The Bright Smiles Charity Ride is a four night and 3.5 day bitumen ride, and most days the ride is split into several "sections", aimed at providing participants with the chance to stretch their legs every couple of hours (max). We recognise that on events such as the "BSCR" there is often a wide range of riding styles, and on most of the days we will offer one route suited to a more leisurely cruising style, and an option that might have more of an attraction to people who want to spend a little more time in the saddle.
To make things a little more comfortable for riders, a luggage car is provided to enable you to take a suitcase without loading up your bike too much.
Suggestions for accommodation along the way are contained in the Entry Form on the "How To Enter" page.
THE 2019 EVENT WAS A GREAT SUCCESS, WITH 27 PEOPLE ENJOYING THE BEST RIDING AND HOSPITALITY THE SOUTH COAST OF NSW, THE HIGH COUNTRY OF VICTORIA AND THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS HAVE TO OFFER.
A LIMIT OF 30 MOTORCYCLES WILL APPLY TO THE 2020 EVENT.
THE 2019 ROUTE AND OVERNIGHT TOWNS WILL BE DETERMINED BY 15TH JULY - WATCH THIS SPACE.
BELOW IS THE ROUTE DESCRIPTION OF THE 2019 EVENT
The fun will begin with drinks and the welcome dinner at the Headlands Austinmer Beach Hotel on Thursday 2nd May 2019. The hotel (and the region) has a lot to offer visitors and there is much to see and do before pre dinner drinks commence at 6:30 pm.
Friday 3rd May - 385 kms, 4.5 hours (est.) riding time. This morning we get away from Austinmer after a hearty breakfast and head down the coast, dropping into Berry for morning tea, then lunch on the water at Batemans Bay. After a stretch and refuel we continue our southern journey via Moruya and Narooma to our resting place for the evening, Merimbula.
(Riders who would like to spend a little more time enjoying the countryside might like to turn off the highway near Tilba Tilba, and travel via Bermagui, Tathra and Tura Beach. This route is a similar distance, but expect to take an hour longer to reach Merimbula.)
Saturday 4th May - 369 kms, 4 hours 20 minutes (est.) riding time. This morning we head westwards to morning tea at Bombala, then south to Cann River before we stop for lunch at Orbost where the Princes Highway crosses the Snowy River. After lunch at Orbost we head westwards through Nowa Nowa, the gateway to Lakes Entrance, then north to our resting spot for the evening, the picturesque town of Omeo.
((Those seeking a few more twists and turns on the road today can take the roads less travelled, via Bombala and Delegate before re-joining the group for lunch at Orbost. This is a further 40 kms (including 105 kms of winding road) and will take an extra hour.))
Sunday 5th May - 380 kms, 5.5 hours (est.) riding time. Today we take what is surely one of the most scenic rides in the High Country. We head northwards from Omeo up the incredibly beautiful Mitta Mitta Valley, through Eskdale and Tallangatta to our lunch stop at Corryong, the town that lays claim to being the home of "The Man From Snowy River". We soak up the atmosphere of this historic region over lunch, then it is back in the saddle as we continue to head northwards, moving from High Country to the ski fields of the Snowy Mountains via Khancoban and Geehi. We then skirt around Mt Kosciuszko and travel through Thredbo to our overnight stop of Jindabyne.
Tonight will be our presentation dinner, where we can all “frock up” for the evening.
Monday 6th May - 196 kms, 2 hours 15 minutes (est.) riding time. All good things must come to an end, and this morning we leave the Snowy Mountains in our rear vision mirrors as we head through Berridale, Cooma and Queanbeyan to the pretty little town of Bungendore, near Lake George, where we say our farewells over lunch ands plan the 2020 BSCR event.
From Bungendore, our Sydney & Newcastle riders have a few options to take to travel home. The route via Tarago and Goulburn is 250 kms to Parramatta, and will take around 2 hours 40 minutes. People who still would like some adventure might consider riding via Braidwood to Nowra, then through Nowra and the Kangaroo Valley to Bowral and then home. This option is 340 kms to Parramatta and will take around 4 hours 30 minutes.