Buller’s Epic bike trail status is huge

John Smith

MT Buller’s Epic Mountain Bike Trail has been declared as the only International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) accredited outside of North America.

The announcement on Friday of Australia’s only IMBA accredited trail follows an endorsed Ride Centre status in 2012 for Mt Buller – received as a result of the resort’s staged trail development plan which has seen it become a premier mountain bike destination.

This latest endorsement means the trail has been recognised as world-class, and one that offers an iconic, diverse and high-quality backcountry ride experience.

The trail will be officially named ‘Australian Alpine Epic’ at an official opening on December 6 at Mt Buller with a weekend event planned to mark the occasion and the opening of the trail network for the season.

Epic is a 40km long-distance, cross-country descending trail that will take in some of the most spectacular terrain and scenery in the Australian Alps.

Starting at Mt Buller, the trail takes riders through the Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Resorts (managed by the Mt Buller Mt Stirling Resort Management), Mansfield State Forest (managed by the Department of Sustainability and Environment), and the Mt Russell Education Area (managed by Parks Victoria).

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