03 November 2016

The GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Alpinestars brings all styles of mountain bikers together with a packed schedule of racing on Mt Buller’s internationally-recognised trails with events for cross country, downhill, gravity and pump track riders as well as for kids.

With great expectations for another superb event, entries are now open for the 2017 GT Bike Buller Festival that will see three massive days of racing at Mt Buller, Victoria from the 11th-13th of March, 2017.

The schedule has been consolidated for 2017 into 11 main MTB events over three days to maximise racing opportunities for riders, and provide a coordinated schedule that suits everyone.

Over 700 riders are expected to compete at Mt Buller for the 9th edition of the event, with an even larger number of friends and family who also come to the alpine resort to spectate and enjoy the range of other, non-riding activities on offer.

The ‘Gravity Gods’ and ‘XC Whippet’ combined-races categories will return again, allowing riders to compete in three different races over the three days to award an overall weekend winner in both gravity and cross-country riding disciplines. Riders need to enter the three designated gravity events or three designated cross country events to be eligible to win the title and claim the cash and prizes.

Sam Maffett General Manager of Rapid Ascent Event Management said he was excited to have officially opened entries to the 2017 GT Bike Buller Festival, a feeling that would echo through the riding community.

“We can’t wait to get back to Buller – it’s always such an awesome biking weekend in one of the best bike parks in Australia. It is a highlight of the year for many riders from all over Australia,” said Maffett.

“With the return of the popular downhill and gravity events, and trademark short and long XC courses; 2017 will not disappoint.”

The 2017 weekend will be an incredible celebration of all things mountain biking with a broad range of races for all types of riders who can enter just one event, or a combination of them all.

“Mt Buller is Australia’s most epic mountain biking destination, with some of the best trails in the country. Combine this with a stacked schedule of races and full social calendar the appeal is high for groups of mates to come to the event together as well as riders and their families, no matter what their interest or level.”

The three-day celebration of mountain biking will again coincide with the popular ‘Picnic in the Park’ food, wine and music festival held in the Mirimbah Park at the base of Mt Buller. There will also be an extensive Bike Expo and plenty for non-riders to enjoy, including events designed for spectators and a range of social activities.

Gillian Dobson, Group Manager, Marketing, Sales and Events, Mt Buller said she was excited to have the GT Bike Buller Festival back for another massive event at Mt Buller.

“There is no wonder this event has become the highlight of our calendar – there are so many options for riders no matter what your level, plus plenty to do for non-riders too, including the popular Picnic in the Park food, wine and music festival in Mirimbah Park on the Sunday,” said Dobson.

“The event gets bigger and better every year, giving participants and their friends and family the perfect balance of riding and fun for a sensational weekend here on top of the world at Mt Buller.”

Peter Kouppas of Monza Imports Cycling said he was very excited to partner with GT Bicycles and Rapid Ascent for what is shaping up to be a massive event.

“GT is thrilled to be back at the mountain once again for 2017. From supplying the very best equipment to the best athletes around the world we know that GT can produce a mountain conqueror,” Kouppas said.

“The GT Bike Buller event is a natural fit for Alpinestars. Proven and raced by the very best, Alpinestars mountain bike apparel and protection guards have all the technical specifications ensuring for a comfortable and safe ride.

“GT bicycles is very proud to be the naming partner of this event and can’t wait to see you there."

The revolutionary GT Bike Buller Festival brings all that is great about mountain biking to the one location for a huge weekend of bikes, single track, fresh air and good times at a spectacular mountain top destination.

Entries are now open for the 2017 GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Alpinestars at

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