Joey Klein from IMBA put it eloquently when off the bike for one of the several times of trudging up a incline.
The Australian Alpine Epic is Mt Buller’s trail masterpiece and it certainly was epic. With a launch that featured many of Australia’s MTB royalty, core riders and media, the turnout was impressive, given weather forecast.
The epic trail is a project that has been 6 years in the planning and has come to fruition with the launch on Saturday.
Don’t be fooled though – this trail is not the top to bottom, 40km downhill trail that riders might expect. There is approximately 1200-1400m of climbing, through magnificent alpine country. The trail has plenty of technical features to test your riding skills, but overall most intermediate riders should be able to tackle the trail.
Bike Buller turned on the launch festivities with champagne at the opening, DJ at the top of Stonefly, complimentary jucies and the Mr Wippy van!
A welcome addition is the summer opening and bike specific cafe at the Telephone Box Junction near Mt Stirling, which is situated at the halfway point – 20km in. I can see many riders utilising the shuttle from Mirimbah to this point, as the second half of the Epic trail has an unbelievable singletrack downhill section, that could only be achieved in an alpine environment.
Once you see the ‘Enjoy’ sign carved into the log at the top of the trail you are on for a roughly 8km singltrack treat – fast, flowy, berms, tight switchback corners, this is what many of the riders came for and were not disappointed.
The trail is epic in every respect. The vista’s are spectacular, the riding is challenging with plenty of uphill, but you are rewarded with a downhill singletrack section that needs to be experienced to fully appreciate. The trail builders at World Trail have done an amazing job and congratulations must go to Mt Buller for having the vision and to World Trail for designing and implementing such an impressive trail.
For more details please visit bikebuller.com.au