With only 5 weeks until the first race stage kicks off at Thredbo, plans are well advanced for the inaugural BMC Mountains To Beach; a mountain bike race that will lead entrants on a mighty journey from the slopes of Mount Kosciuszko to the surf and sand of the South Coast of NSW. The event, which runs for 5 days and covers 375km (250km of racing, 125km of cruising), takes place from 2 to 6 March.
Over 200 riders from as far afield as the USA and Asia will take on the challenge of an event that will lead
them onto winding singletrack, heartstopping mountain descents and heartbreaking mountain climbs. A journey over terrain varying from high country frost plains passing old stockmans huts and galloping brumbies, to rainforest lined gullies to tracks atop coastal cliffs and along sandy beaches. The marketing blurb said ‘‘It’s All Downhill From Here’ but who would believe that?! Riders will ride the whole distance from the mountains to the beach with the exception of 6km – a ride up Ski Tube underground railway ascending 600metres from the Thredbo Valley to Perisher Blue Ski Resort. Definitely the easiest climb they’ll do all week!
Details of the Race Stages have recently been announced as follows:
The Hayes Manitou Mountain Run – Hosted by Thredbo on Mon 2 March. This 8km cross country stage
stays wholly within Thredbo Village descending from the top of the chairlift at nearly 2000metres to the
village below The Maxxis Muster – Hosted by Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort on Mon 2 March.
This 26km stage rides 2 loops of the singletrack purpose built for the event at this magnificent resort..
The Berghaus Mountain Traverse – Hosted by Perisher Blue on Tuesday 3.
March The first long stage of the race, this 60km stage traverses some superb high country through
Kosciuszko National Park to near Lake Eucumbene, the largest lake of the Snowy Hydro scheme.
The Ay Up Dawn Raid – Hosted by Buckenderra Resort on Wednesday 4 March.
This 26km stage will start an hour before first light through tracks and bush on the shores of Lake Eucumbene.
The Verofit Big Day Out – Hosted by Visit Cooma on Thursday 5 March.
85km of racing from Cooma down toward the coast leaving the Snowy Mountains behind and descending
through Wadbilliga National Park. After the race stage the riders will ride another 40km to Bermagui to
finish the day on the coast – truly a big day out! The Ground Effect Surf Safari – Hosted by Eurobodalla Nature Coast on Fri 6 March 45km of stunning coastal riding – above, behind and even on the beaches will offer a fitting end to a race that finishes on the surf beach in Narooma.
The BMC Mountains To Beach is organized by Wild Horizons, promoters of some of Australia’s best known
mountain bike events.
Further details on the event can be found on www.wildhorizons.com.au including much recently updated
materials and video clips from along the route.
For additional information on the BMC Mountains To Beach please contact Huw Kingston
[email protected] , Tel 0418 977609
source: Huw Kingston