As single day races around Australia are waning, there’s a new crop of events that are appearing, and growing in strength. The 2-4 day mountain bike festivals are gaining favour as a way to use your weekend and maybe another day or two to truly benefit from the travel and training for events.
In the beautiful south-western corner of Australia, the Southern MTB Festival is a mountain bike weekend with something for everyone. The weekend has a range of events from the spectator friendly Urban Downhill, the Junior Urban Downhill, the Jump Comp, Kids Urban event – and of course the Southern Peaks. Sound good? Make sure the 22-24th September are kept free!
What is the Southern Peaks?
The Southern Peaks is a cross-country mountain bike race with two options. There is a longer distance 50km event, or a shorter 37km event. Both events start at Maitraya Private Resort, before embarking on a route through the private lands and via beautiful coastal scenery to Emu Point channel. This is a route you cannot ride outside of race day, making it an extra special opportunity to sample to coastal region.
With singletrack, short and sharp climbs, and some secret trail highlights, the races finish in the Albany Town Square. Unless you’re doing the 50km race, which carries on for more demanding climbs and descents, tackling the climb to Mt Melville – which is rewarded by views and the descent back down.
In time the 50km racers end up back at the Albany Town Square – ready to regale all who will listen with stories of their heroics, near misses, and fine riding.
With 9 categories that you can enter (6 for the 37km event), and a shuttle bus service to make the point-to-point logistics manageable, this should be a great event to jump into while at the Southern MTB Festival.
If you want more details, head to the event website.