THE ALPINE IS­SUE

Australian Mountain Bike - - Contents - WORDS: NEIL MARTIN PHO­TOS: MATT STAGGS, AN­DREW RAILTON AND SUP­PLIED

If you’re plan­ning a trip to the awe­some Aus­tralian Alps this sum­mer don’t miss our great guide to what to ride, where to stay and how to get the very best from trail time in Thredbo, Falls Creek, Mt Buller and Baw Baw. Whether you want down­hill de­lights or cross-coun­try ex­cite­ment - we’ve done all the re­search, so you have more time to sim­ply get on and ride.

Moun­tain bik­ing could ex­ist with­out moun­tains, but what visit to the moun­tains feels right with­out a moun­tain bike? Big peaks, deep val­leys, long de­scents and panoramic vis­tas are in­ex­tri­ca­bly part of what makes moun­tain bik­ing great. Im­ages and sto­ries from high places draw us in, as bikes and rid­ers are dwarfed by the scale of the land­scape in which they play.

The Alpine Is­sue cel­e­brates big moun­tains, and Aus­tralia’s alpine ar­eas are alive in sum­mer with peo­ple who en­joy the out­doors by bike and by foot.

Big rides in these places leave us more vul­ner­a­ble but also re­ward the plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion. Whether you’re con­sid­er­ing a trip to one of the great alpine bike parks, or look­ing to put to­gether some­thing even more epic – read on and en­joy our Alpine Is­sue.

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