesterday, riders have begun departing from Canberra for the 2019 Hunt 1000, an event that will take participants and average of 7-10 grueling days. Under 50% of those who’ve started the race have made it to the finish since 2016, thanks in part to the challenging terrain (the route includes over 85,000 feet of climbing) and unpredictable weather.
Dan and company put together a short film that showcases the Australian Alps’ incredible scenery, details some of the challenges riders face along the way, and provides a bit of history and context for the race and route:
This year’s Hunt 1000 kicks off over the next couple of days. To learn more about it, head over to our event listing. And if you want to take a crack at the Hunt 1000 route yourself, check out our complete route guide. Good luck to all this year’s participants!