New Gravity-Focused Shimano Bike Buller Festival: Entries Open

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.

Epic weekend of riding at the GT Bike Buller Festival

Now in its ninth year, the GT Bike Buller Festival includes mountain bike races across a range of disciplines including Gravity Enduro, Downhill, X-Country, All Mountain, Pump Track, Kids, and Dual Slalom on Mt Buller’s internationally-recognised trails. untitled-4858

Riding commenced on Saturday with a 40km cross-country race over nearby Mt Stirling and a 20km race on the local Mt Buller trails with both events taking riders through some incredible snow gum wilderness in these high alpine areas. While these lung-busting races were under way an ‘all-mountain’ race was held for more gravity orientated riders on the Outlaw downhill track where speed and air time was more the order of the day as they powered down this technical downhill run before enjoyed the comforts of the chairlift for a free ride back up. 

The mixture of pedalling cross-country races and gravity hungry downhill races continued across Sunday with the Brakeburner and ABOM downhill races and on Monday with a 20km cross country race over Corn Hill and a huge gravity enduro race over the same popular trail network. 

It wasn’t all hard pedalling and challenging descents though with a range of spectacle events also included for the fun and enjoyment of everyone. Saturday night saw a hilarious dual slalom on kids 16” bikes and pump track pursuit for BMX elites, as well as MTB movie nights, kids rides and the Picnic in the Park gourmet food, wine and music festival at the base of the mountain. 

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Overall weekend winners were presented to riders with the fastest cumulative times across the three gravity events – titled the ‘Gravity God’ category, and the three cross-country events – titled the ‘XC Whippet’ category. Competitors in these events had to balance speed with endurance and bounce back each day ready to put it all on the line once again. 

After coming second last year by a margin of just one second, Shannon Hewetson claimed the Gravity God title with a cumulative time of 34.20 head of Kaine Cannan with 34.57 and Murray Stephens with 35.05. The leading Gravity Goddesses were Phillippa Norton with 39.27, Brody Chapman with 40.28 and the 2016 winner Sarah Booth in 3rd in a time of 41.18. untitled--5

The XC-Whippets categories were just as competitive with Adrian Jackson claiming victory in 4hr31.29. Adrian had a tough time of it though and suffered 2 punctures on the 40km race which set him back by 5 mins so needed to race hard in following days to secure the win over Bret Murray in 4hr44.07 in 2nd and Brad Clarke in 4hr48.28. The overall females saw Melissa Ansett, the 2016 winner, regain her title in a time of 5hr27.15 ahead of Daniela Erni Ruoss in 5hr40.08 and Suer Thompson in 5hr55.57. untitled--4

“We are absolutely thrilled with the 2017 GT Bike Buller Festival,” commented event manager Sam Maffett from Rapid Ascent, “to see so many riders across all popular MTB styles get together for a huge weekend of riding, fresh air and good times is always a thrill.” 

“We had some of Australia’s best riders from a range of disciplines and they all loved the trails and event format. There is a real sense of camaraderie between them that makes it a joy to be part of. Combined all this with the superb trails at Mt Buller and good weather and it really has been a superb weekend.”

For more information head to www.gtbikebuller.com 

FULL RESULTS:

Full results are available HERE

Video: Quietly Frothing, Mt Buller with Josh Carlson

But this trip was different; we were meeting to ride with the one and only Josh Carlson. Ranked number 10 in the world in the highly competitive and thrilling scene of enduro racing, Josh ain’t a slouch on a bike. We’d ridden with him once before in Buller, at the official opening of the fantastic Stonefly descent a few years ago, needless to say, it didn’t end well, and with a thud to the dirt, we learnt never again to try and match his speed through the corners.

There’s a very valid reason Josh is employed to race, while we are not.


Want this in your life too? For resort information, accommodation, trail maps, bike rental, upcoming events and more visit the Bike Buller website here: I NEED to do this!



Hit play on the video below, crank up the volume and jump right in.



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We invited Josh to film him ride Buller like we all do but at his pace. From the hotel, we warmed our bones on the rising sun and set off on our way, we blasted the top of Copperhead and split out to scoot through the town over towards Gang Gangs to begin our big ride towards Mt Stirling, off in the distance.

As we flicked and railed our way down the mint turns of Wooly Butt trail, the morning sun lit up the greenery around us, giving us the warm and fuzzy feels. The trails felt great beneath our tyres and looked like a total dream._low6494 _low6529 _low6545 _low6583 _low6605

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The vast Stonefly ascent lay out before us as we began to climb what must be one of the most picturesque trails in the alpine region, the colours, the running creeks, the bark peeling off the trees ahead of summer and that superb mountain air numbed our fatigue and hid the dull burn in our legs.

Some of the best sections of trail are on this climb, the stark contrasts of the sun-bleached gums, dry and white from bushfire against the vibrant flowers and lush green undergrowth. We pause at Willow’s Breeze and remember a good mate, and push on towards Bluff Spur for a bite to eat._low6750 _low6752 _low6772 _low6791 _low6796 _low6811 _low6830

The Mt Stirling Summit is a real burner; your legs will hate you and your lungs won’t let you forget what you did to them, but getting to the top is so damn rewarding that nothing else matters. The views are enormous, and you can see where you’ve come from, Mt Buller is a long way away, that’s where that sense of achievement comes from.  _low6955 _low6906 _low6949 _low6854 _low6932

When you know you’re at the absolute top, with everything below it’s a pretty sweet feeling. To get down to Mirimbah there is much ground to cover, so we let it rip and hammered our way down the fire trail from the summit to the start of the Stonefly descent._low6966

Ripping past the sign signalling the beginning of the 4km singletrack descent, it was time to turn it up and ride the narrow and twisting trail that we know and love.

Between us and the beginning of the Delatite River Trail is not exactly anyone’s favourite climb, Trigger Happy. It might be scenic, but it is steep and the best way to get to the Corn Hill Summit. We take our time and grind the final climb of the day.

Clancy’s Run is a real ball tearer, with huge swooping bowls and huge banked turns the dusty and rocky trail is not to be taken lightly, but with excellent visibility and predictability the speeds creep up and up, and we were flying.

It’s at the bottom of Clancy’s Run that the formidable Delatite River Trail begins, it may be a fire trail but it’s ridden at the type of speeds that you’d be hard pressed to match anywhere else. It’s a rush, a wild and rapid mad dash down alongside the river and over it a dozen times across gargantuan bridges made from fallen trees. _low6988 _low6996

Bursting out to the valley floor, with bike and body in one piece, buzzing and exhausted, it’s that Buller feeling we came for. Ahh, yeah. That’s real mountain biking all right.

Signing off the epic day is a tradition we can’t miss, watching the sunset with a beer from the Mt Buller Summit. Cheers.

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Upcoming Event: GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Alpinestars in March 2017

With great expectations for another superb event, entries are now open for the 2017 GT Bike Buller Festival that will see three massive days of racing at Mt Buller, Victoria from the 11th-13th of March, 2017.

The schedule has been consolidated for 2017 into 11 main MTB events over three days to maximise racing opportunities for riders, and provide a coordinated schedule that suits everyone.

Over 700 riders are expected to compete at Mt Buller for the 9th edition of 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._dsc6648

The ‘Gravity Gods’ and ‘XC Whippet’ combined-races categories will return again, allowing riders to compete in three different races over the three days to award an overall weekend winner in both gravity and cross-country riding disciplines. Riders need to enter the three designated gravity events or three designated cross country events to be eligible to win the title and claim the cash and prizes.bikebullerday3-m-201 moo_2689 moo_3744 bikebullerday1m-282

Sam Maffett General Manager of Rapid Ascent Event Management said he was excited to have officially opened entries to the 2017 GT Bike Buller Festival, a feeling that would echo through the riding community.

“We can’t wait to get back to Buller – it’s always such an awesome biking weekend in one of the best bike parks in Australia. It is a highlight of the year for many riders from all over Australia,” said Maffett.

“With the return of the popular downhill and gravity events, and trademark short and long XC courses; 2017 will not disappoint.” 

The 2017 weekend will be an incredible celebration of all things mountain biking with a broad range of races for all types of riders who can enter just one event, or a combination of them all.

“Mt Buller is Australia’s most epic mountain biking destination, with some of the best trails in the country. Combine this with a stacked schedule of races and full social calendar the appeal is high for groups of mates to come to the event together as well as riders and their families, no matter what their interest or level.”

The three-day celebration of mountain biking will again coincide with the popular ‘Picnic in the Park’ food, wine and music festival held in the Mirimbah Park at the base of Mt Buller. There will also be an extensive Bike Expo and plenty for non-riders to enjoy, including events designed for spectators and a range of social activities._dsc7354 _dsc7338

Gillian Dobson, Group Manager, Marketing, Sales and Events, Mt Buller said she was excited to have the GT Bike Buller Festival back for another massive event at Mt Buller. 

“There is no wonder this event has become the highlight of our calendar – there are so many options for riders no matter what your level, plus plenty to do for non-riders too, including the popular Picnic in the Park food, wine and music festival in Mirimbah Park on the Sunday,” said Dobson. _dsc7219 _dsc7109 _dsc7202 _dsc6958

“The event gets bigger and better every year, giving participants and their friends and family the perfect balance of riding and fun for a sensational weekend here on top of the world at Mt Buller.”

Peter Kouppas of Monza Imports Cycling said he was very excited to partner with GT Bicycles and Rapid Ascent for what is shaping up to be a massive event. 

“GT is thrilled to be back at the mountain once again for 2017. From supplying the very best equipment to the best athletes around the world we know that GT can produce a mountain conqueror,” Kouppas said. 

“The GT Bike Buller event is a natural fit for Alpinestars. Proven and raced by the very best, Alpinestars mountain bike apparel and protection guards have all the technical specifications ensuring for a comfortable and safe ride. “_dsc6788 _dsc6072 _dsc5863 pumptrack-matt-6

“GT bicycles is very proud to be the naming partner of this event and can’t wait to see you there.” 

The revolutionary GT 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 2017 GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Alpinestars at BIKEBULLER.com.


EVENT DETAILS:

When: Saturday 11th – Monday 13th March, 2017 (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:

Outlaw All-mountain Trophy #
ABOM Down Hill #
Gravity Enduro #

 

XCOUNTRY RACES:

Stonefly Circuit 40km *
Buller Blitz 18km
Brake Burner *
Corn Hill XC 20km *

 

SPECTATOR EVENTS:

16” Dual Slalom
Pump Track Pursuit
Picnic in the Park

 

KIDS EVENTS:

Village Ride
Picnic in the Park Bike Fun

*   XC Whippet combined race

#  Gravity Gods combined race

Who:  Mountain bike riders of all levels and riding styles

Mt Buller to Host the Third Annual Australian Mountain Bike Summit

Mt Buller will host the third annual Australian Mountain Bike Summit on 5-6 December 2016 – the only conference in Australia dedicated solely to the mountain bike industry. Presented by Mt Buller Bike Park, the Summit has become a must-attend industry event that covers a range of topics relevant to individuals, groups and organisations in the mountain biking industry, or those looking to enter the space.

Hosted by renowned cycling commentator, SBS journalist and host of The Bike Lane, Matt Keenan this year’s Summit will feature a number of local and international mountain biking experts, including the visionary Charlie Sturgis, CEO of the Park City Mountain Trails Foundation, legendary trail builder Glen Jacobs of World Trail, Bradley Fauteux, CEO of Parks Victoria plus Australia’s foremost expert on adaptive mountain biking, Andrew Liddawi. Speakers will deliver a range of keynote addresses and workshops that allow participants to hear from the specialists, share ideas and ask questions in a collaborative environment. Covering MC duties will be Matt Keenan, renowned cycling commentator, SBS journalist and host of The Bike Lane. mtb_summit_151208_0327

“The Australian Mountain Bike Summit is unique in Australia, as it focusses purely on the challenges, opportunities and state of the market for the mountain bike industry”, said Gillian Dobson, Group Manager – Marketing, Sales and Events for Mt Buller Resort Management. 

“We developed the Australian Mountain Bike Summit after recognising a gap in the market for such an event, and dedicated ourselves to bringing together key industry players to learn about and discuss the key challenges and emerging opportunities currently impacting the Australian and international mountain bike markets.”

“Importantly, the program also allows for a range of networking opportunities, where industry leaders come together with business operators, clubs, land managers and retailers to informally discuss topics of interests and make business connections” said Dobson. “In addition, delegates are given several opportunities to get out on Mt Buller’s world-class trails, either as part of a guided tour or independently. Those up for a challenge will head straight to Mt Buller’s legendary 42km Australian Alpine Epic ride, the only trail of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere”.

mtb_summit_151207_0077The Australian Mountain Bike Summit is preceded by the official opening of the Mt Buller Bike Park on Saturday 3 December. The opening features a great program of activities and events across the weekend that will provide delegates a great reason to come early and make the most of their time at Mt Buller.

“The Australian MTB Summit is a highly interactive, engaging forum that combines expert and topical discussion with opportunities to expand networks, and participate actively in what it’s all about – mountain bike riding. We encourage everyone in the industry to consider attending this critical event”, concluded Dobson.

Registration for the Australian Mountain Bike Summit is now open. Registration costs $499 per person plus booking fee, which covers the two-day conference, all conference catering and networking functions including the three-course Official Summit Dinner, and three guided rides. An early bird discount of 10% applies until Sunday, 18 September.

For further information about the Australian Mountain Bike Summit, visit bike.mtbuller.com.au or email [email protected]

 

Event Wrap-up: GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox

Mt Buller celebrated a huge weekend of mountain biking action at the GT Bike Buller MTB Festival presented by Fox, over the March Labour Day weekend, 12-14 March.

Now in its eight year, the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox has become the ultimate biking weekend on the annual calendar, with the variety of events and lively social scene providing appeal for riders, friends and family.

The three-day event consisted of seven core mountain bike races, two spectacle events (the 16” dual slalom and pump track pursuit), a trail running race, three kids’ events and a whole bunch of added social activities.

With events to cater for riders of all disciplines and ability levels, the diverse crowd included plenty of cross country riders, downhill and gravity riders. Local riders enjoyed the increased level of competition, with participants from around Australia and as far afield as Chile, all making the most of the Victorian long weekend.

Day one of the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox (c) Mandy Lamont
Day one of the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox (c) Mandy Lamont

Hans ‘no way’ Rey, considered to be the world’s leader in extreme mountain biking, was a major drawcard to the event this year. Along with numerous race accomplishments, Rey is a three-time trials riding world champion, as well as a showman, a stuntman and an adventure mountain biker.

Hans led a 40km social ride along Mt Buller’s Alpine Epic Trail, which saw nearly 80 guests taking the opportunity to ride with the mountain biking legend, and share a beer with him at the end of the day. Hans followed the ride with a lively presentation that covered his career highlights, an entertaining evening for all.

Back by popular demand were the combined race categories, giving an overall weekend winner in both the gravity and cross-country riding disciplines. A rider’s individual times are combined, with the lowest cumulative time determining the victor.

Gravity Gods: 
Race the three designated gravity events to contest the Gravity Gods combined races category: Outlaw All Mountain Trophy, ABOM Downhill and Gravity Enduro.

Overall winning male: Ben Forbes
Overall winning female: Sarah Booth

XC Whippets:
Race the three designated cross-country events to contest the XC Whippet combined races category: Stirling Circuit 50km, Brake Burner Enduro, 20km Corn Hill XC.

Overall winning male: Paul van der Ploeg
Overall winning female: Melissa Anset
There was no shortage of competition this weekend. Several riders left the mountain with race titles and prizes; and everyone else left with a huge sense of satisfaction, having enjoyed the magnificent Mt Buller trails and festival atmosphere.

General Manager from Rapid Ascent, Sam Maffet summed up the weekend nicely.

“We’ve had a fantastic weekend celebrating the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox and overall, it’s gone superbly well. This event brings riders from all levels and styles together in one place and we couldn’t have asked for a better place to be than at Mt Buller. There’s definitely the festival vibe here with so many events taking place across the weekend, and we can’t wait to do it all over again in 2017!”

This is how all the action unfolded.


SATURDAY 12TH MARCH:

Stirling Circuit 50km
This was a spectacular – and by all accounts extremely challenging – XC circuit over Mt Stirling and back again including Stonefly, the Corn Hill trails and a chairlift up Mt Buller at the end.

Overall winning male: Paul van der Ploeg
Overall winning female: Melissa Anset

Day two of the Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox (c) Mandy Lamont
Day two of the Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox (c) Mandy Lamont

Stonefly Circuit 35km
The rewarding XC race also took riders to Mt Stirling and back on the phenomenal Stonefly trail with chairlift at the end.

Overall winning male: Jasper Albrecht (17 years of age)
Overall winning female: Julia Clarke
GT Bicycles Outlaw All Mountain Trophy
In this mind-blowing all-mountain race on two of Mt Buller’s DH tracks – Outlaw Express and Yellow Post – riders completed 5 timed descents with an untimed chairlift back to the top. The fastest 3 descents made up the riders’ overall race time.

There were plenty of smiling faces and great tales told at the end of the descent as riders caught their breath as they jumped on the chairlift with their bikes.

At the end of the day it was Shannon Hewetson who posted the fastest men’s times and accomplished mountain biker Sarah Booth who won the women’s event.

Overall winning male: Shannon Hewetson
Overall winning female: Sarah Booth
Fox 16” Dual Slalom
There was plenty of noise from the crowd, encouraged along by the Red Bull Energy DJ, as two riders went head to head down a grass dual slalom track on Bourke Street, on 16” kids bikes! There were loads of stacks and cheering from the spectators as 32 riders took on the challenge. In the winner-takes-all elimination format Ben Forbes won the final round in a hot contest against Shannon Hewetson.

Overall winner: Ben Forbes

16 inch Dual Slalom event during the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox at Mt Buller (c)Mandy Lamont
16 inch Dual Slalom event during the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox at Mt Buller (c)Mandy Lamont

Lezyne Pump Track Pursuit
The trackside bar and BBQ and Red Bull Energy DJ kept the crowd pumping and after some thrilling head to head racing on the pump track. In a do-or-die elimination format, Gaelen Slaney managed to take the crown ahead of last year’s winner, Jackson Frew.

Overall winner: Gaelen Slaney 


SUNDAY 13TH MARCH:

6.5km Trail Run
A spectacular and challenging trail running race took runners along the scenic walking and riding trails up to the Mt Buller Summit, with a beautiful 3.5km descent back to the Village Square.

Overall winning male: Ross Hopkins
Overall winning female: Lauren Crowe

 

Gaelen Slaney and Jackson Frew following the final round of the Pump Track Pursuit_(c) Mt Buller_Andrew Railton
Gaelen Slaney and Jackson Frew following the final round of the Pump Track Pursuit_(c) Mt Buller_Andrew Railton
Gaelen Slaney during the head-to-head knockout round in the Pump Track Pursuit at the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox (c) Mt Buller_Andrew Railton
Gaelen Slaney during the head-to-head knockout round in the Pump Track Pursuit at the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox (c) Mt Buller_Andrew Railton

GT Bicycles Brake Burner Enduro
The most popular race for the weekend was the multi-lap enduro down a 7km XC/DH course to the base of the chairlift and back up again until the final 12km Super-D (Race 9) to the Picnic in the Park festival at the base of the mountain.

Overall winning male: Bret Murray
Overall winning female: Sue Thompson

 

Fox Mt Buller Super D
This exhilarating 12km Super-D race took riders from the top of Mt Buller all the way to the bottom – descending over 1100m in a single run. Riders flew down the Delatite River Trail to finish in the Picnic in the Park festival at the base of the mountain.

Overall winning male: Brad Wadsworth
Overall winning female: Alice Matthews

 

GT Bicycles ABOM Downhill
A single timed descent down Mt Buller’s original downhill track, ABOM from top to bottom.

Overall winning male: Tim Eaton
Overall winning female: Sarah Booth

 


MONDAY 14TH MARCH:

Corn Hill Crankfest XC 22km
It was a tight race on the challenging XC 22km Crankfest on the flowing single track around the Mt Buller Village and neighbouring Cornhill trails.

Overall winning male: Adrian Jackson
Overall winning female: Melissa Anset
Adidas Eyewear Gravity Enduro 20km
A gravity enduro around the most popular Mt Buller and Cornhill trails with 5 timed descents interspersed with untimed climbs and transit stages.

Overall winning male: Ben Forbes
Overall winning female: Philippa Norton


For details and entries visit www.gtbikebuller.com.au

Mt Buller: One Mountain, Many Ways to Ride it

With trails to suit just about every style of rider and bike, Buller’s the kind of place that can tempt you into to all kinds of quasi-justifiable, but potentially financially/familially destructive bike purchasing rampages.

You see, you’ve gotta bring a road bike, so you can enjoy the proximity to some of the country’s best roads and climbs, including the famed 16km ascent to the village.

And then you’ll definitely want a cross-country bike too, for ripping around the endless amount of flowy singletrack, on trails like Gang Gangs, Misty Twist and Medusa.

But then something with a bit more travel wouldn’t go astray as well, maybe an all-mountain bike, so you can really hammer it on the epic descents like Copperhead, Stonefly, the Australian Alpine Epic or the Delatite River Trail.

Of course you’ll also to bring your downhill bike, for cutting laps on the chair-lifted trails of International and ABOM too, so make sure you leave space in the car for that one as well….

Join us, as National Enduro Champ Chris Panozzo shows you how to make the most of Mt Buller!

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Climbing on perfect roads in the late arvo light.
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Picture perfect alpine singletrack on Misty Twist.
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Heading up Medusa, with Mt Stirling in the distance.

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Sunset at the Buller summit is to die for. It’s always worth the climb.
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Clancy’s Run, off the peak of Corn Hill.
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Jamming it into another granite berm on Clancy’s Run.
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And don’t forget your downhill bike. The descents of ABOM and International have been part of the Australian downhill circuit for years, for good reason.

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Entries Open to The GT Bike Buller Festival Presented by Fox in March 2016

The GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox has been stepped up another notch for 2016, bringing another massive line-up of events for all types of rider.

The mountain bike festival will be held at Mt Buller Victoria, 12-14 March 2016 and will feature 14 MTB events, a trail run, the opportunity to ride with MTB Hall of Fame Member Hans Rey  plus a full social calendar with spectator events, MTB movies, bike expo, and a huge food, wine and music festival.

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Now in its eighth year, the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox has become the ultimate biking weekend on the annual calendar, with the party scene providing appeal for groups of mates and riders’ families as well.

The event organiser, Rapid Ascent, is expecting another great edition of the event given its previous success and the new offerings in the event program.

“We couldn’t be more excited for the 2016 event at Buller! This year is set to be absolutely massive, with the addition of some great downhill and gravity events to really appeal to the growing contingent of riders looking to challenge themselves on Buller’s sensational tracks. We’ll have our popular short and long XC courses, and a great range of events designed for all types of riders no matter what their interest or level.

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“We cannot wait to get back to Buller – it’s always such an awesome weekend of all things biking in arguably one of the best bike parks in Australia, and to have Hans Rey heading out to join us brings an additional element that will really take the event to the next level,” – Sam Maffett, General Manager, Rapid Ascent.

New key sponsors GT and Fox will add to the event’s drawcard, bringing with them Hans ‘no way’ Rey and the unique opportunity to meet and ride with this freeriding legend.

The GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox provides the ultimate test for mountain bike riders, and is set to challenge participants once again with a number of thrilling races over the three days. Riders are able to enter just one event or many events, or enter a specific combination of gravity or cross country races to get a combined race discount.

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Back by popular demand are combined race categories to determine an overall weekend winner in the gravity and cross-country riding disciplines. You’ll need to enter the three designated gravity events or the three designated cross country events to be eligible to win the title and claim the cash prize.

Overall, the event provides eager mountain bike riders and their families with a massive weekend of bikes, single track, fresh air and partying at an internationally renowned mountain bike destination – Mt Buller.

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Amber Gardner, Marketing Director for Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management, is thrilled to see the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox hit the mountain again in 2016.

“The GT Bike Buller Festival has proven to be a really successful and super fun event year after year, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back for another huge event in 2016. The Bike Buller Festival has really become the signature mountain biking event on our calendar, and every year we see so many happy faces enjoying our amazing trail network, which is really what it’s all about – getting people out and enjoying the fun, challenging terrain and fresh air that Buller has to offer.” 

The three-day celebration of mountain biking will again coincide with the popular ‘Picnic in the Park’ food, wine and music festival held in the Mirimbah Park at the base of Mt Buller. There will also be a Bike Expo and plenty for non-riders to enjoy, including events designed for spectators and a range of social activities.


SCHEDULE OF RACES

 

GRAVITY RACES

Outlaw All Mountain Trophy – Saturday

All-mountain racing on two of Mt Buller’s (intermediate level) DH tracks – Outlaw Express and Yellow Post. All riders complete 5 timed descents with an untimed chairlift back to the top, and your fastest 3 descents count.

ABOM Downhill – Sunday

A single timed descent down the ABOM DH track from top to bottom. Fastest wins

Mt Buller Super D – Sunday

An exhilarating 12km Super-D race from the top of Mt Buller all the way to the bottom – descending over 1100m in a single run. Tear down the Delatite River Trail to finish in the Picnic in the Park festival at the base of the mountain.

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20km Gravity Enduro – Monday

A gravity enduro around the most popular Mt Buller and Cornhill trails with 5 timed descents interspersed with untimed climbs and transit stages.


CROSS COUNTRY

 

Stirling Circuit 50km / 35km – Saturday

A spectacular 50km or 35km XC circuit over Mt Stirling and back again including Stonefly, the Corn Hill trails and a chairlift up Mt Buller at the end.

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Hans Rey Epic Ride – Saturday

An exclusive ride along the Alpine Epic Trail with MTB Hall of Fame Member Hans ‘no way’ Rey. This is a 40km participation ride (not a race) where you can chat to Hans Rey along the way, enjoy the views, stop for lunch and be wowed by this Epic trail!

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Dirt Jump Freestyle – Saturday

A brand new event that’s still in the making, which will be great for spectators.


20km Corn Hill Crankfest XC

A challenging XC race on the flowing singletrack around the Mt Buller Village and neighbouring Cornhill trails.

Brake Burner Enduro – Sunday

A multi-lap enduro down a 7km XC/DH course to the base of the chairlift and back up again until the final 12km Super-D (Race 9) to the Picnic in the Park festival at the base of the mountain

 

SPECTACLE EVENTS

 

16” Dual Slalom – Saturday

Two riders going head to head down a grass dual-slalom track on Bourke Street – on 16” kids bikes! – conducted in an elimination format with a ‘winner takes all’ final to the roars of the crowd.


Pump Track Pursuit – Saturday

Thrilling head to head racing on the pump track in a do-or-die elimination format. It will be a ‘winner takes all’ final in front of a massive crowd.

6km Trail Run – Sunday

A spectacular trail running race along the scenic alpine walking and riding trails leading to the Mt Buller Summit and back again. Great for non-riders or those who want to mix it up.

 

Picnic in the Park Festival – Sunday

The ever-popular Picnic in the Park food, wine and live music festival organised by the Mt Buller Resort Management team will be held on the lush green grass of Mirimbah. It includes upwards of 13 local food providers, 7 local beer / wine / cider producers, kids activities and entertainment, and non-stop live music.

KIDS’ EVENTS

 

Buller Village Ride – Saturday
A fun ride for kids and off-road newbies with 5km and 10km options on friendly trails around the Mt Buller Village.

 

Picnic in the Park Bike Fun – Sunday

An(other) opportunity for kids to get out on their bikes with a fun little ride in the Picnic in the Park festival at Mirimbah. Balance bikes, trikes and little ones all welcome.

 

Kids Pump Track – Monday

A fun event for kids aged under 13yrs on the Pump Track – it’s their time to shine.


 

Entries are now open for the 2016 GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox at www.BIKEBULLER.com

Mt Buller to bring its pump track to the city for three very special nights

It might be the thick of the snow season at Mt Buller, but the team behind Bike Buller’s world-class mountain bike park is already getting set to launch head-first into another huge summer of riding, kicking off with three very special events in Melbourne this September, October and November.

The Bike Buller Pump Track Sessions will see Mt Buller’s Subaru Pump Track make the journey from the mountains to the city and set up in a giant warehouse at Essendon Fields for three night-time pump track sessions, complete with DJs, food truck, bar and more. The Subaru Pump Track will be open for general use, and a competition session will see riders battle it out for a sensational prize pool including $1000 cash for the winner. The Mt Buller crew will be on hand spreading the word about what’s new and what’s happening this summer, and the team from Monza Imports will be there with bikes available to demo on the track.

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Marketing Director for Mt Buller Resort Management, Amber Gardner, said the Bike Buller Pump Track Sessions are a great chance to shake off the winter blues and get ready to hit the mountains. “We’re super excited about bringing the Subaru Pump Track to Melbourne!

“It gives us the chance to bring a piece of the Mt Buller Bike Park to the city, hang out with our loyal customers and industry partners and really get the countdown to summer started.”

“After the launch of the Australian Alpine Epic trail last summer which saw us enjoy record numbers of people hitting our trails, we’re looking forward to another massive season of mountain biking here on Buller all summer long. We can’t wait to bring the Bike Buller buzz to Melbourne for three special nights!”

Bike Buller Pump Track Sessions

When? Wednesday 23 September, Wednesday 14 October and Wednesday 18 November 2015.

Where? 249 Wirraway Rd, Essendon Fields, Melbourne, VIC.

Why? Because when else would you get the chance to hit Australia’s first modular pump track in a cool as hell warehouse set-up?

Bike Buller MTB Festival Wrap Up

The 2015 Bike Buller MTB Festival, presented by Orbea, has wrapped up for another year. If you don’t know this event and what it’s all about, let us explain. Bike Buller, as it’s known, is an event for real all-round mountain bikers. Over three days it crams in a huge amount of action, across so many different disciplines of mountain biking it’ll leave you dizzy trying to decide how to set up your bike!

There’s everything from brake burners races, to cross country missions, ridiculously fast top-to-bottom enduro descents, right through to pump track racing. It’s a real test of overall mountain biking skill and fitness, all held in the stunning surrounds of Mt Buller. If you haven’t been to Buller, check out our video below, and lock yourself in for Bike Buller next year as it’s the best way to see all the trails.

Read on below for the official wrap up this year’s racing, with the most amazing spread of events yet.


It was a huge weekend of mountain biking action at the Bike Buller MTB Festival presented by Orbea, over the weekend, 7-9 March.

The three-day event consisted of seven serious mountain bike races, two spectacle events (the dual slalom and pump track), a trail running race, three kids’ events and a whole bunch of added social activities.

The crowd was diverse with events to cater for riders of all styles. There were plenty of cross country riders but just as many downhill and gravity riders. There were groups of mates from faraway places such as Bathurst NSW, Queensland and even Singapore; local riders enjoying the increased level of competition; and plenty of families making the most of the Victorian long weekend.

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Alice Hamilton, the overall female winner of Race 11, summed up the weekend nicely.

“We’ve had the best weekend. There’s definitely the festival vibe here with so many events and the pump track and Picnic in the Park. We’ve loved it,” she said.

Alex Swann proved too good in the downhill, taking out three race wins for the weekend, but there was no shortage of competition. Several other riders left the mountain with race titles and prizes; and everyone else left with a huge sense of satisfaction, having enjoyed the magnificent Mt Buller trails and festival atmosphere.

This is how all the action unfolded.

SATURDAY 7TH MARCH:

Race 1 – Schwalbe Stirling Circuit 50km
This was a spectacular – and by all accounts extremely challenging – XC circuit over Mt Stirling and back again including Stonefly, the Corn Hill trails and a chairlift up Mt Buller at the end.

Brad Clarke from Berwick Victoria was the clear winner, finishing nearly 12 minutes ahead of the next rider.

“It was good fun; I really enjoyed it. I went out really hard from the start and managed to take an early lead. The best part of the course was definitely the descent on the Stonefly Trail,” said Clarke.

Overall winning male: Brad Clarke
Overall winning female: Melissa Anset
Race 2 – Fox Stonefly Circuit 35km
This rewarding XC race took riders also took riders to Mt Stirling and back on the phenomenal Stonefly trail with chairlift at the end.

“It’s my first time riding at Mt Buller. The downhill section after the 50km and 35km split was just fantastic, so flowy and so much fun. I’m not used to the altitude but I loved the trails,” said Rebecca Payne from Sydney.

Overall winning male: Brad Tregoweth
Overall winning female: Rebecca Payne
Race 3 – Fox Outlaw All Mountain Trophy
In this mind-blowing all-mountain race on two of Mt Buller’s DH tracks – Outlaw Express and Yellow Post – riders completed 5 timed descents with an untimed chairlift back to the top. The fastest 3 descents made up their overall race time.

There were plenty of smiling faces and great tales told at the end of the descent as riders caught their breath as they jumped on the chairlift with their bikes.

At the end of the day, it was Alex Swann who posted the fastest men’s times and highly accomplished mountain biker Clare Kovarik who won the women’s event.

“I didn’t ride particularly well but my favourite bit was the one long straight section where you could go pretty fast so it was good fun,” said Vaughan Blom from Aspendale.

Overall winning male: Alex Swann
Overall winning female: Clare Kovarik
Race 4 –Fox Kids Village Ride
Kids had a ball with this super-fun 5km cross country ride on the friendly trails around the Mt Buller Village. There were no winners as such but ever participant walked away with prizes and high grins on their faces.
Race 5 – Fox 16” Dual Slalom
There was plenty of noise from the crowd, encouraged along by the Red Bull Energy DJ, as two riders went head to head down a grass dual slalom track on Bourke Street, on 16” kids bikes! There were loads of stacks and jeering from the spectators as 32 riders took on the challenge. In the winner-takes-all elimination format Connor Feardon won the final round in a hot contest against Tim Eaton.

Overall winner: Connor Feardon
Race 6 – LEZYNE Kids Pump Track
This was a great opportunity for the kids to have a go on the rolling Pump Track, proudly strutting their stuff to their supportive parents and onlookers.
Race 7 – Flow Pump Track Pursuit
The trackside bar and BBQ and Red Bull Energy DJ kept the crowd pumping and after some thrilling head to head racing on the pump track in a do-or-die elimination format, young rider Jackson Frew managed to take the crown.

Overall winner: Jackson Frew

SUNDAY 8TH MARCH:

9.5km Trail Run
A spectacular and challenging trail running race took runners along the scenic alpine walking and riding trails and up to the Mt Buller Summit, with a beautiful 3.5km descent back to the Village Square.

“It was a beautiful run. I was waiting for someone to pass me on the way down so I just wanted to hold on and get to that finish. My husband raced in the 50km mountain biking yesterday so it was my turn to have some fun today,” said Caitlin Wade from Sydney.

Overall winning male: Ross Hopkins
Overall winning female: Caitlin Wade
Race 8 – SRAM Guide Brake Burner Enduro
The most popular race for the weekend was the multi-lap enduro down a 7km XC/DH course to the base of the chairlift and back up again until the final 12km Super-D (Race 9) to the Picnic in the Park festival at the base of the mountain.

“I managed to get 6 laps in before hitting the Super D. I had a nice clean run down the trails and a really nice stranger stopped to help me on the trail when I had I had a flat. It’s been a great day,” said Helen Yates from Melbourne.

Overall winning male: Jason Archer
Overall winning female: Leah Childs

 

Race 9 – Fox Mt Buller Super D

This exhilarating 12km Super-D race took riders from the top of Mt Buller all the way to the bottom – descending over 1100m in a single run. Riders flew down the Delatite River Trail to finish in the Picnic in the Park festival at the base of the mountain.

There were a few thrills and spills on course as competitors lapped up the downhill sections, and a fierce battle between Alex Swann and Tim Eaton to capture the win.

“That was awesome. We were both flying down. It was a great trail and we haven’t done the event before. It was great fun,” said Joel and Aidan Geysen from Melbourne.

Overall winning male: Alex Swann
Overall winning female: Daniela Ruoss

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Race 10 – Fox Kids Picnic Ride
It was a diverse field of kids that put their hands up for the Picnic Ride in the Picnic in the Park festival in Mirimbah, with children as young as 3 years on balance bikes through to 13 years on some serious looking machines. They started off with a skills course, progressed to five-laps of challenging off-course circuit and finished brilliantly with a fun “bike limbo”. Cheered on my eager parents in was a great event to encourage young riders.

 

MONDAY 9TH MARCH:

Race 11 – Adidas Eyewear Corn Hill Crankfest XC 22km
It was a tight race on the challenging XC 22km Crankfest on the flowing single track around the Mt Buller Village and neighbouring Cornhill trails. There was a strong lead pack of five riders setting the pace until race favourite Joey Esterhuysen managed to break away on one of the downhill sections.

“It was an interesting race; the guys were pretty strong at the start but I managed to get away from them so I just went for it. It’s been a really good weekend with the mix of events, the trails are awesome and the volunteer course marshalls have been great,” said Joey Esterhuysen.

Overall winning male: Joey Esterhuysen
Overall winning female: Alice Hamilton
Race 12 – Bell Super 2R Gravity Enduro 20km
A gravity enduro around the most popular Mt Buller and Cornhill trails with 5 timed descents interspersed with untimed climbs and transit stages.

“That was the best race of the weekend for me. It’s been a sic weekend, just loved it,” Scott Larritt from Melbourne.

“Yeah, I’ve been having a bit of a go this weekend. I had a really good race yesterday against Tim Eaton so I was definitely feeling it today. The gravity enduro today was really good; good format and a really nice way to finish off the weekend,” said Alex Swann.

Overall winning male: Alex Swann
Overall winning female: Jacinta Nelsson

 

For full results on the 2015 Bike Buller MTB Festival presented by Orbea visit www.BIKEBULLER.com

 

Mt Buller’s Signature Event, Bike Buller MTB Festival Presented by Orbea, is Coming

Mountain bikers are getting set for the biggest event on Mt Buller’s busy calendar, the Bike Buller MTB Festival Presented by Orbea on March 7-9.

Taking place over the Victorian Labour Day long weekend on Mt Buller’s world-class trails, the Bike Buller MTB Festival will see riders enjoy a jam-packed three days of mountain biking and festival fun at the popular Picnic in the Park food, wine and music festival at Mirimbah Park.

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The festival is an ‘all mountain’ event, held across Mt Buller’s world-class cross-country, endurance and downhill trails, and suitable for riders of all abilities and disciplines. Run by event management company Rapid Ascent, the team behind the Giant Odyssey, Salomon Trail Running Series, Surf Coast Century and a number of other iconic adventure events, the 2015 Bike Buller MTB Festival presented by Orbea has a massive 14-event schedule with a diverse range of mountain bike races, kids’ events and even a trail running component.

General Manager of Rapid Ascent, Sam Maffett, is looking forward to the 2015 event. “This year’s Bike Buller MTB Festival is set to be the biggest yet – we’ve added a number of events designed to appeal to the whole spectrum of mountain bikers, from downhill and enduro to short and long-course cross-country. Plus, with kids’ events and the addition of trail running, as well as the sensational Picnic in the Park food and wine festival, there really is something for everyone to enjoy over the long weekend.

“Mt Buller’s trail network is ideal for a full weekend of events, and we can’t wait to get back there for this sensational celebration of all things mountain biking”, said Maffett.

Riders can choose to do one or more events over the weekend with a healthy mix of XC, downhill, gravity enduro and even some spectator-friendly pump track events included in the schedule:

Saturday 7th March

Race 1 – Schwalbe Stirling Circuit 50km

Race 2 – Fox Stonefly Circuit 35km

Race 3 – Fox Outlaw All Mountain Trophy

Race 4 – Fox Kids Village Ride

Race 5 – Fox 16” Dual Slalom

Race 6 – LEZYNE Kids Pump Track

Race 7 – Flow Pump Track Pursuit

 

Sunday 8th March

9.5km Trail Run

Race 8 – SRAM Guide Brake Burner Enduro

Race 9 – Fox Mt Buller Super D 12km

Race 10 – Fox Kids Picnic in the Park Ride

 

Monday 9th March

Race 11 – Adidas Eyewear Crankfest 22km

Race 12 – BELL Super 2R Gravity Enduro 20km

Race 13 – Fox Buller DH Cup

Race 14 – Fox ABOM Downhill

 

For further information, including event details, accommodation and more, visit bike.mtbuller.com.au.

 

Bike Buller MTB Festival Gets Super-Sized for 2015

Rapid Ascent have just announced a massive expansion of the Bike Buller MTB Festival for 2015. To be held 7-9 March, the program of events now has 14 races across three days of awesome riding.

Director of Marketing, Sales and Business Development for Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management, Amber Gardner, is looking forward to the return of the popular event.

“Mt Buller has solidly cemented itself as a premier mountain biking destination, and we’re really excited to host an even bigger Bike Buller MTB Festival for 2015,” said Gardner.

“The Resort is now home to some of the best trails in the country, including the signature 10km XC trail Stonefly, Australia’s first flow down trail, Copperhead and set to open in December, the 40km Australian Alpine Epic, the very first IMBA Epic trail in the Southern Hemisphere.

“Sensational riding in this spectacular location, combined with plenty of fun activities for non- riders, makes for one seriously awesome weekend on top of the world at Mt Buller,” she said.

The three-day celebration of mountain biking will again coincide with the popular ‘Picnic in the Park’ food, wine and music festival held in the Mirimbah Park at the base of Mt Buller. There will also be a Bike Expo and plenty for non-riders to enjoy, including a range of exciting activities available on and around Mt Buller to suit all ages and interests.

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LONG WEEKEND SCHEDULE OF RACES

 

SATURDAY 7TH MARCH

Race 1 – The 50km Schwalbe Stirling Circuit
A spectacular XC circuit over Mt Stirling and back again including Stonefly, the Corn Hill trails and a chairlift up Mt Buller at the end.
Race 2 – The 35km Stonefly Circuit
A rewarding XC race to Mt Stirling and back on the phenomenal Stonefly trail with chairlift at the end
Race 3 – The Outlaw All Mountain Trophy – NEW
All-mountain racing on two of Mt Buller’s (intermediate level) DH tracks – Outlaw Express and Yellow Post. All riders complete 5 timed descents with an untimed chairlift back to the top, and your fastest 3 descents count.
Race 4 – Kids Village Ride – NEW
A fun ride for kids and off-road newbies with 5km and 10km options on friendly trails around the Mt Buller Village.
Race 5 – The Red Bull 16” Dual Slalom – NEW
Two riders going head to head down a grass dual-slalom track on Bourke Street – on 16” kids bikes! – conducted in an elimination format with a ‘winner takes all’ final to the roars of the crowd.
Race 6 – Kids Pump Track – NEW
A fun event for kids aged under 13yrs on the Pump Track – it’s their time to shine.
Race 7 – The Flow Pump Track Pursuit
Thrilling head to head racing on the pump track in a do-or-die elimination format. It will be a ‘winner takes all’ final in front of a massive crowd.

SUNDAY 8TH MARCH:

9.5km Trail Run
A spectacular trail running race along the scenic alpine walking and riding trails leading to the Mt Buller Summit and back again. Great for non-riders or those who want to mix it up.
Race 8 – The 4.5hr Brakeburner Enduro
A multi-lap enduro down a 7km XC/DH course to the base of the chairlift and back up again until the final 12km Super-D (Race 9) to the Picnic in the Park festival at the base of the mountain
Race 9 – Mt Buller Super D
An exhilarating 12km Super-D race from the top of Mt Buller all the way to the bottom – descending over 1100m in a single run. Tear down the Delatite River Trail to finish in the Picnic in the Park festival at the base of the mountain.
Race 10 – Kids Ride at Picnic in the Park
An (other) opportunity for kids to get out on their bikes with a fun little ride in the Picnic in the Park festival at Mirimbah. Balance bikes, trikes and little ones all welcome.

MONDAY 9TH MARCH:

Race 11 – The 22km Corn Hill Crankfest XC
A challenging XC race on the flowing singletrack around the Mt Buller Village and neighbouring Cornhill trails.
Race 12 – The Adidas Eyewear 20km Gravity Enduro – NEW
A gravity enduro around the most popular Mt Buller and Cornhill trails with 5 timed descents interspersed with untimed climbs and transit stages.
Race 13 – The Buller Cup – NEW
Two timed descents on the legendary ABOM DH track with chairlift return back to the top – but there’s a twist… the winner is the rider with the two closest descent times. Anyone can win – fast or slow!
Race 14 – The ABOM Downhill – NEW
A single timed descent down the ABOM DH track from top to bottom. Fastest wins!

 

Entries are now open for the 2015 Bike Buller MTB Festival presented by Orbea at www.BIKEBULLER.com

Mt Buller To Celebrate Summer Season Opening With Films, Food And Fun On The Trails

The season of mountain biking and summer fun will officially kick off at Mt Buller on Saturday 30 November, with the Resort hosting several events to mark the beginning of what is set to be a sensational summer in the High Country.

Mt Buller’s entire cross-country mountain bike trail network will be open, after several months of trail clearing and maintenance following the snow season. Mountain bikers of all ages and abilities can take part in a free Peak to Park Poker Ride, a participatory event where riders collect five playing cards from designated checkpoints on the trails between Mt Buller and Mirimbah Park. At the end of the ride, the participant with the best hand will be rewarded with a sensational prize – a brand new 2013 Specialized mountain bike.

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Saturday evening sees the stunning Mirimbah Park transform into a twilight cinema, complete with local food, wine and beer stalls. Once the sun sets, visitors will be entertained with over two hours of adventure action films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival, with a collection of awe-inspiring films about skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and more.

Director of Marketing, Sales and Business Development for Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management, Amber Gardner, is looking forward to launching into the summer season. “This is summer is set to be huge here at Mt Buller, and we’re celebrating the official launch of the season in style with events for everyone. The Peak to Park Poker Ride is a great way for riders of all levels to get out there and enjoy our world-class mountain bike trails with the focus on fun, and the film festival is sure to be a fantastic night under the stars with a collection of great films from the ever-popular Banff Mountain Film Festival.

“The coming summer looks like it will be the biggest one yet, with a huge calendar of events planned across all interests, including mountain biking, road cycling, trail running, food and wine, motor racing and much more. Join us on top of the world at Mt Buller for a cool change this summer!”

Mt Buller has a range of accommodation options available, starting at just $45 per person. For further information on the Summer Season Opening Weekend and to view accommodation, visit mtbuller.com.au.

Mt Buller summer season opening weekend

November 30-December 1

  • Peak to Park Poker Ride – Registration at Alpine Central, 12pm. Starts Mt Buller Summit 2pm. Free entry.
  • Rides & Reels Film Festival – Mirimbah Park, 4pm (movie starts 8.30pm). Entry $20 adults, $10 kids (age 8 – 17). Tickets now on sale through 03 5777 6077.