28 October, 2020
Snowies MTB Festival Set to Return in 2021
Snowies MTB Festival Set to Return | 5-7 Feb 2021
SNOWY MOUNTAINS NSW – As the country starts to emerge from COVID-19 there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon as athletes eagerly look forward to the mountain bike action that will be on offer at the Snowies Mountain Bike Festival as it returns to Australia’s iconic Snowy Mountains in February 2021.
The Festival includes three action packed days of mountain biking from 5-7 Feb 2021.
The Snowies MTB Festival will have a slightly different format in 2021 in that rider numbers will be limited, and there will be no Ricochet downhill stage in Thredbo Resort. This is due to COVID-19 restrictions, where on-mountain capacity needs to be managed within Thredbo Resort. However, the Thredbo Mountain Bike Park is set to open for daily operations from 21 November in what will be a huge summer of riding in the Snowy Mountains.
On the bright side the festival will still include all the legendary riding that athletes have come to know and love, with 4 stages across 3 days hosted with COVID Safe plans in place that will usher in a ‘New Event Normal’.
2021 will include two course options including the 75k Brumby and 110k Wild Brumby, with the Wild Brumby including the popular Snowy Legends Descent, taking riders from Thredbo, in the shadow of Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko, to Lake Crackenback, and on to Gaden in Jindabyne along the celebrated Lower Thredbo Valley Track (TVT).
The stage race is based out of one of the region’s most popular resorts at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa making this more than just a mountain bike race. Athletes and families have the opportunity to enjoy the 4.5-star facilities on offer at the resort; and to experience the hospitality and local fare that only the Snowies region can deliver.
Riders will join the mountain men and women in the NSW high country to be tested by rugged mountain terrain, flowing single tracks, remote wilderness trails, colossal ascents, and awe-inspiring downhills.
An Iconic Event
The Snowy Mountains holds a special place in Australia’s history and the Snowies MTB Festival offers riders the opportunity to discover the heart of this iconic destination with its spectacular mountain panoramas, riverside vistas, epic suspension bridges, and a race against our very own ‘Man from Snowy River’.
Easy Logistics with Minimal Travelling
The magic of the Snowy Mountains is that all of this memorable and diverse riding is located within an area of just 35km. That means it’s easy and convenient for riders, with a maximum travel time to stages of just 20mins.
No need to pack up and move each day, riders can choose accommodation options ranging from camping to 5-star in the area, or, even choose to stay right in the heart of the action at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa. Imagine, just hop out of bed, take in a leisurely breakfast and then jump on your bike and enjoy the ride.
In 2021 the festival will offer a massive $5,000 cash prize purse for the Elite category, but it’s not just about the elite racers. Hundreds of weekend warriors, groups of mates, club members and families will join the festival in the age group stage race and Sunday’s 45k, 30k and 15k events.
Many have discovered this event is “more than just a mountain bike stage race” and the experience of joining our very own Man from Snowy River and his mountain bred brumby in a race to the final stage is a memory not to be forgotten.
One Day Opening Entry Special | Save $200 | First 50 Entries Only
Event organisers are excited to announce that they will be offering a one day only entry special where riders can enter the entire Wild Brumby course for $299 or the Brumby course for $259. A massive $200 saving on the standard entry. But this will be for one day and for the first 50 entrants only, so riders will need to be quick as entries sold out in the first 15mins last year.
The Wild Brumby Course | 3 Days | 4 Stages | 110k
STAGE 1 | Fri AM | Thredbo Summit Smash – Smash it up the 19.5km ascent climbing 533m from Lake Crackenback to Thredbo Resort.
STAGE 2 | Fri PM | Happy Hour Time Trial – 5.5km fast and furious time trial lap finishing at the Alpine Larder at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, just in time for Happy Hour.
STAGE 3 | Sat AM | Snowy Legends Descent – 35.5kms from Thredbo, to Lake Crackenback and on to Gaden in Jindabyne
STAGE 4 | Sun AM | 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 Brumby Course | 3 Days | 4 Stages | 75k
STAGE 1 | Fri AM | Thredbo Summit Smash – Smash it up the 19.5km ascent climbing 533m from Lake Crackenback to Friday Flat at Thredbo Resort.
STAGE 2 | Sat PM | Happy Hour Time Trial – 5.5km fast and furious time trial lap finishing at the Alpine Larder at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa, just in time for Happy Hour.
STAGE 3 | Sat AM | Gravity Check – 18.5 kms in a downhill roller coaster ride from Thredbo to Lake Crackenback
STAGE 4 | Sun AM | Release the Cracken 30k – Finish up with 30k’s of epic riding as we Release the Cracken! on the 15k XC circuit in and around Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.
To find out more and to enter on line go to in2adventure.com.au
Find Out More
- Visit Snowies MTB Festival
- One Day Entry Special Details
- Visit Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa
- COVID-19 – The New Event Normal
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|29/30 May 2021||LunarC XC MTB Festival||Sunshine Coast, Qld|
|18 Sep 2021||TreX | Port Stephens||Port Stephens, NSW|
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