This summer delivers awesome news for Aussie mountain bikers who want to make history.
Come December 6th Mt Buller will officially open the Australian Alpine Epic Trail, the first IMBA accredited Epic trail in the Southern Hemisphere.
Before MTBers hit the new trail however, Mt Buller will be playing host to a mountain bike summit, the first of its kind Down Under.
The inaugural two-day Australian Mountain Bike Summit is expected to discuss the key challenges and emerging opportunities impacting the mountain bike market.
Held on Mt Buller on the 4th and 5th of December, the event will see some of the biggest and most recognised names in the sport come together. They include: - Joey Klein, Trail Specialist from the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) - Joel Martinez, VP of Operations at Stevens Pass Bike Park (US) - Glen Jacobs, Director at World Trail - Shane Coppin, CEO at Mountain Bike Australia
The speakers will be part of a 20-strong group of presenters to deliver a range of keynote addresses, workshops and breakout sessions designed to share expert insights, ideas and answer questions in a collaborative set-up.
The potential value to those in the business of mountain bikes is self-evident… But if you’re the kind of MTBer who wants to get more involved with the industry, or just keep your finger on the MTB cultural pulse, this sounds like the kind of tête-a-tête that would be up your alley as well.
Following the summit, the launch of the 40km Australian Alpine Epic Trail promises to be a “unique wilderness experience” and is part of a weekend of Epic Festival celebrations including the visiting Radical Reels festival (complete with ‘Epic’ pizza available to order), a pump track under lights competition, and a Poker Ride.
BikeExchange plans to bring you plenty of the action and news from Mt Buller – stay tuned.
Thanks to Damian Breach Photography for our Cover Shot.