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Blue Dirt Buller Blow Out rounds out Mt Buller’s MTB season

Posted Friday, 28 April 2017

Mt Buller is set to host the annual Blue Dirt Buller Blow Out mountain bike event on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April, officially closing out the Mt Buller 2017 MTB season. It will be an action-packed weekend, with Blue Dirt’s full gravity and all mountain shuttle services operating through the weekend, plus great opportunities to socialise including a free sausage sizzle, a celebratory dinner night and plenty of entertainment.

With perfect autumn weather making riding conditions ideal, the event is a great way to ride some of the best mountain bike trails in Australia one last time. Mt Buller offers over 100 kilometres of cross-country, flow down and gravity trails, including Australia’s first and only must-ride, the Australian Alpine Epic Trail spanning some 40kms between Mt Buller and Mt Stirling.

Set to go off with a bang, the weekend has plenty to offer riders of all disciplines. The Blue Dirt Gravity MTB shuttles will be running non-stop from 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday, and the All Mountain shuttles offer five lifts a day from the bottom of the mountain. After riding the trails, the fun doesn’t stop. Two day pass holders will enjoy free beer and dinner on Saturday night, not to mention free entry in to the Mile High foosball championship, while one day pass holders stay warm with a free sausage sizzle lunch located by the Buller fire pits each day.

Aaron Kopanica from Blue Dirt Mountain Biking says, “This is the season-closer to end all season-closers, making sure the Buller season goes out with a bang! This event has been a sell-out in the past so we are encouraging everyone to register online as there will be no on-the-day registration.”

For more information and to register jump on to the event page at bike.mtbuller.com.au

Hundreds of riders journey to GT Bike Buller Festival this weekend

Posted Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Hundreds of mountain bikers are making the journey from across Australia for the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Alpinestars for three massive days of racing on Mt Buller’s internationally-recognised trails.

Now in its ninth year the GT Bike Buller MTB Festival is Australia’s longest running multi format MTB weekend featuring races across virtually all disciplines - Gravity Enduro, Downhill, X-Country, All Mountain, Pump Track, Kids, and Dual Slalom.

The schedule has been consolidated for 2017 into 11 main MTB events to maximise racing opportunities.

Many of Australia’s elite riders will be racing including former Bike Buller winner Adrian AJ Jackson, Xterra pro triathlete and recent Otway Odyssey runner-up Renata Bucher, Team Holden’s Brodie Chapman, 2016 Gravity runner-up Shannon Hewetson, Sarah Booth and Melissa Ansett.

Check out the competitor list for more - rapidascent.com.au/BikeBuller/competitorlist

In addition to an extensive Bike Expo, there is plenty for riders and non-riders to enjoy, including a range of social activities and the popular ‘Picnic in the Park’ food, wine and music festival held in the Mirimbah Park at the base of Mt Buller.

Location

Mt Buller, Victoria, Australia

Event Expo

An extensive Bike Expo in the Village Square including a broad range of bike brands, components and equipment, races starts and finishes, bouncing castle for kids, live music and MC commentary

Saturday 11 March

  • 9:00am Stonefly Circuit 40km race start
  • 9:15am Buller Blitz 20km race start
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm Outlaw All Mountain Trophy descents
  • 2:30pm Fox Kids Village Ride race start
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm 16” Dual Slalom on "Magic Forest"
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm Pump Track Pursuit
  • 7:00pm Day 1 Presentations @ pump track

Sunday 12 March

  • 8:30am - 3:00pm Brake Burner wave starts and racing
  • 9:00am – 4:00pm ABOM Downhill racing under way
  • 2:00pm Kids Picnic in the Park ride at Mirimbah
  • 7:40pm Day 2 presentations in the Buller Cinema

Monday 13 March

  • 8:30am 20km Corn Hill XC race start
  • 9:30am - 1:00pm Gravity Enduro wave starts and racing
  • 1:00pm Day 3 and final presentations in the village square

Event Website

rapidascent.com.au/BikeBuller

2017 Victorian Mountain Bike Championship Series

Posted Monday, 20 February 2017

Final series points here.

Redback Riders to Return for 10th Outback Stage Race

Posted Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Mountain bikers from across Australia will race along kilometres of hand built single-track at Alice Springs this August as part of The Redback, a four-day, six-stage bike race that attracts Australia’s elite riders down to keen amateurs.

First held in 2008 – the race formerly known as the Ingkerreke Commercial MTB Enduro will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2017, taking place from 17th-20th of August in and around Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory.

“We are stoked to conduct the 10th edition of this iconic race in 2017,” said Race Director John Jacoby from Rapid Ascent. “The mountain biking around Alice Springs has really matured over those years and it is now deservedly known as one of Australia’s most significant riding destinations.”

“When we conducted the first race in 2008 there were plenty of trails that the locals had built but we had to work hard to convince interstate riders to come and race. But now it is widely known that the Red Centre trails are some of the best in Australia.”

Event Manager Sam Maffett added to those comments saying that the trails surrounding Alice Springs are like nothing else in Australia.

“Anyone who rides the Red Centre for the first time is blown away by the quality and quantity of trails,” Maffett said. “There is an endless network of hand built single track that weaves its way through this incredible outback landscape.”

The stages for 2017 have been tweaked to include many of the new trails that have been built recently, providing riders with the best Alice Springs has to offer, from 40-50 kilometre cross country racing, an ANZAC Hill Climb, individual time trial and the 22km Night Race.

“Although the racing is fast at the front, no stages are too long or hard so there’s plenty of time to socialise and hang out around the pool after each day with a great sense of camaraderie established between riders as they knock off each stage one race at a time,” Maffett said.

The Redback has become a dream mountain-bike holiday for many who travel to the Red Centre for a mid-winter escape to blue sky and dusty trails.

All races start and finish within rolling distance of Alice Springs so riders do not need a support crew or a hire car and unlike many other stage races they can stay in the one hotel for the entire event. There is also the flexibility for riders to either do all stage races or pick and choose just the stages that suit them, ideal for working locals.

The nightly presentations and social functions create a great atmosphere, especially as most riders choose to stay at either Chifley Alice Springs Resort – the official event centre – or nearby Lasseter’s, both offering discounted rates for The Redback competitors.

The 2017 event coincides with the famous Rotary Club’s Henley On Todd Regatta on Saturday 19th August, a spectacle family event involving 'boat races' on the Todd River in the centre of Alice Springs.

Entry discounts are available for groups so riders can share the holiday with their mates, and discounts are also available for Alice Springs locals.

Entries to The Redback 2017 are now open. For more info or to enter - head to theredback.com.au

Vic MTB Championship Series Rounds 1 and 2 this weekend (10/11 Dec)

Posted Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Start Group 1 – 9:00am
Under 17 Men, Ultra Masters Men
Open Women, Veteran Women, Masters Women, Super Masters Women, Under 19 Women Under 17 Women
Under 15s Men / Women, Under 13 Men / Women

Start Group 2 – 10:45am
Elite Men, Veteran Men, Under 19 Men
Open Men, Elite Women
Masters Men, Super Masters Men

Entries close Wednesday 7th Dec night.
Enter online at www.entryzone.com.au

Changes to 2016-17 Victorian MTB Championship Series

Posted Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Revised dates for the 2016-17 Victorian MTB Championship Series are:

  • Round 1 - 10th Dec 2016 at Castlemaine
  • Round 2 - 11th Dec 2016 at Bendigo
  • Round 3 - 4th Feb 2017 at Officer (Hosted by Fat Tyre Flyers)
  • Championship Round - 19th Feb 2017 at Bendigo

More Info

For more information see 2016-17 Victorian MTB Championship Series

Convict 100

Posted Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Back for its lucky 13th year the Convict 100 is one of Australia's most challenging MTB marathon races following the historic Convict Trail through the Dharug and Yengo National Parks. The course features a mix of fast fire trail, technical rock gardens, spectacular ridgeline views, rocky descents and the infamous kayak bridge. With 100km, 68km and 44km distance on offer there is a distance to suit all skill and fitness levels.

When

Saturday 6th May 2017

Where

St Albans, NSW

More Info

For more information see www.convict100.com.au

Riverina Allschools MTB Championships

Posted Wednesday, 9 November 2016

A final message for all your Mountain Bikers: Please enter your school teams online at www.riverinaallschoolsmtb.com before Nov 14th. This is easiest if done by a school coordinator or volunteer parent, who has gathered all necessary information from riders and parents. Rego for the whole team needs to be paid at that time.

All race information can be found on that website. Please also encourage the riders to come to the track induction on the Saturday, 19th Nov from 3-5pm, to familiarise themselves with the track and conditions. Any questions email info@riverinaallschoolsmtb.com

Mountain bikers to converge at the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Alpinestars in March 2017

Posted Thursday, 3 November 2016

The GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Alpinestars brings all styles of mountain bikers together with a packed schedule of racing on Mt Buller’s internationally-recognised trails with events for cross country, downhill, gravity and pump track riders as well as for kids.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

“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 www.bikebuller.com.

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

Who

Mountain bike riders of all levels and riding styles

Mt Buller comes to Melbourne for one special night

Posted Saturday, 22 October 2016

Mt Buller is busy preparing for the 2016-17 summer season, in anticipation of another eventful summer ahead. And to celebrate the launch of the ‘green season’, Mt Buller is bringing the mountain to Melbourne for one big night.

The Mt Buller Summer Season Launch will kick start the events calendar, taking place on Thursday 24 November at the Rivoli Cinema, Camberwell. The Season Launch will offer guests a chance to mingle with the team from Mt Buller, and a number of key summer operators and resort partners in a casual setting, while enjoying nibbles and drinks at the rooftop bar.

A screening of mountain bike flick Not2Bad, Trail Dog from Salomon Running TV and Max Your Days from Sherpas Cinema is also on offer, building excitement ahead of the official season opening on 3 December.

Event Schedule

When: Thursday, 24 November
Where: Rivoli Cinema, 200 Camberwell Road, Camberwell VIC 3123
Time: 6:15pm - 8:30pm

Entry to the event is free and as spaces are limited, guests are encouraged to register online.

Marketing, Sales and Events Group Manager for Mt Buller Resort Management, Gillian Dobson is looking forward to a summer packed full with events and activities. “We’re looking forward to bringing a taste of Mt Buller to Melbourne! It gives us the chance to showcase our beautiful mountain and to give people the chance to get excited about what’s happening at the resort this summer.

“The warmer months at Mt Buller offers a truly unique mountain experience, with a huge calendar of events planned to suit 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!”

The extensive list of events continues right through until the end of April, with highlights including Targa High Country, the third Australian Mountain Bike Summit, the GT Bike Buller Festival, the Picnic in the Park food and wine festival, and the Mountain High Fun Run rounding out the summer season.

For more information on what’s happening at Mt buller this summer, visit mtbuller.com.au.


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