12 Mar 2013

Mt Buller’s premier mountain biking event, the Bike Buller MTB Festival presented by Giant, has concluded, with a record 700+ keen mountain bikers converging on the resort for a massive weekend of riding that delivered plenty of action on and off the trails.

The village atmosphere of Bike Buller.

The Festival, organised by Rapid Ascent, the team behind the Kona Odyssey, Salomon Trail Running Series and the Anaconda Adventure Races, is a three-day stage race designed to provide something for all levels of mountain biker. This year, riders battled it out in events including the 30 and 50km Stirling Circuit, the 4.5 hour Brakeburner Enduro, the 1,100m vertical drop of the Mt Buller Super D and the 25km Cornhill Cranker. The kids also had a ball with their very own 10km race on the easier trails around the Mt Buller Village.

Not a downhill race and you still got to use the chairlift.

Blue skies and warm temperatures made for excellent race conditions, and saw Paul Van der Ploeg and Jenni King take out the men’s and women’s premier categories respectively, with both completing all races over the three day event. Van der Ploeg and King both recorded the fastest cumulative time across the three Premier Category races for male and female, to claim their first Bike Buller Mountain Bike Festival Champion crowns.

Bike Buller MTB Winner Paul Van der Ploeg in his war paint.

On Sunday, riders in the Brakeburner and Super-D events met their friends, families and fellow riders at the Picnic in the Park food, wine and music festival at Mirimbah Park. Held in the beautiful surroundings next to the Delatite River, over 1200 guests were treated to a fantastic range of local food and wine whilst listening to some talented local musicians. Warm weather and blue skies made for a sensational afternoon of celebrations.

Sam Maffett, Event Manager of the Bike Buller MTB Festival presented by Giant, said the weekend was again a success and highlighted the first-rate trails at Mt Buller. “The weekend’s just gone so well, beautiful weather, some superb riding up here, plenty of friendly people and everyone’s had an absolute blast. The trails up at Mt Buller really are world class, everyone’s given the trails the big thumbs up and I’m sure they’ll be back many times again.”

The Mt Buller Village was humming all weekend, with riders and their families and friends enjoying the spectacular surroundings of autumn in the mountains.

Men’s Premier Podium
Women’s Premier podium.

For further information and detailed results, visit www.bikebuller.com.