SPD Mt Buller Super D (Sunday)
When: Sunday 11th March, wave starts between 2:30pm and 3:00pm
Start / finish: Wave starts at the top of Baldy on the Summit Rd. Finish in the Picnic in the Park festival at Mirimbah
Race format: A single top to bottom descent from Mt Buller all the way down to Mirimbah at the base of the mountain – 12km long and 1,100m vertical descent in a single run! Fastest down the hill wins - achievable by all riders!
Hydration / nutrition locations: No water points on course but plenty of opportunities to fully recharge at the extensive Picnic in the Park gourmet food, beer and music festival at the end of the descent.
Terrain and riding style: All Mountain riding down on sometimes rough, sometimes smooth single track. The course includes a couple of very short (but sharp) climbs but otherwise downhill (and fast) from top to bottom.
Preferred bike: All mountain dually (120mm - 160mm) or cross-country dually (100mm – 120mm). DH bikes not recommended as there are some (short) uphill sections.
Field limit: 150 riders total
Requirements: Mobile Phone
Bus Shuttle: Get a lift back up the mountain for only $15. Book the shuttle via the merchandise store.
RACE RESULTS CLICK HERE
It is not often in life that you get to ride a massive single track descent from the top of a mountain all the way to the bottom - dropping over a vertical kilometre in a single run – until now. The Mt Buller Super-D, is a smile-making machine that will see you grinning the moment you start on your bike to the moment your head hits the pillow at the end of the day (and possibly into the following day as well).
The event starts with groups of 4 riders setting off at 30 second intervals, from the Baldy Summit above the tree line at Mt Buller, and then powering down the 12km long, 1,100 vertical metre descent to the base of the mountain.
The trail starts off down the dirt Summit Road before turning right ontoSkyline, then the Village Family Track and One Tree Hill then Gang Gangs for some tight single track through the snow gums. Cross over Corn Hill Road and you turn onto the Delatite River Trail where it opens up a little to become a super-fast double track that will see you descending down-down-down the mountain at maximum speed, crossing 12 bridges over the magical Delatite River and finishing in the Picnic in the Park food, wine and music festival at the finish line at Mirimbah.
Chris Southwood, Australia’s man-in-the-know about all things MTB has described the Delatite River Trail, “…one of the most completely mind-melting experiences you can have on a mountain bike.”
You can meet your friends and family at the Picnic in the Park and get a lift up with them or we’ll transport you and your bike back up the mountain throughout the afternoon (pre-booked only). Riders entered into The Mt Buller Super D get free entry to Picnic in The Park as part of your race entry fee entry, whilst for non-competitors there is a $15 per adult entry price, which includes a free glass and a free wine or beer.
NOTE: Competitors' free entry to Picnic int he Park does NOT entitle them to a souvenir glass and/or 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).
This is not a full on downhill race! You do not need 10inches of travel, body armour and a full face helmet – in fact the fastest riders will just be riding their standard cross country / all mountain dual suspension bikes (100mm-140mm travel). It is also a good event for capable kids who can handle their bikes OK and want a rewarding ride from top to bottom although be aware that there may be faster riders racing to get past at times.
Check out the 3D map of the course on ROAM MTB here.
For a taste of the Delatite River Trail check out Flow's video of this sweet descent: