2018 Snowies Mountain Bike Festival

2018 Snowies Mountain Bike Festival

01 months : 21 days : 18 hours
9 – 11 Feb 2018
Snowy Mtns, NSW
Lake Crackenback Resort
& Thredbo Resort

Snowies Mountain Bike Festival

3 Days | 5 Stages

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

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 and focus on the epic riding that only the iconic Snowies can deliver.

Something for Everyone!

Tackle all 5 stages as a solo;

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

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

The 5 Stages

STAGE 1: HAPPY HOUR TIME TRIAL 5.5k

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

STAGE 2: THREDBO SUMMIT SMASH 21.5k

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

STAGE 3:  THREDBO ALL MOUNTAIN DESCENT 6k

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

STAGE 4: GRAVITY CHECK 20.5k

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

STAGE 5: RELEASE THE CRACKEN 45K

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

THE 5 STAGES

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

Friday 5pm

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 2: The Thredbo Summit Smash.

STAGE 2: Thredbo Summit Smash – 21.5km

Saturday: 9am

Ascent from Lake Crackenback to Thredbo.

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

Think this is a boring uphill slog? THINK AGAIN!

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

And the Scenery!….

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

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

STAGE 3: Thredbo All Mountain Descent – 6km

Includes non-competitive Transfer Stage

Saturday 1:00pm

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

After a thrilling chairlift to the top of Eagles Nest, in the shadow of Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko get ready to delight in 6kms of epic downhill on Thredbo’s new All Mountain Trail finishing up at Friday Flat before continuing straight onto the Stage 4 Gravity Check heading back, along the Thredbo Valley Trail to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

Non-Competitive Transfer Stage

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

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

Important: Riders must be at the Start Line On Time

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

The Kosciuzko Express Chair Lift: Included in Event Entry

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

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

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

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

MTB Transfer

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

 

What does Andy Blair have to say about this 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 4: The Gravity Check – 20.5km

Saturday from 1:15pm

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 4 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 2 climb, as the fast flowing single track on the Descent will have you engrossed in the pure thrill and exhilaration that perfect, downhill flowing trails can deliver.

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

STAGE 5: Release the Cracken! 45k Marathon 

Sunday 8:30am

3 x 15km Laps

After a night of well earned rest Sunday morning sees riders back on their bikes ready to tackle the 5th and final stage of the 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 4 stages.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday: 8:30am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Teams Event

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

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

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

 

2 Person Teams

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

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

 

3 Person Teams

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

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

EVENT DETAILS

Categories

Snowies Stage Race45km XC MTB30km XC MTB15km XC MTB
Solo EliteU13 (10-12yrs)
Solo Single speedJunior (13 - 14yrs)Junior (13 - 14yrs)
Solo Young Guns (15 – 18yrs)Young Guns (15 – 18yrs)Young Guns (15 – 18yrs)Young Guns (15 – 18yrs)
Solo Open (19 – 29yrs)Open (19 – 29yrs)Open (19 – 29yrs)Open (19 – 29yrs)
Solo Veteran (30 – 39yrs)Veteran (30 – 39yrs)Veteran (30 – 39yrs)Veteran (30 – 39yrs)
Solo Masters (40 – 49yrs)Masters (40 – 49yrs)Masters (40+yrs)Masters (40+yrs)
Solo Super Masters (50+yrs)Super Masters (50+yrs)
2 Person Male Team
2 Person Female Team
2 Person Mixed Team
3 Person Team
Elite Riders

Adam Martin, Qld

Bradley Sargent, NSW

Brian Price, NSW

Cory Dimmer, NSW

David Lea, NSW

Dylan Cooper, ACT

James Downing, ACT

Michael Jones, NSW

Briony Mattocks, NSW

Jessica Simpson, NSW

Linda Stahlgren Bouveng, ACT

Peta Mullens, Vic

Renata Bucher, Vic

Registration

All competitors will need to register at the registration times listed below. All stage race riders must check in before the start of each stage at the times listed below. Registration at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa will take place at Race HQ on the village green. Registration for Stage 3 & 4 at Thredbo will take place at Village Terminal.

Day Time Event
Friday2pm to 4pmStage Race Registration - Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
Saturday7:30am to 8:15am
Stage 2 Check In - Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
Saturday11am to 11:30amStage 3/4 Check In - Thredbo Resort
Sunday7:30am to 8am

8:15am to 9am
Stage 5 Check In - Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

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

Equipment

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

Compulsory Equipment

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

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

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

Suggested Equipment
  • Pump with correct valve connection
  • Bike Shoes (if applicable)
  • Sunglasses/Protective Eyewear
  • Hat
  • Sun Lotion
  • Insect Repellent
  • Spare tubes
  • Repair Kit
  • Two big tyre levers
  • Spare Derailleur hanger
  • Multi-tool
  • CO2 adapter
  • Small bottle of lube
  • Two quick-links
  • Spare valve core
  • Cable ties
  • Spokes for special wheels
  • Spare batteries for any bike computers or heart rate monitors.
  • Towel
  • Cash to purchase food and drinks at the stage after parties
  • A change of clothes for the stage after parties
Clothing
  • Comfortable riding shorts/pants.
  • Bike Jersey
  • Protective eyewear is recommended
  • Gloves
  • The weather in the Snowy Mountains is unpredictable and changes very quickly and can be very cold. Ensure you have some layers that you can put on and remove in changing conditions. This should include a waterproof layer in case of rain.
  • A change of clothes for the stage after parties.
  • It is recommended that you have trained in any clothing that you choose to wear on the day of the race. Trying something new on race day is never a good idea.

Mountain Bike Hire

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

Travel Between Stages & Equipment Transport

With the new stage format this year no travel between stages is required as in previous years.

  • FRIDAY: Stage 1 starts and finishes at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
  • SATURDAY: Stage 2 starts and Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa and the day finishes at the end of Stage 4 at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

  Equipment Transport Saturday

A bus will be available at the start of Stage 2 for riders to deposit equipment bags which will be transported to Thredbo so riders have equipment at Thredbo.

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 4.

  • SUNDAY: Stage 5 starts and finishes at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Athletes Guide

The athlete guide will be available for download prior to the event.  Please read the entire document carefully as it includes all the information you need to ensure you have a safe, fun and enjoyable event.

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.

Presentations

Presentations will take place at the following times

Day Time Presentation Location
Friday*6pmStage 1 Happy Hour Time Trial - Elite Top 3Alpine Larder - Lake Crackenback Resort
Saturday*11:30am
Stage 2 Thredbo Summit Smash - Elite Top 3Valley Terminal - Thredbo (before start of stage 3)
Saturday*5:00pmStage 3 & 4 Thredbo All Mountain Descent & Gravity Check - Elite Top 3Alpine Larder - Lake Crackenback Resort
Sunday *11:30amSnowies Stage Race - Elite, Age Group & Teams

45, 30 & 15k XC MTB
Alpine Larder - Lake Crackenback Resort
Elite Presenatations

We value the opportunity to celebrate our stage winners and as such it is compulsory for Elite podium places to attend the presentation ceremony as outlined above.  If an elite rider chooses not to attend any of the applicable presentation ceremonies they choose to forfeit 15% of their overall prize money for each presentation missed.

Reigning Champions
Samara Shepherd | Brendan Johnston

Snowies MTB Merchandise

Stay tuned for full merchandise details for this year.

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

Signage

The course is signed with yellow In2Adventure signs with black arrows and cones and tape. Follow the course as indicated by the signage.

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.

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.

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.

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.

EVENT TIMETABLE

Stage 1: Crackenback Happy Hour Time Trial

TIMEACTIVITY
2:00pmRegistration Open
4:00pmRegistration Closed
4:30pmEvent Brief
5:00pmStage 1: Crackenback Happy Hour Time Trial Starts
5:00pmHappy Hour at the Alpine Larder
*6:00pmElite Top 3 Presentations - Estimated Time

Stage 2: Thredbo Summit Smash
 
Saturday Morning
TimeActivity
7:30amBus open for solo equipment check in - 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
10:00amThredbo Peak Party Starts - Thredbo Hotel
12:00pmElite Top 3 Presentations - Valley Terminal Thredbo
Stage 3: Thredbo All Mountain Descent & Stage 4: TVT Gravity Check
Saturday Afternoon

TimeActivity
11:30amCheck In Open
12:00pmCheck In Closed
12:00pmElite Presentations & Stage 3 & 4 Course Brief
12:15amChair Lift Opens
1:00pmFirst Rider Start
3:30pmLast Rider Start
5:30pmElite Presentations Stage 3 and 4 - Alpine Larder
6:30pmSportman's Buffet at Cuisine Restaurant, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa - Bookings Essential

Stage 5: Release the Cracken Marathon

TimeActivity
7:30am45k, 30k & 15k Individual Race Registration Open
7:30amStage 5 Check In Open
8:00amStage 5 & 45k Individual Marathon Check In Closed
8:15amStage 5 & 45k Individual Marathon Brief
8:30amStage 5: Release the Cracken and individual 45k Marathon Start
9:00am30k & 15k Registration Closed
9:15am30k & 15k Brief
9:30am30k XC MTB Start
11:30pmSnowies MTB Festival Presentations

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Stay at the heart of the Australian Champs action at the host resort at Lake Crackenback.  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

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.

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Accommodation

Stay at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa from $85 pp/pn

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.

Event Accommodation Packages
Bookings

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

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

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 [email protected] 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[email protected]

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

THREDBO RESORT

Thredbo Village Terminal, Friday Drive,

Thredbo Village Resort, Thredbo, NSW, 2625

Wthredbo.com.au

T: (02) 6459 4100

ESend an Online Enquiry

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.

Accommodation at Thredbo Resort

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

  • Special Accommodation Offers Coming Soon

Facilities & Activities at Thredbo Resort

Thredbo resort offers a wide range of facilities and activities, especially in Summer including

  • Thredbo Leisure Centre
  • Biking
  • Scenic Chairlift
  • Day Trips
  • Hikes
  • Bobsled
  • Tennis
  • Disc Golf
  • Abseiling
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Acrobatic Centre

For full details please VISIT THREDBO WEBSITE

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

Welcome to Australia’s Spectacular Snowy Mountains!

The NSW Snowy Mountains region is Australia’s ultimate, year-round, nature and adventure playground. From the exhilaration of a snow experience, to the culture and exquisite tastes of our communities. From unique landscapes, spectacular lakes and high-country beauty, to the bounty of activities and events for all ages, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

For more information about the Snowy Mountains go to: www.snowymountains.com.au

For information about the closest town to the event, Jindabyne go to: www.destinationjindabyne.org.au

Things to See & Do in the Snowy Mountains

The NSW Snowy Mountains region is Australia’s ultimate, year-round, nature and adventure playground. From the exhilaration of a snow experience, to the culture and exquisite tastes of our communities. From unique landscapes, spectacular lakes and high-country beauty, to the bounty of activities and events for all ages, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Extend your trip to the Snowy Mountains and discover all this amazing region has to offer.

Summer is a great time to escape the heat and head to the Snowy Mountains where you’ll find a kaleidoscope of colour, Australia’s highest point and breath-taking alpine scenery.

Go bushwalking or hiking in Kosciuszko National Park. With glacial lakes, alpine meadows, snow gum forests and Australia’s highest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko, bushwalking here is truly inspiring. The hike to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko is regarded as one of Australia’s best one-day walks. Start from the top of the chairlift at Thredbo or from Charlotte Pass.

Explore the historic towns and villages of CoomaDalgetyNimmitabel and Tumbarumba on foot. Walk part of the 12 km Hume and Hovell Track to Tumbarumba Creek, or stroll along the 2 km path beside the Tumut River and past the pretty Riverglade Wetlands.

Mountain bike enthusiasts can hurtle down the challenging Thredbo Downhill. More leisurely trails are plentiful with tracks around Thredbo village, Perisher,Lake Jindabyne, Lake EucumbeneTumut, Cooma and Tumbarumba.

High country horseriding is also a thrill for beginners and experienced riders. Guided horse treks are popular for day trips, overnight or longer.

Throw a line into the crystal clear waters of a lake or quiet stream and discover the fun of fishing in the Snowy Mountains’ pristine environment.

THREDBO VALLEY HORSE RIDING

TVHR logo enlargedJoin 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 venue, 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

For more information about the Snowy Mountains go to: www.snowymountains.com.au

For information about the closest town to the event, Jindabyne go to: www.destinationjindabyne.org.au

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.

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Geography & 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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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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

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).

Event Videos

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Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 5

Entry Information

One Day Only Special Entry Offer | 31 Aug 2017

To celebrate the opening of Snowies MTB 2018 we are offering an amazing one day only entry offer for everyone who enters the stage race on Thursday 31st August, 2017.

Enter anytime between 9am and Midnight (AEST) on Thursday 31 August:

  • Solo Stage Race Entries: $199 | SAVE $100
  • 2 Person Stage Race Teams: $250 | SAVE $69
  • 3 Person Stage Race Teams: $260 | SAVE $90
  • PLUS RECEIVE A FREE JERSEY included in the entry price.
  • Note: The free jersey offer applies to Stage Race Entries Only (not the 45k, 30k or 15k)
Special Entry Offer
Enter the Stage Race Event before 1 October 2017 & receive a FREE Jersey included in the Entry Price

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

Enter the Stage Race before the 1st of October, 2017 and receive FREE Snowies MTB Jersey. But be quick entries are strictly limited.

Entry Inclusions

Entry to the Snowies Mountain Bike Festival Includes:

  • Snowies Mountain Bike Jersey – For entries received for the stage race before 1st October, 2017
  • Kosciuszko Express Chair Lift Pass for one rider for Stage 3
  • Free Entry to:
    • the Alpine Larder Happy Hour
    • Village Green BBQ & Presentation Ceremony
  • Race Numbers
  • Access to special race accommodation packages
  • Some spectacular racing on well signed and marshalled courses with full medical and emergency support
  • Competitor pack including giveaways and information
  • Entry & Parking to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa and Thredbo Resort.  Please note this does not include the NPWS entry fee when driving to Thredbo Resort.  Please see details in NPWS Fees.
  • Entry into the ‘Fun One’ Prize Draw for Sponsors giveaways
  • Live Electronic timing and results

Entry Fees

3 Day Stage Race EXTRA Special
Opening Day Only
Early Bird
Before 22 Dec 17
Standard Entry
Before 2 Feb 18
LATE Entry
After 2 Feb 18
Solo$199$299$350$380
2 Person Team$250$319$370$400
3 Person Team$260$329$380$410
Sunday XC MTB Only Early Bird
Before 22 Dec 17
Standard Entry
Before 2 Feb 18
LATE Entry
After 2 Feb 18
45kn/a$50$60$90
30kn/a$35$45$75
15kn/a$20$30$60

How To Enter
Online

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

Late Online Entries

Where an event is not fully subscribed by close of entries at 5pm on Wednesday, late online entries will be made available.

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

Late Online Entries incur an additional $30 administration fee.  All late entries must be completed online,  manual entries are NOT available at event registration.  Please enter using your phone, device or computer prior to the Late Entry Close Time.

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

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

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

Entry Closure
Early Bird Online Entries

Early Bird Entries close 8 weeks prior to the event.

Standard Online Entries

Standard Entries close at 5pm Wednesday prior to the event.

Late Online Entries

Where an event is not fully subscribed by close of entries at 5pm on Wednesday, late online entries will be made available.

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

Late Online Entries incur an additional $30 administration fee.  All late entries must be completed online,  manual entries are NOT available at event registration.  Please enter using your phone, device or computer prior to the Late Entry Close Time.

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

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

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

Minimum Age
Stage Race – Solo

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

Stage Race – 2 Person and 3 Person Teams

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

45km Marathon

Participants must be aged between 15 years on the day of the event.

30km XC MTB

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

15km XC MTB

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

NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service Vehicle Entry Fees
Driving to Thredbo Resort

National Parks charge a fee of $17 for a day pass to access Thredbo Resort. The pass is purchased at the toll point on the road the Thredbo. Those who wish to visit more often may choose to purchase a 5 day pass.

It is important to note that these charges apply when driving to Thredbo Resort, for all competitors riding to Thredbo Resort the national parks access fee is included in your event entry. Full details about National Parks Charges are listed below.

Family Discounts

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

If you are a family unit, and members of your family are looking at taking part in a number of Snowies MTB Events, then email us at [email protected] PRIOR TO ENTERING with the following details:

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

We will consider each request on an individual basis.

Important Information about Family Discounts

  • Entries must be for members of one family unit. Groups of friends are not eligible.
  • An email does not guarantee a discount. A family discount will be offered only at the discretion of the Event Managers.
  • Discounts will only be considered prior to entries being received. No refunds will be given as a result of a Family Discount.
  • Entries must be made on the same order.
  • If a discount is offered and the entry does not match the details in the email request In 2 Adventure reserve the right, without prior notice, to debit the difference in entry fees from the credit card listed on the entry.

FAQs

How old do I have to be to race?

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

Can I Enter on the Day

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

Do I need a license to race?

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

Do I need a support crew?

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

How can I travel to the start of each Stage

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

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

Bus Shuttle

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

 

Drive

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

National Parks Charges

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

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

Can I switch bikes between stages?

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

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

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

Can I carry a music device?

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

Can I hire a mountain bike on site?

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

Is there public transport available from Canberra?

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

What equipment will I need for the event?

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

What if I have to withdraw from the event?

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

Can I change or transfer my entry?

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

What happens if an event is cancelled or rescheduled?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Notes:

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

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