The revolutionary Shimano Bike Buller Festival has opened entries for its’ 11th year with a new 2-day format at Mt Buller’s internationally-recognised mountain bike destination on 9th – 10th March 2019.
The chairlift will operate all weekend making this one of only two weekends this summer where riders will be able to float up on the lift after they smash down the DH tracks.
The Festival will also see the first ever race along the famed Epic Trail, often regarded as one of Australia’s favourites for X-Country riders. The course takes riders on an incredible point to point journey through the alpine wilderness that surrounds Mt Buller and features 1,250m climbing and 2,200m descending.
Other events on the schedule include the new slopestyle and whip-off competition on the new jumps in the Village; a spectacle not to be missed!
Gravity riders can take advantage of the chairlift with the ABOM Downhill event, coupled with the Gravity Enduro race, and the thrilling Super-D.
The Enduro is the third round of the Victorian Enduro Tour, and it is expected to be even more popular in 2019 with 300+ riders set to crank the down-hills and cruise the climbs.
A 20km Corn Hill Grand Prix on the Sunday compliments the Epic Trail and features all the best cross country single track in a ‘royal loop’ of the mountains.
Both the ‘Gravity Gods’ and ‘XC Whippet’ combined-races categories return for 2019, allowing riders to compete in two different races over the two days to award an overall weekend winner in both gravity and cross-country riding disciplines.
Hundreds of riders are expected to race at Mt Buller for the event, with an even larger number of friends and family joining them at the alpine resort to spectate and enjoy the range of other, non-riding activities on offer such as sightseeing on the chairlift.
Sam Maffett General Manager of event organisers Rapid Ascent said the weekend has been 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!” said Maffett.
“Mt Buller is Australia’s most epic mountain biking destination, with some of the best trails in the country. Combined with a stacked schedule of races and full social calendar the appeal is high for groups of friends to come to the event together as well as riders and their families.
“The 2019 edition will not disappoint, we can’t wait to see you there!” added Maffett.
Toby Shingleton of Shimano Australia is pumped for the 2019 Shimano Bike Buller Festival.
“After a great event in 2018, Shimano is excited to be back in Mt Buller for 2019. Our team factory Shimano riders will be along for the weekend as well as our new Lazer helmets event space,” said Shingleton.
“Come for the weekend and enjoy the vibe in the village and enjoy riding the great trails with the Shimano crew!”
The two-day celebration of mountain biking features an extensive Bike Expo with a range of social activities, operating chairlift, MTB movies, kids’ ride and the ‘Picnic in the Park’ food, wine and music festival held in the Mirimbah Park at the base of Mt Buller.
The revolutionary Shimano Bike Buller Festival brings all that is great about mountain biking to a premium MTB destination for a huge weekend of bikes, single track, fresh air and good times.
Entries are now open for the Shimano Bike Buller Festival at BIKEBULLER.com.
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When: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10 March, 2019 (March long weekend - VIC)
Where: Mt Buller, Victoria, Australia
What: 2-day mountain bike festival on the spectacular trails at Mt Buller in the breathtaking Victorian Alps; and one of only two weekends the chairlift will spin all summer!. The event coincides with the renowned ‘Picnic in the Park’ food, wine and music festival
- GRAVITY RACES:
ABOM Down Hill #
Gravity Enduro #
Mt Buller Super-D
- SPECTATOR EVENTS:
16” Dual Slalom
Picnic in the Park
- KIDS EVENTS:
# Gravity Gods combined race
* XC Whippets combined category event