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The GT Bike Buller Festival Presented By Alpinestars (2017)

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This revolutionary event 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.

The 2017 weekend will be an incredible celebration of all things mountain biking with a broad range of races for all types of riders; Down Hill, Gravity Enduro, Xcountry and kids. Add in a full social calendar with spectator events, MTB movies, bike expo, kids rides and a huge food, wine and music festival and this is the ultimate biking weekend.

Down Hill / Gravity Enduro / Xcountry / Kids

Entries are now open for the 2017 GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Alpinestars at bikebuller.com

2017 EVENTS

GRAVITY RACES:
Outlaw All-mountain Trophy #
ABOM Down Hill #
Gravity Enduro # (Part of the Vic Gravity Enduro Tour) http://www.alpinegravity.net/victorian-enduro-tour.html

XCOUNTRY RACES:
Stonefly Circuit 40km *
Buller Blitz 20km
Brake Burner *
Corn Hill XC 22km *

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

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.

The GT Bike Buller Festival is designed as a super fun mountain bike event for everyone! Racers can race, recreational riders can enjoy the trails and the scenery, non-riders can do their own thing and we can all get together to enjoy a good party on Saturday night. This is what riding is all about!

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
WHO: Mountain bike riders of all levels and riding styles
HOW: ENTRIES open here:
https://v2.eventplus.co.nz/start?eporg=BBM17

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.

Web registration is available. Opens on 2016-11-03. Closes on 2017-02-20.

Downhill

Cost: $10 - $285
License: No
Course Description: GRAVITY RACES:
Outlaw All-mountain Trophy #
ABOM Down Hill #
Gravity Enduro # (Part of the Vic Gravity Enduro Tour) http://www.alpinegravity.net/victorian-enduro-tour.html

  1. Gravity Gods combined race

GRAVITY RACES
GT BICYCLES Outlaw All-Mountain Trophy (Saturday)
When: Saturday 11th March, stage starts from 10:00am with racing through until approx. 3:00pm
Start / finish: Start at Spurs Restaurant at the top of the Northside Express chairlift. Finish at the base of the Northside Express
Race format: Riders complete as many descents as you like with your 3 fastest descents added together to make your race time.
Hydration / nutrition locations: Refuel at the Spurs Restaurant, selling food and drinks all day. You can also park your car out there and hang out with your mates at your cars…
Terrain and riding style: All Mountain riding down a single track descent. The trail includes a variety of terrain varying from fast open sections to rocky switchbacks and drop offs to a height of 0.5m. This is an intermediate level DH track.
Preferred bike: All mountain dually (140mm – 170mm) or light-weight downhill bike. There are some pedally sections.
Field limit: 200 riders total
Gravity God Race?: Yes, to contest the Gravity God Premier category you must compete in this race.
Requirements: All riders must wear a full face helmet.
Lift Pass included?: Yes, the entry fee includes a one day lift pass on the Northside Express chairlift (you may also ride other trails with this pass).

The first of the gravity orientated events for the weekend and one got everyone frothing last year becuase of the amount of lift assisted gravity riding that could be done… no waiting around, simply race as many descents as you like and we’ll count your fastest 3 descents.

The course goes downhill from start to finish with no climbs and no flat sections and is rideable for intermediate level riders and above. This is a fun and fast trail with switchbacks through the snow gums and powers down some flowing straight-aways to finish at the base of the Northside Express ready for your free lift back up to the top, to do it all again.

We will start you one rider at a time every 30 seconds according to a set schedule between 10:00am and 11:00am, fastest to slowest. Only your first descent is scheduled so all following descents you can start as you like (even ride with a mate…) but all descents must be completed by 3:00pm.

Riders will be able to complete as many descents as you like with your fastest 3 descent times added together to make your race time – fastest time wins. In between descents you can hang out, grab something to eat at Spurs and get amped up for your next run!

GT BICYCLES ABOM Downhill (Sunday)
When: Sunday 12th March, stage starts from 9:00am
Start / finish: Individual starts at Spurs Restaurant at the top of the Northside Express chairlift. Finish at the base of the Northside Express
Race format: The course will be open for practice throughout the morning. Then we’ll conduct a timed seeding run and then a final timed run. The fastest descent in the final run wins
Hydration / nutrition locations: Refuel at the Spurs Restaurant selling food and drinks all day. You can also park your cars out there, set up your pit tents and make the place your own so it’s a pumping place to hang out during racing.
Terrain and riding style: ABOM is the original Buller DH track and includes a variety of terrain varying from fast open sections to rocky switchbacks and drop offs to a height of 0.5m. This is an intermediate level DH track that can be ridden cleanly by both elite riders racing to win AND novice / intermediate level DH riders looking to build up more experience and get involved.
Preferred bike: Downhill bike or all mountain dually (150mm – 200mm).
Field limit: 200 riders total
Gravity God Race?: Yes, to contest the Gravity God Premier category you must compete in this race.
Requirements: All riders must wear a full face helmet. Please see our equipment requirements and recommendations here.
Lift Pass included?: Yes, the entry fee includes a one day lift pass on the Northside Express chairlift (you may also ride other trails with this pass).

This is a ‘proper’ downhill race down a proper DH track. The ABOM descent is a classic track on the DH scene and has seen plenty of great racing over the years – and this event will add to that heritage.

We will be running the race in a traditional World Cup style with practice in the morning, followed by a seeding run and then a final run with the fastest down the track on the final run claiming the win. The chairlift will be operating and your entry fee includes your lift pass (for the day) so you don’t need to worry about shuttle buses and trailers. The chairlift will be shared with riders competing in the ‘Brake Burner’ so please allow them space to get on, although the two courses do not intersect and the two races will be held concurrently, both using the lift at the same time.

The course:
The ABOM descent is one of Buller’s classics and has been raced for years and years… it’s an intermediate level, 2.2km descent that includes fast, open straights with sweeping corners, berms and numerous switchbacks. It’s also got a few rock gardens, drop offs and jumps to keep you on your toes. The upper section is more technical than the lower half where it straightens out a bit and builds up some solid speed. The descent finishes at the Northside Express chairlift and riders catch the chairlift back up after each descent.

The course will not be fully taped top to bottom so competitors must ride the ABOM track from top to bottom, sticking to the obvious race line and not cut any corners or ride ‘cross-country’ to short-cut the track.

Schedule (proposed, may be tweaked before race day):
8:00am – 9:00pm Course open for walking inspection – no riding.
9:00am – 11:15am Practice on the course – all categories, setting off at your own time.
11:15am – 12:00pm Practice for Elite and Expert category riders only
12:30pm – 2:30pm (approx) Seeding Run

start order will be advised at the start line at 12:00pm.
the course will be closed to all other riders during the seeding run.
single rider starts at 60 second intervals
we will start riders according to their category with faster categories starting later
3:00pm (approx) Race runs commence.

start order will be advised after the conclusion of al seeding runs at approximately 2:30pm.
single rider starts at 30 second intervals

ADIDAS EYEWEAR Gravity Enduro (Monday)
When: Monday 14th March, wave starts commence from 9:30am
Start / finish: Wave starts from the Village Square. Finish at Village Square
Race Format: A single loop course with 5 timed descents and untimed climbs and transit sections. The winner is the rider within the lowest cumulative time on the timed descents (only).
Hydration / nutrition locations: No water points on the course.
Terrain and riding style: Generally flowing single track with some rocky sections, berms and jumps. This is an undulating course with 5+ relatively solid climbs – interspersed with some super fun timed descents.
Preferred bike: All mountain dually (120mm – 160mm) or a cross-country dually at a push (100mm – 120mm)
Field limit: 300 riders total
Gravity God Race?: Yes, to contest the Gravity God Premier category you must compete in this race.
Requirements: All riders to carry a first aid kit

VICTORIAN GRAVITY TOUR
The Gavity Enduro race held on Monday will be round #3 of the Victorian Gravity Tour. Click here for further details on the Tour.

Round 1 Alpine Gravity/Barjarg OCTOBER 22/23
Round 2 Team Mount Beauty/Mount Beauty JANUARY 28/29
Round 3 Rapid Ascent/Bike Buller Festival MARCH 11/12/13
Round 4 Albury Wodonga MTB/Hunchback Hill late APRIL

Crank the down-hills and cruise the climbs… that is what Gravity Enduro is all about. This is a race where you can ride the descents flat out, showing your mates who’s fastest and then join up again at the bottom to cruise the climbs, taking your time to enjoy the trail, catch your breath and get ready for the next full-gas section of downhill racing. This is pure Gravity Enduro racing and (arguably) the best way to ride the Buller trails.

This course includes 5 different timed descents that are linked with transit stages and untimed climbs that are not included in your overall race time – meaning the fastest down the hills is the winner. We will start you in groups of 5 riders every minute to spread you out from the start with the fastest riders starting first and after that you make your way around the marked course completing each descent in order until you return back to the finish to roll over the finish line.

The course is very similar to the course used in the 20m Corn Hill XC but we’ll cut out some unnecessary sections and include one more descent. DH Segments raced include:

Segment 1: Top to bottom on the Copperhead trail.
Segment 2: Gang Gangs corner to Skills Park.
Segment 3: Silk Lane descent to Howqua Gap.
Segment 4: Misty Twist descent to bottom.
Segment 5: Corn Hill Trail descent to the Skills Park.
This will be an epic ride and a must do for anyone who gets a thrill out of going downhill flat out.

Cross Country

Cost: $51-$285
License: No
Course Description: XCOUNTRY RACES:
Stonefly Circuit 40km *
Buller Blitz 20km
Brake Burner *
Corn Hill XC 22km *

  • XC Whippet combined race

CROSS COUNTRY
Stonefly Circuit – 40km (Saturday)
When: Saturday 11th March, stage starts at 9:00am
Start / finish: Mass start from the Village Square. Finish at Village Square
Race Format: Single loop, non-stop race with the fastest winning (but including a chairlift ride UP just near the end!).
Hydration / nutrition locations: Primary water point and Red Bull Energy Station with cake and lollies at the 8km point / 25km pt at Howqua Gap. Intermediary water points (water only) at 15 km and 18km points at Bluff Spur Hut at the top of the Stonefly Trail. (approx distance points)
Terrain and riding style: Generally flowing single track and 4WD track with a solid but rideable climb over Mt Stirling leading to the most mindbendingly-awesome single track descent down Stonefly. Concluding with a final chairlift ride back to Mt Buller. Some rocky sections but nothing over the top.
Preferred bike: Cross country dually 80mm-120mm travel – hard tails and all-mountain/trail bikes also OK.
Field limit: 400 riders total
XC Whippet Race?: Yes, to contest the XC Whippet Premier category you must compete in the 40km race.
Requirements: All riders to carry a first aid kit
Lift Pass included?: Yes, the entry fee includes a one day lift pass on the Northside Express chairlift (you may also ride other trails with this pass).

If you have heard rumours of ‘the best MTB trail in Australia’ then this is it – The Stonefly trail. It climbs and descends Mt Stirling immediately opposite Mt Buller and is one of the sweetest trails you’ll ever ride – honest. This phenomenal 12km section of trail forms the basis of both the 40km Stonefly Circuit and is a simply sublime ride.

We have shortened this race compared to previous years so it is ‘only’ 40km – meaning you will have plenty of energy to race on other days as well!

The 40km course will lead you through Howqua Gap and up Stonefly and then over the Mt Stirling Summit. This year – once you cross over the Mt Stirling Summit you will return to the Stonefly Trail and descend sweet single track rather than heading down and back up the XC ski trails.

After descending Stonefly you will go around the Circuit Road and across to Mt Buller before kicking back on the chairlift for a free ride UP Mt Buller at the end, saving the legs for the final swooping finish down to the Village Square.

This is an incredibly scenic, challenging and enjoyable race over one of Australia’s most highly regarded trails – sign up today!

In the past – Chris Southwood from Flow MTB commented that… “The 50km race at Bike Buller is remarkably good value. By that I mean, in just 50km of racing, you get in at least 100km worth of everything."

GT BICYCLES Brake Burner Enduro (Sunday)
When: Sunday 12th March, wave starts between 8:30am and 12:00pm
Start / finish: Separate group start at Spurs Restaurant at the top of the Northside Express chairlift. Finish in the Picnic in the Park festival at Mirimbah
Race format: A multi-lap enduro down a 7km all mountain course to the base of the chairlift and back up again. Complete as many laps within your time limit as you can, before the final 12km Super-D to the Picnic in the Park festival at the base of the mountain.
To win this race: The winner of the Brake Burner race is the rider with the most number of laps in the shortest time + your descent time from top to bottom.
For riders doing the XC Whippet Premier category, your time for this race will be the sum of your fastest 2 lap descent times plus your time for the 12km Mt Buller Descent from Spurs to Mirimbah. (Reduced to 2 laps in 2017 – was 3 laps.)
Hydration / nutrition locations: Refuel at the Spurs Restaurant selling food and drinks whilst riding the lap course and then fully re-charge at the extensive food, beer and music festival at the end of the descent.
Terrain and riding style: All Mountain riding down on rough and smooth single track. The lap course includes some short climbs but is generally downhill the whole way (drops 300m per lap) so ride a bike that can be pedalled up a bit and down a lot.
Preferred bike: All mountain dually (120mm – 160mm) or cross-country dually (100mm – 120mm). DH bikes definitely not recommended as there are some (short) uphill sections.
Field limit: 300 riders total
XC Whippet Race?: Yes, to contest the XC Whippet Premier category you must compete in this race. See the notes below.
Requirements: We can provide a bus + trailer lift for you + bike from the finish at Mirimbah back up Mt Buller but YOU NEED TO BOOK it with us before the event. If no tthen you can car pool, get a ride with friends or ride back up (if you are mad!).
Lift Pass included?: Yes, the entry fee includes a one day lift pass on the Northside Express chairlift (you may also ride other trails with this pass).

For many mountain bikers this is the queen stage, the jewel in the crown… the Brake Burner Enduro provides an endless flowing downhill course that is simply as good as it gets, check this out:

The Brake Burner is a 4.5hr mutli lap enduro conducted down a flowing 7km all mountain course that drops 300 vertical metres during each lap. Riders start in groups of 3, every 30 seconds, and power down the descent and when you get to the bottom of each lap, you and your bike jump on the chair lift to go back to the top and do it all again, and again and again… After completing as many laps as you can fit in within your time limit (or that your body can handle!) you are directed down the Mt Buller Descent for a rip roaring 12km, 1,100m vertical descent to the bottom of Mt Buller. So just when you thought you’d had enough cross-country downhill action doing laps with the lift, you head down the ultimate all mountain course for a final blast of the brakes.

WAIT – IT GETS EVEN BETTER – The Brake Burner Enduro finishes in the middle of the ‘Picnic in the Park’ food, wine and music festival in the parkland at the base of the mountain. So after some of the raddest riding you’ll ever do, there’s food, wine/beer and entertainment right at your feet when you finish!

…in the words of Chris Southwood, FLOW MTB editor, “…it was hard to believe life could get much better”.

You can meet your friends and family at the Picnic in the Park at Mirimbah and get a lift up with them or we’ll transport you and your bike back up the mountain (for an extra fee).

NOTE: Riders entered into the Brake Burner receive free entry to Picnic in The Park as part of your race entry fee, whilst for non-competitors there is a $15 per adult entry price, which includes a free glass and a free wine or beer. Competitors’ free entry does NOT entitle them to a souvenir glass and/or a complimentary beer/wine. Kids under 18 are free. (If you are a spectator and just want to collect your rider then you will have to wait outside the Park otherwise you must pay the entry fee).

NOTE: This is not a full on downhill race! You do not need 10 inches of travel, body armour and a full face helmet – in fact the fastest riders will just be riding their standard all mountain dual suspension bikes (100mm-140mm travel).

20km Corn Hill XC (Monday)
When: Monday 13th March, stage starts at 8:30am
Start / finish: Mass start from the Village Square. Finish at Village Square
Race Format: Single loop, non-stop race with the fastest winning
Hydration / nutrition locations: No water points on the course.
Terrain and riding style: Generally flowing single track with some rocky sections, berms and jumps. This pretty hilly course with 4-5 relatively solid climbs – interspersed with some super fun descents.
Preferred bike: Cross country dually 80mm-120mm travel – hard tails and all-mountain/trail bikes also OK.
Field limit: 400 riders total
XC Whippet Race?: Yes, to contest the XC Whippet Premier category you must compete in this race.
Requirements: All riders to carry a first aid kit

This race provides a grand-tour of Mt Buller by taking in many of the best sections of single track located close to the Mt Buller Village adn nearby Corn Hill. All the local favourites are included like a top to bottom run on Copperhead, the Misty Twist berm descent, the Medusa switchbacks on Silk Lane, the ripping Clancy’s Run (the best descent on the Mt if you ask me) and the scenic Split Rock climb back up to the village.

This is a fast and flowing race held over a challenging course that includes 4-5 solid climbs that will get your lungs heaving but whatever goes up must also go down so you will also enjoy some of the best single track descents the mountain has to offer and finish with a(nother) massive smile on your face.

This will be held over the same course that has been used in the last few years so expect another full and friendly race field.

Other

Cost: $10-$15
License: No
Course Description: SPECTATOR EVENTS:
16” Dual Slalom
Pump Track Pursuit
Picnic in the Park

KIDS EVENTS:
Village Ride
Picnic in the Park Bike Fun

SPECTACLE EVENTS
16" Dual Slalom (Saturday)
When: Saturday 11th March, racing between 5:00pm and 6:00pm
Start / finish: Held on the “Magic Forest” area adjacent to Bourke Street ski run (south side) just above the Village Square expo area
Race format: Riders go head to head in a dual slalom format down the grass track – riding 16” kids’ bikes – leading to a ‘winner takes all’ final!
Hydration / nutrition locations: Oooh yeah, there will be a BBQ and event bar set up track-side so riders and spectators can get in the spirit of things!
The track: Two identical tracks running side by side with turns, jumps and fast sections, all on grass.
Preferred bike: We will provide the 16” inch kids bikes that must be used for all races.
Field limit: 32 riders (over 13yrs only). A limited number of entries will be taken online beforehand with a top-up taken on the day.
Requirements: A sense of stupid fun and a good time attitude.
Prize money: $50 for 1st, $20 for 2nd

Welcome to the 16” Dual Slalom – now this is fun…. 2 riders going head to head down a grass dual slalom track on 16” kids bikes! Anyone who saw this race in 2015 and 2016 will list it as one of their favourite events and 2017 is going to take it to another level I’m sure.

There’ll be a BBQ and a bar at the base of the track, loads of spectators lining the course, and pumping tunes all to add to the race atmosphere.

A limited number of entries will be taken online beforehand with a top-up taken on the day to ensure we have the best and worst riders possible. 16” bikes will be provided and we encourage anyone who wants to have a crack to step up and have a go. All races will be head to head – elimination style – with a single run down the track, the winner progresses to the next round which leads to a final and a bonus $50 cash injection to your wallet (or purse) for 1st and $20 for 2nd.

[You don’t always have to be fast to win – you just need to keep it upright! Last year we saw some big name riders taken down by those that took a more conservative line. So sign up if you want to be part of the fun OR if you’d rather watch then bring a beer and cow bell for a great night.]

Pump Track Pursuit (Saturday)
When: Saturday 11th March, riding between 6:00pm and 7:00pm
Start / finish: The Pump Track – right next to the Village Square
Race format: Elite and amateur categories. Head to head racing within the same category with 2 riders on the track at the same time – pursuit style. The winner progresses to the next heat and ultimately to the winner takes all final.
Hydration / nutrition locations: Oooh yeah, there will be a BBQ and event bar set up track-side so riders and spectators can get in the spirit of things!
The track: The Pump Track set up with 2 equal starting points
Preferred bike: Pump track appropriate bikes only – all wheel sizes.
Field limit: 16 riders in each category (Elite and Amateur) aged 13yrs and over. A limited number of entries will be taken online beforehand with a top-up taken on the day.
Prize money: $50 for 1st and $20 for 2nd

Crank up your pumping power for some incredible head-to-head racing on the Pump Track. Two riders on the track at the same time racing pursuit style and a thousand or more spectators watching around the outside, pumping tunes, beer, BBQ and good times – this is always an epic event.

We will split the event into an amateur category – for those who have not done much pump track / BMX before but want a bit of fun – AND an elite category so the pump track masters can go head to head and show us how it’s done.

We’ll start with 16 riders in each category, riding 2 laps head-to-head with the winner progressing to the next round, and the next round… all the way to a 2 man (or woman) final. With an elite and amateur category it means that anyone can be part of the fun.

Watch this little highlights clip from the 2014 Pump Track Pursuit for a taste of the action, the tom foolery and the speed this track turns out!

Picnic in the Park festival
Conducted on Sunday is the ever popular Picnic in the Park food, wine and live music festival organised by the Mt Buller Resort Management team.

Held on the lush green grass of Mirimbah (adjacent to the ticket office at the base of Mt Buller), ‘The Picnic’ has been incorporated into the Bike Buller Festival for the last 5 years with all riders, sponsors, spectators and their kids heading down the mountain for a relaxing afternoon of indulgence. The Picnic includes upwards of 15 local food providers, 10 local beer / wine / cider producers, plus kids activities and enough live music and enjoyment to see you through the entire weekend. It’s no wonder this festival is so popular – particularly with non-riding husbands and wives and the kids.

Gates open 11:00am – 5:00pm, entry is $15 for adults and includes a complimentary glass and a free beer or wine. Kids under 18yrs are free.

Competitors in the Brake Burner finish their races in the middle of The Picnic and are provided free entry as part of their race fee and can purchase a bus and trailer uplift for them and their bike to the Mt Buller village. Note, competitors free entry does NOT entitle them to a souvenir glass and/or a complimentary beer/wine.

We also conduct a special ride and activity session for kids aged 4-10yrs called the ‘Kids Picnic Ride’ as part of the festivities in the Picnic precinct. This is yet another thing for juniors to do whilst up at the event and a lot of fun for all involved. Click here for details.

For further information please contact Resort Management on 03 5777 6077 or visit the Mt Buller events webpage here.

Picnic in the Park bike fun (Sunday)
When: Sunday 12th March, riding starts at 2:00pm. Entries taken up until 1:30pm on Sunday.
Start / finish: All conducted within the Picnic in the Park at Mirimbah.
Ride format: Kids ride a marked course in a corner of the Mirimbah picnic site, completing laps, games and activities on their bikes in a fun and friendly ride environment.
Terrain and riding style: We will create a 200m – 400m loop on a mixture of grass, dirt and existing track that can be ridden by all kinds of kids. The riding on this course will be significantly easier than the course used in The Kids Village Ride on Saturday so is appropriate for smaller kids.
Hydration / nutrition locations: No water points on the course – drinks at the finish line.
Requirements: Kids can do it on any type of bike – pedal or balance bikes, but all riders must wear a certified helmet.
Recommended ages: Recommended for 4 – 8 yrs. olds. (Yes some kids are exceptionally talented so younger kids will not be turned away, but in general terms these are the recommended ages for this ride)

Here is another great event for kids to encourage them to get out on their bikes and HAVE SOME FUN!! We will create a little off-road loop and bike play area within the extensive grounds of the Picnic in the Park site at Mirimbah and conduct a number of little activities for kids on their bikes… but it won’t all be about racing or even going fast, this is about having fun on your bike with your friends.

The riding will be significantly easier than the course used in The Kids Village Ride, and is most suited to little kids on balance bikes as they will remain within the sight of parents and the course is not super hard at all. We will conduct a number of activities like riding slowly, limbo riding, relay races and weaving between trees… all in all it should be a whole lot of fun for a whole lot of kids.

NOTE: This event will take place within the grounds of the Picnic in the Park – meaning that adults have to pay the required entry fee to get into Picnic in the Park to be able to watch this ride. Your entry to The Picnic is NOT included in the entry fee for this bike event. (The Picnic in the Park is a gourmet food, wine and live music festival held on the extensive parkland at Mirimbah and is a highly recommended way to spend your day anyway! Click here for details.)

Please note – this is a dog-free event – please leave your pooch at home!

KIDS’ EVENTS
Buller village ride (Saturday)
When: Saturday 11th March, stage starts at 2:30pm. Entries taken up until 2:00pm on Saturday.
Start / finish: Mass start from the Village Square. Finishes at Village Square.
Ride format: The course consists of one 5km lap on the village MTB trails. Better riders can choose to do 2 laps and those newer to the sport can do just one and then ride through the finish chute.
Terrain and riding style: The 5km loop includes a mixture of village streets, double track and single track, forming a fun but achievable loop around the village for kids. The most challenging track is the One Tree Hill climb which is smooth but goes up, and the rest is largely all double track.
Hydration / nutrition locations: No water points on the course – drinks at the finish line.
Requirements: Kids can do it on any type of bike – pedal bikes recommended (it is too hard for a balance bike) – and all riders must wear a certified helmet.
Recommended ages: Recommended for 7 – 13 yrs. olds. (Yes some kids are exceptionally talented so younger kids will not be turned away, but in general terms these are the recommended ages for this ride)

This is a fun riding event designed to give kids the chance to ride their bikes and be ‘part of the action’. The event is based on participation and encouraging kids to get out on their bikes and enjoy riding off-road. We provide a happy and enthusiastic environment for all kids and hope that a couple of pros will come and be involved with the event to get kids excited about riding bikes.

The ride is conducted in a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere, we do not record results and riders can choose to complete either one 5km loop or two before experiencing the thrill of riding through the finish line.
The ride is held in a semi-supervised environment in that we mark the course and marshal the various intersections, but we do not have marshals with line of sight over the whole course because we want to encourage independence and give kids a chance to experience freedom on their bikes.

Adults are welcome to join kids free of charge if you want to provide greater supervision of your junior whippets.


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