Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort together with Gippsland MTB are primed to host Round 5 of the KONA Victorian Downhill Mountain Bike Series, and also set are some of the most adventurous DH riders in Australia who have been in training for this event which boasts the largest Australian prize pool of over $50,000 for this gravity fuelled discipline of mountain biking.
Mt Baw Baw is located 120 km east of Melbourne and 50 km north of the Latrobe Valley. Mt Baw Baw is a year-round resort, catering for snow enthusiasts during the white season, and outdoor adventurers, hikers and bike riders during the green season. During the warmer months, Mt Baw Baw comes alive with spectacular wildflowers. The Resorts walking trails link to a wider network of trails within the Baw Baw National Park and also the Great Alpine Walking Trail. The Resort is home to the ‘DH1’, a national standard downhill mountain bike course which is open from December to April during the Green Season. The Village Restaurant is open all year round offering great food and spectacular views across West Gippsland.
Late last year during its official opening the ‘DH1’ course was coined as being “…up there with Australia’s best DH trails” by Mt Baw Baw Mountain Bike Ambassador Nick King. “On a scale of one to ten, the ‘DH1’ is an eleven!”
Due to its fast paced and technical nature the aptly rated black diamond (very difficult) course ‘DH1’ starts at the village hub and descends 300 vertical meters over its 1.3 kilometer distance. Held on the 23rd and 24th of March, approximately 350 downhill mountain bike riders are expected to compete for series points, cash and prizes. Spectators up on the mountain will be treated to some of the best downhill action in a competitive racing environment against the clock. The fastest ‘pinners’ from start to finish in various categories from elite riders to first timers will take home the spoils.
The course for this series event is not for the faint hearted. With the likes of former Junior World Champion and 2012 Australian National Champion Troy Brosnan attending the event, racing and spectating is sure to be wild! The VDHS is hotly contested by some of the fastest and most skilled DH riders in Australia and there is some hair raising helmet camera footage of this fast-paced ride that can be accessed on the event website.
King says “This is a pinnacle event for mountain biking in Gippsland, with a downhill course that is a huge favourite on the racing circuit many riders are sure to be tested”. Spectators can make the easy day trip up the mountain to see all the action unfold on the Saturday and Sunday. “Believe me you will be awe inspired watching these riders gravitate themselves down the mountainside!”
Spectator entry and parking is free. There is onsite catering supplied and many of the competitors have chosen to stay at accommodation on the mountain side providing a welcomed financial boost to the alpine resort. The event schedule, competitor entry details and helmet camera footage for the race can be found at the website www.vdhs.com.au and further information can be obtained from the www.gippslandmtb.com.au and www.mtbawbaw.com.au websites.