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Snowies MTB Festival 2022

Events

The Wild Brumby | 5 Stages | 114k
The Brumby | 4 Stages | 75k

Snowy Mountains

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa & Thredbo Resort

CLIMATE

Summer 240/270

PRIZE POOL

$5,000

Join us in February 2022 for the next installment of the Snowies Mountain Bike Festival, with two unique course options, the return of Thredbo Ricochet, and an epic descent from Thredbo to Jindabyne.

The Snowies MTB Festival is back in 2022 with the iconic Snowy Mountains playing host to the one of Australia’s most iconic MTB stage races.

After the impact of COVID-19 in 2021, 2022 will see the triumphant return of the ‘Thredbo Ricochet’ Stage to the 114k Wild Brumby Course, as well as the stage the mountain bikers have been raving about, The Wild Brumby will also include the Snowy Legends Descent from Thredbo to Gaden in Jindabyne including the epic Lower Thredbo Valley Track (TVT).

And, for those looking for a slightly shorter challenge the 75k Brumby course is also back!

The Wild Brumby | 5 Stages | 3 Days | 114k

The Wild Brumby is for riders ready to tackle the very best and toughest riding on offer in the Snowy Mountains.

It’s a hardcore challenge for hardcore riders which includes the Snowy Legends Descent where competitors depart from Thredbo in the shadow of Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko to ride the full expanse of the Thredbo Valley to Gaden in Jindabyne.

With the event hub at an altitude of 1,260m, The Wild Brumby includes 5 diverse stages covering 114ks of rugged mountain terrain including over 90% single track riding.  Entry also includes a chairlift ride to the top of Thredbo Resort ready to tackle the excitement of the the rollercoaster ride that is ‘Ricochet’  The Wild Brumby tests rider’s strength, speed, stamina, endurance and technical skills across constantly changing and varied terrain throughout the stages.

All this while also experiencing some of the most spectacular mountain vistas, expansive lakeside views, epic suspension bridges, a race against our very own ‘Man from Snowy River’ and the most stunning river valley and mountain scenery found anywhere in the world.

Easy Logistics with Minimal Travelling

All of this diverse riding is located within an area of just 35km. This means that it’s easy and convenient for riders with a maximum travel time to stages of just 22mins.

No need to pack up and move each day, riders can choose accommodation options ranging from camping to 5 star in the area; or even choose to stay right in the heart of the action at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

Imagine….. just hop out of bed, take in a leisurely breakfast and then jump on your bike and enjoy the ride.

The Brumby | 4 Stages | 3 Days | 75k

The Brumby is for riders who want to discover all the thrills of riding the Snowies minus the more technical riding.  It includes all the usual stages of the Snowies MTB Festival including the Thredbo Summit Smash, Time Trial, Gravity Check and Release the Cracken, minus the technical challenge of Ricochet and the  remote Lower TVT.  It also includes a shorter 30k Release the Cracken stage on Sunday.

Teams Event

Share the riding between 2 riders in The Wild Brumby or Brumby course.

Sunday XC MTB Event

If one day of action is all you’re after, Sunday offers the 45k marathon, 30k or 15k XC MTB events.

Snowy Mtns, NSW

   The Wild Brumby | 5 Stages | 114k
STAGE 1: THREDBO SUMMIT SMASH 19.5k

Fri 8:30am | Smash it up on the 19.5km ascent climbing 533m from Lake Crackenback to Thredbo Resort

STAGE 2: Thredbo Ricochet 4.5k

Fri 2pm |  After a stunning chairlift ride to the start, experience the thrills of this flowing downhill stage.

STAGE 3: SNOWY LEGENDS DESCENT 39.5k

Sat 9:00am | Join us on one of Australia’s epic mountain descents with all the thrills and exhilaration of this 39.5km roller coaster ride from Thredbo following the spectacular Thredbo Valley alongside the Thredbo river to Gaden in Jindabyne.

STAGE 4: HAPPY HOUR TIME TRIAL 5.5k

Sat 5:30pm | 5.5km Time Trial Lap finishing at the Alpine Larder in time for Happy Hour

STAGE 5: RELEASE THE CRACKEN 45k

Sun 8:30am | 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.

   The Brumby | 4 Stages | 75k

Fri 10am | STAGE 1: THREDBO SUMMIT SMASH 19.5k

Sat 11am | STAGE 2: GRAVITY CHECK 19.5

Sat 5:30pm | STAGE 3: HAPPY HOUR TIME TRIAL 5.5k

Sun 8:30am | STAGE 4: RELEASE THE CRACKEN 30k

lake crackenback resort & spa

   Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa

Stay at the heart of the Snowies MTB action at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa. A natural playground, the Resort’s spectacular setting and unique offering has something for everyone.

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

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 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.

1650 Alpine Way
Crackenback, NSW, 2627
W: www.lakecrackenback.com.au
T: 1800 020 524
E: Send an Online Enquiry

   Getting Here

TRAVELLING TO THE SNOWY MTNS

The Snowy Mountains and Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa are centrally located approx:

  • 2.5 hrs drive from Canberra;
  • 5.5 hrs drive from Sydney; and
  • 6.5 hrs drive from Melbourne.

International and Interstate flights can be easily booked to Canberra Airport.

   Accommodation

STAY AT LAKE CRACKENBACK RESORT & SPA

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa offer a wide range of accommodation from apartments to Chalets with spectacular lake & mountain views featuring spacious living areas, cosy fireplaces and private balconies/patios designed to capture the sunset over the magnificent Thredbo Valley.

All are comfortably furnished carrying the outside in with warming tones and rustic timber furniture. Enjoy the magical lake and mountain views from your balcony or living space perfectly designed to capture the Snowy Mountains scenery. Lovely reflections bounce off the lake into the apartments making you feel instantly calm.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR SNOWIES MULTISPORT FESTIVAL

OFFER 1 | *15% discount for 3 nights

OFFER 2 | *20% discount for 4 or more nights

Be quick, accommodation is selling fast.

Bookings

T | +61 2 6451 3000

E | reservations@lakecrackenback.com.au 

W | www.lakecrackenback.com.au

   Dining

Dining

Alpine Larder

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, mouthwatering 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 coffee and sweets or our delicious selection of wood fired pizzas.

  • View Alpine Larder Opening Times here
  • Bookings: T: 02 6451 3000
  • View Alpine Larder Menu here
Cuisine Restaurant

Boasting inspiring views of the Lake Crackenback waterfront and mountains beyond, Cuisine Restaurant & Bar offers authentic, flavoursome dishes incorporating produce from the local region. A team of dedicated chefs serve a range of fresh, seasonal fare delivered with friendly, attentive service.

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. Sit by the fire and enjoy light bar snacks and a great range of local and imported beers, wines and a wide selection of cocktails.

  • View Cuisine Opening Times here
  • Book online here OR phone 02 6451 3000
  • View Cuisine Menu here
   Facilities & Activities

Facilities & Activities

Activities at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa can be enjoyed just reading a book or relaxing by the lake taking in the magical views of the surrounding mountains, however the resort boasts many activities and is the perfect base for mountain adventures!

Take some time out to relax with at the resort spa. Surrounded by the beauty of the alpine wilderness, The Spa at Lake Crackenback draws from nature its inspiration to nurture and restore those who enter

The Spa at Lake Crackenback is open daily from 10am, please call 02 6451 3000 or email spa@lakecrackenback.com.au as bookings are essential.

Complimentary Activities for Guests

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

  • 9 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
Activate @ Lake Crackenback Resort

Activate @ Lake Crackenback 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:

  • Segway Experiences
  • 1 Hour Segway Eco Tours
  • 2 Hour River Sled Experience
  • Guided Fly fishing

Find Out More

Bookings are essential for the above guided experiences.

For bookings please call +61 2 6451 3000 or emailactivate@lakecrackenback.com.au

   Race HQ

rACE hq AT lAKE cRACKENBACK rESORT AND sPA

Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa is the base for:

  • Registration
  • Thredbo Summit Smash Start
  • Snowies Legends Descent Feed Zone
  • Gravity Check (Brumby Course) finish
  • Happy Hour Time Trial
  • Release the Cracken Marathon

Based in the heart of the resort on the grassed area opposite the ever popular Alpine Larder, spectators and visitors will have a great view of the start, mountain bike and finish from here.

event details

   our elite contenders
MALE ELITEFEMALE ELITE
NameTeam/ClubStateNameTeam/ClubState
Dan McConnellPrimaflor Mondraker RotorACTZoe CuthbertTrek Shimano AustraliaACT
Ben AllenGiant AustraliaNSWPeta MullensRoxsolt Liv SramVIC
Ben HendersonMitas, Fly, Ride MechanicACTBec McConnellPrimaflor Mondraker GenuinsACT
Andrew BlairThe Fly ProgramACTJacqui AllenRoxsolt Liv SramNSW
Daniel BlackJet Black RacingNSWMeaghan StantonNSW
Owen GordonPivot-Jet Black RacingNSWEmily MabbinRolla RCVIC
Grantley ButterfieldFizo CyclingACT
Kelsey BorehamPNX CyclingNSW
Luis RodriguezThe Fly ProgramNSW
Richie MurtonJindabyneNSW
Thomas BuckleyCCMTBNSW
Jon OdamsGiant ShimanoNSW
Paul McGurkNSW
John MaderNSW
Daniel MacfarlandNSW
Todd SatchellNSW
Patrick SuthernACT
Adam WoolacottNSW
Craig WoodNSW
   TIMETABLE

THURSDAY | Registration

TIMEACTIVITYLOCATION
5:00pm Stage Race Registration 1 Open Freestyle Room | Lake Crackenback Resort
7:00pm Stage Race Registration 1 Closed Freestyle Room | Lake Crackenback Resort

FRIDAY am | Thredbo Summit Smash

TIMEACTIVITYLOCATION
6:30amStage Race Registration 2 OpenFreestyle Room Lake Crackenback Resort
6:30amBus Open - Equipment Transport
Equipment bag transported to Finish at Thredbo if desired
Drop off before 8:15am
Bullocks Drive - Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
7:45amRegistration 2 ClosedFreestyle Room Lake Crackenback Resort
8:00amStage 1 Event Brief | Compulsory for all ridersRace HQ - Lake Crackenback Resort
8:30amSTART STAGE 1 | Thredbo Summit Smash Lake Crackenback Resort
10:30amBus Shuttles Start | Thredbo to LCR |
Brumby Riders - Bookings Essential
Friday Flat, Thredbo to Lake Crackenback Resort
*11:30amFinal Rider | Stage 1Friday Flat - Thredbo
11:45am Last Bus Shuttle Departs | Thredbo to LCR |
Brumby Riders - Bookings Essential
Friday Flat, Thredbo to Lake Crackenback Resort
*Indicates Estimate Time Only

Friday PM | Thredbo Ricochet

TIMEACTIVITYLOCATION
12:30pm Elite Top 3 Presentations | Stage 1 Friday Flat, Thredbo
12:45pm Stage 2 Event Brief | Compulsory for all Wild Brumby riders Friday Flat, Thredbo
1:00pmGunbarrel Chairlift Open
Transport Riders and Bikes to Stage 2 Start
Friday Flat, Thredbo
2:00pmSTART STAGE 2 | Ricochet
Riders start at 20sec intervals
Top of Gunbarrel Chairlift
2:30pmBus Shuttles Start | Thredbo to LCR
Wild Brumby -Bookings Essential
Friday Flat, Thredbo to Lake Crackenback Resort
2:45pmElite Top 3 Presentations | Stage 2 Friday Flat, Thredbo
*3:45pmLast Rider FinishFriday Flat, Thredbo
4:00pm Last Bus Shuttle Departs | Thredbo to LCR
Wild Brumby -Bookings Essential
Friday Flat, Thredbo to Lake Crackenback Resort
*Indicates Estimate Time Only

Saturday AM | Snowy Legends Descent & Gravity Check

TIMEACTIVITYLOCATION
7:15amBus Open - Equipment Transport
Wild Brumby - Equipment bag transported to Finish at Gaden if desired
Drop off before 8:15am
Lake Crackenback Resort
7:30amBus Shuttles Start | LCR to Thredbo
Bookings Essential
Lake Crackenback Resort to Thredbo
8:45am Stage 3 Event Brief | Compulsory for all Wild Brumby ridersFriday Flat, Thredbo
9:00am START STAGE 3 | Snowy Legends Descent
Riders start at 20sec intervals
Wild Brumby Riders
Friday Flat, Thredbo
10:15amLast Bus Shuttle Departs | LCR to Thredbo
Bookings Essential
Lake Crackenback Resort to Friday Flat, Thredbo
10:45amStage 3 Event Brief | Compulsory for all Brumby ridersFriday Flat, Thredbo
11:00amSTART STAGE 3 | Gravity Check
Brumby Riders
Friday Flat, Thredbo
11:00amBus Shuttles Start | Gaden to LCR
Wild Brumby - Bookings Essential
Gaden Hatchery to Lake Crackenback Resort
3:00pmLast Bus Shuttle Departs | Gaden to LCR to Thredbo
Wild Brumby - Bookings Essential
Gaden Hatchery to Lake Crackenback Resort

Saturday PM | Happy Hour Time Trial

TIMEACTIVITYLOCATION
5:00pmElite Top 3 Presentations | Stage 3 Lake Crackenback Resort
5:00pmStage 4 Event Brief | Compulsory for all riders Lake Crackenback Resort
5:30pm START STAGE 4 | Happy Hour Time TrialLake Crackenback Resort
6:00pmElite Top 3 Presentations | Stage 4Lake Crackenback Resort
*7:30pm Stage 4 Finish Lake Crackenback Resort

Sunday | Release the Cracken Marathon | 45k, 30k, 15k

TIMEACTIVITYLOCATION
6:30am Cuisine Restaurant Open for Breakfast Lake Crackenback Resort
7:00am Alpine Larder Open Lake Crackenback Resort
7:30am 45k, 30k & 15k Individual Race Registration Open Freestyle Room | Lake Crackenback Resort
8:15am Stage 5 and 45k Event Brief | Compulsory for all ridersLake Crackenback Resort
8:30amSTART STAGE 5 | Release the Cracken Marathon
START 45k
Lake Crackenback Resort
9:00am Registration Closed | 30k & 15kFreestyle Room | Lake Crackenback Resort
9:15am 30k & 15k Event Brief | Compulsory for all ridersLake Crackenback Resort
9:30am START 30k & 15kLake Crackenback Resort
*1:00pm Snowies MTB Festival Presentations Lake Crackenback Resort
* Indicates estimated times only
   stage travel

bus shuttle package

Bus shuttle packages are available to purchase online if required. 

The cost is $65 and includes transport for one rider and one bike on the transfers listed below. 

Bookings close on 28 Jan 2022 or when sold out.

WILD BRUMBY
StageDay Shuttle TimeDetails
Finish Stage 1 AM Friday Thredbo to LCR 2:30pm - 4pmReturn to start point at LCR
Start Stage 3 AM Saturday LCR to Thredbo7:30am - 8:15amTravel from LCR to stage start at Thredbo
Finish Stage 3 PM SaturdayGaden to LCR to Thredbo 11am - 3pmTravel for Wild Brumby Riders to return to LCR or Thredbo
BRUMBY
StageDay Shuttle TimeDetails
Finish Stage 1 AM Friday Thredbo to LCR 10:30am - 11:45amReturn to start point at LCR
Start Stage 3 AM Saturday LCR to Thredbo7:30am - 10:15amTravel from LCR to stage start at Thredbo
Finish Stage 3 PM SaturdayLCR to Thredbo Midday - 1:15pmTravel for Brumby Riders to return to Thredbo from LCR if required
BOOK BUS SHUTTLE PACKAGE

stage travel requirements

All riding for the Snowies MTB Festival is located within an area of just 35km. This means that it’s easy and convenient for riders with a maximum travel time to stages of just 22mins.

The start of all stages can be easily access vehicle so a friend or family member can easily drive riders to the start, and from the finish of each stage.  However,  if preferred a bus shuttle package can be booked online which provides transport for riders and bikes to and from the stage start and finish.

Please see details below.

   PRESENTATIONS, prizes & finishers medallions

$5,000 CASH PRIZE POOL

A $5,000 cash prize pool will be presented for the Elite Category.

  • 1st Elite GC Male & Female: $1,250 each
  • 2nd Elite GC Male & Female: $750 each
  • 3rd Elite GC Male & Female: $500 each

age group & team prizes

Medallions will be presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as a sponsors prize for first.

ELITE PRESENTATIONS

Elite presentations will take place at the following times:

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Notes about Elite Presentations

We value the opportunity to celebrate our stage winners and GC leaders, and as such, it is important for Elite podium places to attend the presentation ceremonies as outlined above. If an elite rider chooses not to attend any of the applicable presentation ceremonies they choose to forfeit 20% of their overall prize money applicable for each presentation that is missed.

STAGE RACE PRESENTATIONS

After a massive three days of riding we look forward to celebrating our champions and place getters at the presentation ceremony and post race BBQ at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa on Sunday afternoon.

Festival presentations will take place at approximately 1pm, however this is an estimated time only and may be earlier or later depending on the progress of riders on the final stage.

Please listen out for announcements at Race HQ for updates.

finishers medallions

All riders who complete all stages in the Wild Brumby and Brumby courses will be presented with a commemorative finishers medallion at the end of Stage 5.

   REGISTRATION, STAGE CHECK IN & RACE PLATES

REGISTRATION

Registration at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa will take place in the Freestyle room next to Activ8.

Please bring a copy of your entry confirmation (printed or electronic) to registration.  This will be required to be shown prior to race bag pick up.

DayTimeEventLocation
Thursday5pm to 7pmStage Race Registration 1Freestyle Room
Lake Crackenback Resort
Friday6:30am to 7:45amStage Race Registration 2Freestyle Room
Lake Crackenback Resort

stage check in

To minimise physical contact due to COVID-19 riders will not be required to check in before each stage.

However, if a rider will not be riding a stage they MUST send a text message BEFORE the start of the stage to the phone number below with the following details.

Send Text Message to: 0400 494 663

Please include:

  1. Your Name
  2. Your Race Number
  3. The Stage you will not be taking part in.

race plates

Solo Riders

Each solo rider will be issued with a numbered race plate. This is to be clearly displayed on the front handle bars of the bike at all times when racing.

Important Note! Please ensure the number plate is placed flat on the handlebars.  If you have a problem, or would like advice about attaching the race plate please see one of the team at Race HQ.

The race plate must not be cut, bent, curled of folded as this can result in times not being recorded.

Teams

Each team will be issued with:

  • One race number per team; and
  • One backing plate per team member.

Each team rider must attach a backing plate to the front of their handlebars.

The rider who is competing attaches the race number to the backing plate using the velcro provided.

The race number can then be easily transferred between team members by passing the number from one backing plate to the other.  This is especially useful during Sunday’s lapped marathon where riders swap between laps.

Race Plates Important Information
  • It is a race rule that all participants must have the race number clearly visible on the front handlebars at all times when racing. Non-compliance will result in penalties
  • The race number can be attached to the handlebars using the ties provided at Registration.
  • Ensure the number is safely secured. If your number is lost on the course, report the loss to the Race Director immediately.
  • Participants are not permitted to enter the course without displaying their allocated number.
  • An electronic timing chip is attached to the rear of the race plate.  Numbers are not to be cut, altered, disfigured, damaged, covered, bent, folded or obscured in any way. Penalties, disqualification and/or fines will apply in this circumstance and stage times may not be recorded.
  • Please ensure the number plate is placed flat on the handlebars.  If you have a problem, or would like advice about attaching the race plate please see one of the team at Race HQ.
   EQUIPMENT

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 Here

EQUIPMENT BAG TRANSPORT

Because some of the stages finish at a different location from where they start we have organised the opportunity for riders to leave a small equipment bag that will be transported to the finish line.  Transport and drop of times are listed below.

The bag should be no bigger than 30cm (W) x 40cm (H) and should have the riders race number clearly displayed on the bag.  The bag could contain things like a warm layer, nutrition or anything small you may like to have with you at the finish of the stage.

BAG DROP TIMESTAGEBAG DROP LOCATION
Friday 6:30am to 8:30am STAGE 1
Wild Brumby & Brumby
Transport riders equiment bag from Lake Crackenback to the Finish at Thredbo
Bus out front of reception.
Lake Crackenback Resort
Saturday 6:30am to 8:30am STAGE 3
Wild Brumby
Transport riders equiment bag from Lake Crackenback to the Finish at Gaden Hatchery
Bus out front of reception.
Lake Crackenback Resort
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 and windy. 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 or chargers for bike computers or heart rate monitors
  • Towel
  • Cash to purchase food and drinks after the stage finish
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 and windy. Please 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 after the stage.
  • 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.
   RACE RULES

RACE RULES

VIEW RACE RULES
TEAMS EVENT RULES
THE WILD BRUMBY

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
  • Stage 3 Snowy Legends Descent | Team riders are permitted to change at the midway point at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
  • Each team member must complete at least 1 lap of Sunday’s 45km XC MTB
THE BRUMBY

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 1 of the first 3 stages.
  • Each team member must complete at least 1 lap of Sunday’s 30km XC MTB
   THE TEAMS EVENT

the teams event

Competitors have the option to race as a team of in the Wild Brumby or Brumby course.

The teams event offers riders who don’t feel they can ride all stages as a solo, the opportunity to share the riding between team members.  Only one team member may race at any time and only the designated rider is permitted on the course.

2 PERSON TEAMS | WILD BRUMBY
  • 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
  • Only one team member may race at any time, and only the designated rider is permitted on the course.
2 PERSON TEAMS | BRUMBY
  • Each team member must complete at least 1 of the first 3 stages.
  • Each team member must complete at least 1 lap of Sunday’s 30km XC MTB
  • Only one team member may race at any time, and only the designated rider is permitted on the course.
   covid-19

Snowies MultiSport Festival and COVID-19

Latest Update 13/1/22

Over the past weeks the event management team have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation in New South Wales and throughout the country.  The team have been monitoring news reports and liaising with relevant stakeholders to keep up to date with the evolving situation.

Like everything over the past two years things are constantly changing and we continue to adapt to this ever-changing and dynamic situation.  Based on the current information, the team have been working hard to adapt the COVID safe plan for the Snowies MultiSport Festival to make every attempt to keep the events on track and to ensure that we can best protect the health, safety and wellbeing of athletes, staff, partners, volunteers and the local community.

Being COVID safe is a shared responsibility, and we encourage all athletes and visitors to familiarise themselves with the initiatives that will be in place at the festival and to support these measures as we work towards keeping the events on track and safe for all involved.  Events at the Snowies MultiSport Festival include:

This plan is based on the most up to date information available at this stage, however the In2Adventure management team will continue to monitor the COVID 19 situation and act in accordance with the advice of local authorities.  COVID safe plans will continue to evolve to align with any changes.  We encourage all athletes to stay connected via the channels below to ensure you have all the latest information relating to the event COVID safe plan before attending the festival.

THE 5 STAGES

   STAGE 1

STAGE 1: THREDBO SUMMIT SMASH – 19.5KM

FRIDAY: 8:30am

Download GPX File

Ascent from Lake Crackenback to Thredbo.

START | Mass rolling Start along Bullocks Drive and Little Thredbo Road

TRAILS

  • Single Track: 18.5km
  • Fire Trail: 650m
  • Seald Road: 350m
  • Suspension Bridges: 5

LOSS / GAIN | +533m

Stage 1 gives riders a chance to show the Snowies who’s boss with a 19.5km race up the Thredbo Valley.

Competitors will be challenged by this impressive trail which meanders along the banks of the famous Thredbo River.  Riders can maintain flow, undulating through open grasslands, thick eucalyptus forests and open woodlands.  

Think this is a boring uphill slog? THINK AGAIN!

With an elevation change of 533m, 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 to Friday Flat at Thredbo.

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

STAGE 2: RICOCHET | 4.5KM | WILD BRUMBY ONLY

FRIDAY 2:00pm

START | Individual staggered start 20 seconds apart. Riders will start at 20 second intervals.  Start times will be  published on the website prior to the stage start,

It is important to check start times and ensure you are at the start line ready to ride at the top of the  Gunbarrel Chairlift.  If a start time is missed that rider will automatically be allocated a start place after the last designated rider for their course.

TRAILS | Single Track: 4.1km | Fire Trail: 400m

GAIN / LOSS | -420m

Descend from the top of Gunbarrell Chair Lift overlooking the peak of Mt Kosciusko to back to Friday Flat, Thredbo

After a stunning chairlift ride to the top of Gunbarrel Chair, experience the thrills of this flowing downhill stage.  Ricochet is an intermediate trail designed to offer a progression into more advanced flow gravity riding. Winding its way through awesome terrain on each side of the High Noon steeps, this trail flaunts flowing berms and cruisy traverses.

   STAGE 3

STAGE 3: SNOWY LEGENDS DESCENT | 39.5KM (WILD BRUMBY) & GRAVITY CHECK | 18.5K (BRUMBY)

THE WILD BRUMBY | SNOWY LEGENDS DESCENT | 35.5k
SATURDAY FROM 9:00AM

START | Individual staggered start 20 seconds apart. Riders will start at 20 second intervals.  Start times will be  published on the website prior to the stage start,

It is important to check start times and ensure you are at the start line at Friday Flat at Thredbo ready to ride   If a start time is missed that rider will automatically be allocated a start place after the last designated rider for their course.

TRAILS | Single Track: 37km | Fire Trail: 1,800m | Sealed Road: 700m | Suspension Bridges: 7

GAIN / LOSS | 

Descend from Thredbo to Lake Crackenback and on to Gaden

Join us on one of Australia’s epic mountain descents with all the thrills and exhilaration of this 39.5km roller coaster ride form Thredbo following the spectacular Thredbo Valley alongside the Thredbo River.

You’ll be glad you took in all the scenery of this amazing trail on your Stage 1 climb, as the fast flowing single track along the descent of the upper Thredbo Valley Track (TVT) will have you engrossed in the pure thrill and exhilaration as you remember what it’s like to be a kid again on this roller coaster ride of pure joy on iconic mountain trails.

Though, it's not all easy cruising.  Once you reach the end of the upper TVT and have had a refresh at the Feed Zone at Lake Crackenback Resort, the course takes an action-packed turn onto the Lower TVT for 17 epic kilometres of challenging remote wilderness trail.  This section features steeper sections of trail both climbing and descending with some more technical rock sections to navigate before finishing up at Gaden. 

After the trip back to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa it’s time for some rest, relaxation as we gear up for a fast and furious Happy Hour Time Trial.

THE BRUMBY | GRAVITY CHECK | 18.5K
SATURDAY 10:30AM

START | Mass start from Friday Flat at Thredbo

TRAILS

  • Single Track: 18.5km
  • Fire Trail: 650m
  • Seald Road: 350m
  • Suspension Bridges: 5

LOSS / GAIN | -533m

Descend from Thredbo to Lake Crackenback 

Our Brumby riders take on this exhilaration 18.5km roller coaster ride from Thredbo following the spectacular Thredbo Valley alongside the Thredbo River to Lake Crackenback Resort. 

Starting at Thredbo get ready for the thrills of  Gravity Check as you head on a downhill mission to ride the Valley traversing the Thredbo River to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

You’ll be glad you took in all the scenery of this amazing trail on your Stage 1 climb, as the fast flowing single track along the descent of the upper Thredbo Valley Track (TVT) will have you engrossed in the pure thrill and exhilaration as you remember what it’s like to be a kid again on this roller coaster ride of pure joy on iconic mountain trails before finishing at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

After the finish there's just enough time for some rest, relaxation and luxury before we gear up for a fast and furious Time Trial in the afternoon.

   STAGE 4

STAGE 4: LAKE CRACKENBACK HAPPY HOUR TIME TRIAL – 5.5KM

SATURDAY 5:30PM

START | Individual staggered start 20 seconds apart.  Start times will be  published on the website prior to the stage start.

It is important to check start times and ensure you are at the start line ready to ride at Race HQ at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.  If a start time is missed that rider will automatically be allocated a start place after the last designated rider for their course.

TRAILS | Single Track: 4.1km | Fire Trail: 400m

GAIN / LOSS | -420m

Time Trail Lap around Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa Trails  

Time to smash out a fast and furious 5.5km 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 Saturday night ‘Happy Hour!’

Time Trial times count towards the overall standings as we move into the final Stage ‘Release the Crackenb Marathon’ on Sunday.

   STAGE 5

STAGE 6: RELEASE THE CRACKEN! 45K MARATHON (WILD BRUMBY) & 30K (BRUMBY)

SUNDAY 8:30AM

START | Mass Start along Bullocks Drive

TRAILS |

  • Single Track | per lap 13.5km | Wild Brumby 39.45km | Brumby 26.3km
  • Fire Trail | per lap 850m | Wild Brumby 2.55km | Brumby 1.7km
  • Sealed Path | per lap 450m | Wild Brumby 1.35km | Brumby 900m
  • Obstacles | per lap 550m | Wild Brumby 1.65km | Brumby 1.1km

GAIN / LOSS | 241m | -240m

Wild Brumby | 3 x 15km Laps      Brumby | 2 x 15km Laps     XC MTB | 45km, 30km & 15km

After a night of well earned rest Sunday morning sees riders back on their bikes ready to tackle the 5th and final stage of the festival – as we RELEASE THE CRACKEN across 45km or 30km of riding that will test even the most hardened riders.

The course is a spectacular 15km clockwise lap with Wild Brumby riders completing three laps and Brumby riders completing two.

The course 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 returns to the familiar Thredbo Valley Track before returning to Bullocks hut.  Here the trail veers left onto the picturesque, flowing riverside single track, following the twists, turns and contours along the water’s edge before returning to Race HQ. This is a Mountain Biker’s dream, comprising approximately 85% 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 as riders experience some of the the most enjoyable and spectacular riding found anywhere in Australia as you head towards the ultimate goal at the finish line at Race HQ.

   COURSE SIGNAGE

COURSE SIGNAGE

The course is signed with yellow or white In2Adventure signs with black arrows. Locations where the course splits for different stages are signed with A3 signs indicating the correct route for that stage. Cones and tape are also used, follow the course as indicated by the signage.

Please note the course will also be marked with white signs with red arrows for the Trail Run Australia event. Riders are advised to follow ‘Bike’ signage only.

Marshals will be in place at strategic points throughout the course, however ultimately it is up to each competitor to know and follow the correct course route.

event Services

   bike mechanic

bike Mechanic Services from Sacred Ride

A Big Thanks to Local Mountain Bike Specialists Sacred Ride who will be providing mechanical services for the Snowies MultiSport Festival and fantastic news Nic and the team have  relocated to a new, bigger and better shop at 1/3A Gippsland Street on the corner of Park Road in Jindabyne.

Sacred Ride offer an impressive range of bikes for sale and hire, parts & servicing, clothing, helmets, accessories, eyewear and group tours.  Basically if you’re looking for anything mountain bike in the Snowy Mountains Sacred Ride is the place to head to.

As well as a wide range of mountain bike services the team at sacred ride also offer skateboards and adventure equipment plus, take bookings for local adventures. Their summer Lake Jindabyne sailing, kayaking and wakeboarding activities gives visitors plenty to do and plenty of fun!

Catch up with Nic & the Team at the Snowies MTB Festival Race HQ at the following times:

  • Thur 3 Feb: 5pm to 7pm 
  • Fri 4 Feb: 6:30am to 8:30am
  • Sat 5 Feb: 9:30am to 12:30pm & 5pm to 7:30pm
  • Sun 6 Feb: 7:30am to 12:30pm

Visit Sacred Ride

   FLOWERS

fLORAL pRESENTATIONS FROM ch fLORAL dESIGNS

A big thank you to our official floral supplier for the Snowies MultiSport Festival, CH Floral Designs.  Specialising in flowers for your special Wedding Day, Corporate function or Event. Beautifully designed Bridal bouquets, Flowers for the groom, Ceremony and Reception Flowers.

Chellie and the team will be providing the beautiful bouquets to present to our  Champions.

Visit CH Floral Design here

ENTRY INFORMATION

Enter
   Entry Fees & Inclusions

ENTRY PRICES

WILD BRUMBY COURSE
3 Day Stage Race
One Day Opening Special
First 50 Entries
SOLD OUT
Super Early Bird
Next 50 Entries
SOLD OUT
Early Bird Entry
Next 100 Entries
Before 26 Oct 2021
Standard Entry
Entries received before 28 Jan 2022
Full Price Entry
Entries received before 3 Feb 2022
Solo $299$449$499$549$599
2 Person Team $309$469$519$569$619
BRUMBY COURSE
3 Day Stage Race
One Day Opening Special
SOLD OUT
Super Early Bird
SOLD OUT
Early Bird Entry Standard Entry
Full Price Entry
Solo $274 $399 $449 $499
$549
2 Person Team $284$419$469$519$569
SUNDAY XC MTBSuper Early Bird
Early Bird Entry Standard Entry
Full Price Entry
45k $40$50$60$75
30k $30$35$45$60
15k $20$25$30$45
ENTRY INCLUSIONS
  • Finishers Medallion for all stage race finishers
  • No credit card fee & no booking fee | The entry price advertised is the price you pay at check out
  • The opportunity to join the Polar Challenge
  • The opportunity to purchase a half price Snowies MTB Jersey

And all the usual things you’d expect at an In2Adventure event:

  • Spectacular racing on well signed and marshaled courses
  • Medical support
  • Entry into the ‘Fun One’ Prize Draw for Sponsors giveaways
  • Live Electronic timing and results
  • High quality video and photo memories
   HOW TO ENTER

HOW TO ENTER

Entries open 6th July 2021

ONLINE

Secure online entry system is provided by eWay and payment is by Visa, Mastercard or American Express. Online entries close 5pm Friday prior to the event.

NO CREDIT CARD FEE & NO BOOKING FEE

The entry price advertised is the price you pay.

FULL PRICE ONLINE ENTRIES

Where an event is not fully subscribed by close of entries at 5pm on the Wednesday prior to the event date, full price online entries will be made available.

Full Price Online Entries may be submitted after close of entries and up until half an hour before the close of event registration.

Full Price Online Entries incur an additional  administration fee. All late entries must be completed online, manual entries are NOT available at event registration. Please enter using your phone, device or computer prior to the Late Entry Close Time.

IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL FULL PRICE ENTRIES MUST BE COMPLETED ONLINE USING PHONE, DEVICE OR COMPUTER ONLY.

HOW DO I ENTER A LATE FULL PRICE ONLINE ENTRY?

  • Enter & Pay Online up until half an hour before the close of registration Enter Here
  • Bring a copy of your In2Adventure Order Email to registration. Please note: race packs can only be collected with proof of entry.
  • Join the ‘Late Entry’ Queue at Race HQ, show your entry invoice and collect your race pack.

To avoid disappointment, please check the web page prior to event day to check if ‘Late entries’ are available prior to travelling.

   Categories & Age

CATEGORIES

Snowies Stage Race
Wild Brumby
Snowies Stage Race
Brumby
45km XC MTB 30km XC MTB 15km XC MTB
Solo | Elite 10 - 12yrs
Solo | Single speed 13 - 14yrs13 - 14yrs
Solo | 15 - 18yrs Solo | 15 – 18yrs 15 - 18yrs15 - 18yrs 15 - 18yrs
Solo | 19 - 29yrsSolo | 19 - 39yrs19 - 39yrs19 - 39yrs19 - 39yrs
Solo | 30 - 39yrsSolo | 40 - 59yrs 40 - 59yrs40+yrs 40+yrs
Solo | 40 - 49yrs Solo | 60+yrs 60+yrs
Solo | 50 – 59yrs
Solo | 60+yrs
2 Person Team 2 Person Team
*Note: if there are less than 10 entries in any category the organisers reserve the right to amalgamate the category. *Note: if there are less than 10 entries in any category the organisers reserve the right to amalgamate the category. *Note: if there are less than 10 entries in any category the organisers reserve the right to amalgamate the category. *Note: if there are less than 10 entries in any category the organisers reserve the right to amalgamate the category. *Note: if there are less than 10 entries in any category the organisers reserve the right to amalgamate the category.
MINIMUM AGE

STAGE RACE - SOLO

Participants must be at least 15 years of age on the first day of the event.

STAGE RACE - 2 PERSON AND 3 PERSON TEAMS

Participants must be at least 15 years of age on the first day of the event.

45KM MARATHON

Participants must be at least 15 years on the day of the event.

30KM XC MTB

Participants must be at least 13 years of age on the day of the event.

15KM XC MTB

Participants must be at least 10 years of age on the day of the event.

   NPWS Fees

NPWS Fees

NSW NATIONAL PARKS & WILDLIFE SERVICE VEHICLE ENTRY FEES

Entry to the National Park for participants riding in the Snowies MTB Festival is covered in the event entry, however, National Parks do charge an entry fee for vehicles travelling to Thredbo.

DRIVING TO THREDBO RESORT

National Parks charge a fee of $17 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.

   FAMILY DISCOUNTS

FAMILY DISCOUNTS

Every effort has been made to keep entry costs to an absolute minimum, however we are keen to encourage families to be involved in the Snowies MTB Festival and we do understand that entries for a large family can add up.

If you are a family unit, and members of your family are looking at taking part in a number of Snowies MTB Events, then email us at info@in2adventure.com.au PRIOR TO ENTERING with the following details:

  • Your name, telephone number & email address
  • The names of those in your family who will be taking part in the Snowies MTB Festival and the events they will be entering.

We will consider each request on an individual basis.

Important Information about Family Discounts

  • Entries must be for members of one family unit. Groups of friends are not eligible.
  • An email does not guarantee a discount. A family discount will be offered only at the discretion of the Event Managers.
  • Discounts will only be considered prior to entries being received. No refunds will be given as a result of a Family Discount.
  • Entries must be made on the same order.
  • If a discount is offered and the entry does not match the details in the email request In2Adventure reserve the right, without prior notice, to debit the difference in entry fees from the credit card listed on the entry.

2 COURSE OPTIONS

   Wild Brumby 114k
   Brumby 75k

Join the In2Adventure Polar Challenge

FIND OUT MORE HERE

Visit Australia’s Iconic Snowy Mountains

   See & do
   Horse Riding

Thredbo Valley Horseriding

Join the events very own ‘Man From Snowy River’ and discover the high country adventure with our friends at Thredbo Valley Horse Riding.
Located just down the road from the event hub, and regarded as a premier horse riding destination for adults and children, from beginners to advanced, there’s rides for  all levels on their 2800 acres of sub-alpine wilderness.
Bookings Essential

   Kosciuszko National Park

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 also 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

Acknowledgement of the Traditional Owners
In 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.

   Climate

Climate

Weather

Mountain weather can be very unpredictable and can change very quickly.

Summer temperatures can get as high as the mid-thirties in the townships of the Snowy Mountains, however the night-time temperatures can get down to sub-zero on occasion, so be prepared for any weather. During the summer months temperatures will always be a few degrees cooler the higher the elevation you travel to.

Geography & Climate

The Snowy Mountains are in the south east of New South Wales, and are the highest point in Australia’s Great Dividing Range. Much of the region is incorporated into Kosciuszko National Park. At 2,228m, Mount Kosciuszko is the highest peak on the Australian mainland. The flat expanse of the Monaro High Plain to the east of the region is sheep country renowned for the quality of its Merino wool.

   Food | Wine

Food & Wine in the Snowy Mountains

Whether you’re seeking a casual bite or a gourmet dining experience, roam the countryside savouring differing tastes throughout where all budgets are catered for.

The ski resorts and the Snowy Hydro Scheme have brought to the region chefs and restaurateurs from across the world. From Lebanese to Thai, Austrian, Chinese and Prussian, there is a multi-cultural plate to please your palette.

There are a number of great places to dine in the towns and villages in the region where a number of restaurants are BYO. If you opt for self-catering accommodation, you’ll have no trouble stocking up at one of the region’s many quality food stores, deli’s, patisseries and supermarkets.

The Snowy Mountains boasts the only Schnapps Distillery in Australia where beautiful local fruit is used to make delicious Raspberry, Pear or Apple Schnapps.

The region is also home to famous cold climate wines and local beers that will tempt the discerning traveller. And, we also have a cookie factory that is building a huge reputation and is a popular tourist stop.

A hot chocolate or a mulled wine next to an open fire, autumn, winter and spring, is always a wonderful way to end the day in the Snowy Mountains.

   Visitors Centres

Visitors Centres

Drop into a local Snowy Mountains Visitor Centre, a great place to find out what to do in the Snowies. Information on local tour and hire operators, regional maps and assistance in getting you oriented with the Snowies.

There are four main Visitor Centres, Cooma, Jindabyne, Tumut and Tumbarumba. The friendly staff are there to help you get on your way.

   Flights

Flights

The Snowy Mountains are centrally located between three major capital cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and is the closest international airport to the event. Find out full information about Sydney Airport at www.sydneyairport.com.au

  • Sydney offers international and domestic flights and is approx 5.5hrs drive from the Snowy Mountains
  • Canberra has a domestic airport with flights from both Sydney and Melbourne. Canberra airport is approx 2.5hrs drive from the Snowy Mountains.
  • Melbourne offers international and domestic flights and is approx 6.5hrs drive from the Snowy Mountains
Canberra Airport: 2.5hrs from Snowy Mountains

Canberra Airport is the closest major airport to the Snowy Mountains. Regular flights from all Australian capital cities arrive and depart regularly from Canberra. Hire car facilities and bus services also operate from the airport.

More information about Canberra airport can be found at canberraairport.com.au

Flying to Canberra from Sydney or Melbourne International Airports takes roughly one hour. Domestic flight services are provided by:

Snowy Mountains Airport: 1hr from the Snowy Mountains

Snowy Mountains Airport is located 16km southwest of Cooma on the Kosciuszko Road. It offers direct return services from the Snowy Mountains to Sydney and is serviced by Regional Express (Rex) . Onward connections around Australia and globally are available at Sydney airport.

A variety of options are available to passengers arriving at or departing from Snowy Mountains Airport. Airport shuttle, private transfers, rental cars and taxis service the airport. Full details can be found on the airport website at snowymountainsairport.com.au.
   from Sydney

Travelling from Sydney to the Snowy Mountains

Sydney Australia is one of the world’s most loved cities and it has a lively and vibrant buzz that makes it the ultimate destination throughout the year. There are always plenty of things to do in Sydney – from world-class dining, shows and entertainment, to sightseeing and great walks or fun in the sand at one of Sydney's idyllic beaches.

There are a number of ways to travel from Sydney after your stay:

  1. Hire a Car and Drive
  2. Take the Train to Canberra and drive
  3. Take a domestic flight to Canberra and drive

See details below for more information.

Hire a car at Sydney Airport and drive to the Snowy Mountains

The Snowy Mountains are located approximately 470km from Sydney airport and will take just over 5 hours to drive.

Visitors can pick up a hire car from Sydney airport from a variety of car hire companies. More information about car hire at Sydney airport can be found at sydneyairport.com.au

Catch the train from Sydney to Canberra

There are train stations located at both the Sydney Airport International and Domestic terminals, which operate a service to Canberra as part of the Airport Train Link service. Full details can be found at www.sydneyairport.com.au/go/by-train

From Sydney Central Station there are three express train services per day to Canberra. Full details can be found at nswtrainlink.info

Take a Connecting Flight from Sydney To Canberra

Canberra is the Capital of Australia and the nearest airport to the Snowy Mountains. It is 195km trip driving from Canberra Airport and a 2hr 20mins drive.

   from Canberra

Travelling from Canberra to the Snowy Mountains

You can hire a car and drive or take the NSW regional coach link, however with limited public transport within the Snowy Mountains car hire is the best option for travelling to the event and enjoying the region while you are there. The drive along the Monaro Highway to the Snowies is one of the most picturesque drives in the country with lots to see and do along the way. See details below for more information.

Hire A Car and Drive

It is 195km trip from Canberra Airport to the Snowy Mountains and just over a two hour drive.

Driving the Kosciuszko Alpine Way is remarkable. The route winds its way through quaint country towns and alpine villages, with breathtaking views of the majestic mountains and sparkling rivers. Take a stopover along the way at one of the many tourist spots including:

Cooma

Have a break in Cooma and visit the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre and unravel the design and technology of the world famous Snowy Scheme. Walk along Cooma’s Lambie Street to the Raglan Regional Art Gallery, passing the historic stone and timber architecture of the town.

Visit Cooma’s railhead, a functioning attraction with trains running to a regular timetable. Take a detour along Tourist Drive 1 south of Cooma and drive to the top of Mt Gladstone, 3km south of Cooma. Heidi’s Tea House at the top of Mt Gladstone provides great gluhwein and 360° views over
Cooma, the Monaro, the Snowy Mountains and Mt Kosciuszko.

Berridale

Continuing towards the Snowies and just past the Snowy Mountains airport lies Berridale, a cross-roads village that features a local winery and cafés. Take some time to relax and enjoy the peacefulness.

Lake Jindabyne

As you get closer to the Snowy Mountains spectacular Lake Jindabyne comes into view. Stop at the Jindabyne Dam wall for some great photos and scenic views. In Jindabyne itself visit the Snowy Region Visitor Centre for park passes and maps, and to view an interpretive display of the towns
amazing history.

In Jindabyne cycle along the lake’s edge, take a scenic or fishing boat charter, take to the air in a scenic flight or hire a runabout or catamaran for time on the water.

In Banjo Patterson park visit the monument to Count Paul Edmund Strzelecki, and learn about his amazing contribution to the region. Fish for Rainbow and Brown Trout, the occasional Brookie or Atlantic salmon from the lake, or in one of the many surrounding streams.

Take the NSW Regional Coach Link

NSW Trainlink run a coach service between Canberra and Jindabyne. Jindabyne is 20 mins by car from Lake Crackeback Resort & Spa.

The service operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the cost is $25.48 one way.

   Car Hire

Car Hire

With limited public transport within the Snowy Mountains car hire is the best option for travelling to the event and enjoying the region while you are there. The drive along the Monaro Highway to the Snowies is one of the most picturesque drives in the country with lots to see and do along the way. Driving distances to the Snowy Mountains are listed below

The Drive to the Snowy Mountains

Driving the Kosciuszko Alpine Way is remarkable. The route winds its way through quaint country towns and alpine villages, with breathtaking views of the majestic mountains and sparkling rivers. Take a stopover along the way at one of the many tourist spots below.


Cooma

Have a break in Cooma and visit the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre and unravel the design and technology of the world famous Snowy Scheme. Walk along Cooma’s Lambie Street to the Raglan Regional Art Gallery, passing the historic stone and timber architecture of the town.

Visit Cooma’s railhead, a functioning attraction with trains running to a regular timetable. Take a detour along Tourist Drive 1 south of Cooma and drive to the top of Mt Gladstone, 3km south of Cooma. Heidi’s Tea House at the top of Mt Gladstone provides great gluhwein and 360° views over
Cooma, the Monaro, the Snowy Mountains and Mt Kosciuszko.

Berridale

Continuing towards the Snowies and just past the Snowy Mountains airport lies Berridale, a cross-roads village that features a local winery and cafés. Take some time to relax and enjoy the peacefulness.

Lake Jindabyne

As you get closer to the Snowy Mountains spectacular Lake Jindabyne comes into view. Stop at the Jindabyne Dam wall for some great photos and scenic views. In Jindabyne itself visit the Snowy Region Visitor Centre for park passes and maps, and to view an interpretive display of the towns
amazing history.

In Jindabyne cycle along the lake’s edge, take a scenic or fishing boat charter, take to the air in a scenic flight or hire a runabout or catamaran for time on the water.

In Banjo Patterson park visit the monument to Count Paul Edmund Strzelecki, and learn about his amazing contribution to the region. Fish for Rainbow and Brown Trout, the occasional Brookie or Atlantic salmon from the lake, or in one of the many surrounding streams.

Some Tips When Driving

1. We drive on the left - quite important to remember this one :-)
2. Try to avoid driving around dusk and dawn as these are the main times for our local wildlife, including some very big roos, to be out on the road and you don't want to tangle with them, even in a vehicle.
3. Don't underestimate distances. This is a big country and travelling between major towns and cities can be 100's of kms (1 mile = 1.6km).

FAQ’s

Can I compete using an e-bike

E-Bikes at Competitive In2Adventure Events

We have been approached to consider including an e-bike category in our competitive events.  We have considered this extensively, and spent much time discussing this with many of our participants and considering points of view expressed on numerous forums.

We listened to the opinions, both for and against with valid points on both sides of the debate.  However, after listening to our athletes we ultimately had to revert back to our core values and what In2Adventure is really about as an organisation and what we wish to aspire to, and to deliver for our athletes.

We believe that our competitive events should encourage and reflect personal achievement and that means completing in the event under your own power, driven by your own physical effort, training, determination and personal goals and sharing that experience with others around you who are racing under the same conditions and challenges.

Based on this we have made the decision to NOT permit E-Bikes in our competitive events, and as outlined in the race rules, “All bikes used in the competition must be powered by human power alone”  However, as per the details below participation e-bike events may be introduced.

This does not in any way suggest that we hate e-bikes, or judge anyone who rides one.  They fill a really great need in the mountain biking community.  For those who may be a bit older, or recovering from injury and still wish to enjoy the outdoors on a bike, e-bikes are a fantastic alternative.  We even own an e-bike which we use for course marking.

They can be a lot of fun to ride, however, with regards to a competitive event our athletes have told us, that no matter how the event or starts are structured powered bikes do have an impact on other riders who are riding under their own power, even if the powered bike rider is not competing for a win.

We do try to make every opportunity for riders to take part in our competitive events including:

  • Offering a team option where it is viable;
  • Offering many different course distances to suit all abilities; and
  • Avoiding cut off times at our events and making every effort, where it is safe and practical, to allow athletes to finish the event.

Standalone E-Bike Participation Events

Despite not permitting e-bikes in competitive events, we recognise that e-bikes do fill a place in the mountain bike community. For those who may be a bit older, or recovering from injury and still wish to enjoy the outdoors on a bike, or for those who are perhaps trying mountain biking for the first time, e-bikes can be a fantastic alternative.

In2Adventure was built on a key principle of ‘Participation’ and based on this we have made the decision that where practical, a decision may be made to host non-competitive standalone E-Bike participation events in conjunction with existing competitive events.

About In2Adventure E-Bike Events

Where an E-Bike event is hosted it will be:

  1. A standalone event: where E-Bikes do not impact riders taking part in a competitive event under their own power.
  2. A Participation Event: The event will be focused on participation. It will provide an opportunity for those e-bike riders who may not have taken part in a mountain bike event previously, or have had to move to riding an e-bike due to injury or age, to come along and be a part of the event.  Places will not be awarded, however, riders overall times will be published after the event.

How old do I have to be to race?

Minimum Age

STAGE RACE - SOLO

Participants must be at least 15 years of age on the first day of the event.

STAGE RACE - 2 PERSON AND 3 PERSON TEAMS

Participants must be at least 15 years of age on the first day of the event.

45KM MARATHON

Participants must be at least 15 years on the day of the event.

30KM XC MTB

Participants must be at least 13 years of age on the day of the event.

Can I enter after entry closure?

If after the entry closure date the event is not at capacity, ‘Late Online Entries’ will be made available. These incur an additional fee and full details can be viewed here.

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. Support crews are NOT compulsory for this event, however a support person/persons, may assist riders in the Feed Zone at Race HQ only.

We do also recommend bringing your friends and family along to cheer you on and greet you at the finish line.

How can I travel to the start of each Stage

Some short travel is required , however, the great thing about the Snowies MTB Festival is that all the riding is within an area of just 35km and the maximum travel time to stages is just 20mins.  There’s even a bus shuttle package, which includes bike transfer that you can book if it’s required.

Full details can be found on the Event Details information on the website .

Driving between Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, Jindabyne and Thredbo Resort

It is an easy 13-20 minute drive between the venues and there is ample parking at each.

National Parks Charges

Please note if driving between Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa and Thredbo Resort, National Parks charge a fee of $17 for a day pass . 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, the start of stage 3 is predominantly downhill and then switches to climbs and descents throughout the lower TVT. 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 permitted to wear one ear piece only of personal audio equipment while racing.  The volume must be adjusted 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

What equipment will I need for the event?

Full details relating to equipment can be found on the Event Details page

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 and via social media.
  • 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.

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