EXPECTATIONS were high from mountain bike enthusiasts who lined up to be first down Mt Buller’s Epic trail – officially opened on Saturday morning.
The Australian Alpine Epic trail was declared open with an official launch ceremony to recognise the numerous stakeholders that have combined to create the Southern Hemisphere’s first and only International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Epic trail.
Rain, hail and cooler conditions did not deter the 300-strong gathering of mountain bikers who were all anxious to be ‘the first’ to complete the 40km of trail which winds its way from Buller across Stirling, over to Mount No 3 and then on down to Mirimbah.
The Australian Alpine Epic is part of Mt Buller’s internationally-recognised bike park, which has become Australia’s premier mountain bike destination thanks to a staged development plan that has been almost a decade in the making.
The Epic is the jewel in the crown of Mt Buller’s staged mountain bike trail development plan, which has seen some of the country’s best and most innovative trails constructed by Australia’s leading trail builders, World Trail.
It is a 40km long-distance, cross-country descending trail that winds through some of the most spectacular terrain and scenery in the Australian Alps.