Mansfield Courier - - FRONT PAGE - PHOTO: Rhyll McCormack

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.

PHO­TOS: Rhyll McCor­mack

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.

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