THE LONGEST RIDE,
ON THE SHORTEST DAY.
In 2016, at the end of a perfect summer filled with long, sun-soaked days, we hatched an idea that was 2 parts smart and 4 parts dumb. It was a concept for a ride that was alarmingly simple, and in true SBC fashion, incredibly stupid.
A few months down the track, on the winter solstice, we would gather a group of friends and set off what would be our longest and most climb-y ride to date.
There was no hashtag, no social media plan and no idea what would unfold over the course of the day, but as we rolled into Tallangatta at 8pm that night, the legend of the #wntrslstc had been born.
From that day, the monster that is the WNTRSLSTC has developed into a showpiece event on the Soup Boys calendar. We’ve partnered with Knog, we’ve done it for Ride High Country, for three straight years now, a select group of the SBC and friends has taken on this longest ride on the shortest day.
In the years following its debut, the WNTRSLSTC has travelled through pockets of Victoria’s High Country largely untouched by cyclists, coming across wildlife, gravel and snow along the way – all adding to the rich mythology of this ridiculous ride.
6am, Saturday 22nd June 2019
Bright Memorial Clocktower
While tradition has played a big role in the first three WNTRSLSTC rides, we’re changing things up for 2019. Gone is the traditional starting spot at the Upper Sandy Creek Football Ground, gone is the opening climb up Lockharts Gap, and gone is any chance of getting hypothermia.
This year we start and finish in Bright, a sense of adventure and a desire to discover some new pockets of Victoria’s High Country filling the hours in between sunrise and sunset. What stays the same however are the same requirements that makes the WNTRSLSTC so stupid and so special.
RIDE MORE THAN 250KM
CLIMB MORE THAN 3000M
ADD TO THE LEGEND
Wherever you might be located, we’re encouraging you to take on a WNTRSLSTC ride of your own. Grab some friends and turn an otherwise normal, wintery weekend into some special. Explore a new region, go searching for some new roads, or cruise through your local patch. You might fail spectacularly, but what we can ensure is it will be a day you’ll talk about for years to come.
Sharing the stories of your own WNTRSLSTC ride through our site and socials, we’ll be able to enrich the history of this special time of year, with a unique reward headed your way for everyone who takes part.
THE HISTORY OF THE #WNTRSLSTC
Want to know what you’re getting yourself into? Fortunately, as true to Soup tradition, we’ve extensively documented previous #wntrslstc efforts for our audiences, helping it grow into the monster it is. There’s words, there’s plenty of photos and of course there’s video. Take a look below and take the plunge with us.