Friday 3 October 2014

Mountain bikers get extreme in the Snowy Mountains

Australia’s ultimate mountain bike challenge, the 2015 Snowies Mountain Bike Festival, will be held in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains on 21 and 22 February.

The event tackles more than 125km of rugged mountain terrain, with competitors completing four stages over two days.

The first stage features a 5.5km time trial lap followed by the stage 2 Summit Smash with riders ascending 21.5km from Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa to Thredbo Resort.

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Stage 3 features a fast 24km descent from Thredbo Resort to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa before the final stage – a marathon 75km cross country race.

While the event has been pegged as one of Australia’s most demanding and iconic mountain bike events, according to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa General Manager Anthony Cleary, there is an option for less hard-core riders to become involved.

“Those looking for a slightly less demanding challenge can take part in teams of two or three riders.

“And instead of competing in all four stages, riders can either take part in the 75 cross-country marathon or a shorter 30km cross-country ride on Sunday 22 February,” said Mr Cleary.

Solo riders in the Snowies Mountain Bike Festival will be competing for a prize purse of $10,000.

The Snowies Mountain Bike Festival is run in conjunction with the Oceania Cross Triathlon Championships and MultiSport Festival taking place in the Snowy Mountains on 28thFebruary and 1st of March, with the support of the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW. The Oceania Cross Triathlon Championships offers a $40,000 prize pool, so those into ‘Off Road’ can stay on for two full weekends of action-packed racing.

Accommodation packages are available at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa from $150 per person per night including hot breakfast.

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