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Thredbo Resort is gearing up for a huge summer of mountain biking as it celebrates the 30th anniversary of Thredbo Mountain Bike Park with the launch of its 30 Years of Gravity campaign today.

Thredbo is Australia’s home of mountain biking and offers the only summer-long chairlift access in the country with more than 34-kilometres of trails. Each year the resort attracts thousands of mountain bike enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.

To celebrate 30 years of mountain biking, Thredbo has created a three-part video series looking back at the progression of mountain biking over the past three decades, featuring some of the country’s iconic personalities of the sport. The first episode released on Thredbo’s website today focusses on the ’90s when mountain biking first came to Thredbo.

“The ’90s is considered a golden era of the sport and a period which saw a huge amount of progression in both bike technology and trails. I can’t wait for everyone to travel back in time to see what riding was like back in the ’90s and how much it’s grown since then,” said Thredbo Mountain Bike Business Manager Tim Windshuttle.

From the gravel fire roads of the ’90s, Thredbo has transformed into a mountain bike mecca with an extensive bike trail network spanning downhill, flow, cross-country and all-mountain to provide something for everyone.

Since 2013, Thredbo has hosted one of the biggest MTB festivals in the world, the Cannonball MTB Festival, which every year attracts more than 1000 competitors including world champions and rising stars from all over the globe. The Thredbo Super Enduro has also become a stand-out event on the country’s MTB calendar, a huge day of racing attracting some of the most skilled and grittiest competitors over a gruelling 5-hour race. Due to Covid-19 restrictions this summer Thredbo has needed to postpone the events until next year.

Thredbo is getting ready for a huge summer of mountain biking with the official summer season launching on 21 November. The Ricochet trail is already dialled in and ready for riding plus there’s a stack of new developments in the works for this summer to further enhance Thredbo’s network of trails.

The Gunbarrel Express chair will be open more often this year, including every weekend and throughout the school holidays so there’s more time for riders to hit the trails. This year the Valley Terminal Park and Little Beauty Jumps Park have had a revamp with more jumps and features to hit.

For the first time Thredbo is also offering MTB School Holiday Camps, catering for kids from 7-14 years old plus an MTB Development Squad, a 9-week Sunday program to challenge and inspire young mountain bikers.

There’s a wide range of group and private mountain bike clinics for all riding abilities with Gravity Girls returning by popular demand. Gravity Girls is a bike clinic designed specifically for women to offer a non-intimidating introduction to downhill riding and give fearless females the tools and confidence to take on the mountain.

Thredbo is nestled in the Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains and is a 5-hour drive from Sydney and 2-and-a-half-hour drive from Canberra.

To watch episode #1 of 30 Years of Gravity, click here. 

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