• SNOWIES MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL

    Date

    Fri 8 Feb 2019
  • SNOWIES MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL

    Date

    Fri 8 Feb 2019
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SNOWIES MTB FESTIVAL

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SNOWIES MTB FESTIVAL

SNOWY MTNS, NSW

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa & Thredbo Resort

CLIMATE

Summer 240/270

PRIZE POOL

$5,000
3 DAYS | 6 STAGES

The Snowies MTB Festival is back in 2019  with the iconic Snowy Mountains playing host to the ultimate mountain bike experience.  In 2019 a NEW STAGE 1 has been added to the festival on Day 1 taking in the stunning vistas of Lake Jindabyne.

As National Parks have advised that the new Thredbo Valley Trail between Jindabyne and Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa will not be available for event use in Feb 2019 we’ll have to save that special treat for the 2020 festival.  So, in 2019 Stage 1 will take in the spectacular foreshore vistas of Lake Jindabyne to kick off the festival.

This means the festival will be three days of riding in the Snowies starting on Friday morning and finishing up at around 2pm on Sunday afternoon.  Riders will be challenged with 6 stages across 3 days in rugged mountain terrain. With the event hub at an altitude of 1,260m, the festival includes over 110k 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.

This event also includes the ‘Thredbo All Mountain Descent’ with a chairlift  to the top of  Eagles Nest in the shadow of Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko followed by 6ks of epic cross country downhill.

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

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

Tackle all 6 stages as a solo;

OR share the riding between a team of 2 or 3 where one person completes each stage, and the team ride one or more of the laps in 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.

THE 6 STAGES

STAGE 1: LAKE 2 LAKE 16.2K

Fri 11am | 16.2km XC race.  Discover the beauty of Lake Jindabyne as Stage 1 takes riders on an epic journey around this stunning foreshore.  Stage 1a starts at Claypits Park in Jindabyne and finishes at Hatchery Bay, followed by a 15min break at Hatchery Bay and then into Stage 1b from Hatchery Bay back to Claypits Park.

STAGE 2: HAPPY HOUR TIME TRIAL 5.5K

Fri 4:00pm | 5.5km Time Trial Lap finishing at the Alpine Larder in time for Happy Hour

STAGE 3: THREDBO SUMMIT SMASH 21.5K

Sat 8:30am | Smash it up on the 21.5km ascent climbing 533m from Lake Crackenback to Friday Flat at Thredbo Resort

STAGE 4:  THREDBO ALL MOUNTAIN DESCENT 5.8K

Sat 1:00pm | 5.8kms of flowing downhill racing including the Gunbarrel chairlift to the start of the stage and finishing up at Friday Flat before continuing straight into Stage 5.

STAGE 5: GRAVITY CHECK 18.5K

Sat 1:30pm | Soak in the thrills and exhilaration of this 18.5km roller coaster ride from Thredbo to Lake Crackenback

STAGE 6: RELEASE THE CRACKEN 45K

Sunday 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.

Time Table

THURSDAY | EARLY REGISTRATION
TIMEACTIVITY
5:00pm Registration 1 Open at LCR
7:00pm Registration 1 Closed
FRIDAY | STAGE 1: LAKE 2 LAKE & STAGE 2: CRACKENBACK HAPPY HOUR TIME TRIAL
TIMEACTIVITY
8:00amRegistration Open at LCR
9:30amRegistration Closed
9:30amEvent Brief at LCR - Compulsory for all riders
9:30amTravel to Claypits Park, Jindabyne - Riders make their own way to the start
11:00amStage 1: Lake 2 Lake Starts in Jindabyne
12:45pmStage 1 Finish- Riders make their own way back to LCR
3:40pmElite Top 3 Presentations | Stage 1 - LCR
3:50pmStage 2 Brief - Compulsory for all riders
4:00pmStage 2: Crackenback Happy Hour Time Trial Starts
4:00pmHappy Hour Pizza Party at the Alpine Larder | until 7pm | Bookings Essential
Find Out More & Book Here Now
*4:45pmElite Top 3 Presentations | Stage 2 | Estimated Time
7:00pmStage 2 Finished
SATURDAY MORNING | STAGE 3: THREDBO SUMMIT SMASH
TIMEACTIVITY
6:30amCuisine Restaurant Open for Breakfast
7:00amAlpine Larder Open
7:30amBus open for solo equipment check in - Outside Activ8 at LCR
Solo equipment transported free of charge - no booking necessary
7:30amCheck In Open
8:00amCheck in Closed
8:15amBus closed for solo equipment transport
8:15amStage Brief
8:30amThredbo Summit Smash Start
9:30amFinish at Thredbo -
Friday Flat
11:00amBus open for solo equipment check in - At Friday Flat
Solo equipment transported free of charge - no booking necessary
Find Out More & Book Here Now
9:30am - 11:30amFree Time at Thredbo Resort
12:00pmBus closed for solo equipment transport
SATURDAY AFTERNOON | STAGE 4: THREDBO ALL MOUNTAIN DESCENT & STAGE 5: TVT GRAVITY CHECK
TIMEACTIVITY
9:30am - 11:30amFree Time at Thredbo Resort
11:00amBus open for solo equipment check in - At Friday Flat
Solo equipment transported free of charge - no booking necessary
11:30amCheck In Open at Friday Flat
Solo equipment transported free of charge - no booking necessary
12:00pmBus closed for solo equipment transport
12:00pmCheck In Closed
12:00pmStage 3 Elite Presentations - Friday Flat
12:05pmStage 4 & 5 Course Brief at Friday Flat
12:15amGunbarrel Chair Lift Opens
1:00pmFirst Rider Start
3:15pmElite Presentations Stage 4 and 5 - Alpine Larder
3:30pmLast Rider Start
6:30pmCelebration Dinner | Cuisine Restaurant | Bookings Essential
Find Out More & Book Here Now
SUNDAY | STAGE 6: RELEASE THE CRACKEN MARATHON
TIMEACTIVITY
6:30amCuisine Restaurant Open for Breakfast
7:00amAlpine Larder Open
7:30am45k, 30k & 15k Individual Race Registration Open
7:30amStage 6 Check In Open
8:00amStage 6 & 45k Individual Marathon Check In Closed
8:15amStage 6 & 45k Individual Marathon Brief
8:30amStage 6: Release the Cracken and individual 45k Marathon Start
9:00am30k & 15k Registration Closed
9:15am30k & 15k Brief
9:30am30k & 15k XC MTB Start
*MiddaySnowies MTB Festival Presentations
* Indicates estimated times onlyFind Out More & Book Here Now

SNOWY MTNS, NSW

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STAGES

STAGE 1

STAGE 1: LAKE 2 LAKE – 16.2KM

FRIDAY 11AM
16.2km XC race. It’s time to take you on a journey to discover the spectacular natural beauty of Lake Jindabyne as Stage 1 takes riders on an epic journey around this stunning foreshore. This stage showcases the very best of  the awe inspiring alpine scenery around Lake Jindabyne.  Get ready for a huge helping of enjoyment as the Hatchery link takes riders on a roller coaster ride of fast, flowing single track trails while also providing some of the very best views of this incredible man made lake.  We challenge you not to be smiling at the end of this super fast blast.
STAGE 1A 7.5K
Download GPX File Stage 1a starts at Claypits Park in Jindabyne and finishes at Hatchery Bay, followed by a 15min break at Hatchery Bay after the final rider has finished.
STAGE 1 START
Riders will start in up to ten waves based on category.  Times will be published on the notice board a registration.
STAGE 1B 8.7K
Download GPX File After a short 15min break it’s into the second part of stage 1 which includes some extra pumping fire trails and pinchy climbs before swinging back into the flowing single track from Hatchery Bay back to the celebrations and the finish line at Claypits Park in the heart of Jindabyne. Overall times and placings for stage 1 will be the cumulative times for stage 1a and 1b. After the finish riders will make their way back to the 4 star luxury of Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa and a well deserved rest and relax at the Alpine Larder before we kick into Stage 2, the Happy Hour Time Trial.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT LAKE JINDABYNE
To find out more about Lake Jindabyne visit Destination Jindabyne
STAGE 2

STAGE 2: LAKE CRACKENBACK HAPPY HOUR TIME TRIAL – 5.5KM

FRIDAY 5PM
Download GPX File 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 Elite male and female riders will be awarded Leaders’ Jerseys that will have the other riders shaking in their cleats as we move into Stage 3: The Thredbo Summit Smash.
STAGE 3

STAGE 3: THREDBO SUMMIT SMASH - 19.5KM

SATURDAY: 9AM

Download GPX File

Ascent from Lake Crackenback to Thredbo.

Stage 3 gives riders a chance to show the Snowies who’s boss with a 19.5km 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 Friday Flat 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 3 TO 4

IMPORTANT UPDATE

THE EVENT WILL NOW BE USING THE GUNBARREL CHAIRLIFT FROM FRIDAY FLAT, DIRECTLY TO THE START OF STAGE 4.

This means there is no traverse required, just the Gunbarrel chairlift straight to the start!

If, however, you would still like to use the Kosciuszko lift and access the start at the top of Gunbarrel via Merrets Traverse then you can choose to do this, however, please be aware that the route from the top of the Kosciuszko lift will not be signed with event signage and you will need to allow at least 45 mins for the transfer.  Please follow Thredbo signage to the ‘All Mountain Descent from the exit point of the Kosciuszko lift.  Please also note that the Merrets Traverse is a highly technical ride.

BETWEEN STAGE 3 & 4

Stage 3 of the festival will finish at Friday Flat at Thredbo. At the end of Stage 3, why not head up to the Village Terminal where you can grab some grub at the many restaurants and bars or how about some retail therapy at Thredbo’s many retail outlets.  Don’t forget to show your 10% discount voucher from your race packs to save.

But don’t get too cosy, Stage 4 awaits and it’s time to check your gear at the transport bus and check in for the Thredbo All Mountain Descent at Friday Flat, where you finished stage 3.

Please see the EVENT TIMETABLE for check in and presentation times at Friday Flat

STAGE 4

STAGE 4: THREDBO ALL MOUNTAIN DESCENT – 5.8KM

IMPORTANT UPDATE
THE EVENT WILL NOW BE USING THE GUNBARREL CHAIRLIFT FROM FRIDAY FLAT, DIRECTLY TO THE START OF STAGE 4.

This means there is no traverse required, just the Gunbarrel chairlift straight to the start!

If, however, you would still like to use the Kosciuszko lift and access the start at the top of Gunbarrel via Merrets Traverse then you can choose to do this, however, please be aware that the route from the top of the Kosciuszko lift will not be signed with event signage and you will need to allow at least 45 mins for the transfer.  Please follow Thredbo signage to the ‘All Mountain Descent from the exit point of the Kosciuszko lift.

Please also note that the Merrets Traverse is a highly technical ride.

SATURDAY 1:00PM

Download GPX File

Descend from the top of Gunbarrell Chair Lift overlooking the peak of Mt Kosciusko to Thredbo Resort

After a thrilling chairlift to the top of Gunbarrel Chair, in the shadow of Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko get ready to delight in 5.8kms of epic downhill on Thredbo’s All Mountain Trail finishing up at Friday Flat before continuing straight into the Stage 5 Gravity Check heading back, along the Thredbo Valley Trail to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

NON-COMPETITIVE TRANSFER STAGE

Stage 4 includes a non-competitive transfer where riders will ride the Gunbarrel Chairlift from Friday Flat to the Start of Stage 4.

Riders will start at 30 second intervals and start times will be published on Friday Evening at the Pizza Party at Alpine Larder.

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 30 minutes to travel on the lift to the start, to allow for any possible delays.

thredbo-bike-chairlift-600x400The Gunbarrel Chair Lift: Included in Event Entry

The Gunbarrel chair lift 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 display a Snowies MTB Race Plate on each bike.

Each chair can transport one person & bike at a time.  Each chair is equipped with a bike rack, 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 the top of Gunbarrel, alight the chair lift where indicated and remove your bike from the rack.

WHAT DOES ANDY BLAIR HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS STAGE?

“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 5

STAGE 5: THE GRAVITY CHECK – 18.5KM

SATURDAY FROM 1:15PM

Download GPX File

Descend from Thredbo to Lake Crackenback

After the thrill of the Thredbo All Mountain Descent riders pass through the timing point at Friday Flat and continue riding straght in the the thrills of the Stage 5 Gravity Check on a downhill mission to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

You’ll be glad you took in all the scenery this amazing trail has to offer on your Stage 3 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 6

STAGE 6: RELEASE THE CRACKEN! 45K MARATHON

SUNDAY 8:30AM

Download GPX File

3 x 15km Laps

After a night of well earned rest Sunday morning sees riders back on their bikes ready to tackle the 6th 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 previous 5 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.

COURSE SIGNAGE

COURSE SIGNAGE

The course is signed with yellow 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 Details

PRESENTATIONS

PRESENTATIONS & PRIZES

NEW! SNOWIES MTB STAGE RACE FINISHERS MEDALLIONS

To celebrate the amazing achievement of finishing the six stages of the Snowies MTB Festival, each finisher in the stage race will be presented with this finishers medallion.

$5,000 CASH PRIZE POOL

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

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

Elite presentations will take place at the following times

Day TimePresentationLocation
Friday*3:40pm Stage 1 Lake 2 Lake Alpine Larder - Lake Crackenback Resort
Friday*4:45pm Stage 2 Happy Hour Time Trial - Elite Top 3 Alpine Larder - Lake Crackenback Resort
Saturday*MiddayStage 3 Thredbo Summit Smash - Elite Top 3 Friday Flat - Thredbo (before start of stage 4)
Saturday*3:15pm Stage 4 & 5 Thredbo All Mountain Descent & Gravity Check - Elite Top 3 Alpine Larder - Lake Crackenback Resort
Sunday*Midday Snowies Stage Race - Elite, Age Group & Teams

45, 30 & 15k XC MTB
Alpine Larder - Lake Crackenback Resort
FESTIVAL 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 around midday, however this is an estimated time 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.

AGE GROUP & TEAM PRIZES

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

ELITE PRESENTATIONS

We value the opportunity to celebrate our stage winners 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 10% of their overall prize money applicable for each presentation that is missed.

ELITE RIDERS

Checkout who is racing Elite at the 2019 Snowies MTB Festival

ELITE MEN   
Name Club State
Andrew Blair - 2018 ChampionThe Cyclery - Specialized ACT
Karl Michelin-BeardPushys CannondaleACT
Cory DimmerBatemans Bay CyclesNSW
Andrew CrawleyNSW
Damian Van Aswegen NSW
Scotty Longden QORTSQLD
Tom Montgomery QLD
James Downing Cannondale Enve RacingACT
Rowan Beggs-FrenchRide TECHNICSACT
Charlie Todd Tathra MTB Club NSW
Joshua King NSW
Kyle Ward NSW
Ben Henderson Mitas Tyres ACT
Peter Lewis U Physio NSW
Jarrod Moroni Focus Attaquer MTB TeamVIC
Dean Cane In2Adventure QLD
Jordan Davies WSMTB NSW
Callum Carson Trek Shimano Australia NSW
Cameron Butcher SHCC NSW
Russell Nankervis Trek Shimano Australia VIC
Jon Odams Giant - Shimano NSW
Luke BrameNSW
Cameron IvoryTrek Shimano Australia SA
Ross Goggin ACT
Matthew Dinham Trek Shimano AustraliaNSW
Craig Hutton Lifestyle & Leisure NSW
Matthew Rizzuto Tiffen cycling team ACT
ELITE WOMEN  
Name Club State
Zoe Cuthbert - 2018 ChampionTrek Shimano Australia ACT
Cristy HendersonACT
Renata Bucheraloha racing VIC
Emma ViottoPushys ShimanoACT
Samara SheppardNZ
Kelly Bartlett ACT
Ruth Owen-Evans UK
Peta Mullens B&J Racing/Hartpury VIC
Emily Wooster Ride TECHNICSNSW
RIDER UPDATES
STAGE 4 - START ORDER

Start List

STAGE 2 - START TIMES

Start List

STAGE 1 - START ORDER

Category Start Order for Stage 1a

RIDER LIST

Click HERE for the full list of riders and teams as of 5pm Friday 1st February.

A small number of late entries will be available from 9am Saturday 2nd February on a first come first served basis.

REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION

All competitors are required 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 for Stage 4 & 5 at Thredbo will take place at Village Terminal.

Day TimeEventLocation
Thursday5:00pm to 7:00pm Stage Race Registration 1Lake Crackenback Resort
Friday8:00am to 9:15amStage Race Registration 2Lake Crackenback Resort
Friday4:00pm to 4:30pm Stage 2 Check In Lake Crackenback Resort
Saturday 8:15am to 8:45amStage 3 Check In - The Wild BrumbyFriday Flat, Thredbo
Saturday 9:45am to 10:15am Stage 3 Check In - The BrumbyFriday Flat, Thredbo
Sunday7:30am to 8:00am Stage 5 Check In
+ Rego 1 Open 45k, 30k, 15k
Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
Lake Crackenback Resort
Sunday8:15am to 9:00am Rego 2 Open 30k, 15k
Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
Lake Crackenback Resort
RACE PLATES
SOLO

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.

TEAMS

Each team member will be issued with one race number per team and one backing plate per person. Team riders attach the backing plate to the front of the handlebars and the rider who is currently completing attaches the race number to the backing plate using the velcro on the plate and number. Race plates can then easily be swapped between team members, especially in Sunday’s marathon.

RACE NUMBER INFO

It is a race rule that all participants must have their race number clearly visible on the front of their bike 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, you must report the loss to the Race Director immediately.
Participants are not permitted to enter the course without displaying their allocated number.
Numbers are not to be cut, altered, disfigured, damaged, covered or obscured in any way. Penalties, disqualification and/or fines will apply in this circumstance.

ELECTRONIC TIMING

An electronic timing chip will be attached to the rear of the race plate to record lap and finish times.

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

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.
Stage Travel & Equipment Transport

TRAVEL BETWEEN STAGES & EQUIPMENT TRANSPORT

Friday

STAGE 1 | TRAVEL REQUIRED: After registration at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, Stage 1 starts and finishes at Claypits Park in Jindabyne which is approx 15mins drive from Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa. Riders are to make their own way to and from Jindabyne for Stage 1.

Lake Crackenback Resort Stage 1 Bus Shuttle

For those of you travelling solo, Lake Crackenback Resort will be offering a bus shuttle and bike trailer service for stage 1.  Places are limited and pre-booking and payment is essential.  Places will be allocated on a first come basis.

  • LCR Bus Shuttle 1 | Lake Crackenback Resort to Claypits Park, Jindabyne | Departs Lake Crackenback 10am | Cost: $12pp
  • LCR Bus Shuttle 2 | Claypits Park, Jindabyne to Lake Crackenback Resort | Departs Claypits Park 12:45pm | Cost: $12pp
  • PRE BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Contact Activate at Lake Crackenback Resort t: 02 6451 3000

STAGE 2 | NO TRAVEL: Stage 2 starts and finishes at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Saturday

STAGE 3, 4 & 5: Stage 3 starts and Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa and the day finishes at the end of Stage 5 at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Equipment Transport Saturday

A bus will be available at the start of Stage 3 for riders to leave equipment bags which will be transported to Thredbo for riders to have spare clothes and equipment between stages 3 and 4.

Another bus will then be available to deposit equipment bags which will be transported back to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa to collect at the end of Stage 5.

Riders may leave one bag only (Maximum size of 20 litres). This service is provided free of charge by Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

Equipment Transport Check In Times
  • Saturday | Activ8, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa | 7:30am to 8:15am
  • Saturday | Friday Flat, Thredbo Resort | 11:00am to Midday
Sunday

STAGE 5 | NO TRAVEL REQUIRED: Stage 5 starts and finishes at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

RACE RULES

RACE RULES

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
SAFETY | FIRST AID

SAFETY | FIRST AID

Your safety is a key consideration; however, mountain biking does involve risk. Dedicated first aiders are on hand at Race HQ and on the course to assist where necessary.

3 SAFETY RULES

Stop and assist any competitor that is in need of emergency assistance.
Report any incident to the next available marshal or emergency radio point on the course.
Compete within your abilities.
On the course there are a number of things you can do to assist yourselves and fellow competitors:

Slow down in steep or technically challenging areas.
Ride on the left hand side of tracks.
Compete within your limits.
Let common sense and courtesy prevail. We want to see you safe and sound at the end of the event.

FIRST AID

First Aid will be located at Race HQ and at manned check points on the course. This will be identified at the safety briefing.

CHECK POINTS

There are check points on the course, staffed by First Aid Qualified team members. These are marked on the course map at HQ.

EMERGENCY EVACUATION

In the event of fire or other emergency, follow instructions from event officials. On the course marshals will direct you back to the Evacuation Meeting Point at HQ. Please follow instructions from Emergency Personnel and/or event officials.

MERCHANDISE

SNOWIES MTB MERCHANDISE

SNOWIES MTB TSHIRTS

For those of you who entered before 1st November 2018 you’ll be receiving your FREE Snowies MTB TShirt in your race pack. But don’t worry if you missed out there will be a few on sale during the event for $30.

SNOWIES MTB DO-RAG

Each entrant in the Snowies MTB will be receiving a FREE Do-Rag in their race pack.

OTHER

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

In2Adventure is committed to maintaining a minimal impact policy that will protect the environment and enable us as individual members of the general public and members of the outdoor community to continue to enjoy the vast natural environment that is Australia’s backyard. Therefore we ask that competitors read and agree to abide by the Bush Code and Mountain Bike Code outlined on in our Environmental Policy and ensure that no rubbish, gel packets or wrappers are dropped on the course during the event.

Domestic Pets

At In2Adventure we love our fur kids too, however, domestic pets ARE NOT permitted within Lake Crackenback Resort grounds or within Kosciuszko National Park, so please leave them safe at home to avoid being asked to leave the event site.

Certified Assistance Animals

Some companion animals are trained to provide assistance to people with a disability to help alleviate the effect of that disability. These assistance animals are not pets. They provide an important service that helps people to more fully participate in personal and public life activities with more confidence and independence.

Please see the National Parks Policy on Assistance Animals.

Human Rights Commission guidelines on Assistance Animals.

Insurance

In2Adventure has public liability insurance. This DOES NOT cover you as a participant. If you fall over or hurt yourself, there is no accident cover for you. In2Adventure strongly recommends that each participant has their own personal accident insurance. Each participant has been required to read & accept the RELEASE & INDEMNITY WAIVER when registering online.

Unsolicited Promotion

Our event partners have been extremely generous in supporting this event so we can all enjoy the sport we love. We reciprocate that support and therefore no signage, flyers, promotional banners, promotional tents, branded vehicles, sales, service or trade displays are permitted to be set up within the Race HQ, event, course or car parking areas without written authorisation from the event directors.

Please be respectful of this to avoid being asked to remove tents etc.

Please see the ‘Event Promotion Policy’ displayed on the Policy page.

WHAT’S ON AT SNOWIES MTB FESTIVAL

Friday Night Pizza Party

Join us at the Alpine Larder on Friday Evening during the during the Stage 2 Happy Hour Time Trial for the Snowies MTB Pizza Party!

Entry includes:
  • Pizza Buffet - selection of pizzas, tapas and salads | including vegetarian and gluten free options;
  • A Kosciuszko Pale Ale taster on arrival; and
  • Competitions, music, interviews and fun hosted by our resident MC's; Lachie and DJ Pat.

Cost is $30 per head and Pre booking is ESSENTIAL as places are limited to 60 bookings so BE QUICK as it will be 'first come, first served'!

For Bookings & Payment

Contact Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa:

Saturday Night Celebration Dinner
CUISINE RESTAURANT | 6:30PM | BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

After a hard day of racing there’s nothing better then enjoying a meal and a few drinks with your mates and sharing a few war stories about the days action!

Join us in Cuisine Restaurant on Saturday Evening for a Celebration Dinner hosted by our MC Lachlan Wills and DJ Pat as we celebrate the day with photos and videos of the days racing.

Cuisine will be serving their usual menu featuring Snowy Mountains fare and you can view the menu here.

Bookings are essential and places are limited, so make sure you book early.

BOOKING DETAILS

Contact the Resort: T: 1800 020 524  | E: Send an Online Enquiry

Cuisine Menu
Athlete Services
MASSAGE & PHYSIO

Massages at Event HQ from Synergy Massage

Lisa and the team from Synergy Massage will be on hand at the event to ensure all our athletes are ready to race.  Synergy Massages’ highly qualified therapists excel at sports and remedial massage, utilising a wealth of experience and knowledge plus various modalities and techniques to help athletes prepare for and recover from sporting events and competition.

MASSAGE TIMES

Lisa and the team will be on site at Race HQ at the following times:

  • Friday 8 Feb: 3:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Saturday 9 Feb: 2:00pm to 5:30pm
  • Sunday 10 Feb: 7:30am to 11:30am

Special Offer for Competitors at Race HQ

15 minute treatments for Just $20 | CASH ONLY PLEASE – Please pay the therapist at the time of treatment

VISIT US

Find us at: 1 Snowy River Ave Jindabyne NSW 2627 – We are located at High Country Fitness, just behind Nuggets Crossing in the heart of Jindabyne

W: www.massagejindabyne.com.au

LAKE CRACKENBACK RESORT & SPA

Take some time out to relax with at Lake Crackenback 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 is open from 10am daily and bookings are essential.

For Bookings: Tel: 02 6451 3056

PHYSIO & MASSAGE AT EVENT HQ FROM ELEVATE PHYSIO

Jeannette from Elevate Physio will be on hand at the event to ensure all our athletes are feeling great & ready to race!

Elevate Physiotherapy welcomes everyone from the elite athlete to those who enjoy being active in everyday living. Whether competing in recreational sport or simply wanting to increase mobility and fitness levels in day-to-day activities we can offer advice on treatment, exercise prescription and self-management programs that will return you to your optimal level of activity in the shortest possible time.

Elevate Physiotherapy is conveniently located in the centre of Jindabyne, within the High Country Fitness Gymnasium. If required clients of Elevate Physiotherapy are able to access the first class facilities of the gym in order to maximise their rehabilitation outcomes.

PHYSIO TIMES

Jeanette will be on site at Race HQ at the following times:

  • Saturday: 2:30pm to 5:30pm| Limber up after the three stages on Saturday ready for Sunday Morning’s Marathon.

Special Offer for athletes at Race HQ

15 minute treatments for Just $20 | CASH ONLY PLEASE – Pay the therapist at the time of treatment

VISIT US

Find Us At:
1 Snowy River Ave, Jindabyne, NSW, 2627  
W:  elevatephysio.com.au    
E: admin@elevatephysio.com.au  
T: +61 2 6456 1476

KOSCIUSZKO BREWERY

A big welcome to Kosciuszko Brewery, brewers of the ever popular Kosciuszko Pale Ale.  Try your free taster at the Friday Night Pizza Party at Alpine Larder (bookings essential) and look out for some great prizes and giveaways throughout the weekend.

VISIT KOSCIUSKO BREWERY

The Kosciuszko brewhouse, is located at Banjo Patterson Hotel in Jindabyne. Stop by for a cold Kosci Pale Ale with Licencee Cameron or assistant brewers, Chuck & Rich.

Ask our staff to take you for a tour to see the wonderfully brewed Pale Ale. Our original Kosciuszko Pale is a 4.5% alcohol, slightly cloudy ale that challenges the limits of the traditional Australian Pale Ale. Crafted from a blend of Pale & Munich malts, and brewed using Tasmanian grown Galaxy hops our pale ale delivers a pleasant maltiness with a refreshing fruity hop finish.

Brewed for enjoyment after a hard day of skiing, hiking, fishing or just relaxing in the mountains, it’s an ale that is always in season.

Visit the website here.

BEAR NAKED BARS

In2Adventure are proud to be partnering with Bear Naked Bars.  Keep an eye out for your free bar in your race pack to keep you energised for the days racing.

Bear Naked Energy Bars and Granola, perfect adventure fuel.   Available in Peanut Butter & Honey and Nutty Choc Chip, pick them up in your local Caltex, BP and Coles Express.

Connect with Bear Naked

FLOWERS FROM CH FLORAL DESIGNS

A big thank you to our official floral supplier for the Snowies MTB 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 Stage winners and GC Champions.

Visit CH Floral Design Website here.

MERCHANDISE

NEW! 2021 SNOWIES MTB JERSEYS
Price: $80
High quality Cycling Jersey, front zip, sublimated print.
Visit the Merch Store at Race HQ to purchase
Sizes:
Mens S, M, L, XL, XXL
Womens 8, 10, 12, 14, 16

SNOWIES MTB TSHIRTS
Price: $30
High Quality, 100% Polyester Sports T. Suitable for sporting activities or casual wear
Visit the Merch Store at Race HQ to purchase
Sizes:
Mens XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Womens 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16

SNOWIES MTB TRUCKERS CAP
Price: $25
Truckers cap made in Twill fabric with 'Ride Boldly' logo.
Visit the Merch Store at Race HQ to purchase
Sizes:
One Size Fits All

SNOWIES MTB JERSEYS
Price: $80
High quality Cycling Jersey, front zip, sublimated print.
Visit the Merch Store at Race HQ to purchase
Sizes:
Mens S, M, L, XL, XXL
Womens 8, 10, 12, 14, 16

SNOWIES MTB RETRO SHIRTS
Price: $30
High Quality, 100% Polyester Sports T. Suitable for sporting activities or casual wear
Visit the Merch Store at Race HQ to purchase
Sizes:
Mens XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Womens 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16

SNOWIES MTB DO-RAG
Price: $20
High Quality, 100% Polyester Sports Do Rag. Suitable for wearing under a bike helmet or as as standalone head wear.
Visit the Merch Store at Race HQ to purchase
Sizes:
One Size Fits All

LAKE CRACKENBACK RESORT & SPA

Lake Crackenback Resort and 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. Guests come here to relax, rejuvenate and activate.

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 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: www.lakecrackenback.com.au
T: 1800 020 524
E: Send an Online Enquiry

Getting Here

GETTING HERE

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

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.

ROOM TYPES GUESTSEARLY BIRD RATE
Before 1/1/19
PER PERSON STANDARD RATE
After 1/1/19
PER PERSON BASED ON INCLUSIONS
Studio Standard 2$260.00$130.00 $275.00 $137.50 twin share Full Buffet Breakfast
Studio Superior 2$285.00$142.50 $290.00 $145.00 twin share Full Buffet Breakfast
Studio Deluxe 2$295.00$147.50 $310.00 $155.00 twin share Full Buffet Breakfast
1 Bed Lake View 2$315.00$157.50 $330.00 $165.00 twin share Full Buffet Breakfast
1 Bed Chalet 2$295.00$147.50 $310.00 $155.00 twin share Full Buffet Breakfast
1 Bed Deluxe Chalet 2$305.00$152.50 $320.00 $160.00 twin share Full Buffet Breakfast
2 Bed Lake View 4$395.00$98.75 $420.00 $105.00 four share Full Buffet Breakfast
2 Bed Standard 4$370.00$92.50 $395.00 $87.50 four share Full Buffet Breakfast
2 Bed Superior 4$415.00$103.75 $440.00 $98.75 four share Full Buffet Breakfast
2 Bed Deluxe> 4$440.00$110.00 $465.00 $116.25 four share Full Buffet Breakfast
2 Bed Lake View + Loft> 5$460.00$92.00 $490.00 $96.00 five share Full Buffet Breakfast
2 Bed Lake View> 6$515.00$85.83 $550.00 $91.67 six share Full Buffet Breakfast
3 Bed Superior> 6$530.00$88.33 $565.00 $94.17 six share Full Buffet Breakfast
3 Bed Deluxe> 6$565.00$94.17 $600.00 $100.00 six share Full Buffet Breakfast

Bookings

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

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.

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 headed by Director of Food & Beverage, Jean-Michel Gerst 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.

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 email activate@lakecrackenback.com.au

RACE HQ

RACE HQ

Race HQ for Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 5 is based in the heart of Lake Crackenback Resort on the grassed area opposite Alpine Larder. Spectators and visitors have a great view of the start, mountain bike and finish from here.

THREDBO RESORT

Thredbo Resort

THREDBO RESORT

Thredbo is the ultimate summer adventure destination. Nestled in the heart of the Kosciuszko National Park, it ticks all the boxes for a great summer getaway boasting some of Australia’s most scenic hiking trails, longest gravity biking trails, fishing and much more.

Enjoy the magic of Alpine Australia by walking to the top of Australia’s highest Mountain, Mt Kosciuszko, mountain bike down Australia’s longest gravity mountain biking trails, enjoy a round of golf at Australia’s highest golf course, experience a spot of fly fishing or just take in the incredible views and fresh air.

THREDBO RESORT

Thredbo Village Terminal, Friday Drive,

Thredbo Village Resort, Thredbo, NSW, 2625

Wthredbo.com.au

T: (02) 6459 4100

E: events@thredbo.com.au

Things To Do at Thredbo

THINGS TO DO AT THREDBO RESORT

Epic alpine bike riding, the best scenic walks and much more. Check out what Thredbo has to offer in Summer on the website at www.thredbo.com.au/activities/ or click on one of the many activities listed

Biking | Restaurants & Bars | Shopping | Kids Activities | Hikes | Thredbo Leisure Centre | Scenic Chairlift | Alpine Bobsled | Fly Fishing | Golf | Disc Golf | Tennis | Day Trips | Abseiling

Accommodation

ACCOMMODATION AT THREDBO RESORT

Accommodation in Thredbo offers stunning mountain views, convenience and comfort for all guests. Choose from lodges, hotels, on-snow chalets, luxurious apartments and self contain units.

Whether it’s a weekend away with your mates, a romantic getaway or family holiday the team at Thredbo Resort Centre can help make it effortlessly happen.

BOOK ACCOMMODATION
DINING

DINING AT THREDBO

There are over 30 places to relax, sip and dine in Thredbo.

With cosy bars, late and lively night spots, live music venues and dining options ranging from à la carte, càfe style, casual bistro, tapas, BBQ or grab and go, you’re sure to find your favourite.

Find out more about Thredbo’s restaurants and bars here

Getting Here

GETTING TO THREDBO RESORT

The Snowy Mountains and Thredbo Resort 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.

RACE HQ

RACE HQ

Race HQ for the finish of Stage 2 and Stage 3 and the start of Stage 4 is based at Friday Flat.

Race HQ for the Start of Stage 3 is based at Village Terminal.

VISIT THE 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 summaer and snow in winter to offer visitors an endless choice of activities. In 2 Adventure would also like to acknlowledge the support of Office of the Envionment 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 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.
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
  • Melbourne offers international and domestic flights and is approx 6.5hrs 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.
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

A stopover in Sydney is a fantastic option before your journey 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 under 5 hours to drive. Click on the map or go to Google Maps for driving details.

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 Internatoional 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 from Canberra Airport and just over a two hour drive. Click on the map or go to: www.goo.gl/maps/60J7e

FROM CANBERRA

TRAVELLING FROM CANBERRA TO THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS

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

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

map_canb_snowiesTHE 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 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.

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 take part on an e-bike?

We have been approached to consider including an e-bike category in our races.  We considered this, and spent much time talking extensively to many of our participants and considering points of view expressed on numerous forums.  We listened to the points made both for and against with some valid points on both sides of the debate.  However, after listening to our customers 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 customers.

We refer to one of our key values 'Participation'.  Participation does not mean just being at the event.  We believe that our events should encourage and reflect personal achievement and that means completing an 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.

This does not mean 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 to carry all the equipment we need for for course marking.  They can be a lot of fun to ride, however, with regards to an event/race, even if someone on a powered bike is not racing for places, based on what our athletes have told us, no matter how you structure the events or the starts, powered bikes do have an impact on other riders who are riding under their own power.

We do try to make every opportunity for riders to take part in our 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.

So for the reasons outlined above e-bikes are not permitted at the events, as outlined in the race rules, "All bikes used in the competition must be powered by human power alone"

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 after entry closure?

If after the entry closure date the event is not at capacity, 'Late Online Entries' will be made available. These incur and additional an additional $30 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 required or permitted for this festival.

Whilst we do recommend bringing the whole family along to cheer you on and meet & greet you at the end of each stage, the beauty of this event is that it’s easy to get to where you want to be at the end of the stages. The only travel that is required is to the start of stage 1 where riders will need to make their way from registration at Lake Crackenback to the start line at Lake Jindabyne which is an easy 15mins drive.

Wondering how you’ll get that fresh set of knicks, some snacks and money for drinks to the other end? Well where it's required, there’s a bus provided.

Can I carry a music device?

Minimal travel is required between stages for the Snowies MTB Festival. The only driving required is for participants to travel to and from the start line for Stage 1, which will start from Claypits Park in Jindabyne, which is an easy 15 minute drive from the registration area at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

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

It is an easy 13-15 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, 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

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.

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