Bike Warrior is Australia’s must-do multi-day gravity enduro stage race. Warriors will ride seven days across Victoria’s best trails in the revered High Country.

Our aim is to deliver an iconic event that is a ‘must do’ lifetime experience for mountain bikers. Who among you has the Bike Warrior Ethos and desire to take home ultimate bragging rights in completing the first ever Bike Warrior challenge?

Importantly this event will be delivered in typical Blue Dirt style with a focus on quality and above all fun, both on and off the bike. Riding takes in a mix of trails from backcountry to bike park. Every day is capped with a social gathering around food and the odd cold beverage or two.

FORMAT This is a 7-day gravity enduro stage race. Descents are timed and all other riding is not. This is not an XC race. Expect 3 to 6 hours on your bike per day with several timed stages. Your times are accumulated over the 7 days. The total time provides your overall result. Progressive times are announced each evening.

COVID The event comes with our COVID guarantee. If the event can not be held due to Government COVID restrictions all participants receive a full refund. The event is possible under the current roadmap guidelines for Regional Victoria.

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DATES & LOCATIONS The stages are held in Victoria’s stunning high country. Tackling Victoria’s best single and backcountry trails across Falls Creek, Dinner Plain, Bright, Mt Buller & a yet to be disclosed location. Accommodation is included at Falls Creek; Harrietville; Mt Buller.  The course has been designed so that day 4 “hump day” is an easier day.

Day Date Day Stage Overnight
0 20 Feb Saturday Arrivals Falls Creek
1 21 Feb Sunday Falls Creek Falls Creek
2 22 Feb Monday TBA Falls Creek
3 23 Feb Tuesday Back Country Harrietville
4 24 Feb Wednesday Dinner Plain Harrietville
5 25 Feb Thursday Bright Mt Buller
6 26 Feb Friday Mt Buller Mt Buller
7 27 Feb Saturday Mt Buller Mt Buller
8 28 Feb Sunday Departures  

7 days riding

Timed descents

Lifetime experience 

 

ENTRIES OPEN 

MAX 100 RIDERS

ENTRIES CAPPED This year’s race entries will be capped at 100. First in first served. 

COVID GUARANTEE If the race is unable to be held due to COVID-19 a full refund will be provided. The race will be held under relvant COVID government guidelines in place at that time.

SKILL/EXPERIENCE It is expected that entrants can do the following: – 7 days back-to-back riding – Ride 3 to 6 hours each day – Trail difficulty up to double black – Tech > flow > backcountry rugged & open terrain to hand cut and also machine made. This is considered a “blind event”, meaning all trails and maps will be released a few days prior to the event.

BIKE WARRIOR ETHOS The Bike Warrior Ethos is a behaviour and belief carried by riders entering this event. The Bike Warrior Ethos embodies:

  • Have a crack and giving a go.
  • Having fun at all times.
  • Respecting all other riders, regardless.
  • Helping others.
  • Stopping to render assistance, no matter if you’re coming first or last.
  • Respecting the environment and the places we visit.
  • Showing true grit to overcome the challenges each day (and night) will bring.

Each day a Bike Warrior Ethos award will be presented to a rider who embodies these values during the day.

RACE DETAILS

  • The race is determined a “blind” stage race.
  • Stage distances, climbs, etc are outlined within “Course Info” tab.
  • Full maps and stages advised 7 days prior to the event.
  • The course is professionally marked with the best of trails chosen for each location.

EARLY ARRIVALS

  • Totally allowed. Book direct yourself.

FOOD The following is included in Full Race entry

  • Breakfast: Full cooked breakfast each day.
  • Lunch: wraps, sandwiches, muffin each day
  • Snack: fruit, baked slice each day.
  • Dinner: Full pub / bistro style each night
  • All dietary requirements catered for.
  • DIY package entrants need to sort your own.

ACCOMMODATION

  • All accommodation is included in Full Race entry.
  • It is shared accommodation.
  • BYO sleeping bag, pillow, towel, etc.
  • Warriors will be asked during the online entry process if there is anyone else entering they’d like to share a room with.
  • Room allocations will be advised at check in for each location.
  • DIY package entrants need to sort your own accommodation.

TRANSPORT

  • We provide the transport between the three accommodation locations.
  • Coach transfer.
  • Bikes in our vertical trailers.
  • Longest road transfer is 2.5 hours from Bright to Mt Buller.
  • All other transfers between 30 – 45 minutes.
  • DIY package entrants need to sort your own.

LUGGAGE Please bring

  • Ride pack
  • 1 x large luggage/duffle for your clothes, sleeping bag, etc.
  • Maximum weight 20kgs.

BIKE MECHANICS

  • All riders to be self sufficient on the trails.
  • To keep things simple and light, just bring tools that you would essentially need out on the trails (see Tools & Bits below).
  • A user pays bike mechanic service available at each overnight base camp.

WHAT TO WEAR WHEN RIDING

  • Helmet: some stages are mandatory full-face helmet. All riders will be advised prior to days start when this will be.
  • Ride pack. You need to be self-sufficient when out on the trails (see tools & bits below).
  • Comfortable clothing.
  • Other protective armour / clothing you see fit.

TOOLS & BITS

At the end of each days riding there will be a bike mechanic on hand to assist with bike repairs, tuning, etc. This is at additional cost.  When riding we recommend carrying the essential trail tools:

  • Multi-tool
  • Spare tubes
  • CO2
  • Mini-hand pump
  • Tyre levers
  • Spare derailleur hanger
  • Chain links
  • Chain breaker (if not on your multi-tool)
  • Cable ties

DRINKING & EATING DURING RIDING

  • Riders to carry their own water and ride snacks.
  • A feed and hydration station will be provided on each day.
  • Included lunch is served at these stations.
  • Included fruit and other snacks are also provided at these stations.

MEDICAL There will be a total of six first aid marshals and on bike first aid crew. In total there are 25 support crew delivering this event. INSURANCE We recommend riders holding relevant travel and MTB insurance.

The below distances are an approximate only. This is considered a “blind event”, meaning all trails and maps will be released a few days prior to the event. The course has been designed so that day 4 is an easier day. Social events will be delivered throughout the event.  Including movie night, trivia night, poker night, beer/cider tasting, foosball, table tennis, sitting around the fire, jumping your bike into a lake, and much more.

Day 0 Get to race registration @ Falls Creek before 6pm.   Four options:

  1. Get yourself to Falls Creek (Full entry riders receive return transfer to Falls Creek on Day 8)
  2. Get yourself to Mt Beauty (Full entry riders receive a transfer up the mountain to Falls Creek; and return transfer to Mt Beauty on Day 8).
  3. Get yourself to Mt Buller by 12pm midday. (Full entry riders receive transfer to Falls Creek).
  4. Get yourself to Mirimbah by 12.15pm (Full entry riders receive transfer to Falls Creek on Day 8; and return transfer to Mirimbah on Day 8 – or ride your bike down).

We will contact you direct closer to the event to confirm your choice.

6.00pm: Rider briefing 6.30pm – 8.30pm: Dinner. Overnight: Falls Creek

Day 1: Falls Creek 10am Race Start Ride distance: 40km Vertical Climbing: 800m Descending: 2,000m Trail type: mix of bike park and backcountry Some uplift shuttle assistance. 6.30pm – 8.30pm: Dinner.  Overnight: Falls Creek

Day 2: TBA  Location and information yet to be released.  Overnight: Falls Creek

Day 3: Backcountry 8am Check out of accommodation 9am Race Start End of riding road transfer to Harrietville Ride distance: 50km Vertical Climbing: 1,600m Descending: 2,600m Trail type: backcountry 6:30pm – 8.30pm: Dinner.  Overnight: Harrietville

Day 4: Dinner Plain 10am Depart Harrietville road transfer Ride Distance: 25km Vertical Climbing: 400m Descending: 600m Trail type: bike park 70%; backcountry 30% 6.30pm – 8.30pm: Dinner.   Overnight: Harrietville

Day 5: Bright 8am Depart Harrietville road transfer Ride Distance: 30km Vertical Climbing: 850m Descending: 1,330m Trail type: bike park Some uplift shuttle assistance. End of ride transfer to Mt Buller 6.30pm – 8.30pm: Dinner.  Overnight: Mt Buller

Day 6: Mt Buller 10am Race Start Ride Distance: 30km Vertical Climbing: 600m Descending: 1,060m Trail type: bike park Some uplift shuttle assistance. 6.30pm – 8.30pm: Dinner.  Overnight: Mt Buller

Day 7: Mt Buller 9am Race Start Ride Distance: 60km Vertical Climbing: 1,900m Descending: 2,500m Trail type: back country One uplift shuttle assistance. 6.30pm – 8.30pm: Dinner Wrap party & presentations

Day 8: End 9am Check out accommodation Relevant return transfers

RACE CATEGORIES:  Men Open, 40+; Women Open, 40+.  Two categories will be added pending spread of ages.

Full Race Entry $1,995 The whole enchilada
– 7 days stage racing
– uplift shuttles on designated race days
– 8 nights accommodation
– 8 x dinner
– 7 x lunch
– 8 x breakfast
– transfers to/from start & finish locations
– transfers between changes of accommodation
– participant long sleeve t-shirt
– race plate
– finishers memento
– a lifetime experience

DIY Race Entry $1,135
– 7 days stage racing
– uplift shuttles on designated race days
– participant ride jersey
– race plate
– finishers memento
– return transfer to your vehicle at Falls Creek on Day 2
– a lifetime experience

The DIY entry EXCLUDES a lot of things e.g. all meals, all accommodation, all transfers between locations.  Please double check before selecting this option that you are 100% satisfied with your choice.

Entries are capped at 100.

Full Race Entry includes:

– 7 days stage racing  
– uplift shuttles on designated race days

– 8 nights accommodation
– 8 x dinner
– 7 x lunch
– 8 x breakfast
– transfers to/from start & finish locations
– transfers between changes of accommodation
– participant long sleeve t-shirt
– race plate
– finishers memento
– a lifetime experience

2 mountain bikers at falls creek riding down a rock garden in the morning sun
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