2016 Snowies Mountain Bike Festival

2016 Snowies Mountain Bike Festival

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EVENT INFO

DATE: 12th – 14th February 2016

PRIZE POOL: $10,000

LOCATION: Snowy Mountains, NSW Australia

The iconic Snowy Mountains are set to host the ultimate mountain bike experience in 2016 where riders will be challenged with 5 stages across 3 days in rugged mountain terrain in the hunt for a massive $10,000 Prize Purse.  Tackle all 5 stages as a solo, share the stages between a team of 2 or 3, OR choose to do the 45k marathon, 30k or 15k XC MTB on Sunday only in this ‘not to be missed’ Mountain Bike Experience.

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ABOUT THE SNOWIES MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL

The iconic Snowy Mountains are set to host the ultimate mountain bike experience in 2016 where riders will be challenged with 5 stages across 3 days in rugged mountain terrain in the hunt for a massive $10,000 Prize Purse. Starting at an altitude of 1260m, riders will be tested with over 100k of rugged mountain terrain, technical single track, a mammoth ascent, and some awe inspiring downhills, making this one of Australia’s most iconic mountain bike stage races.

In 2016 we add an all new stage with the ‘Thredbo All Mountain Descent’ including a chairlift ride to the top of  Eagles Nest in the shadow of Australia’s highest peak followed by 6ks of epic downhill on Thredbo’s new All Mountain Trails.

Join us in what is arguably Australia’s most affordable and logistically convenient MTB stage race where you can just relax and focus on the epic riding that only the iconic Snowies can deliver.

 

Something for Everyone!

Tackle all 5 stages as a solo;

OR share the riding between a team of 2 or 3 where one person completes each stage, except for Stage 5;

OR choose to do just the 45k marathon, 30k or 15k XC MTB on Sunday in this ‘not to be missed’ Mountain Bike Experience.

Start List

Check out who’s lining up for Snowies MTB 2016 HERE

Race Categories

Snowies Stage Race 45km XC MTB 30km XC MTB 15km XC MTB
Solo Elite U13 (10-12yrs)
Solo Single speed Junior (12 - 14yrs) Junior (12 - 14yrs)
Solo Young Guns (15 – 18yrs) Young Guns (15 – 18yrs) Young Guns (15 – 18yrs) Young Guns (15 – 18yrs)
Solo Open (19 – 29yrs) Open (19 – 29yrs) Open (19 – 29yrs) Open (19 – 29yrs)
Solo Veteran (30 – 39yrs) Veteran (30 – 39yrs) Veteran (30 – 39yrs) Veteran (30 – 39yrs)
Solo Masters (40 – 49yrs) Masters (40 – 49yrs) Masters (40+yrs) Masters (40+yrs)
Solo Super Masters (50+yrs) Super Masters (50+yrs)
2 Person Male Team
2 Person Female Team
2 Person Mixed Team
3 Person Team

Where there are less than 5 entries in a category the Race Director reserves the right to combine categories.

Registration Info & Times

All competitors will need to register at the registration times listed below. All stage race riders must check in before the start of each stage at the times listed below. Registration at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa will take place at Race HQ on the village green. Registration at Thredbo will take place at the Peak Party at the Village Terminal.

Day Time Event
Friday 1pm to 4pm Stage Race Registration - Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
Saturday 8am to 8:30am

1pm to 1:30pm

Stage 2 Check In - Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Stage 3 Check In - Thredbo Resort

Sunday 7am to 7:30am

10am to 11:15am

10:15am to 10:45am

Stage 4 Check In - Thredbo Resort

30k & 15k Registration - Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Stage 5 Check In - Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Equipment

Riders in the Snowies MTB Festival are expected to be self-sufficient for each of the stages of the event. No outside support is provided or permitted on the course. Full details are listed below. Download Full Equipment List

Compulsory Equipment

Riders are responsible for their own equipment. Riders must carry:

  • A Mobile Phone with emergency numbers entered (Telstra recommended). Please see the notice board at Race HQ for emergency details.
  • Mountain Bike – In good working order and with plugs in the handle bars.
  • Bike Helmet – The bike helmet must be in good condition and meet Australian Safety Standards.
  • Two large water bottles (mounted in cages on your bike frame) and / or hydration pack; – See Food & Nutrition notes below
  • A minimum of 1 litre of water
  • Number plate with timing transponder (provided)
  • Suitable Layered Clothing: The weather in the Snowy Mountains is unpredictable and changes very quickly and can be very cold. Ensure you have some layers that you can put on and remove in changing conditions. This should include a waterproof layer in case of rain.

Food & Nutrition

Riders in the Snowies MTB Festival are expected to be self-sufficient for each of the stages of the event. No support is provided or permitted on the course, therefore it is important that riders have the capacity to carry sufficient hydration and nutrition for the stages of the race. Please note this excludes the 45k Marathon and 30k and 15k  XC MTB which will include a ‘Feed Zone’ at Race HQ at the end of the 15km lap.

Suggested Equipment

  • Pump with correct valve connection
  • Bike Shoes (if applicable)
  • Sunglasses/Protective Eyewear
  • Hat
  • Sun Lotion
  • Insect Repellent
  • Spare tubes
  • Repair Kit
  • Two big tyre levers
  • Spare Derailleur hanger
  • Multi-tool
  • CO2 adapter
  • Small bottle of lube
  • Two quick-links
  • Spare valve core
  • Cable ties
  • Spokes for special wheels
  • Spare batteries for any bike computers or heart rate monitors.
  • Towel
  • Cash to purchase food and drinks at the stage after parties
  • A change of clothes for the stage after parties

Clothing

  • Comfortable riding shorts/pants.
  • Bike Jersey
  • Protective eyewear is recommended
  • Gloves
  • The weather in the Snowy Mountains is unpredictable and changes very quickly and can be very cold. Ensure you have some layers that you can put on and remove in changing conditions. This should include a waterproof layer in case of rain.
  • A change of clothes for the stage after parties.
  • It is recommended that you have trained in any clothing that you choose to wear on the day of the race. Trying something new on race day is never a good idea.

Parking

There is ample parking at both Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa and at Thredbo Resort.  Please follow signage and marshals directions on arrival.

Driving Between Stages

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa and Thredbo Resort both make ideal bases for participants in the Snowies Mountain Bike Festival.

It is an easy 13 minute drive between Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa and Thredbo Resort and there is ample parking at both venues.

National Parks Charges

Please note if driving that National Parks to charge a fee of $16 for a day pass to access Thredbo Resort. The pass is purchased at the toll point on the road the Thredbo.

Those who wish to visit more often may choose to purchase a 5 day pass. It is important to note that these charges apply when driving to Thredbo Resort, for all competitors riding to Thredbo Resort the national parks access fee is included in your event entry. Full details about National Parks Charges are listed below.

Bus Shuttle Transport Between Stages

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa and Thredbo Resort both make ideal bases for participants in the Snowies Mountain Bike Festival.

Bus Shuttle with Bike Trailer

A bus shuttle service will be provided by the resorts to transport participants and their bikes to the start of stages if required.  Seats are limited, and seats will be allocated on a ‘first come fist served’ basis.

Bookings are essential and MUST be made by Wednesday 10th February. Once the shuttles are full riders will need to make their own alternative arrangements.

Due to planning purposes, no bookings can be made after this time.  If there are no bookings for a particular bus shuttle by Wed 10th Feb, that shuttle will not run.

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa will be running shuttles for guests staying at the resort who require transport to and from the stages that start or finish at Thredbo.

Thredbo Resort will be running shuttles for guests staying at the resort who require transport to and from the stages that start or finish at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

Bus Shuttle Times
Shuttle Number Day From To Departure Time For Guests Staying at Booking & Cost Purpose
1 Fri Thredbo Lake Crackenback 3pm Thredbo i2a: $10pp Transport Thredbo guests to Stage 1 start
2 Fri Lake Crackenback Thredbo 8:30pm Thredbo i2a: $10pp Transport Thredbo guests from Stage 1 finish
3 Sat Thredbo Lake Crackenback 7:30am Thredbo i2a: $10pp Transport Thredbo Guests to Stage 2 start
4 Sat Lake Crackenback Thredbo 8:45am Lake Crackenback Lake Crackenback: $10pp - solo equipment transported free Transport solo equipment to Stage 2 finish
5 Sat Thredbo Lake Crackenback 11:45am Lake Crackenback Lake Crackenback: $10pp Transport LCR guests from Stage 2 finish
6 Sat Lake Crackenback Thredbo 12:30pm Lake Crackenback Lake Crackenback: $10pp Transport LCR guests to Stage 3 start
7 Sat Thredbo Lake Crackenback 6:15pm Lake Crackenback BUS FULLY BOOKED
We are currently looking at potentially sourcing additional shuttles. TBA
Transport LCR guests from Stage 3 finish
8 Sun Lake Crackenback Thredbo 6:30am Lake Crackenback BUS FULLY BOOKED
We are currently looking at potentially sourcing additional shuttles. TBA
Transport LCR guests to Stage 4 start
9 Sun Thredbo Lake Crackenback 9:45am Thredbo i2a: $10pp Transport Thredbo Guests to Stage 5 start
10 Sun Lake Crackenback Thredbo 2:45pm Thredbo i2a: $10pp Transport Thredbo guests from Stage 5 finish

 

Booking & Payment

Bookings are essential and MUST be made by Wednesday 10th February.

Due to planning purposes, no bookings can be made after this time.  If there are no bookings for a particular bus shuttle by Wed 10th Feb, that shuttle will not run.

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa Guests

For guests requiring transport to/from Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa please book directly with the resort.

Cost is $10 per person per bus shuttle and payment is made directly to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

E: Send an Online Enquiry Here

T: 1800 020 524

Thredbo Resort Guests

For guests requiring transport to/from Thredbo Resort please email info@in2adventure.com.au with the following details.

  • Your Name
  • Entry Invoice Number
  • Bus Shuttle Number / Numbers you would like to book
  • Number of passengers for each shuttle
  • Your Contact Phone Number

Cost is $10 per person per bus shuttle and payment is made at event registration.

Race Rules

View Snowies MTB Race Rules Here

2 Person Teams

  • Only one team member may race at any time, and only the designated rider is permitted on the course.
  • Each team member must complete at least 2 of the first 4 stages
  • Each team member must complete at least 1 lap of Sunday’s 45km XC MTB

3 Person Teams

  • Only one team member may race at any time, and only the designated rider is permitted on the course.
  • Each team member must complete at least 1 of the first 4 stages
  • Each team member must complete at least 1 lap on Sunday’s 45km XC MTB

Joining Instructions & Event Information

Joining Instructions will be emailed to participants 5 days prior to the event. Please ensure that the email address on your online entry is correct to ensure receipt of event information.

Mountain Bike Hire

The Activate Centre at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa has a number of Specialized Mountain Bikes for hire. For bookings please contact the Activate Centre on 1800 020 524

Mechanic Services

Sacred Ride

Sacredlogo-clr-400A big thank you to the team from Sacred Ride who will be on site at Race HQ at the following times providing mechanic services:

Stage 1: Friday 12th

  • 3pm to 7pm

Stage 2: Saturday 13th

  • 7:30am to 9am

Stage 5: Sunday 14th

  • 10am to 1pm
Need Parts & Servicing Before the Event?

If you’re either living-in, or visiting, then a mountain bike is an absolute must. Come-in and have a look at our wide range of excellent Giant and Norco hard-tail or dual-shocked mountain bikes.  Available in all kids and adult sizes, for all budgets.

We also have an enormous ranege of accessories, helmets and clothing and have a full parts and service-centre to keep your bike in tip-top shape.

Catch up with the Sacred Ride Team in Jindabyne:

6 Thredbo Tce.
Jindabyne
NSW 2627

T: [02] 6456 1988

Freecall: 1300 736 581

E: nkbride@bigpond.net.au

W: www.sacredride.com.au

thredbo-I-like-it-logoThredbo Resort

And a big yhank you to the team at Thredbo resort who will be covering mechanical services in their workshop for Stages 3 & 4.

Insurance

In 2 Adventure has public liability insurance. This DOES NOT cover you as a participant in any of the XC MTB events.  If you fall off your bike and hurt yourself, there is no accident cover for you. In 2 Adventure recommends that all participants have their own personal accident insurance. Prior to entering the event each participant will be required to read, understand & agree to the Release & Waiver.

3 Days | 5 Stages

The festival includes 5 epic stages across 3 days aimed to test riders’ speed, endurance and technical ability to find out exactly who in Australia has what it takes to be crowned Master of the Mountains

STAGE 1: HAPPY HOUR TIME TRIAL 5.5k

  • 5.5km Time Trial Lap finishing at the Alpine Larder in time for Happy Hour

STAGE 2: THREDBO SUMMIT SMASH 21.5k

  • Smash it up on the 21.5km ascent climbing 533m from Lake Crackenback to Thredbo

STAGE 3:  THREDBO ALL MOUNTAIN DESCENT 6k

  • 6kms of flowing downhill racing including the chairlift to thestart and finishing up at the Thredbo Village for the Peak Party!

STAGE 4: GRAVITY CHECK 20.5k

  • Soak in the thrills and exhilaration of this 20.5km roller coaster ride from Thredbo to Lake Crackenback

STAGE 5: RELEASE THE CRACKEN 45K

  • Finish up with 45k’s of epic riding as we Release the Cracken! on the 15k XC circuit in and around Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

OR 1 Day 45 | 30 | 15k XC

If you’re up for just one day of action choose to tackle either the 45k Marathon, 30k or 15k XC MTB events on Sunday as we ‘Release the Cracken’ on the 15k XC circuit at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

THE 5 STAGES

STAGE 1: Lake Crackenback Happy Hour  Time Trial – 5.5km

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Riders will start at 30 second intervals to smash out a single 5.5km time trial lap of the flowing single track around Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

The scenery is spectacular as you ride along the banks of the Thredbo River, and we finish up back at the Alpine Larder just in time for Friday Night ‘Happy Hour!’

Time Trial times count towards the overall standings and the fastest Stage 1 male and female riders will be awarded Leaders’ Jerseys that will have the other riders shaking in their cleats as we move into Stage 2: The Thredbo Summit Smash.

  • View Stage 1 Map & Profile

 

STAGE 2: Thredbo Summit Smash – 21.5km

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Ascent from Lake Crackenback to Thredbo.

Stage 2 gives riders a chance to show the Snowies who’s boss with a 21.5km race up to Thredbo Village from Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa. With a mass start after the Elite riders are away, competitors will be challenged with an elevation change of 530m on this iconic ride that culminates at Thredbo Resort.

Think this is a boring uphill slog? THINK AGAIN!

The Thredbo Valley Trail presents some of the best riding trails found anywhere in Australia. Yes, you’ll be gaining height, but you’ll be doing it along deceptively undulating single track that twists and turns with flowing descents along the way.

And the Scenery!….

Even though you’re racing hard, riders will enjoy some of the most spectacular views in the Snowy Mountains Region as the Thredbo Valley Trail leads you on a gradual climb through diverse landscape including mountain ash forest, snow gum woodlands, riverine woodlands, mountain bog, wet heath and sub alpine grasslands. Among the many highlights of the trail are the numerous suspension bridges spanning the river, offering riders a brief reprieve from the sound of rubber on dirt, as well as spectacular views of the Thredbo River from above.

During this stage riders will be afforded rewarding views of Porcupine Rocks exploding out of the rugged realms of the Ramshead Range, and discover a hidden gem in the Muzzelwood Wetlands.

STAGE 2 THREDBO PEAK PARTY

Village Terminal – Saturday 10am -Midday

After a long 21.5km ascent what better than to relax at the Peak Party at Race HQ at the Village Terminal with cool drinks, refreshments, food and music to celebrate!  Entry to the Peak Party is free for all riders, teams and supporters of the Snowies MTB Festival. Join us for:

  • DJ & Music
  • Presentations: Stage 2 Winners and Race Leader’s Yellow Jersey Presentations
  • BBQ: to purchase of food and snacks
  • Bistro: open for meals and coffee – look out for your 10% discount voucher in your race packs.
  • Cash Bar at the Bistro: with soft drinks for those riding stage 3, or maybe something a bit stronger for those who are part of a team and won’t be riding stage 3 in the afternoon.
  • Race Highlights Celebrations

STAGE 3: Thredbo All Mountain Descent – 6km

Includes non-competitive Transfer Stage

mtb_mtns_thredbo_600x400ALL NEW STAGE FOR 2016!

Saturday 2:45pm

Descend from the top of Gun Barrell Chair overlooking the peak of Mt Kosciusko to Thredbo Resort

After a thrilling chairlift to the top of Eagles Nest, in the shadow of Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko get ready to delight in 6kms of epic downhill on Thredbo’s new All Mountain Trail finishing up at the Thredbo Peak Party at Race HQ at the Village Terminal.

 

Non-Competitive Transfer Stage

Stage 3 will include a non-competitive transfer where riders will make their way to the start of stage 3, via the Kosciuszko Express Chair Lift and then an approximately 2.6km ride to the top of Gun Barrel Chair.

Riders will start at 30 second intervals and start times will be published at Race HQ at Stage 3 registration.

 

Important: Riders must be at the Start Line On Time

It is important that riders check their start times and ensure they allow enough time to travel to the start.  Riders should allow at least 45 minutes for the transfer.

The Kosciuzko Express Chair Lift: Included in Event Entry

The chair lift is 1.8km long and rises 560 vertical metres. The ride takes 15 minutes one way and offers spectacular valley views.  This is a real experience in itself.

The chair lift, for one person, is included with each solo and team entry.  To enter the chair lift riders must display a Snowies MTB Race Plate on each bike.

thredbo-bike-chairlift-600x400Each chair is equipped with bike racks which are located on the rear of the chair.  On approach, follow the lift attendants directions.  Stand with your bike on it’s rear wheel with the front wheel in the air.  Place the front wheel in the bike rack and then move to the front of the chair to sit down.  Ensure the safety bar is lowered and remains down for the entire journey.

On arrival at Eagles Nest, alight the chair lift where indicated and remove your bike from the rack.

MTB Transfer

The MTB ride from the top of Kosciuzko Express Chair Lift is approx 2.6km. The route will be signed on the day.   The ride includes a short, steeper downhill on a loose fire trail (take care when riding this section as it can be loose), some single track and a small steep uphill section of approx 200m before you arrive at start at Gun Barrel Chairlift.

 

What does Andy Blair have to say about this New Stage in 2016?

“The new Thredbo All Mountain Trail is fantastic.

It is a flowing and fun roller-coaster ride from the top of the Gun Barrel Chairlift down to the village and is achievable on any bike from a hardtail to a trail bike.

It will be a new format for many but it’s nothing to be scared of; just follow the age old rule of riding within your limits and remember there is still 3 more stages to go after this one.

Let the chairlift do the hard work for you and let gravity put a smile on your face!”

 

STAGE 3 THREDBO PEAK PARTY – Take 2

Village Terminal – Saturday 3pm – 6:30pm

After the thrill of the all mountain descent, relax at the Peak Party (Take 2) at Race HQ at the Village Terminal with cool drinks, refreshments, food and music to celebrate!  Entry to the Peak Party is free for all riders, teams and supporters of the Snowies MTB Festival. Join us for:

  • DJ & Music
  • Presentations: Stage 3 Winners and Race Leader’s Yellow Jersey Presentations
  • BBQ: for purchase of food and snacks
  • Bistro: open for meals and coffee – look out for your 10% discount voucher in your race packs.
  • Cash Bar at the Bistro: with soft drinks for those riding stage 3, or maybe something a bit stronger for those who are part of a team and won’t be riding stage 3 in the afternoon.
  • Race Highlights Celebrations
Sportsman’s Buffet: Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Cuisine Restaurant, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa – Saturday 7pm

After all the excitement of the days racing, here’s a great chance to relax and share your war stories with fellow competitors over a great meal.

The dinner will be a relaxed buffet style meal overlooking Lake Crackenback. What better way to finish off an amazing days racing?

Venue: Cuisine Restaurant, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Date: Saturday 13th Feb, 2016

Cost: $38 per person

Menu: Sportsman’s Buffet Menu Coming Soon

Bookings Essential: 

The dinner sold out last year, so ensure to book early to avoid disappointment

T: 02 6451 3000

E: reservations@lakecrackenback.com.au

STAGE 4: The Gravity Check – 20.5km

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Sunday 8am

Descend from Thredbo to Lake Crackenback

A fter a night to relax at luxurious Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa or Thredbo Resort, Stage 4 will see riders back on the iconic Thredbo Valley Trail headed back to Lake Crackenback on a downhill mission!

Elite Male & Female riders will be the first away, with a mass start approx. 5 minutes after the elite competitors. You will be glad you took in all the scenery this amazing trail has to offer on your Stage 2 climb, as the fast flowing single track on the Descent will have you engrossed in the pure thrill and exhilaration that perfect, downhill flowing trails can deliver.

Time to remember what it’s like to be a kid again on this roller coaster ride of pure joy on iconic mountain trails. It’s not all easy-rolling though – once you reach the end of the Thredbo Valley Trail the course takes an action-packed turn for the first time onto the technical single track traversing the Thredbo River Trail, before returning you to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa for a well-earned rest.

 

STAGE 5: Release the Cracken! 45k Marathon 

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Sunday 11am

3 x 15km Laps

Sunday afternoon sees riders back on their bikes ready to tackle the 5th and final stage of the weekend – as we RELEASE THE CRACKEN across 45km of  riding that will test even the most hardened riders.

The course is a spectacular 15km lap and the 3 laps riders bash out to complete the 45km marathon will fly by as you’ll be having too much fun to notice the screaming legs from the past 4 stages.

With some of the best riding in Australia, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa’s mountain bike trails encompass 2 alpine lakes, Thredbo River, Kosciuszko National Park and spectacular views of the Thredbo Valley and Ram’s Head Range.

The resort’s mountain bike facilities rate with the very best in the nation, highlighted with sculpted flowing single track and the Caroline Buchannan Mountain Bike Park. The course’s is a 15km clockwise lap which takes in the beautiful flowing berms and switchbacks on the trails heading out of the resort, then crossing the Little Thredbo River before heading into the National Park and the Muzzelwood Trail.

After passing the diggings the course then takes in the all new river trail, with some fun technical sections before returning back to the Thredbo River. But before you hit the home stretch the trail veers left and heads out along the picturesque, flowing riverside single track, following the twists, turns and contours along the water’s edge before returning to Race HQ. The course is a Mountain Biker’s dream, comprising approximately 80% grippy, flowing single track – but it’s not all easy rolling!

Riders will regularly be forced to draw their gaze away from the spectacular views to negotiate the rocky paths, bridges, rock gardens and creek crossings which will require some technical skills to tackle effectively. A large proportion of Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa’s mountain bike trails are undulating fast sections of flowing single track providing very little respite for the legs which will be pumping all the way.

The trails will advantage both technically skilled riders who will be able to carry speed through the tight terrain as well as strong riders who will be able to make up time grinding out the open sections with small pinches and hills.

We anticipate some very fast times but we also expect all riders to experience the most enjoyable and spectacular riding found anywhere in Australia.

 

Sunday 45 | 30 | 15km Release the Cracken XC MTB

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Sunday: 11:45am

If just one day of heart-pumping action is all you’re after, then the 45km marathon,  30km or 15km XC MTB race on Sunday is the event for you.

  • 45k Marathon – 3 laps
  • 30k XC MTB – 2 laps
  • 15k XC MTB – 1 lap

With some of the best riding in Australia, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa’s mountain bike trails encompass 2 alpine lakes, Thredbo River, Kosciuszko National Park and spectacular views of the Thredbo Valley and Ram’s Head Range.

The resort’s mountain bike facilities rate with the very best in the nation, highlighted with sculpted flowing single track and the Caroline Buchannan Mountain Bike Park. The course’s includes a 15km clockwise lap which takes in flowing berms and switchbacks on the trails heading out of the resort, then crossing the Little Thredbo River before heading into the National Park and the Muzzelwood Trail.

After passing the diggings the course then takes in the all new river trail, with some fun technical sections before returning back to the Thredbo River. But before you hit the home stretch the trail veers left and heads out along the riverside single track, following the twists, turns and contours along the water’s edge before heading for home at Race HQ.

The course is a Mountain Biker’s dream, comprising approximately 80% grippy, flowing single track – but it’s not all easy rolling! Riders will regularly be forced to draw their gaze away from the spectacular views to negotiate the rocky paths, bridges, rock gardens and creek crossings which will require some technical skills to tackle effectively. A large proportion of Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa’s mountain bike trails are undulating fast sections of flowing single track providing very little respite for the legs which will be pumping all the way.

The trails will advantage both technically skilled riders who will be able to carry speed through the tight terrain as well as strong riders who will be able to make up time grinding out the open sections with small pinches and hills.

We anticipate some very fast times but we also expect all riders to experience the most enjoyable and spectacular riding found anywhere in Australia.

 

About the Teams Event

mtb-bridge-600x400Competitors have the option to race as a team of 2 or 3 people.  Only one team member completes each stage, except for the Release the Cracken 45km Marathon where each rider must complete 1 or more laps.

Only one team member  is permitted on the course at a time. Team categories include:

  • MALE 2 Person Team – 2 Guys
  • FEMALE 2 Person Team – 2 Gals
  • MIXED 2 Person Team – 1 Gal & 1 Guy
  • 3 Person Team – A mix of all guys, all gals or guys and gals

 

2 Person Teams

To be eligible for standings and prizes in the 2 person team categories:

  • Each team member must complete at least 2 of the first 4 stages.
  • Each team member must complete at least 1 lap of Sunday’s 45km Marathon

 

3 Person Teams

To be eligible for standings and prizes in the 3 person team category:

  • Each team member must complete 1 stage of the first 4 stages
  • Each team member must complete at least 1 lap on Sunday’s 45km XC MTB

 

Transport for Teams

Stages start from either Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa or Thredbo Resort.  The drive is approx 17km and takes approx 17 minutes. Riders can make their own way to the start of these stages or you can book a shuttle bus.

ENTRY

Special Entry Offer: from $199 for 5 Stages incl a FREE Jersey
Enter by 1st November 2015

Special-Offer-Clr-100We want to offer all riders the opportunity to experience the amazing riding experience that the Snowy Mountains Region has to offer and we are proud to offer, what is arguably, Australia’s most affordable and logistically convenient Staged Race.

Enter before the 1st of November, 2015 from just $199 and that includes a FREE Snowies MTB Jersey. But be quick entries are strictly limited.

Entry Fees
3 Day Stage Race Special
Before 1 Nov 15
Early Bird
Before 17 Jan 16
Standard
Before 10 Feb 16
Solo$199$239$279
2 Person Team$219$259$299
3 Person Team$229$269$309
Sunday XC MTB Only
45kn/a$50$60
30kn/a$35$45
15kn/a$20$30

Free Snowies MTB Festival Jersey

Take advantage of the Snowies Saver Entry. Enter the stage event before 1st November, 2015 for just $199 and receive a FREE Snowies Mountain Bike Festival Bike Jersey with your entry. Teams that enter by this date will receive one jersey for each team member.

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On the day entries

On the Day Entries will only be made available if all places have not been allocated. On the Day Entries incur an additional $30 administration fee and are cash only. A notice with regards to On the Day entries will be posted on this page prior to event day.

National Parks & Wildlife Service Vehicle Entry Fees

Driving to Thredbo Resort

National Parks charge a fee of $16 for a day pass to access Thredbo Resort. The pass is purchased at the toll point on the road the Thredbo. Those who wish to visit more often may choose to purchase a 5 day pass. It is important to note that these charges apply when driving to Thredbo Resort, for all competitors riding to Thredbo Resort the national parks access fee is included in your event entry. Full details about National Parks Charges are listed below.

Entry Limits

A key focus for In 2 Adventure is the ‘experience’ that participants take away from our events. To create a positive race experience which enables competitors to ride their own race and to manage any potential environmental impact, race numbers have been limited as outlined below,

  • Solo Riders: 150 entries
  • 2 Person Teams: 100 teams
  • 3 Person Teams: 50 teams
  • 45 | 30 | 15k Sunday Only: 100 riders

Entry Closure

On Line Entries close 5pm Wednesday prior to the event or when sold out.

On the Day Entries

On the Day Entries will only be made available if all places have not been allocated. On the Day Entries incur an additional $30 administration fee and are cash only. A notice with regards to On the Day entries will be posted on this page prior to event day.

Minimum Age

Event Minimum Age
Stage Race - Solo 15yrs on the day of the race
Stage Race - 2 Person Team 15yrs on the day of the race
Stage Race - 3 Person Team 15yrs on the day of the race
45k Marathon - Solo 15yrs on the day of the race
30k XC MTB - Solo 13yrs on the day of the race
15k XC MTB - Solo 10yrs on the day of the race

Parental Consent

All competitors under 18 years of age will be required to submit a signed Parental Consent Form at Registration: Download Parental Consent Form Here

HOW TO ENTER

Online

Enter on line and pay by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Secure on line entry system provided by E-Way. On line entries close 5pm Wednesday prior to the event.

On the Day Entries

On the Day Entries will only be made available if all places have not been allocated. On the Day Entries incur an additional $30 administration fee and are cash only. A notice with regards to On the Day entries will be posted on this page prior to event day.

ENTRY INCLUSIONS

Entry to the Snowies Mountain Bike Festival Includes:

  • Snowies Mountain Bike Jersey – For entries received for the stage race before 1st November, 2015
  • Kosciuszko Express Chair Lift Pass for one rider for Stage 3
  • Free Entry to:
    • the Alpine Larder Happy Hour
    • Thredbo Peak Party
    • Village Green BBQ & Presentation Ceremony
  • Race Numbers
  • Access to special race accommodation packages
  • Some spectacular racing on well signed and marshalled courses with full medical and emergency support
  • Competitor pack including giveaways and information
  • Entry & Parking to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa and Thredbo Resort.  Please note this does not include the NPWS entry fee when driving to Thedbo Resort.  Please see details in National Parks & Wildlife Service Vehicle Entry Fees.
  • Entry into the ‘Fun One’ Prize Draw for Sponsors giveaways
  • Live Electronic timing and results

EVENT TIMETABLE

TIMEACTIVITY
1:00pmRegistration Open
4:00pmRegistration Closed
4:30pmEvent Brief
5:00pmStage 1: Crackenback Happy Hour Time Trial Starts
5:00pmHappy Hour at the Alpine Larder
8:00pmElite Top 3 Presentations
TimeActivity
7:45amBus open for solo equipment check in - Solo equipment transported free of charge - no booking necessary
8:00amCheck In Open
8:30amCheck in Closed
8:45amBus closed for solo equipment transport
8:45amStage Brief
9:00amThredbo Summit Smash Start
10:00amThredbo Peak Party Starts
11:00amElite Top 3 Presentations
TimeActivity
1:00pmCheck In Open
1:30pmCheck In Closed
1:45pmStage 3 Brief
2:00pmChair Lift Opens
2:45pmFirst Rider Start
3:00pmThredbo Peak Party Resumes
4:30pmLast Chair Lift Transport
5:15pmLast Rider Start
6:00pmElite Top 3 Presentations
7:00pmSportman's Buffet Celebration Dinner at Cuisine Restaurant, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa - Bookings Essential
TimeActivity
7:00amStage 4 Check In Open - Thredbo Resort
7:30amStage 4 Check In Closed
7:45amStage 4 Course Brief
8:00amGravity Check Stage Start
9:00amRelease the Cracken After Party
10:00amGravity Check Elite Top 3 Presentations
TimeActivity
10:00am45k, 30k & 15k Individual Race Registration Open
10:15amStage 5 Check In Open
10:40amStage 5 & 45k Individual Marathon Check In Closed
10:45amStage 5 & 45k Individual Marathon Brief
11:00amStage 5: Release the Cracken and individual 45k Marathon Start
11:15am30k & 15k Registration Closed
11:30am30k & 15k Brief
11:45am30k XC MTB Start
12:15pm15k XC MTB Start
2:00pmSnowies MTB Festival Presentations

PRIZES & PRESENTATIONS

Prizes

Stage Race: Elite

  • $10,000 Prize Pool: Winners will share in a massive $10,000 prize pool awarded to the top 5 males and females.
  • Race Leaders Jersey: Overall race leaders jersey will be presented at the finish of each stage.
  • Thredbo Summit Smash: Thanks to our partners at Thredbo Resort, Male & Female winners of the Thredbo Summit Smash will be presented with Thredbo 365 passes.
  • Thredbo All Mountain Descent: Thanks to our partners at Thredbo Resort, Male & Female winners of the All Mountain Descent will be presented with Thredbo 365 passes.

Stage Race: 2 Person Teams

  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in 2 person Team Categories will receive a Snowies Mountain Bike Festival Medallion
  • 1st Place in the 2 Person Team Categories will receive sponsors prizes.

Stage Race: 3 Person Teams

  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in 3 person Team Categories will receive a Snowies Mountain Bike Festival Medallion.

45k Marathon

  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd place will receive a Snowies Mountain Bike Marathon Medallion.

30k & 15k XC MTB

  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd place will receive Snowies Mountain Bike Festival Medallions
$10,000 Prize Pool
Elite 1st2nd3rd4th 5th
Female Solo$1,500$1,250$1,000$750$500
Male Solo$1,500$1,250$1,000$750$500

Presentation Times

Day Time Presentation
Friday8pmStage 1 Happy Hour Time Trial - Elite Top 3
Saturday11am
Stage 2 Thredbo Summit Smash - Elite Top 3
Saturday6pmStage 3 Thredbo All Mountain Descent - Elite Top 3
Sunday 10amStage 4 Gravity Check - Elite Top 3
Sunday 2pmSnowies Stage Race - Elite, Age Group & Teams

45, 30 & 15k XC MTB

$10,000 Prize Pool

The Snowies Mountain Bike Festival boasts a $10,000 Prize Pool for the Solo Male and Female Elite Category.

Reigning Champions

Male Elite: Andy Blair  |  Female Elite: Jenny Fay

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Race Leaders Jersey

The overall male and female leaders at the end of each stage will be awarded the yellow race leaders jersey to wear for the next stage of the race.

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Location & local Information

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How to Get There

The Snowy Mountains are centrally located: approx 2.5 hrs drive from Canberra, 5.5 hrs drive from Sydney and 6.5 hrs drive from Melbourne. Directions International and Interstate flights can be easily booked to Canberra Airport

Coach Transport Canberra - Jindabyne

For those travelling from Canberra to the event, Countrylink run a coach service between Canberra and Jindabyne.  Jindabyne is approx. 20 mins by car to the race venues. The service operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the cost is $20.99 one way. View full details and book on line at the NSW Train Link site

Bus Shuttle from Jindabyne to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa will run a bus shuttle for guests between Jindabyne and the Resort. Bookings are essential and the shuttle will only run if bookings have been received prior to the travel time. Bus Shuttle Times Note: Bus Shuttle will only run if pre-bookings are received Bookings

  • Telephone: Reception: +61 2 6451 3000 ext. 9
  • Payment can be made at the Resort
  • Bus has a maximum of 23 seats
  • Cost is $10 per person per trip

ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES

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The Snowy Mountains Region has a wide range of accommodation options throughout the region, including some very special discounted offers from our event partners Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa and Thredbo Resort.

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa Accommodation Packages

The Snowies Mountain Bike Festival is proud to be partnering with Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa. This spectacular 4.5 star resort offers a wide range of accommodation, activities, dining and leisure to make it a weekend to remember.

Race HQ will be based on the Village Green, which is at the heart of the resort and the Mountain Bike Trails interlock throughout and around the resort itself.

An accommodation package will put you at the heart of all the action during the weekend. You’ll have your own garage so no travelling on the day, no driving, worrying about parking, and after the racing you can enjoy some of the best cuisine in the Snowy Mountains at the ‘Alpine Larder’ and ‘Cuisine’ restaurant.

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

1650 Alpine Way Crackenback, NSW, 2627

W: lakecrackenback.com.au

T: 1800 020 524

E: Send an Online Enquiry

Thredbo Resort Accommodation Packages

thredbo-I-like-it-logoThredbo, is nestled in the heart of the Snowy Mountains and ticks all the boxes. It has a classic mountain feel, with an enchanting touch of alpine Australia, it is sprinkled with charm and bustling with activities. There are great views from just about everywhere plus a great mix of shops, things to do, places to eat and a myriad of accommodation options all peppered throughout the pedestrian friendly town.

Thredbo Alpine Hotel: $189 per night bed & breakfast

The Thredbo Alpine Hotel is a first class Hotel and is smack bang in the heart of the village just metres from the base of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift. This is a boutique property with an alluring sense of alpine culture – it has great character, charm and warmth.

The rooms are comfortable and cosy, the dining outstanding and the staff friendly and welcoming. Within the hotel there are restaurants and bars galore. You can enjoy casual meals in The Pub Bar & Bistro or relaxed restaurant dining in Cascades.

From the hotel you can either step outside to the MTB slopes or into the bustling Village Square that is full of thredbo-alpine-hotel-roomshopping delights and conveniences.  

From $189 per night bed and breakfast Based on a twn/dbl room. Minimum 1 night stay.

View Details & Book On Line

Snowgoose Apartments: $160 per night

In a quiet location; just 30 seconds walk from the Thredbo village restaurants, Snowgoose Apartments offers modern self-contained apartments with fabulous views of the mountain.

Each apartment includes a Fully equipped kitchen, heated bathroom floors, DVD player and wall-mounted flat-screen TV with Austar.  The village centre is thredbo-snowgoose-aptsonly a 2-minute walk away and Jindabyne is a 30 minute drive.

From $160 per night room only Based on a studio apartment – sleeps 2 Minimum 2 night stay.

View Details & Book On Line

Candlelight Lodge: $165 per night Bed & Breakfast

A warm and friendly European atmosphere greets you on arrival to your accommodation at Candlelight Lodge in Thredbo. All lodge rooms have beautiful views of the mountain, with most having balconies.

Because we are centrally located, you have easy access from your accommodation to thredbo-candlelight-lodgeall resort facilities for your Thredbo holiday.

From $165 per night bed and breakfast Based on a twn/dbl room. Minimum 1 night stay

View Details & Book On Line

Other Accommodation in the Snowy Mountains

Check out the Visit NSW website for more accommodation options in the Snowy Mountains View & Book Snowy Mountains Accommodation

Festival Venues

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

1650 Alpine Way Crackenback, NSW, 2627

W: lakecrackenback.com.au

T: 1800 020 524

E: Send an Online Enquiry

Thredbo Resort

Thredbo Village Terminal, Friday Drive,

Thredbo Village Resort, Thredbo, NSW, 2625

W: thredbo.com.au

T: (02) 6459 4100

E: Send an Online Enquiry

Fun Things to do in the Snowy Mountains

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Make a Day of it at Thredbo!

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Thredbo All Mountain Pass

Enjoy a day of action at Thredbo Resort the the Thredbo All Mountain Pass.

Summer Day Passes are valid for use across consecutive days from day of purchase and include:

  • Unlimited Scenic Chairlift rides.
  • Bobsled Rides (number of rides dependent on pass type).
  • One round of golf per day, One hour tennis court hire per day. (equipment hire available at additional cost).
  • Unlimited* daily access to the Thredbo Leisure Centre – pool, water slide, gym** and sports hall.
  • This pass does not include mountain bike chairlift access.
  • Add Thredbo MTB Access for $35 per Day.

Weekend Activities

Extend your trip to the Snowy Mountains after the Snowies MTB Festival to experience all this amazing region has to offer. Summer is a great time to escape the heat and head to the Snowy Mountains where you’ll find a kaleidoscope of colour, Australia’s highest point and breath-taking alpine scenery. Go bushwalking or hiking in Kosciuszko National Park. Explore the historic towns and villages of Cooma, Dalgety, Nimmitabel and Tumbarumba on foot. Go high country horse-riding or throw a line into the crystal clear waters of the Snowies. Find out More at Tourism Snowy Mountains

Day Spa Treatments at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Lake-Crackenback-Resort-partners-270Take some time out to relax at the Spa at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa which draws from nature its inspiration to nurture and restore those who enter. The Spa at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa is open daily from 10am, please call 02 6451 3000 or email spa@lakecrackenback.com.au as bookings are essential View Spa Packages .

Activate @ Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Activate @ Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa allows guests to immerse themselves in the beautiful surrounds of the Kosciuszko National Park whilst undertaking in the excitement of an exhilarating mountain bike tour or day walk, fly fishing or kayak lessons all complete with a local expert instructor or guide. Activate tours and guides will be running when possible during the weekend. These include:

  • lake-crackenback-raftingSegway Experiences
  • 1 Hour Segway Eco Tours
  •  2 Hour River Sled Experience
  • Guided Fly fishing

Find Out More Here Bookings are essential for the above guided experiences. For bookings: T: 02 6451 3000 E: activate@lakecrackenback.com.au

Complimentary Activities at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Complimentary Activities offered at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa include the following: *mountain bike hire not included in free activities.

  • lake-crackenback-pool9 hole par 3 golf course
  • Heated indoor swimming pool
  • Fitness centre & sauna
  • Archery
  • 14 kms of Mountain biking and bushwalking trails
  • Trout fishing in Lake Crackenback
  • 2.4km Fitness Track
  • Canoeing
  • Low ropes course
  • Trampolines
  • Mountain bike skills course
  • Tennis, badminton and volleyball courts

Race HQ

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Race HQ at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa will be based on the Village Green on the banks of the lake. For those staying at the resort they will be right in the heart of all the action near Race HQ, The Chill Out Zone and the event start and finish points.

Throughout the weekend festivals a cash bar and food service will be open at the Alpine Larder next to RaceHQ.

Thredbo Village Terminal

Race HQ and the Peak Party at Thredbo Resort will be based at the Thredbo Village Terminal.  Grab a bite at the Avalanche Cafe, the BBQ, Bakery or Cascades Restaurant, or head over the the bistro bar for a meal and utilise your 10% discount voucher included in your race pack.

No Dogs Permitted

When planning your weekend please keep in mind that dogs are not permitted in the national park or at Lake Crackenback or Thredbo Resorts.

Dining

Sportsman's Buffet Celebration Dinner

Sportsman’s Buffet at Cuisine on the Lake

After all the excitement of the days racing, here’s a great chance to relax and share your war stories with fellow competitors over a great meal.

The dinner will be a relaxed buffet style meal overlooking Lake Crackenback. What better way to finish off an amazing days racing?

Venue: Cuisine Restaurant, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Date: Saturday 13th Feb, 2016

Cost: $38 per person

Menu:

  • Thai chicken salad
  • Rice will grilled Salmon
  • Chicken & Mushroom Pasta
  • Mini Beef Burgers
  • Tomato & eggplant terrine
  • Roast lamb & vegetables
  • Chicken cannelloni, tomato & parmesan
  • Bread rolls
  • Seasonal sliced fruit platters
  • Chocolate mud cake

Bookings Essential: 

The dinner sold out last year, so ensure to book early to avoid disappointment

T: 02 6451 3000

E: reservations@lakecrackenback.com.au

Coffee

The Barista will be working hard at Cuisine on the Lake to give all our competitors that early morning coffee fix from 7am. During the day coffees and hot and cold drinks can be purchased from the Alpine Larder near Race HQ

The Alpine Larder

‘An organic approach to hospitality in the Mountains’ The Alpine Larder provides honest country style service in a relaxed environment, whilst delivering wholesome, affordable comfort food that you simply can’t resist. Traditional wood fired pizzas, delicious pasta, mouth-watering tapas, hand tossed gourmet salads and mouth-watering desserts are on offer. Visit us for your morning coffee before enjoying a day of activities, a casual lunch, afternoon tapas or our delicious selection of wood fired pizzas. The Alpine Larder is open daily View More Information Here

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Cuisine on the Lake

‘Cuisine promotes dining excellence offering classic cuisine using the best of local produce. Relax and enjoy the tranquil views of Lake Crackenback and the surrounding mountains. When you’re ready to dine, enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Cuisine on the Resort’s lakefront. Before your meal, join us in the Cuisine Bar for our famous mountain cocktails, or try our selection of schnapps, cognacs, liqueurs, beers and wines from around the world. For the little ones, we offer a children’s menu. Buffet breakfast is served daily at Cuisine. View More Information Here

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KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK

The rugged alpine landscape of Kosciuszko National Park fresh clean air in summer and snow in winter to offer visitors an endless choice of activities. In 2 Adventure would like to acknowledge the support of Office of the Environment and Heritage in the staging of this event and you can find out more about the park on their website on the link below

Find out more here

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Acknowledgement

In 2 Adventure would like to pay respect to the traditional owners of the land on which the event will be hosted, the Ngarigo people of the Gumaal Nation. It is upon their ancestral lands that we will gather.

Event Merchandise & Services

MUSCLE RECOVERY MASSAGE

AT LAKE CRACKENBACK RESORT & SPA

Lake-Crackenback-Resort-partners-270Take some time out to relax with at the resort spa. Surrounded by the beauty of the alpine wilderness, The Spa at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa draws from nature its inspiration to nurture and restore those who enter. Special Offer – Muscle Recovery Massage:

  • 15mins $30:00
  • 30mins $50:00

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Spa is open between and 10:00am – 5:00pm Appointments are available outside these operating times upon request. For Bookings Tel: 02 6451 3056 View more spa services here

Snowies MTB Jerseys

2016 Snowies MTB Jersey – $80

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If you entered before the 1st Nov 2015, look out for your FREE Snowies MTB jersey included in your race pack.

If you missed the cut off, don’t worry you can purchase your 2016 jersey at Race HQ for just $80, but be quick, these are a limited edition.

MEET OUR EVENT PARTNERS

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 Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

lake-crackenback-logo-smlLake Crackenback Resort & Spa is nestled on 150 acres, bordering Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains within easy reach of both Thredbo and Perisher.

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A year round destination, the Resort offers a wide range of soft adventure experiences; numerous FREE onsite activities; the finest local produce with a choice of two restaurants; a variety of 4.5 star accommodation including stunning Lake View Apartments and luxurious Mountain View Chalets and an array of pampering treatments at the Spa.

A natural playground, the Resort’s spectacular setting and unique offering has something for everyone. Guests come here to relax,
rejuvenate and activate.

1650 Alpine Way Crackenback, NSW, 2627

W: lakecrackenback.com.au

T: 1800 020 524

E: Send an Online Enquiry

Thredbo Resort

thredbo-I-like-it-logoIf you are after the one stop adventure destination then Thredbo, nestled in the heart of the Snowy Mountains, ticks all the boxes. It has a classic mountain feel, with an enchanting touch of alpine Australia, it is sprinkled with charm and bustling with activities. There are great views from just about everywhere plus a nice mix of shops, things to do, places to eat and a myriad of accommodation options all peppered throughout the pedestrian friendly town.

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thredbo-top-kosciuszko-lighter-LRWhether you’re the adventurer trekking Australia’s highest peaks, the mountain biker exploring the country’s longest mountain biking trails or a family wanting to experience the High Country, Thredbo gives easy access to the endless playground that is the Australian Alps. Thredbo is one of Australia’s premier mountain biking destinations. There’s a wide variety of trails to suit any level, mountain biking clinics, tours and lessons, combined with unrivalled chairlift access, a beautiful alpine village and Australia’s highest mountain range. Thredbo provides a truly unique biking experience. thredbo-mtb-dhHighlights include:

  • Lift serviced downhill track and gravity/flow trail
  • A network of cross country trails
  • Pump track
  • New jump park

For lovers of downhill Thredbo’s famous Cannonball Downhill is filled with jumps, rocks drops, single track and other technical features, while the gravity fed Flow Trail is a more mellow top to bottom alternative offering a smoother easier ride. thredbo-mtb-creekCross country riders will enjoy the network of trails that encompasses the village, mountain and valley.  An exciting addition this year is the Thredbo Valley Track that takes you from Thredbo to The Diggings and onto Lake Crackenback Resort.   The shared use trail, with uphill bursts and rolling downhills, takes riders down the picturesque Thredbo Valley across impressive suspension bridges, through undulating terrain of forests and woodlands all while you meander along the famous Thredbo River.  A must do when in the mountains. thredbo-mtnsIf you love exploring on your bike you will love Thredbo in summer. The village is the perfect base camp, where you have access to a mountain of activities and adventures for friends, families, couples or solo travellers. “Thredbo is delighted to be a part of the Snowies Mountain Bike Festival. Mountain Biking is one of our key summer activities and with the recent development of new trails and facilities we are really looking forward to ensuring that everyone from experts to first timers can enjoy some of the longest and most scenic trails in the country.” said Angus thredbo-signThomson, Director of Marketing at Thredbo. W: Thredbo.com.au E: info@thredbo.com.au T: 02 6459 4100

Sacred Ride

Sacredlogo-clr-400A big thank you to the team from Sacred Ride who will be on site at Race HQ at the following times providing mechanic services:

Stage 1: Friday 12th

  • 3pm to 7pm

Stage 2: Saturday 13th

  • 7:30am to 9am

Stage 5: Sunday 14th

  • 10am to 1pm
Need Parts & Servicing Before the Event?

If you’re either living-in, or visiting, then a mountain bike is an absolute must. Come-in and have a look at our wide range of excellent Giant and Norco hard-tail or dual-shocked mountain bikes.  Available in all kids and adult sizes, for all budgets.

We also have an enormous ranege of accessories, helmets and clothing and have a full parts and service-centre to keep your bike in tip-top shape.

Catch up with the Sacred Ride Team in Jindabyne:

6 Thredbo Tce.
Jindabyne
NSW 2627

T: [02] 6456 1988

Freecall: 1300 736 581

E: nkbride@bigpond.net.au

W: www.sacredride.com.au

MEET OUR AMBASSADORS

Andy Blair

Andy-Blair-head-shot-300x300NAME:  Andrew Blair NICKNAME/S:  Blairy DOB: 9th June 1979 BORN: Queanbeyan, NSW (Australia)

About Andy

Andy was selected to represent Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where he finished 12th. He was also the 2012 and 2014 Australian marathon champion. He has been a member of multiple national teams in Cross Country Olympic (XCO) and Marathon (XCM) disciplines and has experience racing in the biggest races both domestically and internationally. Andy is a consistent performer who has won some of Australia’s biggest XCO, Marathon and Stage races throughout his career including the 2012 National Cross Country Series and the 2012 & 2014 National Marathon Championships and the inaugural 2015 Snowies MTB Festival Major Results & Career Highlights

  • Australian Team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014, 12th place in games
  • 28th UCI world Cup XCO Cairns 2014
  • 2014 and 2012 Australian Marathon Champion
  • 4th Australian XCO Championships 2014
  • 2012 Australian National Cross Country Series Champion
  • 8 time Australian team member at World Championships
  • 3 time winner of Ingkerreke Commercial MTB Enduro Stage Race at Alice Springs
  • 2 time winner of Cape to Cape MTB Stage race in Margaret River (and twice 2nd place)
  • Winner of inaugural Port to Port MTB Stage race in Newcastle 2014
  • Previous winner of many big XCM races including Flight Centre Epic, Capital Punishment, Convict 100, Tathra Enduro, Wollombi Wildride

Sports/Disciplines

  • Mountain bike
  • Cyclocross
  • Road

Bikes

  • S-works Epic
  • S-Works Stumpy HT
  • S-works Tarmac
  • Crux

Q & A With Andy

Q: WHAT GOT YOU INTO RIDING? A: The owner of the local bike shop in Queanbeyan started a mountain bike club when I was about 14, I went along to the first race and I was hooked. Q: FAVOURITE RIDE? A: Queanbeyan trails. Rocky, raw, loose….and old school. Q: WHEN YOU’RE NOT RIDING, YOU’RE… A: I’d like to be skiing, but I’m usually working. Q: WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR SPORT? A: Everything! The feeling of going fast, the fresh air, the travel, the people, the courses, the challenge.

Andy's Sponsors

Specialized Swell Design Group Sram Subaru Velosure Hotel Realm Alliance Building Group DNA Architects Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa Passion Projects Squirt Lube Gu Magellan

Catch up with Andy W: andy.swellspecialized.com twitter: @AndyDBlair instagram: @andydblair

Jenny Fay

JennyFay-head-shot-300x300NAME:  Jenny Fay

NICKNAME/S:  Doris

DOB: 3rd June, 1977

BORN: Ireland

About Jenny

Jenny has been racing bikes for over ten years. A former Irish National TT Champion, she has raced professionally on the road at National and international level and at National level in Australia in MTB and road disciplines. She has won the Inaugural Snowies MTB Festival in 2015, Australian XCM National Champs in 2014, 2013 & 2011 and the Irish National XCM Championships in 2013. She represented Ireland in the 2014 European and World XCM Championships, netting 7th & 12th respectively. Major Results & Career Highlights

  • 12th, World XCM Championships, South Africa
  • 7th, European XCM Championships, Ireland
  • 2013 Irish Marathon Champion
  • 2014, 2013, 2011 Australian Marathon race winner
  • 4th Australian XCO Championships 2011, 2012
  • 2 time winner of Cape to Cape MTB Stage
  • Winner of inaugural Port to Port MTB Stage race in Newcastle 2014
  • Previous winner of many big XCM races including 4xCapital Punishment, 3xConvict 100, 2xHighland Fling, Wombat 100.

Sports/Disciplines

  • Mountain bike
  • Road

Bikes

  • S-works Era
  • S-Works Fate HT
  • S-works Amira

Q & A With Jenny

Q: WHAT GOT YOU INTO RIDING? A: I joined my local bike club training for triathlons and moved into road from there and then to MTB when I moved from Ireland to Australia. Q: FAVOURITE RIDE? A: Queanbeyan trails. Rocky, raw, loose….and old school. Q: WHEN YOU’RE NOT RIDING, YOU’RE… A: at a café or working! Q: WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR SPORT? A: The lifelong friendships, the racing and serenity off-road when I want to get away from it all!

Jenny's Sponsors

Specialized Swell Design Group Sram Subaru Velosure Hotel Realm Alliance Building Group DNA Architects Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa Passion Projects Squirt Lube Gu Magellan

Catch up with Jenny W: jenny.swellspecialized.com Twitter: @jennybmtb

How old do I have to be to race?

5 Stage Race All riders in the stage race, either as a solo or team, as well as all riders in the 45km Marathon must be at least 15 years old on the day of the event. 30k & 15k   Riders in the 30km MTB must be at least 12 years old and 15km MTB riders must be at least 10 years old.

Can I Enter on the Day

Providing the event is not full, entries will be accepted on the day. ‘On the Day’ entries incur an additional $30 fee. Competitors who are under 18 years of age must have signed a Parental Consent Form to enter on the day. Entries may close without notice when the event is full. When the event is sold out a notice will be posted on the event entry page.

Do I need a license to race?

No licence or club membership is require to race the Snowies MTB Festival.

Do I need a support crew?

No! Whilst we do recommend bringing the whole family along to cheer you on and enjoy what the area has to offer, the beauty of this event is that it’s easy to get to where you want to be at the end of the stages. Shuttle buses can be booked to get you from your accommodation at either Lake Crackenback or Thredbo to the start of the stage, or back to your accommodation at the end of the day. Wondering how you’ll get that fresh set of knicks, some snacks and money for drinks to the other end?  Well there’s a bus for that too!  No need to book, just bring your bag to the bag drop at the designated time.  .

How can I travel to the start of each Stage

Each stage of the Snowies MTB Festival will start from either Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa or Thredbo Resort.  This means each location makes for an ideal base for the event.

Riders can either drive or book one of the bus shuttles provided by the resorts for guests at Thredbo and Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Bus Shuttle

To make it even easier a bus shuttle service will be provided by the resorts to transport participants to the start of stages if required.  Bookings are be essential VIEW DETAILS & BOOKING INFO HERE

 

Drive

It is an easy 13 minute drive between Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa and Thredbo Resort and there is ample parking at both venues.

National Parks Charges

Please note if driving that National Parks to charge a fee of $16 for a day pass to access Thredbo Resort. The pass is purchased at the toll point on the road the Thredbo.

Those who wish to visit more often may choose to purchase a 5 day pass. It is important to note that these charges apply when driving to Thredbo Resort, for all competitors riding to Thredbo Resort the national parks access fee is included in your event entry. Full details about National Parks Charges are listed below.

Can I switch bikes between stages?

Each individual rider must ride the same frame for all 5 stages.  However, wheel changes are permitted.

I'm not sure whether to bring my hardtail or dual suspension bike. Do you have a recommendation?

This is really a personal choice and if you’re trying to make the decision chances are you know all the pros and cons of riding each type of bike already. The event is a Cross Country event, however stage 2 is predominantly uphill, stage 3 is an all mountain flow trail and stage 4 is predominantly downhill.  Your dually will be a great all-rounder, but your hardtail will handle the terrain as well.

Can I carry a music device?

Competitors are not permitted to wear personal audio equipment while racing.  This is to ensure that riders can easily hear calls from officials and from other riders and ensure it is an enjoyable experience for all involved.

Can I hire a mountain bike on site?

Yes, the Activ8 Centre at Lake Crackenback Resort has a number of Specialised Mountain Bikes for hire.  For bookings please contact Activate Centre on 1800 020 524

Is there public transport available from Canberra?

Yes, Countrylink run a coach service between Canberra and Jindabyne.  The service operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the cost is $20.99 one way. View full details and book online at the NSW Train Link site . From Jindabyne, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa will run a bus shuttle for guests between Jindabyne and the Resort. Bookings are essential and the shuttle will only run if bookings have been received prior to the travel time.  Full booking details will be available shortly.

What equipment will I need for the event?

Riders are expected to be self-sufficient for each stage of the event. No outside support is provided or permitted on the course. Full details are listed in the Equipment List.

What if I have to withdraw from the event?

If you are unable to make the event full details are outlined in the EVENT REFUND POLICY  outlining necessary actions and follow up in the case of an applicable refund or credit

Can I change or transfer my entry?

It is forbidden to participate in an event under another competitor’s name or to offer your entry to another participant. Transfer of entry to another competitor is not permitted. Details about changing entry details are outlined in the Event Refund Policy 

What happens if an event is cancelled or rescheduled?

A decision to cancel or reschedule an event will not be made lightly, however our main focus is competitor safety and respect for the environment in which we operate.  Sometimes situations outside of our control do result in this outcome.

  • A decision on event cancellation or rescheduling may only be made on the evening before or in the day of an event.
  • If an event is cancelled a notice will be posted on the event website.
  • Full details of applicable credits in the case of a cancellation or rescheduling can be found in the Event Refund Policy

What if I have won a prize and I can't stay for presentations?

If you are unable to stay for prize giving you can send a stamped, self addressed registered envelope (large enough to hold your prize) to In 2 Adventure, PO Box 2003, Brookside Centre Qld within 2 weeks of the event. Please include the following details:

  • The name & date of the event
  • Your category
  • Your Placing (ie 1st, 2nd, etc)

Your prize and medal will be posted as soon as possible, however, due to the fact that prizes are packed away in the event trailer and this sometimes has to be transported long distances there may be a wait time of up to 6 weeks.

Important Notes:

Unfortunately due to past circumstances, we are unable to allow for prizes or medals to be collected by other competitors as we are committed to ensuring that prizes are delivered to the rightful recipient. After 2 weeks following the event if prizes are unclaimed they will be returned to the prize pool for future events. Random Draw Prizes Only those present at the presentation ceremony will be eligible for random draw prizes.

Snowies MTB 2016 Results

5s-podium-600x400GENERAL CLASSIFICATION Overall Results
STAGE 1 Lake Crackenback ‘Happy Hour’ Time Trial
STAGE 2 Thredbo Summit Smash
STAGE 3 Thredbo All Mountain Descent
STAGE 4 Gravity Check
STAGE 5 ‘Release the Cracken’ Marathon