Buller news: IMBA praise and trail conditions update

Words by Flow, Ryan De La Rue

The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) has awarded Mt Buller classification as Australia’s very first IMBA Ride Centre. The announcement, made at IMBA’s World Summit, recognises Mt Buller amongst a select group of large-scale mountain bike facilities that set standard for trail building and diversity of mountain bike experience.

IMBA described Mt Buller as “setting the standard for mountain bike trail development in Australian ski resorts”, something that we’ve known for a long time here at Flow! Louise Perrin, from Buller Resort Management had this to say:  “It is just fantastic to receive this recognition from IMBA. The Ride Center designation represents only the best of the best mountain biking destinations, and it is immensely satisfying to see the efforts we’ve put into the Resort rewarded in this way. The trails at Mt Buller and Mt Stirling are always evolving … Watch this space because we’re not done yet!”

Mt Buller Mt Stirling has steadily developed its mountain biking product over the past six years under the Bike Buller brand, teaming up with renowned trail designer Glen Jacobs and his team from World Trail to construct a range of quality trails as part of a staged development plan. Stages one and two of this plan were completed between 2007 and 2009, with new beginner and intermediate trails around the Mt Buller Village and five new loops between the Village and the Corn Hill area. Stage three saw the completion of Stonefly in January 2011, the Resort’s signature 10km advanced endurance trail that stretches from Howqua Gap to Mt Stirling and back. In December 2011 as part of stage four, the Resort launched Copperhead – brought to you by Specialized, Australia’s very first flow down trail, a unique trail concept that incorporates a flow country style with a downhill edge suitable for both downhill and cross-country bikes and all types of riders. Stage five was partly completed over the summer of 2011-12, and saw the completion of two new linkage trails – Split Rock and Snowgums – which connect the Mt Buller Village with the Skills Park area and Copperhead to the Mt Buller Village respectively. This summer sees the completion of Snowgums, as well the commencement of stage six, which will see upgrades to the Delatite River Trail and improved drainage works on Copperhead. A seventh stage is also in the pipeline for summer 2013-14.

 

Mt Buller’s MTB loyalty program, the Crank Crew, has had a revamp just in time for the festive season. More free stuff, more benefits for members. Several changes have been made to the Crank Crew program this year, which was launched last summer:

  • One level of membership: previously, the Crank Crew was a two-tiered membership system, which for 2012-13 is now a silver membership only. Because we love all our Crank Crewers equally!
  • Frequent Offender Program: Crank Crew members now also qualify for the Bike Buller Frequent Offender Program, which gives access to special offers and giveaways when for repeat visits. Crank Crew members can take advantage of the program by dropping into the Information Centre at Alpine Central to register visits and claim prizes as they go!
  • Personalised membership card: each member will now receive a sweet looking membership card, complete with a photo to show they’re a certified Crank Crew member.
  • Free Crank Crew t-shirts: The first 50 visitors to Mt Buller that drop into Alpine Central with their membership card will receive a very limited edition Crank Crew t-shirt, which are in high demand and low supply!

Visitors to Mt Buller have even more to enjoy this summer, with new trails to explore at Australia’s first IMBA Ride Center. Stage five of the Resort’s trail development plan was completed over the summer of 2011-12, and saw the completion of two new linkage trails – Snowgums and Split Rock – which connect the Village with the Skills Park area and Copperhead to the Village respectively, as well as work to the famed Delatite River plus other minor works. A range of biking events are set to see plenty of action this summer, including the MTBA Nationals on 18-20 January, the Victorian Downhill State Series on 26-27 January and the Bike Buller MTB Festival on 9-11 March.

 

For further details about the Bike Buller Crank Crew, Mt Buller’s trails developments as well as the announcement of the Resort’s IMBA Ride Center status, please visit mtbuller.com.au.

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