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

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 Announces International Speakers for Second Annual Australian MTB Summit

Following a successful inaugural event in 2014, Mt Buller will host the second annual Australian Mountain Bike Summit on 7-8 December, with an impressive line-up of keynote speakers confirmed to deliver invaluable insights vital to the growth of mountain biking in Australia.

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The two-day Summit program has been designed purely to meet the needs of those in the mountain biking space, and features a range of Australian and international industry experts, including:

  • Scot Nichol, Ibis Cycles (USA): MTB evolution: Fat bikes, e-bikes and changing wheel sizes – fads or the future?  
  • Troy Rarick, Over the Edge Sports (USA): How to remain on top in the competitive MTB tourism landscape
  • Dave Donaldson, Rotorua Lakes Council (NZ): Rotorua – building a world-class MTB destination
  • Nicole Orriss and Phil Currie, RDV and Clayton Neil, Indigo Shire Council (Panel):  Show me the money – how to secure funds for new MTB developments.
  • Kate Leeming, Adventurer and Author: Breaking the Cycle – The story of the expedition.
  • Simon French, Dirt Art: The Australian MTB market profile.

Further topics to be covered include advocacy leadership, emerging trail developments, marketing to mountain bikers, professional trail building standards and certification, what’s going down in the gravity space, great trails 101, the future of MTB events in Australia, building MTB trails on a limited budget and regional collaboration for optimal outcomes.

Amber Gardner, Marketing Director for Mt Buller Resort Management, said the 2015 Summit will appeal to a broad range of delegates. “We were thrilled with the success of the inaugural Summit in 2014, and are really looking forward to this year’s event which looks set to be even bigger and better. We’ve designed this year’s Summit program with a whole new line-up of topics and speakers, so delegates that attended in 2014 will see a completely new and different program that will bring further insight and knowledge for the industry.

“This year’s Summit will immediately follow the mountain bike season opening weekend, giving delegates the ideal opportunity to experience Mt Buller’s world-class trails before, during and after the event. We’ve allowed further time in the program for networking, socialising and riding on top of the comprehensive program of keynote addresses and interactive workshops – it’s going to be a massive few days!”

The 2015 Australian Mountain Bike Summit will be held at Mt Buller on 7-8 December, at Australia’s only IMBA-accredited Ride Center and home of the Southern Hemisphere’s only IMBA Epic Trail, the Australian Alpine Epic.

Registrations are now open – delegates who register prior to 16 October will receive a 10% discount, taking the $499 registration fee to $449.

For further information and to register, visit bike.mtbuller.com.au or email [email protected].

 

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?

Must Ride: The Australian Alpine Epic Trail, Mt Buller

This happened to us. The recently opened Australian Alpine Epic Trail is teeming with huge vistas, magical flow, effortless speed, massive trail variety and it’s all in a wide-eyed frothing ride that gives that feeling that only the most epic of epic rides can deliver. It’s a big day out, with plenty of climbing and hard effort to complete the whole 40km, but the best is saved for last with a rewarding final descent that is likely to change your life.

Flow loves a road trip to Buller, it’s a long drive down from Sydney but nothing beats that feeling of turning off the highway and heading up into the big mountains. Especially now that Mt Stirling/Mt Buller have lifted the bar once again with their latest masterpiece – the IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) accredited Epic Trail. The Epic marks the final stage in their huge first phase of mountain bike trail development. With over 100km of premium trails in the region, and some that have been named ‘best trail in the Australia’ it’s only fitting that they sign off with a bang with The Epic, and with the trail builders themselves claiming it is their best work yet. Fear not, this is most definitely the end, we’ve been hearing rumours of the next phase of mountain bike trails at Buller to focus on downhill and beginner cross country trails near the village. Stay tuned for more.

The complete Epic Trail is a 40km journey that takes you from the Mt Buller village, through many of the original trails that lead up towards Howqua Gap and then you climb Stonefly. From the top of the incredible Stonefly you will descend (not the Stonefly singletrack descent) west towards Telephone Box Junction. Grab a bloody delicious coffee and food from the friendly crew at The Epicentre, then you climb up along Razorback Spur. The juiciest part of the new trail is the 7km descent.

The official opening of the trail was a real celebration, with the Bike Buller crew putting on a great show full of surprises for the riders who joined in on the inaugural ride. But once the crowds subsided (and unfortunately the rain arrived) Flow grabbed World Trail’s long serving trail builder and enduro shredder, Ryan De La Rue to show off their work for our camera, this is how it went down.

Directions of use: Watch the video, scroll the pictures, call your crew and plan a trip to ride The Epic as soon as possible.

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Not taken from a plane, views like this from the Mt Buller village are very common. Not bad, eh?

 

It's a 43km ride, in the alps. So, you have to earn your descent.
It’s a 40km ride, in the alps. So, you have to earn your descent.
Follow the signs to bliss trails.
Follow the signs to blissful trails.
The Epic takes you a long way away from Mt Buller, but you spot it at times from some of the long ridge lines that carry you along.
The Epic takes you a long way away from Mt Buller, but you spot it at times from some of the long ridge lines that carry you along.
Let the brakes off, you can trust the trail builders to have built a predictable and safe trail to ride fast.
Let the brakes off, you can trust the trail builders to have built a predictable and safe trail to ride fast.
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The trail rewards your bike handling skills, you’ll be pumping and flowing down the trail gaining speed at each turn.
Lush ferns line the singletrack, which turn into a blur of green as you hoot along.
Lush ferns line the singletrack, which turn into a blur of green as you hoot along.
The trail has been carefully crafted to maintain effortless speed. Less braking, supportive turns and plenty of visibility.
The trail has been carefully crafted to maintain effortless speed. Less braking, supportive turns and plenty of visibility.
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Through forests of mountain ash and alpine snow gums, the trail takes in the best that the alpine region has to offer.
How's the terrain! This was not an easy section of trail to build through, but the team manage to join up spectacular features with beautiful flowing singletrack just fine.
How’s the terrain! This was not an easy section of trail to build through, but the experienced team manage to join up spectacular features with beautiful flowing singletrack just fine.
At the crest of one of the toughest climbs, a well-placed piece of furniture awaits you.
At the crest of one of the toughest climbs, a well-placed piece of furniture awaits your tired wheels.
Breaking up the dizzyingly blissful singletrack are numerous linkages to allow your brain to recharge it's froth depleting froth levels.
Breaking up the dizzyingly blissful singletrack are numerous linkages to allow your brain to recharge its depleting froth levels.
From this point on, prepare to lose your mind.
From this point on, prepare to lose your mind.
Left, right, left, right.
Left, right, left, right.
Every inch of trail is a good experience.
Every inch of trail is a good experience.
One of the many, many heavenly turns.
One of the many, many heavenly turns.
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You’ll be faced with a real dilemma, slow down and take in the stunning surrounds? Or let it RIP!
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Feature packed, it’s a real head explosion to take it all in.
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Turns link up with a magical sense of flow.
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From Lou’s Lookout you can see how much elevation you still have in the bank, plenty.

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This particular section of trail towards the end had everyone stumped on how to negotiate the cliff-lined river. It took time, but World Trail managed. You'll probably spend about 1.5 seconds there...
This particular section of trail towards the end had the construction team stumped on how to negotiate the rocky cliff-lined river. It took time, but World Trail managed the task. You’ll probably spend about 1.5 seconds there though…
The final 3 km follows the Delatite river, roaring with fresh water from the mountains, teeming with fish and lined with lush ferns.
The final 3 km follows the Delatite river, roaring with fresh water from the mountains, teeming with fish and lined with lush ferns.
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You’d be forgiven in mistaking this photo was taken in Rotorua, NZ. The ferns are massive!
Ryan ducks a green curtain along the Delatite River.
Ryan ducks a green curtain along the Delatite River.
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No section is without flowing terrain to maintain momentum.
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The final few metres of the epic journey take you through a forest with a thick fluorescent green canopy.
Congratulations everyone, it's bloody great.
Congratulations everyone, it’s bloody great.

Want more Buller? Click here. We visited the alpine singletrack haven last year to explore the whole spread of trails on offer. 

For everything you need to know about mountain biking in Mt Buller. From accommodation options, bike hire, retail opening hours, trail maps, uplift shuttle details and more: http://bike.mtbuller.com.au

[divider]The Australian Alpine Epic[/divider]

Grade: Intermediate / Advanced
Distance: 40km
Riding time: 4 – 7 hours (ability dependant)
Gradient: Long distance, includes singletrack, fire trail sections and moderately challenging slopes
Fitness: High endurance, medium technical skill
Description: This journey takes riders through a variety of environments, and trail experiences. It utililises familiar favourites including Soul Revival, One Tree Hill, Gang Gangs, Picnic Trail, Cornhill Trail, Woolybutt and Stonefly (ascent). The experience gets a little more wild, as the trail continues through Mt Stirling to Telephone Box Junction, Razorback Trail, No.3 Road, and will thrill with an endless descending flowing down section to Carter’s Road. From there, a scenic river-side stint will bring you back to leafy Mirimbah Park at the base of Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Resorts. Don’t Forget: Be prepared. Pack food, water, trail map and a repair kit. Limited phone reception. Respect the alpine environment. Conditions can change quickly so pack a spare layer of clothing.

[divider]The Epicentre, coffee and food break![/divider]

Located along the new Epic trail at Telephone Box Junction on Mt Stirling, the Epicentre offers servicing (including call-outs), funky bike retail, loads of local knowledge, advice, delicious meals and coffee.

Thur 9am-4pm
Fri 9am-6pm
Sat 8am-5pm
Sun 8am-4pm
Open daily from 17 December 2014 – 26 January 2015

T: 0407 730 809
E: [email protected]
Facebook: Bike Related Industries

[divider]Shuttle Services[/divider]

Mt Buller has two shuttle services that operate during the mountain bike season, a shuttle that runs from the base of the mountain to the top (servicing the Klingsporn and Delatite River Trails) and a shuttle that services the downhill trails after the chairlift season ends.

Mirimbah – Mt Buller Shuttle

There are two awesome trails, (Delatite River Trail & Klingsporn Bridle Track), that take you from the top of Mt Buller right down to Mirimbah at the base of the mountain. If you ride these trails you can take our bike shuttle service back up the hill – too easy! 

The mountain bike shuttle operates from Mirimbah (at the base of the mountain) to Mt Buller each weekend from Melbourne Cup Weekend (2 November) until the Easter long weekend in April. 
Available: Saturdays & Sundays 1 November 2014 – 26 April 2015
Times: 9am, 11:30am, 2.30pm and 4:30pm (extra shuttles can be operated on demand for groups)
Cost: $15 per run or $40 for four
Bookings & enquiries: 03 5777 5529 or email [email protected].

PLEASE NOTE BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

Mirimbah – Mt Stirling Shuttle

Ride the Australian Alpine Epic from the Mt Buller Village to Telephone Box Junction (TBJ), and catch the shuttle back to Mirimbah or start your ride 1/3 of the way in, at TBJ.

The mountain bike shuttle operates from Mirimbah (at the base of the mountain) to Mt Stirling each weekend from 6 December until the 26 April. 

Available: Saturdays & Sundays 6 December 2014 –  26 April 2015
Times: Departs Mirimbah 10:15am & 12:45pm (extra shuttles can be operated on demand for groups)
Cost: $15 per run 
Bookings & enquiries: 03 5777 5529 or email [email protected]

PLEASE NOTE BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL

 

Photo Feature Preview: Riding the Australian Alpine Epic Trail, first

December 6 was the day when hoards of frothing mountain bikers joined those who were already in town for the Australian Mountain Bike Summit to ride the Epic first. It was a real unknown, not even the locals had ridden it, anyone who found their way onto it or snuck in a ride before the open date were spotted on the surveillance cameras and busted custard accordingly. We even tried to pay the trail builders a visit earlier in the year when the trail was under construction, but the talk of being blindfolded and walking through the bush scared us off, so we eagerly awaited what was in store of this massive project.

To date, the project has received $125,000 in federal funding through T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grants, $375,000 in state funding through Regional Development Victoria. Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management has contributed $225,000 and the Mansfield Shire Council a further $25,000.

World Trail began construction in November 2013 a 40km trail that takes riders from the Mt Buller Village all the way down to the valley floor at Mirimbah via some old favourite trails and the recently completed linkages. You begin by riding some of the existing network toward the top of the well-loved Stonefly track, and it heads even further into the wilderness along ridge lines and mountain tops with a mixture of old and new trails. The juiciest bit is the 7km descent that throws you down the mountain in the finest flowing singletrack you will ever ride. Then you cruise a 2.7km undulating trail along the Delatite river to Mirimbah where an uplift shuttle awaits (if you’re organised) to return you back to Buller. It’s a mind bending ride, a real tough undertaking and is not for the faint hearted. A lot of climbing is rewarded with fun descending, so expect some highs and lows, cursing and hotting, it’s a real epic day ride.

Mount Buller threw one hell of a party for the riders to celebrate the Epic opening, whilst the weather didn’t like to party as much, the day was a real blast. This is how it unfolded.

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The drive to Buller is always a real pleasure, a true road trip in all respects. You pass through great country towns, it’s super scenic, and the approach to the big mountains always gets us very excited to ride.
We made it onto a really big billboard! Life is complete.
We made it on to a really big billboard! Life is complete. That Damian Breach photo is a real winner.
The launch of the Australian Alpine Epic Trail coincided with the inaugural Mountain Bike summit. Like the G20 Summit, but more focussed on mountain biking... Trail advocacy, event management, industry, media, land management and networking all went down in a fine gathering of the key playing in the MTB community.
The launch of the Australian Alpine Epic Trail coincided with the inaugural Australian Mountain Bike Summit. Like the G20 Summit, but more focussed on mountain biking… Trail advocacy, event management, industry, media, land management and networking all went down in a fine gathering of the key playing in the MTB community. The future is bright, and we were honoured to be involved and presenting in the Summit.
A visit to Buller can't be complete without a visit to the summit for a sunset beer.
A visit to Buller can’t be complete without a walk up to the summit for a sunset beer.

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Some hoppy goodness from the nearby town, Beechworth, Bridge Road Brewers.
The morning began with the old favourite trails that took us up high towards Mt Stirling. Dave from Albany, WA burns his altitude-trainied lungs in anticipation of what lays ahead in the fog.
The morning began with the old favourite trails that took us up towards Mt Stirling. Dave from Albany, WA burns his altitude-trained lungs in anticipation of what lies behind the curtains of fog.
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Patty Young from Specialized Australia begins the famous Stonefly climb.
Don't be fooled, there's a lot of climbing to earn the descent.
Don’t be fooled, there’s a lot of climbing to earn the descent.
Way out in the middle of nowhere, tubes were blasting riders up the climbs. Alpine rave, anyone?
Way out in the middle of nowhere, tunes were blasting riders up the climbs. Alpine rave, anyone?
IMBA's Joey Klein enjoying an alpine pink lady at the Stonefly summit. This is his 9th trip to Australia, and the Epic blew his mind.
IMBA’s Joey Klein enjoying a crisp pink lady at the Stonefly summit. This is his 9th trip to Australia, and the Epic blew his mind.
Telephone Box Junction is not only a place to begin or finish a ride, with public road access closest to the best bits of The Epic, there is also COFFEE!
Telephone Box Junction is not only a place to begin or finish a ride with public road access closest to the best bits of The Epic, there is also COFFEE!
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Coffee in the middle of nowhere should not be that good, right? Wrong. The Epicentre serves up a stellar muddy heart starter as we approached The Epic.
Pop your head into The Epicentre for a realllllly good coffee, organic food, bike repairs, local advice and a bit of goody shopping.
Pop your head into The Epicentre at the Telephone Box Junction for a realllllly good coffee, organic food, bike repairs, local advice and a bit of goody shopping.
The signs we were waiting for.
The signs we were waiting for.
Bike Buller surprised riders again with a remarkably remote juice stall.
Bike Buller surprised riders again with a remarkably remote pedal powered smoothie stall. Free!
Cheers for the juice, but we had to pedal the bike/blender ourselves? Sheeeesh...
Cheers for the smoothies, but we had to pedal the bike/blender ourselves? Sheeeesh…
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Beats water and and warm jelly snakes any day. Fresh fruit smoothies! Free!
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Free Epic smoothies!
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This is where our photos become a bit thin in quantity… The descent began and it became really quite hard to stop and shoot, please accept our apologies, a full report is coming soon though we promise.
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Feature packed, the Epic takes you through, past, around and over eye-poppingly gorgeous wilderness.
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In true World Trail style, the flowing descent rewards all your efforts that lay behind you.
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Imagine descending 7km of trail like this? Hardly any pedalling or braking, just dreamy flow.
When we couldn't yell any more, our bodies were exhausted, heads exploded, we were greeted by another remote surprise.
When we couldn’t yell any more, our bodies were exhausted, heads exploded, we were greeted by another remote surprise.
Free ice cream!
Free ice cream!
Never tasted better.
Never tasted better.
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Specialized’s Nick Van der Linden rolls past another disgustingly scenic and fun piece of trail towards the end.
The Delatite river roared beside the final section of the trail, crystal clear and lined with massive green ferns.
The Delatite river roars along beside the final section of the trail, crystal clear and lined with massive green ferns.
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We were a part of something special, first to ride on the Australian Alpine Epic Trail. Done, but not quite dusted.
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Brett and Aaron from Blue Dirt Mountain Biking were shuttling exhausted and muddy mountain bikers like mad back up to Buller from Mirimbah. Cheers, guys!
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Beats climbing. Well, climbing may well have been impossible by that stage. It’s exhausting to ride the full Epic!
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Ryan De la Rue from World Trail celebrates on his finest work yet, he’s responsible for many happy mountain bikers now.
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The rain pushed the celebrations inside, but one last surprise from the folk at Bike Buller, fireworks to cap off a mega amazing day.

The Australian Alpine Epic is open, get to it people!

Stay tuned for a complete story, and a seriously amazing video of Ryan from World Trail shredding the Epic soon.

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Flow Nation: Mt Buller, Day 2

On day 1 in Mt Buller, we got chatting with Norm Douglas, a fella who spends a lot of time up here. His favourite ride? “The Delatite River Trail,” he said, “it’s got something for everybody.” And so taking that recommendation on board, that’s where we pointed ourselves for our second day on the Buller trails.

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The Buller team have developed a great smart phone app to help you get the most out of your time on the trails. It has trail maps, trail info and loads more – definitely worth the download (it’s free).

As you begin the long, winding drive up the mountain to the peak of Buller, you pass a beautiful park and camping ground at Mirimbah; this is where the Delatite River Trail exits, right at the very base of the hill. And its start? Well that’s way, way, way up the mountain – this is a long, generous run, the likes of which are almost unknown in Australia.

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The sky-high eucalypts that surround the Delatite River trail are beautiful, just don’t hit one.

There are many, many aspects that make the Delatite a ride that is guaranteed to stick in your memory. There’s the sheer speeds you reach, fast enough to leave you short of gears; the lingering threat of potential carnage should you stray off the ride line in the rubble strewn fireroad fringe; the towering gums that stretch out of the gullies; the thirteen bridges that span the bubbling waters of the Delatite River… But for us, it’s the way the Delatite Trail just keeps on giving which really stands out. Just when you’re 100% certain you’ve reached bottom, the trail begins descending once again, and you’ve just got to laugh – “it’s still going!”

A dip in the river and a coffee at the excellent Mirimbah store is the perfect way to finish it all off before jumping in the shuttle bus back to the village. Paradise, or what?

Our afternoon was spent on a very different trail, Copperhead. Where the Delatite is raw and natural, Copperhead is a manmade, sculpted flow trail that snakes its way down the ski runs. It’s the ideal trail bike friendly accompaniment to International, Buller’s downhill race track. Berms aplenty, massive corners and a surface that keeps you on your toes, Copperhead doesn’t need a bike with lots of travel for you to have a good time. it’s also the ideal trail for when your legs are blown and the thought of riding back up is enough to send you to the pub.

Tomorrow, we’re taking on Stonefly, a trail we’d have to rate as one of the best in the country.

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World Trail’s Ryan De La Rue joined us on the trails again today. He carries a telescoping fishing rod in his pack – what a legend! He normally bags a trout or two on every outing, but they weren’t biting today.
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There are 13 of these bridges that span the Delatite as you hammer towards Mirimbah. Talk about iconic.
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A quick foot spa in the refreshing (cold) waters of the river before jumping into the shuttle bus.
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Copperhead lets you make the most of the chairlift for some quick vertical, even if you’re not riding a downhill bike.

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