• SNOWIES MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL

    Date

    Fri 14 Feb 2020
  • SNOWIES MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL

    Date

    Fri 14 Feb 2020
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SNOWIES MTB FESTIVAL 2020

Two unique course options, a new Thredbo stage, and an epic descent from the top of Thredbo to Jindabyne.

Events

The Wild Brumby | 6 Stages | 128k
The Brumby | 5 Stages | 90k

SNOWY MTNS, NSW

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa & Thredbo Resort

CLIMATE

Summer 240/270

PRIZE POOL

$5,000
BREAKING NEWS FOR SNOWIES MTB 2020

The Snowies MTB Festival is back in 2020 with the iconic Snowy Mountains playing host to the one of Australia’s most iconic MTB stage races.

In 2020 two new course options have been added including the 90k Brumby and 128k Wild Brumby.

And, what everyone has been waiting for, The Wild Brumby will include the all new Snowy Legends Descent from the top of Thredbo to Gaden in Jindabyne with the much anticipated opening of the Lower Thredbo Valley Track (TVT).

THE WILD BRUMBY | 6 STAGES | 3 DAYS | 128K

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 NEW Snowy Legends Descent where competitors depart from the top of Gunbarrel chair, in the shadow of Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko to ride the full expanse of the Thredbo Valley to Gaden in Jindabyne.

This epic stage includes a new flowing, downhill trail being developed at Thredbo resort, the upper TVT, the Lake Crackenback resort trails and the newly opened Lower TVT, a technically challenging remote wilderness trail, where riders will discover more of the best technical riding found anywhere in Australia.

With the event hub at an altitude of 1,260m, The Wild Brumby includes 6 diverse stages covering 128k of rugged mountain terrain including over 90% single track riding.  It 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, a chairlift to Eagles Nest, 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 or Thredbo Resort.

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

THE BRUMBY | 5 STAGES | 3 DAYS | 90K

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, Lake 2 Lake, Gravity Check, Time Trial and Release the Cracken, minus the technical downhill and the remote Lower TVT and a shorter 30k stage on Sunday.

TEAMS EVENT

Share the riding between 2 or 3 riders in The Wild Brumby or 2 riders in The Brumby.

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.

THE WILD BRUMBY | 6 STAGES | 128K
STAGE 1: THREDBO SUMMIT SMASH 19.5K

Fri 10am | Smash it up on the 19.5km ascent climbing 533m from Lake Crackenback to Thredbo Resort

STAGE 2: LAKE 2 LAKE 16.2K

Fri 3pm | 16.2km XC race.  Discover the beauty of Lake Jindabyne as Stage 2 takes riders on an epic journey around this stunning foreshore.  Stage 2a starts at Claypits Park in Jindabyne and finishes at Hatchery Bay, followed by a 15min break at Hatchery Bay and then into Stage 2b from Hatchery Bay back to Claypits Park.

STAGE 3:  RICOCHET | NEW THREDBO STAGE 6K

Sat 9am | Stay tuned in 2020 for Ricochet, a new flowing downhill stage at Thredbo Resort.  After a stunning chairlift ride to the start, be one of the first to experience this all new trail, being built in 2019.

STAGE 4: SNOWY LEGENDS DESCENT 35.5K

Sat 9:15am | Join us on one of Australia’s epic mountain descents with all the thrills and exhilaration of this 35.5km roller coaster ride from Thredbo following the spectacular Thredbo Valley alongside the Thredbo river to Gaden in Jindabyne.

STAGE 5: HAPPY HOUR TIME TRIAL 5.5K

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

STAGE 6: 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 | 5 STAGES | 90K
  • Fri 10am | STAGE 1: THREDBO SUMMIT SMASH 19.5k
  • Fri 3pm | STAGE 2: LAKE 2 LAKE 16.2k
  • Sat 11am | STAGE 4: GRAVITY CHECK 18.5k
  • Sat 4pm | STAGE 5: HAPPY HOUR TIME TRIAL 5.5k
  • Sun 8:30am | STAGE 6: RELEASE THE CRACKEN 30k

Time Table

THURSDAY | EARLY REGISTRATION
TIMEACTIVITYLOCATION
5:00pm Stage Race Registration 1 OpenFreestyle Room | Lake Crackenback Resort
7:00pm Stage Race Registration 1 Closed Freestyle Room | Lake Crackenback Resort
FRIDAY AM | STAGE 1: THREDBO SUMMIT SMASH
TIMEACTIVITYLOCATION
8:00amStage Race Registration 2 OpenLake Crackenback Resort
9:15amRegistration 2 ClosedLake Crackenback Resort
9:30amStage Race Event Brief | Compulsory for all ridersLake Crackenback Resort
10:00am START STAGE 1 | Thredbo Summit Smash Lake Crackenback Resort
11:15am Bus Shuttles Start | Thredbo to LCR | Bookings Essential Thredbo to Lake Crackenback Resort
12:45pm Bus Shuttles | Thredbo to LCR | Last Shuttle Departs Thredbo Friday Flat, Thredbo
FRIDAY PM | STAGE 2: LAKE 2 LAKE
TIMEACTIVITYLOCATION
4:00pmCheck In Open | Stage 2Lake Crackenback Resort
4:30pmCheck In Closed | Stage 2 Lake Crackenback Resort
4:30pm Elite Top 3 Presentations | Stage 1 Lake Crackenback Resort
4:30pmStage 2 Event Brief | Compulsory for all ridersLake Crackenback Resort
5:00pmSTART STAGE 2 | Happy Hour Time Trial
Riders start at 20sec intervals
Lake Crackenback Resort
5:45pm Elite Top 3 Presentations | Stage 2 Lake Crackenback Resort
7:45pm Stage 2 Finish Lake Crackenback Resort
SATURDAY AM | STAGE 3 NEW THREDBO STAGE & STAGE 4 SNOWY LEGENDS DESCENT
TIMEACTIVITYLOCATION
7:30am Bus Shuttles Start LCR to Thredbo | Bookings Essential
8:15am Check-in Open | Stage 3 | Wild BrumbyFriday Flat, Thredbo
8:45amCheck-in Closed | Stage 3 | Wild Brumby Friday Flat, Thredbo
8:45am Stage 3 Event Brief | Compulsory for all Wild Brumby riders Friday Flat, Thredbo
9:00am START STAGE 3 | Snowy Legends Descent | Wild Brumby Riders start at 20sec intervals Friday Flat, Thredbo
9:45am Check-in Open | Stage 3 | Brumby Friday Flat, Thredbo
10:15am Check-in Closed | Stage 3 | Brumby Friday Flat, Thredbo
10:15am Stage 3 Event Brief | Compulsory for all Brumby riders Friday Flat, Thredbo
10:30am START STAGE 3 | Gravity Check | Brumby Friday Flat, Thredbo
10:45am Bus Shuttles Start | Wild Brumby Only Gaden to LCR to Thredbo | Bookings Essential
2:30pm Bus Shuttle | Last Shuttle departs GadenGaden to LCR to Thredbo | Bookings Essential
SATURDAY PM | STAGE 5 HAPPY HOUR TIME TRIAL
TIMEACTIVITYLOCATION
3:00pmCheck-in Open | Stage 5Lake Crackenback Resort
3:30pmCheck-in Closed | Stage 5 Lake Crackenback Resort
3:30pm Elite Presentations | Stage 3 & 4 Lake Crackenback Resort
3:45pm Stage 5 Event Brief | Compulsory for all riders Lake Crackenback Resort
4:00pm START STAGE 5 | Happy Hour Time Trial Lake Crackenback Resort
4:45pm Elite Presentations | Stage 5 Lake Crackenback Resort
7:00pm Stage 5 Finish Lake Crackenback Resort
SUNDAY AM | STAGE 6: RELEASE THE CRACKEN MARATHON
TIMEACTIVITYLOCATION
6:30am Cuisine Restaurant Open for Breakfast Lake Crackenback Resort
7:00am Alpine Larder Open Lake Crackenback Resort
7:30am Stage 4 Check In Open Lake Crackenback Resort
7:30am 45k, 30k & 15k Individual Race Registration Open Lake Crackenback Resort
8:00am Stage 4 & 45k Individual Marathon Check In Closed Lake Crackenback Resort
8:00am Elite Top 3 Presentations | Stage 3 Lake Crackenback Resort
8:15am Stage 4 & 45k Individual Marathon Brief | Compulsory for all riders Lake Crackenback Resort
8:30am START STAGE 4 | Release the Cracken and 45k Lake Crackenback Resort
9:00am 30k & 15k Registration Closed Lake Crackenback Resort
9:15am 30k & 15k Brief | Compulsory for all riders Lake Crackenback Resort
9:30am START 30k & 15k Lake Crackenback Resort
*12:30pm Snowies MTB Festival Presentations Lake Crackenback Resort
* Indicates estimated times only

SNOWY MTNS, NSW

WHICH COURSE?

ABOUT THE WILD BRUMBY | 3 DAYS | 6 STAGES | 128K

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 NEW Snowy Legends Descent where competitors depart from the top of Gunbarrel chair, in the shadow of Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko to ride the full expanse of the Thredbo Valley to Gaden in Jindabyne.

This epic stage includes Ricochet, a new flowing, downhill trail being developed at Thredbo resort, the upper TVT, the Lake Crackenback resort trails and the newly opened Lower TVT, a technically challenging remote wilderness trail, where riders will discover more of the best technical riding found anywhere in Australia.

ABOUT THE BRUMBY | 3 DAYS | 5 STAGES | 90K

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, Lake 2 Lake, Gravity Check, Time Trial and Release the Cracken, minus the technical downhill and the remote Lower TVT; and with a shorter 30k stage on Sunday.

THE 6 STAGES

STAGE 1

STAGE 1: THREDBO SUMMIT SMASH – 19.5KM

FRIDAY: 10AM

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Ascent from Lake Crackenback to Thredbo.

Stage 1 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 2

STAGE 2: LAKE 2 LAKE – 16.2KM

FRIDAY 3PM

16.2km XC race. It’s time to take you on a journey to discover the spectacular natural beauty of Lake Jindabyne as Stage 2 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 2A 7.5K

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Stage 2a 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 2 START

Riders will start in up to ten waves based on category.  Times will be published on the notice board a registration.

STAGE 2B 8.7K

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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 to get ready for day 2.

STAGE 3

STAGE 3: RICOCHET | NEW THREDBO STAGE | 6KM | WILD BRUMBY ONLY

STAGE 3 START LIST HERE
SATURDAY 9:00AM

Descend from the top of Gunbarrell Chair Lift overlooking the peak of Mt Kosciusko to Thredbo Resort and on to Lake Crackenback and Gaden in Jindabyne.

The 2020 Snowies MTB Festival will include a new stage at Thredbo Resort called Ricochet.

The Thredbo Mountain Bike Park and Trail crew have been working hard since end of winter to create the new and exciting mountain biking trail ‘Ricochet’!

The trail launched on 26 December 2019 and has been an absolute winner with pro’s, punters, locals and everyone in between. ‘Ricochet’ is an intermediate trail designed to offer a progression into more advanced flow gravity riding, utilising a broader trail width to enhance the rider experience.

Winding its way through awesome terrain on each side of the High Noon steeps, this trail flaunts flowing berms and cruisy traverses.

Enjoy this downhill roller coaster ride before continuing straight into the Stage 4 Snowy Legends Descent heading back, along the Thredbo Valley Trail to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa and then onto Gaden via the new Lower TVT.

HERE’S WHAT ELITE COMPETITOR ANDY BLAIR HAD TO SAY…

“If you haven’t had a chance to ride Thredbo’s new Ricochet trail, then you are in for a treat on stage 3.

You set off from the top of the Gun Barrel chairlift with the humpy and pumpy beginning of Easy Street before taking a left turn into a series of berms linked by grassy traverses across the High Noon ski trail. The wood sections become more frequent as you dive into a seemingly endless series of smooth high berms. While not technically challenging, the tight swooping turns demand concentration to ride fast so the odd open ski run sections are a nice rest. There are some fun jumps for those who are keen but keeping it “low & fast” with the tyres on the ground is also an option. The trail rejoins the lower All Mountain trail for a more familiar arrival at Friday Flat.

You might have heard about a few tricky a-lines but they are nothing to worry about. In fact you might not even notice them as the main flow of the trail bypasses them and is probably faster to avoid anyway. Compared to the All Mountain trail, Ricochet is quite a lot smoother, even more so after the recent rain has bedded it in nicely. This is good news as you might be able to save some energy ahead of the Epic descent to Gaden Trout Hatchery on the full TVT!”

STAGE 4

STAGE 4: SNOWY LEGENDS DESCENT | 35.5KM (WILD BRUMBY) & GRAVITY CHECK | 18.5K (BRUMBY)

STAGE 3/4 START LIST – HERE
SATURDAY FROM 9:15AM
THE WILD BRUMBY | SNOWY LEGENDS DESCENT | 35.5K

Descend from Thredbo to Lake Crackenback and continue on to Gaden in Jindabyne

After the thrill of the new Thredbo flowing downhill stage, riders pass through the timing point and continue straight into the the thrills of the Stage 4 Snowy Legends Descent on a downhill mission to ride the full expanse of the Thredbo Valley from Thredbo to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa and continuing on to Gaden in Jindabyne.

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.

It’s not all easy-rolling though – once you reach the end of the upper TVT and head back out of Lake Crackenback Resort, the course takes an action-packed turn for the first time onto the newly opened Lower TVT for 17 epic kilometres of challenging remote wilderness trail.  Discover more of the best technical riding found anywhere in Australia before finishing up at Gaden in Jindabyne ready for a trip back to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa for some rest, relaxation and luxury as we gear up for a fast and furious Stage 5.

SATURDAY 11AM

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THE BRUMBY | GRAVITY CHECK | 18.5K

Descend from Thredbo to Lake Crackenback 

Starting at Thredbo get ready for the thrills of the Stage 4 Gravity Check as you head on a downhill mission to ride the Valley traversing the Thredbo River from Thredbo 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 for some rest, relaxation and luxury as we gear up for a fast and furious Stage 5.

STAGE 5

STAGE 5: LAKE CRACKENBACK HAPPY HOUR TIME TRIAL – 5.5KM

SATURDAY 4PM

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

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

Time Trial times count towards the overall standings as we move into Stage 6: Release The Cracken.

STAGE 6

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

SUNDAY 8:30AM
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Wild Brumby | 3 x 15km Laps      Brumby | 2 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 or 30km of riding that will test even the most hardened riders.

The course is a spectacular 15km lap and the laps riders bash out to complete the 45km marathon or 30k 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*4:30pm Stage 1 Thredbo Summit Smash | Elite Top 3 & GC Leaders Alpine Larder | Lake Crackenback Resort
Friday *5:45pm Stage 2 Time Trial | Elite Top 3 & GC Alpine Larder | Lake Crackenback Resort
Sunday*8:00amStage 3 Snowy Legends Descent | Elite Top 3 & GC Leaders Alpine Larder | Lake Crackenback Resort
Sunday *12:30pm - Stage 4 Presentations
- 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

THE ELITE FIELD

Ross GogginACT
Vincent RobinsonNSW
Glen GogginNSW
Ally Durr NSW
Rowan Beggs-French ACT
Andrew LowVIC
Zoe Cuthbert ACT
Owen Gordon NSW
Corey Smith ACT
Ben HendersonACT
Cristy HendersonACT
Dean Cane QLD
Callum CarsonNSW
Peta Mullens VIC
Jarrod Moroni VIC
Cameron IvorySA
Andrew BlairACT
RIDER UPDATES

RIDER UPDATES

IMPORTANT UPDATE: FRI 5TH FEB

A trough is expected to come through this evening. To avoid the worst of the rain all timings for Stage 2 Time Trial have been brought forward by one hour.
We will continue to monitor the forecast and depending on that, may make the decision to delay the start of Stage 3 on Saturday.
Stay tuned to social media and the website for further updates. #snowiesmtb 

TIME TRIAL START TIMES: FRI 5TH FEB – 1:42PM

Time trail start times will be published on social media and on the website very shortly.

REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION

All competitors are required to register and check in at the times listed below.

Registration at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa will take place in the Freestyle room next to the Activ8 centre. Registration for Stage 3 & 4 will take place at Thredbo.

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.

Important Note! Please ensure the number plate is placed flat on the handlebars.  If the number is bent or curled, the timing chip may not read and a time may not be recorded.

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.
  • Ensure the number plate is placed flat on the handlebars.  If the number is bent or curled, the timing chip may not read and a time may not be recorded.
ELECTRONIC TIMING
  • An electronic timing chip is 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

TRAVEL BETWEEN STAGES

BUS SHUTTLE PACKAGE | BOOKINGS CLOSE SUN 16 FEB OR WHEN SOLD OUT
IMPORTANT NOTICE | 8/2/20

As of 9am on Sat 8th Feb, there are only 10 places remaining for the bus shuttle packages.  If you haven’t booked the bus with your entry and need transport please book now, as when these are sold out, riders will need to make their own arrangements for transport.  Bookings will close on Sunday 9th February

If required, riders can purchase a bus shuttle package for $60 which provides transport for one rider and one bike for the following transfers:

StageDay Shuttle Details
Finish Stage 1 AM Friday Thredbo to LCR Return to start point at LCR
Start Stage 3 AM Saturday LCR to ThredboTravel from LCR to stage start at Thredbo
Finish Stage 3 AM SaturdayGaden to LCR to Thredbo Travel for Wild Brumby Riders to return to LCR
  • Booking: Book online now, Click HERE to book.
  • Closure: Bus Bookings close on Sunday 9 Feb or when sold out.
  • Cost: $60
  • Inclusions: Transport for one rider and one bike on the three bus shuttles outlined below.
STAGES WHERE TRAVEL IS REQUIRED
FRIDAY AM | STAGE 1 | THREDBO SUMMIT SMASH

The Thredbo Summit Smash will start at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa and finish at Thredbo Resort (approx 17mins drive).  Transport will be required at the end of the stage if riders require to return back to Lake Crackenback Resort.

FRIDAY PM | STAGE 2 | LAKE 2 LAKE

Stage 2 starts and finishes at Claypits Park in Jindabyne which is approx 15mins drive from Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa. Riders make their own way to and from Jindabyne.

SATURDAY AM | STAGE 3/4

The Wild Brumby: Stage 3/4 will start at Thredbo and finish at Gaden in Jindabyne (approx 17mins drive).  Transport will be required to the start of the stage if riders are not staying at Thredbo.  Transport will also be required at the end of the stage if riders require to return back to Lake Crackenback Resort or Thredbo from Gaden in Jindabyne.

The Brumby: Stage 4 will start at Thredbo and finish at Lake Crackenback Resort (approx 17mins drive).  Transport will be required to the start of the stage if riders are not staying at Thredbo.  Transport will also be required at the end of the stage if riders require to return back to Thredbo.

DON’T HAVE YOUR OWN TRANSPORT FOR STAGE 2? – LAKE CRAKENBACK RESORT BUS BOOKINGS

Lake Crackenback Resort will be offering a bus service including bike transport for guests who may not have their own transport to travel to and from Stage 2.  It’s important to note that this service is NOT included in the Bus Shuttle package and must be booked directly with the resort.

DETAILS
Times:
  • Departs Lake Crackenback Resort Fri 14 Feb - 1:30pm
  • Departs Claypits Park Fri 14 Feb - 4:00pm

Cost: $35.00 per person

Booking: Pre-book by 5pm Thursday 13/2/20. Phone Lake Crackenback Resort Reception on 02 6451 3000.  Full payment made at the time of booking

Important Notes: A minimum 4 people is required in order for the bus to run. Unfortunately if there are less than 4 bookings by 5pm on Thursday 13/2/20 the bus will not be able to run, so book early.  There are 15 places on the bus shuttle.

RACE RULES

RACE 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 3/4 Snowy Legends Descent | Team riders are permitted to change at any or all of the following exchange points:
    • End of of Stage 3 - Thredbo
    • Midway on Stage 4, the Snowy Legends Descent - Lake Crackenback Resort
  • 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
  • Stage 3/4 Snowy Legends Descent | Team riders are permitted to change at any or all of the following exchange points:
    • End of of Stage 3 – Thredbo
    • Midway on Stage 4 the Snowy Legends Descent - Lake Crackenback Resort
  • Each team member must complete at least 1 lap on 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 2 of the first 4 stages.
  • Each team member must complete at least 1 lap of Sunday’s 30km XC MTB
TEAMS

INFORMATION FOR TEAMS

Competitors have the option to race as a team of 2 or 3 people in the Wild Brumby course or 2 people in the Brumby course.

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

2 PERSON TEAMS | WILD BRUMBY
  • Each team member must complete at least 2 of the first 5 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.
3 PERSON TEAMS | WILD BRUMBY

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

  • Each team member must complete at least 1 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 2 of the first 4 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.
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
  1. Stop and assist any competitor that is in need of emergency assistance.
  2. Report any incident to the next available marshal or emergency radio point on the course.
  3. 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.

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.

VIDEOS

Meet the Elites - Part 1

Stage 1 - Lake to Lake

Meet the Elites - Part 2

Stage 2 - Happy Hour Time Trial

Meet the Elites - Part 3

Stage 3 - Thredbo Summit Smash

Stage 4/5 – Thredbo All Mountain Descent/Gravity Check

Stage 6 - Release The Cracken!

ATHLETE SERVICES AT SNOWIES MTB FESTIVAL

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

MASSAGE & PHYSIO

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:

Saturday Sunday
11:30am to 1:30pm 7:30am to Midday
3:30pm to 5:30pm
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.

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 Snowies MTB Festival

Sacred Ride offer an impressive array 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!

The Sacred Ride team will be on site at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa for all your mountain biking needs at the following times:

Thursday FridaySaturdaySunday
5:00pm to 7:00pm 7:45am to 9:45am 11:30am to 1:00pm 7:30am to 11:30am
3:30pm to 5:30pm

Catch Up with Marty & the Team at the store in Jindabyne before the event or at the Race HQ tent on the day.

Contact Sacred Ride

Find Us At: 6 Thredbo Tce, Jindabyne, NSW, 2627

T: +61 2 6456 1988 or freecall 1300 736581

E: info@sacredride.com.au

W: www.sacredride.com.au

FLOWERS

FLORAL PRESENTATIONS 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 here.

YOUR MC
MEET OUR MC

LACHLAN WILLS THE FACE OF OFF ROAD SPORTS IN AUSTRALIA

Those of you who race at the 2016 ITU XTri World Champs in Australia will remember Lachlan as the ever-energetic MC who kept us all fired up through 3 days of amazing racing.  Lachlan will be joining the In2Adventure team this season as the face of our off-road sports in Australia.

Representing Lachlan Wills Media, Lachie is a 29 year-old Australian media performer, currently working with Fox Television Network, and as a model in the United States, and ESPN in Australia.

For many years he worked as a presenter on Australia’s most high-profile radio show, hosted by Eddie McGuire on Triple M radio. Lachlan also hosted his radio show on that network.

Across more than a decade in the media he’s also worked with the Seven Network, the ABC, Fox Sports Australia, SBS, SEN radio, The Age newspaper, and as a radio and TV presenter in the Australian Outback and we look forward to him taking up the mike at our next event.

Connect with Lachie

T: +61 408 329 767
E: lachlan@lwmedia.co

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.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR SNOWIES MTB 2020

OFFER 1 | *Stay 5 nights – Pay for 4 nights

OFFER 2 | *15% discount for 3 or more nights

Be quick, accommodation is selling fast.

Bookings

T | +61 2 6451 3000

E | reservations@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 email activate@lakecrackenback.com.au

RACE HQ

RACE HQ

Race HQ for Stage 1, Stage 5 and Stage 6 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 1 and the start of Stage 3 and 4 is based at Thredbo Resort.

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.

ROAD CLOSURES

ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO RECENT BUSH FIRES

With the recent fires across NSW and Victoria there are still a number of roads closed for repairs. Please consult the relevant sites below BEFORE travelling to plan the best route and to allow enough time for travel:

The Monaro Highway from Canberra and the Snowy Mountains Highway from Adelong and Tumut to Jindabyne are currently both open.

If you are travelling from Melbourne you will need to follow the Hume Highway and then the Snowy Mountains Highway to travel to Lake Crackenback.

FROM SYDNEY

TRAVELLING FROM SYDNEY TO THE SNOWY MOUNTAINS

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 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

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

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 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.

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, 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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