6. March 2021
Ride the Alpenflow Epic
“Finally! I’ve been looking for this marathon track in Australia for 13 years. It’s like Alpentour meets Mongolia Bike Challenge and Crocodile Trophy, hands down the best mountain bike trail combination I’ve ever ridden in my whole life.”10 year Alpentour Trophy participant, 10-time Crocodile Trophy Finisher and 3-time Mongolia Bike Challenge competitor and Rocky Trail Race Director Martin Wisata who set the Alpenflow Epic Marathon Course in December 2020, during his first stay at Mt Buller.
Important event update 12.02.2021:
The Alpenflow will be an Epic Ride in March 2021
We have made the decision to convert the marathon race into a Grand Fondo style untimed ride. There are a few reasons:
In short we don’t think we will get the numbers necessary to run a successful Marathon race in this edition. Borders constantly opening and closing means that interstate riders are understandably reluctant to enter and there are also other logistical considerations which make planning events extra challenging in 2020 as well as 2021. At the same time our Fox Superflow event at Mt Buller is looking to be a very big one.
Race director Martin says: ‘When I rode the track for the first time last year I was blown away how amazing it is. I grew up in Austria and ride and race there too and know the feeling you get when doing an amazing climb, coupled with great views, throw in some hectic descents and all you can do is smile for 4-6 hours. This is the only track I have ridden in Australia that comes close to this experience.’
This is the main reason why we want to amend the format rather than postpone it.
What is included:
- several ride leaders riding with the different groups
- feed zone 1 at the Mt Stirling cafe (coffee and snacks included in entry fee)
- feed zone 2 at Mirimbah
- action shots taken by our race photographers included in the entry fee
- free pair of Rocky Trail socks
About the ride:
In the spirit of resilience, we bring you the Alpenflow Epic Ride at Mt Buller in 2021. With our Austrian alpine roots, suffice to say the Rocky Trail crew has been looking for this type of race track in Australia since we founded this business in 2008.
This unique event features a giant circuit starting in the heart of the Buller Village and takes its warriors out onto the amazing alpine trails and lets you dive into the iconic wilderness surrounds that Buller is so renowned for.
Let the trails do the talking: Family Trail, Soul Revival, One Tree Hill, Gang Gangs, Australian Alpine Epic Trail, Delitite River Trail, River Spur Trail, Stirling Circuit Rd, Cornhill Rd, Split Rock, Family Trail. All up an Epic 70km ride that will be truly unforgettable.
Mt Buller, VIC – featuring the Australian Alpine Epic Trail
- We start in the heart of the Buller Village and are heading East on the Family Trail, making our way via Soul Revivial, One Tree Hill and Gang Gangs to the main Australian Alpine Epic Trail.
- We stay on the full Australian Epic Trail with an awesome descent into the first Finish 1 at Mirimbah Park. Finish there and enjoy the company of your family and fans as they await you or pre-book a shuttle add-on to get back up to the Buller Village.
- The full distance racers will continue on the Delitite River Trail.
- On the menu then to climb up: River Spur Trail, Stirling Circuit Rd, Cornhill Road, Split Rock and the Family Trail towards the Finish 2 at Village Square!
- Estimated vertical climbing (based on first Course Planning ride, we aim to update the vm in the week leading up to the event):
- 1709m climb for the first 50km
- 2640m climb for the 70km
On course feed zone: Telephone Box Junction
The Rocky Trail crew loves racing themselves and set this marathon course so that we can offer an ideal on course service with feed zones locations that can be accessed easily also by accompanying families and friends as well as spectators.
As indicated on the map and elevation profile, the first feed zone is located at Telephone Box Junction. This feed zone is also a major marshal and emergency services location, after approx. 19kms from the start. From here it is 25km to go Mirimbah Park and a total of 45km to get to the Mt Buller Finish. This feed zone and the Stirling Café are accessible by supporters and spectators via Mt Stirling Rd.
With a quick water, energy drink and complementary race snack re-fill station right next to the course for those podium chasers, the Mt Stirling Cafe is right there too. As well as the usual water, food, and toilets riders can expect Barista prepared coffee, made to order hot food, and homemade cakes and pastries for purchase at the Mt Stirling Café.
Mirimbah Park: second feed zone
Mirimbah Park hosts the second feed zone after a rewarding 400-500vm descent.
Easily accessible for spectators here. Family and friends can cheer you on or pick you up if you don’t feel like doing the final climb. .
Village Square – Finish “FULL EPIC” distance
From here it is approximately 20km to go to climb back to Mt Buller Village Square and the event hub. A final water and energy re-fill feedzone is planned after the major climb with about 10-12km to go, exact location to be confirmed in the rider briefing ahead of the race.
The core elements of this event are:
Start at the Village Square and experience pure freedom on two wheels in the Victorian High Country.
Ride of your life
70km of Epic riding with the option to get a private pickup after 55km.
Race support on course
Marshals and feed zones as well as First Aid Services and intermediate LIVE timing points.
Race photographers out on course to document your ‘epic’ ride.
Entry Fees & Categories
Our Covid-19 Response
Destination & Plan your trip to Buller
Head to the event LOCATION page for a collection of all race maps and travel tips to Mt Buller!
What else is on?
Expect lots of feel-good activities for visiting families, partners and kids and a delicious showcase of the regions culinary highlights!
Check out our Event Services Information Pages with important travel and booking details to make this your perfect Alpine mountain biking and trail getaway!
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[updated, 2 August 2021] It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that effective immediately we will put all our events that are scheduled for the remainder of the year on hold. Dear #rockytrailracers, It’s been a while since I had to write a general Covid blog about the ‘state of Rocky Trail’.
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Word out on the trails has it…
“We’re looking forward to working with the team at Rocky Trail Entertainment to host this new multi-day event which will showcase our fantastic trail network, as well as offer activities and entertainment that will appeal to everyone. After what has been a challenging year for the region, we can’t wait to get back on our feet and welcome visitors back to enjoy this lifestyle event.”Resort Management Board CEO, Mark Bennetts
“The best trail I have ever put my tyres on – I have been looking for this marathon track for 12 years! We call this an ‘epic’ kind of marathon for a reason! The Alpenflow Epic Marathon is like Alpentour Trophy meets Croc Trophy meets Mongolia Bike Challenge! Everything you love about marathons in the one spot – alpine terrain, massive panoramic views, river crossings, big climbs, flowy descents and a finish in a mountain village with a cold beer waiting for you!”Martin Wisata, Rocky Trail founder & Race Director, 10-time Croc Trophy finisher and Ambassador, double Mongolia Bike Challenge Finisher and 10-time Alpentour Trophy Official
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