National mountain biking comp heats up at Mt Buller 

January 30, 2009
National mountain biking comp heats up at Mt Buller
Australia’s best mountain bikers, including World Champion Downhill rider Sam Hill, will be competing at Mt Buller this weekend, January 31 and February 1, in the Australian MTB National Series Round Four. The three disciplined event is not to be missed by competitors or spectators alike.

Cross-country olympic competition will be held from 9am on Saturday, with entrants competing on the picturesque 8km course, which starts in the Mt Buller Village, goes over to Corn Hill and Howqua Gap and then back to Mt Buller.

All the action moves to the resort’s northern slopes on (Photo provided by Evan Jeffery) Sunday with riders competing in the fast paced Short Course Cross Country event and Downhill rider’s on the challenging International course from 12 pm. Competition will be held in elite and sport classes, with age categories from U15 to veterans.

Mt Buller’s Horse Hill Chairlift will be open for sightseers and mountain bikers over the weekend. The International track will be closed for the MTBA competition on Sunday, but the ABOM downhill track will be open to the public. The chairlift will operate from 9 am – 6 pm on Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday and 10 am – 4 pm on Monday. The chairlift will operate both days earlier for competitor practice.

One-way sightseeing tickets are $12 for adults and children, or $18 for an adult all-day ticket and $10 for a child all-day. Mountain biking lift tickets are $47 for a day. Altitude Sports, located in the heart of the Mt Buller Village, is open everyday with bike rental and retail. Cross country bike hire ranges from $40 for a half-day (4hrs) or $60 for a full-day. Downhill rental ranges from $80 for a half-day (4hrs) and $120 for a full-day hire - inclusive of a full-faced helmet, gloves and downhill bike. Competition entry prices are listed on the website.

To complement the biking action, Mt Buller plays host to the Buller Beerfest, located in the Village Square on Saturday from 12-6pm. Now in its third year, the event offers beer aficionados (and those just out for a drink) a chance to sample some of Victoria’s finest amber fluid from microbreweries including Coldstream, Buffalo and Grand Ridge.

For more information and event schedules or to enter the National MTBA event log onto www.mtbuller.com.au under the ‘Events’ section or for a wide range of summer accommodation options, contact High Country Reservations on 1800 039 049.