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Entries are open now for the new-look, more gravity-focused Shimano Bike Buller Festival, which will be held 10-12 March 2018.


So what’s new? For 2018, the crew from Rapid Ascent have opted to make the most of Mt Buller’s seriously epic descending potential. They’ve shifted the event focus away from the longer cross-country formats, following the market demand for more gravity and enduro style stages. The event now even includes a proper multi-stage Enduro race.

You’ve got to give credit to the Rapid Ascent crew – they’ve kept this event evolving. If you’ve done Bike Buller in years past, you’ll find it’s an entirely different experience now.

2018 sees a return of the 1100m descent of the Super D.

They’ve also introduced a new Gravity Gods combined title, which will be awarded to the rider with the best overall position across the ABOM Downhillm, Gravity Enduro and Outlaw All-Mountain events.

Cross country isn’t overlooked – there’s still a 30km XC stage, taking in the ridiculously good singletrack of Stonefly and Cornhill – but the shift towards more gravity is definitely a good evolution. After all, Buller’s descents are what make this place such a standout destination! Read below for the official word from Rapid Ascent.

Buller is a superb spot, we love it here.


EVENT DETAILS:

When: Saturday 10th – Monday 12th March, 2018 (March long weekend – VIC)
Where: Mt Buller, Victoria, Australia
What: A 3 day mountain bike festival on the spectacular trails at Mt Buller in the breathtaking Victorian Alps. The event coincides with the renowned ‘Picnic in the Park’ food, wine and music festival

  • GRAVITY RACES:
    ABOM Down Hill
    Gravity Enduro
    Super-D
    Outlaw All-mountain Trophy
  • XCOUNTRY RACES:
    30km Stonefly / Corn Hill circuit
  • SPECTATOR EVENTS:
    16” Dual Slalom
    Pump Track Pursuit
    Picnic in the Park
  • KIDS EVENTS:
    Village Ride
    Picnic in the Park Bike Fun

Entries are now open for the 2018 Shimano Bike Buller Festival that will see three massive days of mountain bike racing on Mt Buller’s internationally-recognised trails from the 10th-12th of March, 2018.
The mighty 10th edition of the event features a packed schedule of racing for all types of riders, including downhill, gravity enduro and cross country races, as well as spectator and kids events.


There will be a greater emphasis on gravity in 2018 that will see the return of the Mt Buller Super-D, and the Gravity Gods title for the key gravity races; The ABOM downhill, Gravity Enduro (Round 4 of the Victorian Gravity Tour) and the Outlaw all-mountain trophy.
The new 30km Stonefly-Corn Hill Circuit features all the best cross country single track in a ‘royal loop’ of the mountains, and the 16” Dual Slalom and Pump Track Pursuit round out the three-day schedule of racing.

What event would be complete with out kids’ bike slalom?

Over 600 riders are expected to race at Mt Buller for the event, with an even larger number of friends and family who also come to the alpine resort to spectate and enjoy the range of other, non-riding activities on offer.

Sam Maffett General Manager of Rapid Ascent Event Management said he was thrilled to have officially opened entries to the 2018 Shimano Bike Buller Festival.

“We are stoked to be bringing the 10th anniversary of the Bike Buller Festival to riders of all backgrounds and levels. Mt Buller is Australia’s most epic mountain biking destination, with some of the best trails in the country. Combined with a stacked schedule of races and full social calendar the appeal is high for groups of friends to come to the event together as well as riders and their families,” said Maffett.

“We welcome riders to enter just one or two races or lock in for the combined-races and contest the ‘Gravity Gods’ crown. It is the ultimate MTB event at the ultimate MTB destination. We can’t wait to see you there.”

The three-day celebration of mountain biking features an extensive Bike Expo with a range of social activities including the spectacle of the pump track and dual slalom races, MTB movies in the cinema, kids’ rides and the popular ‘Picnic in the Park’ food, wine and music festival held in the Mirimbah Park at the base of Mt Buller.

Toby Shingleton of Shimano Australia said he was excited to be heading to Mt Buller in 2018 for the Shimano Bike Buller Festival.

The Buller pump track sits right in the middle of the village, making for awesome spectating.

“As a supporter of MTB in Australia over many years our team is looking forward to joining riders from all over the country for this three day festival of riding in the Victorian Alps,” said Shingleton. “In addition to our Shimano Experience Project event centre, we will be bringing a team of our best sponsored riders across Gravity Enduro, XC and DH, as well as our fleet of STEPS E8000 demo bikes.”
The revolutionary Shimano Bike Buller Festival brings all that is great about mountain biking to the one location for a huge weekend of bikes, single track, fresh air and good times at a spectacular mountain top destination. Entries are now open for the Shimano Bike Buller Festival at BIKEBULLER.com.

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