I have a few days off work coming up in November – not enough to go anywhere too far away and too many to spend staying in Sydney - and I've had the idea of idea of riding to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko so need some information/advice from the SC brains trust.

I getting some conflicting information from the internet (Yes, I know! Strange isn't it?) so if anyone can help me or has been up that way recently and has up to date knowledge, can you answer the following questions:

Is it actually possible to ride to the summit. Some information I get says yes, some says no because bikes are banned from the Summit Track. The NPWS website seems to be very unreliable and unhelpful at the moment and I can’t find much info from them but can call them to get route advice but the technical advice I am after mainly is:

Is it doable on a non-MTB. I have a Scott Sportster P3 with 29er rims. If I get it fitted with some decent MTB tyres will it cope? Again, some people say you can do it with a Hybrid with decent tyres, some people insist that only a decent MTB will do.

I’m not looking to set any Strava records or anything like that so don’t need my bike to be doing anything crazy like I see those Downhill racers doing – I just want an enjoyable ride and a picnic at the summit.

BTW, I’ve put this is the “Group Ride” section as I am “Planning a ride” even though it’ll probably only be a solo trip.

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I've done it on XC skis in winter time.  The gradients are fairly tame so it should be easily rideable on a bike. As you say, the question is whether it is allowed with our backwards cycling laws.

Not sure exactly what the path is like under the snow, but I got the feeling that most of the way is a fireroad, and the latter parts may revert to singletrack.

Perhaps ask on Nobmob.com - those guys will know the details.

Cool, thanks for the help.

I'm not planning on riding if there is too much snow. I was guessing any coverage will be quite minimal by mid November. Or, I might put the ride off until January when there will probably be no snow at all.

Awesome! Thanks!

It's not prohibited because of our backwards cycling laws, it's prohibited to protect what is a very fragile environment from being loved to death.

That said, I rode to the top on a road bike in the mid-1980s, when it was still open to bikes, and the track was quite acceptable. The gradient beyond Charlotte Pass was no problem at all. The problem was all the gradients from the coast where I had started that morning and the sleet storm which was beginning as I started to descend.

Be prepared for any weather!

The Swiss allow you to cycle cross country, across the alps from one side of the country to the other, yet the high alps remain pristine.

Bicycles aren't the problem while ever we are flattening the landscape to put in six lane highways...

Sam, it has been a few years since I did it, but at that time the rule was that you could ride all but the last bit of the climb to the summit - no more than 500m or so. It was quite a reasonable track so I can't see why you wouldn't be able to do it on a hybrid; worst case you might just need to get off and push it for a little bit.

Great stuff! Thanks.

It was mainly the 'technical' side of things I wanted to make sure I would be okay with before setting off. I reckon I'd still put on a set of MTB tyres beforehand.

You can ride as far as Rawson's Pass (the saddle before the final lump).  From there you have to hoof it the last km or so.

Cool. I'm fine with walking that last kilometer or so. No worse than the track to Cape York I suppose. :)

Fewer crocodiles!

We rode up and back from Jindabyne on mtbs in Jan of this year (pic above).  The track steepens with the odd water bar in the last few km and is quite loose in places.  I wouldn't recommend skinny tyres as rear wheel traction will be an issue on the way up and washing out the front might be an issue on the way down.  Remember to bring some sneakers for the last bit!  


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