Course Overview

Date Thursday 6 February, 2020
Location Beechworth to Falls Creek
Format Road Race
Course Distance 117.6 km
Start Time  Ford St, Beechworth – 10am
Estimated Finish Bogong High Plains Rd, Falls Creek – 1pm (approx)
Categories Elite Men


Day two of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour will be the first big test for the climbers in the peloton. Beginning with a descent out of Beechworth into Stanley, the course then rolls through the North East Victorian countryside, conditions which will suit a breakaway group.

However it’s unlikely they will be given too much leeway with the looming climb of Falls Creek to come. Some narrow lumpy roads through Mongans Bridge alongside the Kiewa River may help a break to stay away out of sight of the chasing peloton, hoping to get a head start up the final Falls Creek climb.

With 30 kilometres of climbing at 3.9% average gradient and 1160m of elevation, this will show who has got what it takes to win the Tour.


Download the course map and mocka

2020 Jayco Herald Sun Tour – Thule Men Stage 2 – Beechworth to Falls Creek

Men Stage 2 map

Check out the stage on Strava


The Word from the Race Director – Scott McGrory

“Beechworth is another hotspot for cycle tourism in the North East and has been a popular destination for the Tour throughout its entire history. Damien Howson set up his overall Jayco Herald Sun Tour victory on the road to Falls Creek in 2017, but this time the 30km climb is the first of two climbing opportunities in the Tour.

Falls Creek will show us the few riders that have a chance to win overall, but as tough as it is, it may not be the winner of this stage that takes the overall win three days later in Melbourne. Coming into the Victorian High Country is always a pleasure for the riders and a short stage of 122km, but with a long 30km sting in the tail will provide a great race and a true test.”


Stage Profile

Race Schedule

Please note: Times are subject to change
Event Time
Race Start 10am
Anticipated Race Finish 1pm
Jayco Herald Sun Tour Presentations 1.15pm

Viewing Points

Key viewing points include:

        Beechworth (Start)


        Dederang (Sprint)

        Mount Beauty (Sprint)

        Falls Creek (Finish)


Please Note: The above times are based on an estimated average speed across the whole race. The average speed could be different dependant on a number of factors such as weather, so be sure to not miss out by getting into position early to see the riders race through.


Beechworth Tour Village

Location:        Ford St, Beechworth

Times:                8:30 am to 10:00 am

Thanks to the support of Indigo Shire Council, the Beechworth Tour Village will feature FREE kids cycling clinics.

 Family fun activities in the park including;

  • Free and paid breakfast options by the Beechworth Food Co op
  • Coffee by Blooming Heck
  • Water station and healthy eating promotion by Beechworth Health
  • Gravel Mob, Ride High Country and the Bike Hire Company display stands (campaigns and businesses)
  • Beechworth Honey handing out samples
  • Chalk Drawing
  • Boom Box Caravan by Beechworth Rock School (pump up music)
  • 2AY local radio broadcast
  • Schools decorating their bike wheels for community art project

Cycling & Co – kids’ skills session and bike checks. Kids will have fun learning bike tips and have fun riding with friends. FREE to participate.

Falls Creek Tour Village

Location:            Bogong High Plains Rd, Falls Creek

Times:                   Midday to 5pm

Thanks to the support of Falls Creek Resort Management, the Falls Creek Tour Village will launch the 2020 Jayco Herald Sun Tour Strava Ride.

The Bright Brewery ‘Chill Zone’ will be the spot to relax, hangout and have a beer post ride.

Get your bunch together and ride the Jayco Herald Sun Tour Stage 2 – Mount Beauty to Falls Creek route. Get to the top by midday, show your strava activity and there’ll be a FREE beer thanks to Bright Brewery awaiting you.

Route can be found here

Traffic Information

The Jayco Herald Sun Tour aims to minimise the impact on local communities.  However, some road closures will apply.

Residents and business directly impacted by the road closures will receive written notification prior to the event.



The following road closures will be implemented:

Location Ford St, Beechworth
Date Thursday 6th February
Time 05:30am to 12:30pm
Details Closed between Camp St & Williams St


Location Williams St, Beechworth
Date Thursday 6th February
Time 7:00am to 10:30am
Details Closed between Bilson St & McKenzie St


Download the details: 2020_JHST_Notification Letter_Beechworth


Falls Creek

The following road closures will be implemented:

Location Bogong High Plains Road, Falls Creek
Date Thursday 6th February
Time 8:30am to 9:00pm
Details  A Shuffle Flow (Single Lane Closure) will be implemented between Gully Car Park and Falls Creek CFA


Location Bogong High Plains Road, from Mount Beauty
Date Thursday 6th February
Time 11:00am to 5:00pm
Details In order to allow the race to proceed safely a temporary road closure will be implemented between Falls Creek and Mt Beauty. This will be implemented by Victoria Police in both directions, approximately 45 minutes in front of the race. Traffic can expect this closure to be in place for upwards of 1-hour dependent on the direction and progress of the cyclists.


Download the details:2020_JHST_Notification Letter_Falls Creek


Rolling Road Closures

The Jayco Herald Sun Tour operates under a rolling road closure implemented by Victoria Police.  As the race travels along the course the roads will be temporarily closed for the race to pass through safely.

Motorists will be stopped by Victoria Police and asked to pull over to the side of the road until the race passes.  Delays of up to 20 minutes may be experienced.  If travelling on roads used by the race please allow extra time to complete your journey.


Find out more about the partners that proudly support the Jayco Herald Sun Tour.

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