Last weekend saw the official launch of the mountain biking season at Thredbo, with huge numbers of visitors taking to the tracks for the opening. With a range of new trails to suit all level of riders added to the already extensive network, visitor numbers for opening weekend doubled in 2015, compared to the previous year with hundreds of bike rider’s descending on Thredbo to take on the new trails.
Thredbo’s 2015/16 mountain biking season is set to take freeriding and cross country action to a whole new level. In December, some of the world’s best mountain bike riders, including Sam Hill, Andrew and Thomas Crimmins, Troy Brosnan, Connor Fearon, and Tegan Molloy will head to Thredbo for Australia’s premier mountain biking event, the annual Toyota Cannonball MTB Festival (4th – 6th December). World #3 Troy Brosnan is excited to be heading back to Thredbo.
“I am really stoked to be going back to the Cannonball Festival this year, as it is an awesome event and super fun and relaxing to race. With all the top riders from around Australia to ride with and all the fans that come to watch, it makes it an event not to miss,” said Brosnan.
In great news for first-time and recreational mountain bikers, Thredbo’s cross country network has been revamped with new trails and areas added. Extending from Friday Flat, looping around the mid-lower mountain, to the scenic Golf Course Loop, these trails are a great way to discover the beauty of the Snowy Mountains and work on your skills.
The newest trail, opening for the first time this year, is the Thredbo All-Mountain Trail. Suitable for intermediate riders, it provides some of the best flowing single-track on offer in Australia. With unrivalled views of Thredbo Valley, riders negotiate flowing switchbacks, smooth rollers, boulder rides and some fast downhill sections. Once at the trail head you can decide whether to continue along the village cross country network or hook into the spectacular Thredbo Valley Track.
The Thredbo Valley Track is one of the most talked about trails in the country and offers a beautiful and exciting 15 kilometre ride from Thredbo following the iconic Thredbo River to the lush green riverside location of Thredbo Diggings, with scenic undulating terrain, woodlands, forests, grasslands and impressive suspension bridges along the way.
Thredbo is famous for gravity riding, and the Cannonball Downhill and Kosciuszko Flow Trail are where you will find intermediate and advanced riders. The Cannonball is where the pro’s blast through berms, launch high over jumps while testing their skills on the technical features. The Kosciuszko Flow Trail with never-ending rollers and a steady gradient provides the adrenalin rush of downhill but a mellower ride.
Hollywood and Kozzie Jump Parks, located off the Cannonball Downhill have been designed and built by renowned trail team Dirt Art and feature tabletops, step-ups, step-downs and hips to negotiate. While air is an option all features are rollable, so your wheels don’t have to leave the ground.
And for great free-rolling fun for the whole family, fresh from a re-build, the Pump Track is a free-form track design with rollers, berms and jumps, promising a blast for all riding styles.
Riders can even brush up on their techniques and skills before taking to the tracks at the Snowgums Skills Park. With a new look for summer, the skills park features sculpted berms, a progressive line of drops, ladder bridges and small rolling jumps ensuring a safe environment, to fine tune all the skills needed to rip up the more advanced trails.
The All-Mountain Trail, Kosciuszko Flow Trail and the Cannonball Downhill offer the only season long chairlift assisted gravity riding in Australia. After rolling your bikes onto the specially designed chairlift bike carriers, you start all these trails at the top of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift close to 2,000m above sea level.
With trails for all abilities and ages, a new fleet of bikes and lessons and programs to improve your skills, there is plenty to enjoy on two wheels this summer in Thredbo.
There are lots of accommodation options throughout the village, all within walking distance to the chairlifts, trails and village activities. Options include catered lodge style hotels, luxurious apartments and self-contained units. To check out awesome packages, please visit Thredbo’s website, call the Thredbo Resort Centre on 1300 020 589, or visit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.