Labour Day long week­end sum­mary Mt Buller

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THE Labour Day long week­end her­alded a re­turn of two hugely pop­u­lar events to the Mt Buller re­gion; the cel­e­brated GT Bike Buller Moun­tain Bike Fes­ti­val and the iconic Pic­nic in the Park food and wine fes­ti­val.

Fam­ily, friends and a flood of bikes flocked to the re­sort for the start of the GT Bike Buller Fes­ti­val, start­ing the Labour Day week­end with wel­come drinks at the Bike Club of Vic­to­ria.

Hun­dreds of com­peti­tors then woke for an early start on Satur­day, tack­ling a range of chal­leng­ing events in­clud­ing the 40km Stone­fly Cir­cuit, the 20km Buller Blitz and the Out­law All Moun­tain Tro­phy.

The weather gods played nicely and the vil­lage was abuzz with ex­cite­ment on Satur­day even­ing when the now in­fa­mous 16 inch Dual Slalom was held, fol­lowed by the Pump Track Pur­suit.

On Sun­day rid­ers com­peted in the Brake Burner moun­tain bike event on Mt Buller, while over 1000 food and wine en­thu­si­asts flocked to the pic­turesque Mir­im­bah Park, to pic­nic un­der shady au­tumn trees by the De­latite River at the an­nual Pic­nic in the Park.

Dozens of lo­cal stall­hold­ers, in­clud­ing Ros Ritchie, So­cial Ban­dit, the Pro­duce Store, and the Mans­field Cof­fee Mer­chant pro­moted the flavours of the High Coun­try with a va­ri­ety of tempt­ing dishes and drinks on of­fer.

The week­end wrapped up on Mon­day with the Grav­ity En­duro race and the Corn Hill 20km XC, held on Mt Buller’s world­class moun­tain bike trails.

SPAN­ISH FLAVOURS: Chef Mar­cus van Clute was at the Mir­im­bah Pic­nic in the Park cook­ing up Span­ish Paella for the hun­gry crowds. PHO­TOS: Mor­gan O’Brien

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