Huge weekend of MTB racing and sunny skies set for Shimano Bike Buller Festival

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Rapid Ascent is excited to welcome over 600 mountain bikers to Mt Buller for three days of racing on world class trails for the 10th edition of the Shimano Bike Buller Festival this long weekend, the 10th-12th of March, 2018.

The event features an action- packed schedule of racing for all types of riders, including downhill, gravity enduro and cross country races, as well as spectator and kids events.

Bike Buller 2018

The three-day celebration of mountain biking features an extensive Bike Expo with a range of social activities including the spectacle of the pump track and dual slalom races, MTB movies in the cinema, kids’ rides and the popular ‘Picnic in the Park’ food, wine and music festival held in the Mirimbah Park at the base of Mt Buller.

The weather forecast could not be better with clear skies and endless sunshine through to next week; sunny with light winds and 20 degrees on Saturday, 19 on Sunday, and 16 on Monday.

A greater emphasis on gravity in 2018 will see the return of the Mt Buller Super-D, and the Gravity Gods title for the key gravity races; The ABOM downhill, Gravity Enduro (Round 4 of the Victorian Gravity Tour) and the Outlaw all-mountain trophy.

Over 200 riders are already locked in for the series finale of the Victorian Gravity Tour; the entry list reading as a who’s who of elite Australian enduro riders with Chris Panozzo, Ben McIlroy, Paul van der Ploeg, Alistair Fairley, Michael Ronning, Shannon Hewetson, Brendan Johnston, Sian Ahern, Sarah Tucknott and many others confirmed.

The revolutionary Shimano 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.

Over 600 riders of all backgrounds are expected to race at Australia’s most epic mountain biking destination - Mt Buller for the 10th edition of event, and with a stacked schedule of races, spectator events and full social calendar the appeal is high for groups of friends to come to the event together as well as kids and families.

Entries are available online up until 30 mins before each race start for the Shimano Bike Buller Festival at


A full competitor list with bib numbers is available on the Shimano Bike Buller website HERE
*This will constantly be being updated as more entries come in, up until 30 mins prior to each race.

Race Results will be available on race days HERE.

When: Saturday 10th - Monday 12th March, 2018 (March Labour Day 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
Saint ABOM Down Hill #
XTR Gravity Enduro #
SPD Mt Buller Super-D
DHaRCO Outlaw All-mountain Trophy #

Thule 30km Stonefly / Corn Hill circuit

16” Dual Slalom
Pump Track Pursuit
Picnic in the Park

Village Ride
Picnic in the Park Bike Fun
# Gravity Gods combined race

8:00am - 4:00pm Sponsors' expo open - Village Square
8:30am START: Thule Stonefly - Cornhill Circuit 30km race start
8:30am - 5:00pm START: Saint ABOM Downhill racing under way
12:00pm - 5:00pm PRACTICE: XTR Gravity Enduro course open for practice
5:00pm - 6:00pm START: 16” Dual Slalom on "Magic Forest", adjacent to Bourke St (south side)
6:00pm - 6:40pm START: Pump Track Pursuit on the Pump Track
6:40pm PRESENTATIONS: Day 1 racing @ pump track

8:40am - 5:00pm START: XTR Gravity Enduro wave starts and racing
11:00am - 5:00pm Picnic in the Park festival at Mirimbah
2:30pm START: SPD Mt Buller Super D wave starts and racing
2:30pm Kids' Picnic in the Park ride at Mirimbah
7:30pm PRESENTATIONS: Day 2 (at Buller Cinema)
8:00pm Eskapee slideshow (renowned action sports photographer) FREE!!!
8:30pm Australian premier of The Moment MTB movie (Buller Cinema) FREE!!!

9:00am - 2:00pm START: DHaRCO Outlaw All Mountain Trophy descents
11:00am START: Schwalbe Kids' Village Ride race start
2:30pm PRESENTATIONS: Day 3 in the village square
*See more in the EVENT PROGRAM

Who: Mountain bike riders of all levels and riding styles
SHIMANO Pro Team: Chris Panozzo, Ben McIlroy, Paul van der Ploeg, Brendan Johnston, Sian Ahern, Sarah Tucknott, Reece Tucknott, James Hall and Jon Odams
• Other top riders: Defending Gravity God Shannon Hewetson, Camron Ivory (National MTB champion), Kian Lerch-MacKinnon, Will Arblaster, Matt Empey, Alistair Fairley, Michael Ronning and more
• A strong contingent of Victorian riders (over 450), 40 from NSW, 15 from Queensland and riders from Canberra, NT, South Australia and Tasmania.

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Media Information

Media passes are available to accredited journalists and photographers and entitle you to be positioned in a cordoned-off area immediately behind the finish line.

To apply for a media pass on race weekend or to simply enquire about access to editorial and photos, please contact Rapid Ascent on 03 5261 5511.

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