Trial run for moun­tain ‘Fat Bikes’ at Mt Stir­ling

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MOUN­TAIN bik­ing, or should we say ‘fat bik­ing’, will hit the slopes of Mt Stir­ling this win­ter as a trial only.

Vic­to­ria’s lead­ing nat­u­ral alpine re­sort is ex­cited to an­nounce the ar­rival of Fat Bikes dur­ing the 2015 snow sea­son.

Mt Stir­ling is con­duct­ing a trial in­tro­duc­tion to Fat Bikes on week­ends dur­ing June and Septem­ber and it’s an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for moun­tain bike en­thu­si­asts to get out on the trails this win­ter.

The trial run will only be held be­tween 9am-4pm on week­ends in June and Sep- tem­ber to help Mt Stir­ling Re­sort Man­age­ment de­ter­mine whether the op­por­tu­nity for Fat Bikes can be fur­ther de­vel­oped within the re­sort.

Visi­tors are en­cour­aged to ex­pe­ri­ence it first hand and pro­vide feed­back to help re­sort man­age­ment in mak­ing an in­formed de­ci­sion on whether to con­tinue the pro­gram in fu­ture.

Shan­non Rademaker of All Ter­rain Cy­cles, who runs the moun­tain bik­ing hire on Mt Buller over sum­mer, said this is a great idea for win­ter cy­cling en­thu­si­asts.

“These Fat Bikes go well on sandy soil, mud and even over snow so this is a great in­tro­duc­tion to the win­ter sports,” Shan­non said.

“But I would like to see these bikes used fur­ther afield - even out of the ski re­sort ar­eas - sim­i­lar to what Hotham do.”

Mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Gil­lian Dob­son said of the Fat Bike trial in­tro­duc­tion: “Mt Stir­ling is a fan­tas­tic place for visi­tors to come and ex­pe­ri­ence its nat­u­ral beauty in both sum­mer and win­ter, and we’re ex­cited to be able to of­fer more ac­tiv­i­ties to our guests dur­ing the snow sea­son.

“Mt Stir­ling of­fers peo­ple a re­ally unique moun­tain ex­pe­ri­ence as it is un­touched by de­vel­op­ment.

“The trial run of Fat Bikes will give riders the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore Mt Stir­ling by bike, tak­ing in some of the most amaz­ing scenery, all in a safe and fun en­vi­ron­ment,” said Gil­lian.

The ar­eas avail­able for the use of Fat Bikes will be re­stricted to the Cir­cuit Road from Tele­phone Box Junction (TBJ) to King Sad­dle and the Cir­cuit Road from TBJ to Howqua Gap (con­di­tion de­pen­dent).

Any other ad­di­tional ar­eas may be of­fered at the dis­cre­tion of the ski pa­trol di­rec­tor.

Riders will need to check in with the ski pa­trol di­rec­tor at TBJ to iden­tify which part of the Cir­cuit Road is avail­able for use on each per­mit­ted day, and Fat Bikes used on Mt Stir­ling must have a min­i­mum tyre tread width of 9.7cm.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the use of Fat Bikes at Mt Stir­ling in 2015, visit www. mt­stir­ling.com.au.

ON a clear day skiers

can ski for­ever - so it seems. These two young ladies were very lucky to be able to ski on the open­ing day of the sea­son and with clear blue skies they could have gone on and on – if only there was more white stuff.

Open­ing day for the 2015 snow sea­son saw

ap­prox­i­mately 38cm of snow – both nat­u­ral and man-made – on the ground mak­ing Mt Buller a win­ter play­ground for

many visi­tors. PHOTO: An­drew Rail­ton – Mt Buller

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