THERE’S nothing like cooling off in the river after a picnic, which is exactly what this group of youngsters did at Mirimbah Picnic in the Park on Sunday afternoon. Pictured are Charlie, Eddy and Will O’Mahoney, Toby, Joel and Jessie Ryan, Tom and Rose Martins, Indi Redden, Angus Pearve and Evan Distasio.
MT BULLER’S premier mountain biking event, the Bike Buller MTB Festival presented by Kona, has concluded, with 500 plus keen mountain bikers converging on the resort for a massive weekend of riding that delivered plenty of action on and off the trails.
The festival, organised by Rapid Ascent, is a three-day stage race designed to provide something for all levels of mountain biker.
This year, riders battled it out in events including the 35 and 50km XC races, the 4.5 hour Enduro, the 1100m vertical drop of the Mt Buller Super D, descending to the Picnic in the Park food, wine and music festival.
The kids also had a ball with their very own 10km race on the easier trails around the Mt Buller Village.
At the time of print the events had not yet concluded, however, in the previous days’ racing Mt Buller’s own Bike Buller Team Riders had recorded some impressive results.
Local riders Craig Kappes, Kian Lerch-Mackinnon and Matt Young each rode great races and achieved results including Craig taking third place in the 35km race, Kian taking out 6th in the 50km and Matt coming in 11th in the 50km.
On Sunday, riders in the Enduro and Super D events met their friends, families and fellow riders at the Picnic in the Park food, wine and music festival at Mirimbah Park.
Held in the beautiful surroundings next to the Delatite River, 1500 guests were treated to a fantastic range of local food and wine while listening to some talented local musicians.
Warm weather and blue skies made for a sensational afternoon of celebrations.
Marketing and communications manager for Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management, Gillian Dobson, said the weekend was again a success and highlighted the firstrate trails at Mt Buller.
“What a fantastic weekend we have had here at Buller,” Ms Dobson said.
“The weather gods again delivered perfect conditions for riding, and Sunday’s Picnic in the Park was a brilliant afternoon of food, wine and music in the beautiful Mirimbah Park.
“The Labor Day long weekend has really developed as one of our busiest weekends during summer, and it’s easy to see why – there’s something for everyone to do and there’s a great hum in the Buller Village and surrounds all weekend.
“We’re looking forward to next year already.”
The Mt Buller Village was humming all weekend, with riders and their families and friends enjoying the spectacular surroundings of autumn in the mountains.
Saturday night even saw a great new event on Mt Buller’s pump track – the Flow Mountain Bike Pump Track Pursuit saw riders go head to head on the track, making for a sensational spectator event complete with the Red Bull DJ truck.
PREMIERS: Tony Hepburn, George Adams and Bryan Devlin finished their MAVIC Enduro race in great time, finishing at Mirimbah well in front of the pack.
GIRL TIME: Louise Kopp, Teisha Gunst, Rachael Kopp and Jaymie Richardson-Stevens spent the afternoon catching up.
RELAXING: Mirimbah’s Picnic in the Park was the perfect setting for Jenny Lycett, together with friends Jenny and Stephanie McKenzie, to relax for the afteroon.
INCREDIBLE: Dylan Weir spent the weekend riding furiously, competing in three different events. He is pictured with mate and fellow rider Sebastian Cleary.
TOO MUCH: James Hariss-Kempsey fell asleep in mum Nicole’s arms, exhausted by all the activity on Sunday afternoon.
LOVING IT: Em Reynolds had a great time sampling the local wares available at the Picnic in the Park on Sunday at Mirimbah.
CHEESY: Bruce McGorlick was one stall exhibitor, proudly encouraging locals to try his handmade cheese.