FINAL EVENT INFORMATION: We encourage all riders to download and read the event program which contains all the final event information like schedule, rules, and course maps… CLICK HERE to download (right click ‘save as’ 11meg pdf).
RACE RESULTS CLICK HERE
Mountain bike riders of all styles are welcome at The Shimano Bike Buller Festival with events of all disciplines included over the weekend. Held over 3 days, you can enter just one or two events OR enter the combined race categories for gravity riders and contest the 'Gravity Gods #' crown.
All events are open to riders of varying ability levels, from first time riders to the country’s elite racers, so feel welcome no-matter what your background.
Here is a short summary of each race, click through for more details. Races are colour coded as follows:
Red: Gravity races (# denotes Gravity Gods events)
Blue: Cross Country races
Green: Spectator events
Purple: Bike events for kids
SATURDAY 10TH MARCH:
Thule Stirling - Cornhill Circuit 30km
A spectacular X-Country circuit that links all the best single track on Mt Buller, Cornhill and neighbouring Mt Stirling including Stonefly, the Corn Hill trails like Misty Twist and Clancey's Run and back up Split Rock to finish in the Mt Buller village square. This is an incredible MTB race through the hills. Details.
Saint ABOM Downhill. #
A ‘proper’ DH race on the legendary ABOM DH track with chairlift return back to the top. Course practice in the morning and then seeding run and race run in the the afternoon, fastest race run wins. Details.
16” Dual Slalom
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. Great fun to race, even better to watch. Details.
Pump Track Pursuit
Thrilling head to head racing on the Pump Track in a do-or-die elimination format. Separate races for Elite riders and Amateur riders so everyone can have some fun. We’ll start with 16 riders in each category and race down to a ‘winner takes all’ final in front of a massive crowd primed with food, beer, horns and heckling. A must watch. Details.
SUNDAY 11TH MARCH
XTR Gravity Enduro # (cross-country appropriate)
A gravity enduro around the most popular Mt Buller descents with timed descents interspersed with untimed climbs where you can take your time and rest up for the next gravity hit. Fastest cumulative descent time wins. Race #3 of the VICTORIAN GRAVITY TOUR. Details.
SPD Mt Buller Super-D (cross-country appropriate)
A top to bottom race down the full height of Mt Buller to finish at the base of the mountain at Mirimbah. This phenomenal descent drops 1,100 vertical metres over 12km on a mix of fast, fun and flowing non-technical trails to finish in the middle of the popular Picnic in the Park food, beer/wine and music festival at the bottom. EPIC! Details
Kids Ride at Picnic in the Park
An 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. Details
MONDAY 12TH MARCH:
DHaRCO Outlaw All Mountain Trophy #
All-mountain racing on two of Mt Buller’s (intermediate level) DH tracks – Outlaw Express and Copperhead. Complete as many laps as you like with an untimed chairlift back to the top, and your fastest 3 descents count. Pin it. Details.
Schwalbe Kids' Village Ride
A fun ride for kids with 5km and 10km options on friendly trails around the Mt Buller Village. An unforgettable opportunity for kids to join the MTB action. Details.
Combined races categories:
# Gravity Gods: Race the three designated gravity events (marked with #) to contest the Gravity Gods category. Your race times are added together and the lowest cumulative time is the ‘Gravity God’ and overall winner of the weekend. Open and age group categories.
Recommended stages for different riding styles
There are a lot of races being held at The Shimano Bike Buller Festival this year which can be a bit difficult to get your head around. So here is a list of recommended stages for different types of riders:
Cross country (XC) and marathon riders:
If you generally like riding up hills as much as down them then we’d recommend the following key stages:
- Saturday: Thule Stirling-Corn Hill Circuit 30km
- Sunday: SPD Mt Buller Super-D for a super fun descent to the festival at the bottom OR the recreational category of the Gravity Enduro
Downhill (DH) riders:
If you prefer going downhill we’d recommended these stages:
- Saturday: Saint ABOM Downhill for a blast down this popular DH track and then the 16” Dual Slalom for a bit of fun in the evening
- Sunday: The XTR Gravity Enduro
- Monday: DHaRCO Outlaw All Mountain Trophy