As the end of the summer biking season draws closer, the High Country is set to host the biggest weekend of road cycling for the year. In conjunction with the Tour de Flavour Festival, Mansfield, Mt Buller and Jamieson will see riders of all abilities take on challenging courses ranging from 65km to 165km over the course of the weekend with fantastic prizes and giveaways are up for grabs.
The SCODY High Country Cycle Challenge on Saturday 22nd March will offer riders a choice of four course options, two of which will take in the grueling ascent of Mt Buller. The shortest of the four, the 65km All Terrain Cycles Classic will see cyclists complete a round trip from Mansfield to the base of Mt Buller and back. The toughest course of the weekend, the 165km SCODY High Country Cycle Challenge, will start with the a climb from Mansfield to the Mt Buller Village then riders will descend back towards Mansfield and head out for a scenic ride to Jamieson then back to Mansfield. Not for the faint hearted!
Sunday will see the Mansfield-Mt Buller Road Race take place, another challenging road cycling event, organised by local club Mansfield Mt Buller Cycling Club and Cycling Victoria. The 47km course will see participants take in the stunning scenery and rolling hills between Mansfield and Mirimbah before commencing the tough ascent up the mountain to the finish line in the Mt Buller Village.
"We're looking forward to welcoming riders back to Buller for these fantastic cycling events that showcase our beautiful High Country" said Katie Bowker, Event Manager for Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management. "For those participants challenging themselves with the rides up Mt Buller, our alpine Village is the ideal base for the weekend, with plenty to do and see and a great range of accommodation options available to suit all budgets. Plus, this year riders can enjoy closed-road conditions on their ascent of the mountain, with the Mt Buller Road closed between Mirimbah and the Village, making it safer for participants and drivers alike."
Participants in the SCODY High Country Cycle Challenge can also raise money for charity. Partners for the 2014 event are The Kids' Cancer Project and the Harry & Clare Friday Foundation.
The Mt Buller Road will be closed from the resort gates at Mirimbah to the Village:
- Saturday 8:30am - 12 noon
- Sunday 8:30am - 11:30am
For further information on events happening across the weekend and accommodation options visit mtbuller.com.au.