News: Thredbo launches the first ever Cannonball MTB Festival

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Four events – three days – one mountain – over $20,000 in cash and prizes to be won.

Thredbo is set to showcase a feast of gravity fuelled mountain biking this December with the first ever Cannonball MTB Festival rolling into the resort for three epic days of high flying adrenalin filled action and entertainment.

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Taking place from the 6th – 8th December, the festival is the first of its kind in Australia. Launching only a few weeks after the official start of the Thredbo mountain biking season the event will celebrate all things mountain biking and is a must for anyone who loves the thrill of riding.

The prize pool is one of the biggest ever seen within the Australian sport. With $20,000 in cash plus amazing prizes up for grabs across the four events, it is guaranteed to attract the country’s best riders and International stars, offering big air, high speed and giant gravity.

Local rider, 2013 Oceania Champion and 2013 National Series Champ Thomas Crimmins is pumped for it, commenting; “The Cannonball festival looks insane, it’s going to be one of the biggest events we’ve ever witnessed on the Australian scene. There will be a massive turn out for the Australian Open with some international riders coming out to have a crack at the $5000 cash prize”.

“It’s great to see Thredbo MTB putting on these large scale events and contributing back to the sport. It’s about time we got an event like this in Australia; The Cannonball Festival should be the benchmark for MTB competition in the years to come”.

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Expect big name riders entering this one, big bucks on the line!

World class riders will line-up alongside everyday mountain bike enthusiasts and amateurs in this multi-faceted festival. With something suitable for any level rider, across three big days, the event features four epic events:

  • The Australian Open Downhill

The big event – racing down the famous 3.5km Cannonball Downhill, riders will test their physical and mental limits on the epic course updated especially for the festival.

  • Over $13,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs across all entry levels
  •  Flow Motion Cup

Caters to all levels with around 6km of flowing single-track to negotiate

  • Over $2500 in cash and prizes up for grabs across all entry levels
  •  Whip-Wars Big Air Bonanza

The best downhillers and free-riders launch large in a one hour jam session on a purpose built show-time jump to see who will be crowned the King of Big Air and Style

  • Over $1000 in cash and prizes up for grabs across all entry levels
  •  Pump Challenge

Under lights in the village, this will be a test of ultimate skill as riders pump, double and manual around the 2-3 laps without a single pedal stroke.  The smooth momentum masters will take this one home

  • Over $2500 in cash and prizes up for grabs across all entry levels

Thredbo, known for its winter village parties, is the perfect venue for the event, with both sides of the resort predicted to be heaving during the weekend long mountain biking party. The mountain will be jumping with incredible biking action whilst the village enjoys an awesome line-up of DJ’s and live music.

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Registration for the event is now open with a special early bird entry fee for those who register before the 15th October.

Visit thredbo.com.au/cannonballfestival for full event details OR join the Thredbo MTB facebook page facebook.com/ThredboMTB for all event updates.

For any Thredbo accommodation and festival package enquires visit:

thredbo.com.au/cannonballfestival or call ThredboResort Centre 1300 020 589

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