Thule Stonefly - Corn Hill Circuit - 30km (Saturday)
When: Saturday 10th 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. 30km total distance.
Hydration / nutrition locations: Water point at the 10km point / 20km pt at Howqua Gap. (approx distance points)
Terrain and riding style: This is just about single track the whole way including some lung busting climbs but also some mindbendingly-awesome single track descents! 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
Requirements: All riders to carry a first aid kit
RACE RESULTS CLICK HERE
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 the 30km Stonefly - Corn Hill Circuit and is a simply sublime ride.
We have changed this race compared to previous years so it includes all the best XC single track in something of a ‘royal loop’ of the mountains.
The new 30km course starts off with a short circuit on Mt Buller to spread riders out before enjoying the smile inducing Gang Gangs descent to Corn Hill Rd. Then its over Corn Hill and down the Woolybut trail to Howqua Gap and the water point before heading up the 6km Stonefly Climb to Bluff Spur Hut high on neighbouring Mt Stirling.
Remain on Stonefly, riders should get ready for one the best single track descents of your life as you race down the incredible Stonefly descent back past Howqua Gap and on to the Corn Hill trails. The course takes in all these trails with climbs up Medusa, and Misty Twist and descents on Misty, and Clancy before the final climb up Split Rock and into the finish line in the Village Square.
This is a very ridable (and race-able) course with some solid climbs but also some ripping descents that will give everyone a challenge with plenty of rewards.