Walk & Hike
Mountain biking legend Hans ‘no way’ Rey will be coming to Australia in March for the first time in 20 years, just to attend the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox.
Now in its eighth year, the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox has become the ultimate mountain biking weekend on the annual calendar, with the party scene providing appeal for groups of mates and riders’ families as well.
Held at Mt Buller Victoria from 12-14 March 2016 the event will feature 14 MTB events, including the opportunity to ride with MTB Hall of Fame Member Hans Rey.
Hans Rey is considered the world’s leader in extreme mountain biking. Along with numerous other race accomplishments, he’s a three-time trials riding world champion, as well as a showman, a stuntman and an adventure mountain biker.
Hans has travelled the world extensively; riding his GT mountain bikes over and through areas previously considered unrideable however hasn’t been to Australia since winning the Australian Open Trials in 1992.
“I really look forward to come to Australia in March for the GT Bike Buller Festival at Mt Buller… I’m ready to come shred with my GT Force so keep the Fosters cold and the kangaroos off the trails… see you then,” said Hans Rey from California.
Check out his full video message here: https://youtu.be/cg6F0iwzwEk
Competitors at the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox will have the unique opportunity to meet and ride with Hans Rey along the Alpine Epic Trail on Saturday 12 March.
This is a 40km participation ride (not a race) where there’ll be opportunities stop to check out the views, enjoy a bit of lunch and be wowed by this Epic Trail, which includes 1,250m of climbing but 2,200m of descending along a mixture of single track and double track.
There’s a limit to just 50 riders for the Hans Rey Epic Trail Ride so all riders will get the chance to chat with Hans, to ask him about his riding and hear some of the stories he’s accumulated during a riding career that has seen him visit over 70 countries and secure approx. 350 magazine covers!
The ride will finish with the most incredible descent, followed by a couple of beers by the river and then a shuttle bus for you and your bike back to Mt Buller.
In addition to the Hans Rey Epic Trail Ride there will also be an “Evening with Hans” on the Sunday Night that all competitors and supporters can come along to. This will include a presentation on his career and the places he has travelled, and a Q&A and a signing session.
There is plenty of other action to be had over the festival weekend with so many MTB events on offer plus a full social calendar with spectator events, MTB movies, bike expo, and a huge food, wine and music festival.
Riders are able to enter just one event or many events, or enter a specific combination of Gravity Race or Cross Country Races to get a combined race discount.
For details visit www.gtbikebuller.com.au.
Video message from Hans Rey: https://youtu.be/cg6F0iwzwEk
More about Hans Rey: http://www.hansrey.com
Dates: Saturday 12 – Monday 14 March 2016
Location: Mt Buller Alpine Resort, Victoria
Entries: Now open at www.GTBikeBuller.com.au
SCHEDULE OF RACES:
Outlaw All Mountain Trophy - Saturday All-mountain racing on two of Mt Buller’s (intermediate level) DH tracks – Outlaw Express and Yellow Post. All riders complete 5 timed descents with an untimed chairlift back to the top, and your fastest 3 descents count.
ABOM Downhill - Sunday A single timed descent down the ABOM DH track from top to bottom. Fastest wins!
Mt Buller Super D - Sunday An exhilarating 12km Super-D race from the top of Mt Buller all the way to the bottom - descending over 1100m in a single run. Tear down the Delatite River Trail to finish in the Picnic in the Park festival at the base of the mountain.
20km Gravity Enduro - Monday A gravity enduro around the most popular Mt Buller and Cornhill trails with 5 timed descents interspersed with untimed climbs and transit stages.
Stirling Circuit 50km / 35km - Saturday A spectacular 50km or 35km XC circuit over Mt Stirling and back again including Stonefly, the Corn Hill trails and a chairlift up Mt Buller at the end.
Hans Rey Epic Ride – Saturday
An exclusive ride along the Alpine Epic Trail with MTB Hall of Fame Member Hans ‘no way’ Rey. This is a 40km participation ride (not a race) where you can chat to Hans Rey along the way, enjoy the views, stop for lunch and be wowed by this Epic trail!
20km Corn Hill Crankfest XC A challenging XC race on the flowing singletrack around the Mt Buller Village and neighbouring Cornhill trails.
Brake Burner Enduro - Sunday A multi-lap enduro down a 7km XC/DH course to the base of the chairlift and back up again until the final 12km Super-D (Race 9) to the Picnic in the Park festival at the base of the mountain
16” Dual Slalom - Saturday Two riders going head to head down a grass dual-slalom track on Bourke Street – on 16” kids bikes! - conducted in an elimination format with a ‘winner takes all’ final to the roars of the crowd.
Pump Track Pursuit - Saturday Thrilling head to head racing on the pump track in a do-or-die elimination format. It will be a ‘winner takes all’ final in front of a massive crowd.
6km Trail Run - Sunday A spectacular trail running race along the scenic alpine walking and riding trails leading to the Mt Buller Summit and back again. Great for non-riders or those who want to mix it up.
Picnic in the Park Festival - Sunday
The ever-popular Picnic in the Park food, wine and live music festival organised by the Mt Buller Resort Management team will be held on the lush green grass of Mirimbah. It includes upwards of 13 local food providers, 7 local beer / wine / cider producers, kids activities and entertainment, and non-stop live music.
Buller Village Ride - Saturday A fun ride for kids and off-road newbies with 5km and 10km options on friendly trails around the Mt Buller Village.
Picnic in the Park Bike Fun - Sunday An(other) opportunity for kids to get out on their bikes with a fun little ride in the Picnic in the Park festival at Mirimbah. Balance bikes, trikes and little ones all welcome.
Kids Pump Track - Monday A fun event for kids aged under 13yrs on the Pump Track – it’s their time to shine.
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