Falls Creek’s mountain bike program has been going absolutely bananas over the past few years. We took a trip up the mountain last year to take a look at what they’ve been building and it blew us away – watch the vid below for taste!
Falls are celebrating the start of the summer season with something new – a mental mass start race from the peak of Mt McKay (1850m) to the edge of Lake Bogong over 1200m below! The McKayos (geddit?!) mass start race will kick off with a couple of kays of snow, before linking up a variety of trails and surfaces over its 18km course. Read below for the official word from Falls Creek, or head to the McKayos page here for all the details.
Following in the footsteps of Europe, Falls Creek will host the inaugural ‘McKayos’ mass start mountain bike Gravity Enduro event on the closing weekend for the winter season, similar to the Megavalanche style event held in many European resorts. This unique event will start from the snowy slopes of Australia’s highest drivable peak, Mt McKay at 1,850m to the pristine shores of Lake Guy in Bogong Village at 660m.
Combining Snow, Dirt and Road, the course takes riders 18km through fire trails and sealed mountain roads for a total descent of 1200m. A mass start on snow is sure to see some chaos from the starter’s gun as riders muscle for position.
The riders will start on a packed snow surface for approximately 1-2km. Roads used will include Mt McKay / Pretty Valley Rd, Road 26 and the Bogong High Plains Rd, plus other local tracks. Riders will traverse a varying type of surfaces including packed and groomed snow, formed sealed and unsealed roads and tracks and formed, unsealed trail. In the interests of competitor safety, competitors may be requested to dismount and walk across small sections of course.
100 riders are anticipated to race in this unique event on Sunday, 4th October 2015. This is one riders won’t want to miss.
• Single Gravity Enduro mountain bike stage
• Single mass start
• Entries open to Individual competitors
• Winners will be determined by first individual rider to complete the course
• The event will not be a timed event. No official timing will be provided by the event organisers
• Competitors will be shuttled back to Falls Creek upon finishing the stage
• Full face helmets are mandatory
• Event will conclude with a presentation and BBQ at Slalom Plaza in Falls Creek