The Snowy Trout Challenge is Back Again in 2021

The 2021-22 Snowy Trout Challenge will start on Friday 1 October after 500 large, tagged rainbow trout were released into 6 impoundments across the Snowy Monaro Region…

Trout have been release into:

  • Lake Eucumbene
  • Lake Jindabyne
  • Lake Crackenback
  • Black Lake, Bombala
  • Murrumbidgee Pumping Station, Cooma
  • Lake Williams, Nimmitabel

Now in its second year, the Snowy Trout Challenge (STC) is open to all anglers and is a region wide event across the Snowy Monaro that encourages visitation to the area and promotes the local waterways for fishing. The Snowy Trout Challenge runs from 1 October 2021 to 31 May 2022.

The rainbow trout were bred at the NSW Department of Primary Industries Gaden Trout Hatchery in Jindabyne…

“The NSW Government is pleased to support the 2021-22 Snowy Trout Challenge,” said an NSW Department of Primary Industries spokesperson. “This is a great initiative which showcases the Snowies region as our premier trout fishing destination and provides fantastic opportunities for families and kids to enjoy quality fishing for spectacular Rainbow Trout bred by the expert team at the DPI Fisheries Gaden Trout Hatchery at Jindabyne.”

Trout caught during the Snowy Trout Challenge

The idea of the event is that anyone can catch one of the large rainbow trout, plus then can register their catch and go into the draw for monthly prizes. Additional prizes can be won for just registering for the event.

Each fish has been tagged with its own individual number on a White Tag for this year’s event.
To participate in the 2021-22 Snowy Trout Challenge, please register your details via the link at bottom. In return you will enter the draw to win a ‘Cash Prize’ generously sponsored by the Snowy Mountains Chambers Alliance. This prize will be drawn in June 2022 at the conclusion of the 2021-22 STC.

For every 2021* STC tagged Rainbow Trout you catch from 1 October 2021 to 31 May 2022, you are eligible to enter a monthly cash prize draw**.

To enter, you must register the details of your catch. Details on how to register your catch will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

 

*2021/22 STC tags are white. Pink 2020 STC tags are not eligible to enter in the monthly cash prize draw.
** Prize draws will commence once NSW is re-opened for regional travel.

 

The Snowy Trout Challenge is an initiative of local Chambers of Commerce and Snowy Monaro Regional Council and driven by volunteers who are eager to promote fishing in the region.
The participating chambers of commerce are:

  • Bombala and District Chamber of Commerce
  • Cooma Chamber of Commerce
  • Lake Eucumbene Chamber of Commerce
  • Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce

https://linktr.ee/snowytroutchallenge to register

To keep up-to-date on all things Snowy Trout Challenge, please follow the Snowy Trout Challenge Facebook page.

Become a SnowDragon this Summer!

BECOME A SNOWDRAGON THIS SUMMER!

COME & TRY DRAGON BOATING ON LAKE JINDABYNE

Lake Jindabyne “SnowDragons” Dragonboat Club invites you to “Come & Try” Dragonboating on picturesque Lake Jindabyne. They welcome you to take up this opportunity on Saturday Mornings. Starting at 8:15am for a couple of hours, launching from the shores of Lake Jindabyne Sailing Club, Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne.

THIS COULD BE YOU!

Jump in a boat and circle Lion and Cub Islands, paddle down towards Jindabyne Dam or swing past Curiosity Rocks and meet up for a coffee afterwards and get to know the other Team Members. They’ll be on hand to answer any questions you may have about joining the Club.

Currently there are around 35-40 SnowDragons, and they’d love to see that number grow, especially as in early 2019 Jindabyne plays host to The Flowing Festival (a truly spectacular event where many teams come together to compete) and close by in Canberra in April, the National Dragonboat Championships will be held.

Dragon boating is a fast, fun and furious team sport. Its origins can be traced back 2500 years ago to ancient China where races played an important role during religious ceremonies and festivals. What better location to partake in this very social sport than Lake Jindabyne?

DRAGON BOATING HISTORY

Across the world today thousands of paddlers, men and women from the ages of twelve to over sixty, compete in events from local social races to huge international regattas. The Jindabyne SnowDragons Dragonboating Club welcomes you to experience for yourself the thrill of a paddle and the breathtaking views of Lake Jindabyne from within a Dragonboat.

WHY NOT GIVE IT A GO!

Whether it be for fitness, friendships, competition or fun, dragon boating is a welcome addition to an active lifestyle here in the Snowy Mountains.

Go on! Come and Give it a Try! It’s the best workout you’ll have sitting down!

 

BECOME A SNOWDRAGON THIS SUMMER!

Taking Triathlon and Adventure to New Heights

Elite Energy Australian Alpine Ascent

On March 10 the Australian Alpine Ascent returns to the Snowy Mountains. 2018 marks the events third successive year, featuring an array of events for the active minded adventurer. This year AAA adds two brand new events, a 25k and 50k trail run to the pre-existing AAA triathlon and Tri Kozzi triathlon. The key feature of these two trail runs will see athletes tackle Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko.

The event is expected to see some of the World’s greatest endurance athletes descend on the New South Wales Snowy Mountains. Elite Energy CEO, Mark Emerton, believes this festival will set the benchmark for endurance events in the Southern Hemisphere and will test even the toughest of competitors and those willing to take the challenge ‘into thin air’. “The AAA triathlon is already up there with the likes of Norseman and has been designed to really test an individual. It’s not just about distance, it’s about altitude, it’s about unpredictable weather, it’s about hills – big hills, competitors will be running to the highest peak in Australia and it will be in vain if they don’t get there before dusk when the National Park come in and literally lock you out.

“Logistically, this will be the biggest event we’ve organised and we are working really closely with all local authorities to ensure this is a great success.  Due to the nature of the course and safety requirements, entries will be capped and we are ecstatic to see such a healthy response to these events”.

For all the suffering athletes are sure to endure, the courses are nothing short of spectacular and will see athletes pass through some of the Snowy Mountains’ most picturesque locations including Dead Horse Gap, Charlotte Pass, Thredbo Village and one of the most famous landmarks in Australia, the peak of Mt Kosciuszko.

The AAA triathlon course will begin with a 3km swim in Lake Jindabyne, before transitioning out of the water and onto the bike to commence the 124km ride, the first 16km of which will be a hill climb, this ride has competitors climbing over 3200 vertical metres and will finish at Charlotte Pass Village to transition for the 25k return run along the trails to Mount Kosciuszko, before descending to the finish back at Charlottes Pass Village.

No matter whether the athletes have chosen the shorter triathlon, the AAA or one of the 2 trail runs, the courses will be a test of sheer strength, fitness and at times courage. If people would like to test themselves against any of the distance races they can still enter here.

Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic

Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic Jindabyne 2018

Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic

Lake Jindabyne and Kosciuszko National Park
Sunday 4 March 2018

Event website – https://au.srichinmoyraces.org/sri-chinmoy-multi-sport-classic-jindabyne
Facebook – www.facebook.com/Sri-Chinmoy-Multi-Sport-Classic-138414553310215/
Swim 1.5km + paddle 9km + run 6km + mountain bike 8km + swim 2.5km + paddle 5.5km + mountain bike 9km + run 12.5km + mountain bike 42.8km + swim 1.2km + paddle 9.5km + run 5km …

The Sri Chinmoy Multi-Sport Classic is a 12-leg, all-day adventure for Solo Athletes and Relay Teams combining swimming, mountain biking, paddling and running in, on and around beautiful Lake Jindabyne. The race will be staged for the 12th time on Sunday the 4th of March 2018.

Set in the idyllic surrounds of Lake Jindabyne in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, the race combines water and land-based sports over 12 legs, ranging in difficulty from mild to strenuous.

Race Solo or in Relay

The race is ideally suited to Relay Teams of varying tastes and capacities, or for Solo Athletes seeking a complete all-day test of skill, stamina and fitness.

The Course

The course is varied, with 3 mountain bike legs ranging from easy to highly technical; 3 running courses from flat to very not-flat; 3 swims of between 1.2 and 2.5 kms; and 3 paddles of 5.5 to 9.5 kms. The swims and paddles criss-cross most of Lake Jindabyne, while the mountain bikers and runners thoroughly explore the rugged Eastern Escarpment, rolling farmland of the Western Shore, and bushland of the adjoining Kosciuszko National Park.

Who Can Participate?

To take part in such a gruelling multi-discipline event as a Solo Athlete requires a high level of fitness and training in all 4 disciplines of swimming, paddling, mountain biking and running. However, most moderately fit people can join a relay team and complete one or more of the legs, such as a 1.5km swim, 5.5km paddle or 5km run.

Get Your Team Together Now

Find a group of friends or colleagues with the right mix of skills and fitness to cover all 12 legs – and start training!

Information and online entries

Full event information, including course maps and descriptions, stories from previous years, and online entry is available at https://au.srichinmoyraces.org/sri-chinmoy-multi-sport-classic-jindabyne

For inquiries or to register interest in joining a team, phone 0404 071 327 or write to canberra@srichinmoyraces.org

 

L’Étape Australia by le Tour de France

L’Etape Australia JIndabyne

L’Étape Australia by le Tour de France is a unique road cycle event that provides an experience as close to riding in the Tour de France as it is possible for an amateur to get. Staged in the Snowy Mountains on 160km of fully closed roads, traversing through a multitude of stunning landscapes and topographies and truly challenging climbs, and run under professional Tour de France Race conditions, the route includes a 350m Sprint section and two challenging King of the Mountain sections.

There are two distances: The Race of 157km and the Ride of 126km. The ride includes the Sprint section in Berridale and the infamous first King of the Mountain section Col de Beloka, but excludes the final push up Col Kosciuszko to Perisher.

The local communities have truly embraced the Tour de France coming to the Snowy Mountains. The entire route is decorated with cycling paraphernalia, some exquisite works of art. The towns and villages have adopted the colours of the Tour de France: yellow (Jindabyne), green (Berridale) and polka dot (Dalgety). Last year thousands of locals lined the route with their cow bells, flags and encouragement; the welcome from the local community was extraordinary and created a wonderful ambience throughout the day.

Reigning Tour de France champion Chris Froome will again ride L’Étape Australia – providing some clinics on Friday and then riding from the back of the pack to the front on Saturday. While many have watched Chris Froome from the sidelines or on TV, few have had the opportunity to ride with him.

The legendary voice of cycling Phil Liggett will be calling in the riders at the Finish of the Race in Perisher, and Matt Keenan will be calling in the riders at the Finish of the Ride in Jindabyne.

www.letapeaustralia.com 

ROAD CLOSURE INFO

L’Etape Australia Cycle Ride – by Le Tour De France

Over 3,500 riders will take part in one of two rides through the Snowy Mountains starting from Bullocks Flat in Perisher. The 157km course finishes on Kosciuszko Road at Perisher and the 126km course finishing at Jindabyne.

Road closures will be in place in Thredbo, Perisher, Jindabyne, RockyPoint, Berridale and Dalgety between 5.15am and 4.30pm. Key roads include Alpine Way, Eucumbene Rd, Kosciuszko Rd, Barry Way, Dalgety Rd and the Snow River Way.

Access arrangements:
– Police will manage access to/from Jindabyne via Kosciuszko Rd from 8.30am to 3pm.
– From Berridale/Dalgety access to Jindabyne between 5am and 7am via Dalgety Rd, Dalgety and Snowy River Way, Beloka only.
– From Berridale/Dalgety access to Jindabyne between 12:15pm and 2pm via Dalgety Rd only.
– Northbound traffic from Jincumbilly will be held at Dalgety until Snowy River Way reopens at 2pm.
– Westbound traffic from Cooma will be held at Berridale until Middlingbank Rd reopens at 10.50am.
– Local resident access maintained on Kosciuszko Rd from Berridale to Eucumbene Road, Hill Top from 6am to 10.50am.

ROAD CLOSURES

THREDBO

From 5.30am to 8:30am

  • Alpine Way between Friday Drive (Thredbo Village) and Kosciuszko Road

JINDABYNE & BERRIDALE

From 5:15am to 9:15am

  • Kosciuszko Road(1, 2, 3) between Alpine Way and Eucumbene Road (westbound)

Notes:

1 Managed access to/from Jindabyne from 8:30am to 3pm. Follow Police and Traffic Control staff instructions at the location

2 Access to Jindabyne from Berridale via Dalgety detour between 5am and 7am.

3 Local resident access on Kosciuszko Road maintained from Berridale as far as Eucumbene Road.

JINDABYNE & ROCKY PLAINS

From 6:00am to 10:50am

  • Eucumbene Road between Kosciuszko Road and Rocky Plains Road
  • Rocky Plains Road between Eucumbene Road and Middlingbank Road

BERRIDALE

From 6:00am to 10:50am

  • Middlingbank Road between Kosciuszko Road and Rocky Plain Road
  • Jindabyne Road Between Middlingbank Road and Myack Street

From 6:00am to 12:45pm

  • Mayack Street between Kosciuszko Road and Dalgety Road

BERRIDALE & DALGETY

From 7:15am to 12:15pm

  • Campbell Street between Barnes Street and The Snowy River Way
  • Dalgety Road between Myack Street and Barnes Street

DALGETY & JINDABYNE

From 7:15am to 2pm

  • The Snowy River Way (4) between Dalgety Road and Barry Way

Note 4 – Between 7:15am and 2pm all westbound vehicles approaching Dalgety will be stopped at Dalgety until the road reopens. From 12:15pm vehicles will be able to travel to Jindabyne via Berridale

JINDABYNE

From 7:30am to 2:00pm

  • Barry Way (5) between The Snowy River Way and Kosciuszko Road

Note 5 – Managed access between Nettin Circuit and Reedys Cutting Road

JINDABYNE & PERISHER

From 8:30am to 4:30pm

  • Kosciuszko Road between Alpine Way and Perisher Village

For additional information click here.

Hey Girl…are you a Mountain Biking Scaredy Cat?

Jindy Girl Riders Scaredy Cats Clinic Jindabyne
Do you want to make the most of the mountains this summer???
But you haven’t been that much into mountain biking before???
Does the Thredbo Valley Track sound like a scary nightmare to you???
Do you want to ride the trails with your kids but feel too nervous to take them?
Jindy Girl Riders will introduce the fundamentals of mountain bike riding, checking your own equipment and learning about body position, effective braking, gear selection. You’ll ride some basic single tracks and have fun in the Centre’s skills park.

The Bungarra Centre is located on the Barry Way in Jindabyne just 2kms past the Sport and Recreation Centre. Please get in touch for further directions if you’re not sure where to go. Be sure to ​arrive 15 minutes before and meet up by the big green shed on the right hand side, past ​reception.

Mountain Bike hire ​is ​available through Gravity Sports or​ Sacred Ride in Jindabyne or from Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa on the Alpine Way.​
Limited spaces are limited and clinics will run if minimum numbers are reached. Please get in touch with us if you would like us to run a private mountain biking clinic with up to 3 people. We also offer clinics up to advanced level so as to help you progress with your riding skills. Get in touch we would love to see you come back for more.
Here’s what to bring with you on the day…​
  • A mountain bike in good running order – contact Gravity Sports, Sacred Ride for bike rentals or bike tuning
  • An Australian approved bike helmet
  • Gloves – preferably full finger
  • Socks that cover ankle bones
  • Water and a snack – if you don’t have a water bottle cage on your bike, a hydration pack or backpack is a good alternative
  • Comfortable clothing suitable for riding and the prevailing weather conditions; bike shorts with a chamois are recommended
  • a rain coat if it is a wet day; please do not wear tank tops or sleeveless jerseys
  • sunglasses are recommended for eye protection
  • Suitable footwear (bike shoes or runners)
​So come along and arm yourself with some great new skills, loads of confidence and a burning passion to take on the mountains. The next Scaredy Cats A Clinic will be held on November 18th 2017 from 9:30-11:00am. There are so many great mountain biking tracks around Jindabyne and the Snowy Mountains to explore. Have a read here to discover the possibilities around you. Take some on and see for yourself what all the hype is about … it really is everything we rave about and more!
For further information on mountain biking please email on jindyriders@gmail.com or call Vanessa 0416 682 344 or  register here.

Go on, Shoe! Explore the Snowys by Snowshoe

Snowshoeing in Kosciuszko National Park

Whatever the season, Jindabyne is a great base for you to explore the Snowy Mountains. While most people visit in winter to ski or snowboard, snowshoeing is another great way to explore around and beyond the resort areas. In this article, we’ll give you some handy tips and resources to get you started on your first, or next, snowshoeing adventure.

Where to go

A great place to get started is the Rock Creek Snowshoe Trail at Perisher Valley. It’s a well signposted gentle 3km snowshoe walk that starts opposite the The Man from Snowy River Hotel. It’s a winter-only walk and only available when there is sufficient snow cover, due to the sensitive landscape underneath.

Rock Creek Snowshoe Trail Map

Rock Creek Snowshoe Trail Map. Image: NPWS

 

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has a handy guide you can view and download, which includes that map you see here.

Also, this great article from bushwalk.com provides a detailed description of the trail, along with a map and images to help you familiarise yourself before you set off.

Getting Started

In Bushwalking Australia Magazine, Bruce Easton published the guide Snowshoeing – Getting Started. It provides a thorough overview of the gear you’ll need and the places you’ll want to go, including a heap of places all accessible from Jindabyne: Perisher, Guthega, Thredbo, and Mount Selwyn, plus Cabramurra and Victoria.

He also published Ten Tips for Backcountry Snowshoeing and Winter. We recommend you check them out for all the details, but here is a snapshot of things you need to consider:

  1. Planning is everything
  2. Hone your skills
  3. The right gear
  4. Food and eating
  5. Wild camping or huts
  6. Tech gear
  7. Light is right
  8. Sound information
  9. Be inspired
  10. Remember to have fun

So what are you waiting for? Whether you want go for an extended backcountry hike, or just want to break up your snow season holiday with a day off the skis, take a look through this info head into Wilderness Sports in Jindabyne for a chat with one of their experienced staff.

Thanks to bushwalk.com and NPWS for this info. Go ahead and explore their sites for more useful info.

Discover beautiful scenery like this when you snowshoe in the backcountry. Kosciuszko National Park. Image: Lisa Hogben

The Snowy Ride: Registration Now Open

Motorcyclists pass by Lake Jindabyne in the Snowy Ride.

Registration for the 2017 Snowy Ride opened on Saturday 1 July. This year’s Snowy Ride is on Saturday 4 November 2017.

The Snowy Ride is a motorcycle event run annually in the Alpine Region of NSW since 2001 and has helped the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation (SWCCF) raise in excess of $6 million for research into a cure for childhood cancer.

It’s an opportunity for riders to enjoy a weekend away with friends and family and to ride some of Australia’s best and most picturesque roads. Snowy Ride checkpoints are located at Adaminaby, Dalgety, Berridale, Jindabyne, Cooma, Bombala, Charlotte Pass and riders are to be at the final checkpoint in Thredbo by 4pm on the Saturday.

All monies raised by SWCCF goes to childhood cancer research programs and support of children with cancer. The aim of the Snowy Ride was to involve the motorcycle riders of Australia into raising money for research into childhood cancer and its side effects and to give the local volunteer organisations of the Snowy mountains area the chance to raise money for their own communities.

There’s some awesome prizes up for grabs: the winner and runner up will each receive a Honda motorcycle, with a combined value of $25,000.

Register now for the Snowy Ride.


Plan the rest of your Spring visit to Jindabyne and check out other events in Jindabyne around the same time.

Local Charity Helps Men “Explore. Cast. Discover. Recover.”

A Group of men involved with The Fly Program

~ by Matt Tripet of The Fly Program

‘He had been sitting there with his legs shaking in the cold water, eyes wide open looking blankly through tears into a blue sky but nothing registered internally. His senses were numb.                                     

That moment on that mountain stream turned from minutes into hours as he continued to be attacked with feelings of insecurity, guilt and brokenness; feelings that were once sporadic after ‘those events’ but had now become a part of his everyday life. 

Many of those close to him tried to reach out but were only hurt as he continued to shut them out of his life. He hated the idea that something was wrong and any reference to the word ‘depression’ just seemed a total cop-out to his character.’

We have grown up with the idea that Australian men are an open book, and are pretty easily understood. However, even our mainstream health services struggle to understand and know how to engage successfully with our male counterparts. The most telling evidence of this is reflected in male suicide rates, with males accounting for nearly 78% of all suicides in Australia. A very real and staggering statistic that has not declined in the last 20 years.

Like many others, I learnt first-hand the impact mental illness can have on an individual and our community. I was that guy in the opening paragraphs, someone who had recently wrestled with the ‘black dog’ and was now digesting the news that a brother was gone because of suicide.

The heart-break and the pain of losing a family member is always difficult to grasp but losing a family member in these circumstances is impossible to comprehend. The weeks and months would pass and we would slowly learn to deal with the raw nature of the pain but the questions would never end.

Although we couldn’t always find the answers there was an enormous motivation to change the outcome for others, hence The Fly Program was founded.

The Fly Program is a registered Health Awareness Charity endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office entitled to receive income tax deductible gifts and deductible contributions seeking to raise the awareness and combat the impacts of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide in the Australian adult male community.

Our programs are aimed at facilitating environments where Australian men can find a release and increase their quality of life, whether directly, or indirectly touched by the threads of mental illness, instituting a new outlet – participation in the natural world through recreational fishing and mountain biking as a reprieve from the day-to-day challenges too many face in our community.

We are very proud to be located in the Jindabyne region and share our magical backyard with Australian men.

The restorative benefits of walking one of our trout streams, or riding one of the many mountain bike trails has the means to provide respite and support for those impacted by mental illness.

Community donations and fundraising initiatives are essential to help us continue the work we have started, facilitating world-class programs that are saving and improving the lives of Australian men.

For more information on our work in the community, or to make a tax deductible donation please visit our website www.flyprogram.org.au

To sponsor a man into a program, or to host a fund raising event from your outlet please email info@flyprogram.org.au

Matt Tripet – CEO and Founder

The Fly Program

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Froome to Ride in 2017 L’Étape Australia

Chris Froome during LeTape 2016 in Jindabyne

Tour de France legend Chris Froome at Lake Jindabyne in 2016. PHOTO: Steve Cuff/Snowy Mountains Magazine

~ by Steve Cuff of Snowy Mountains Magazine.  

To coincide with the opening of Early Bird Registrations for the 2017 L’Étape Australia, Tour de France reigning champion Chris Froome has announced he will be riding in L’Étape Australia by le Tour de France in the NSW Snowy Mountains on 2 December 2017.

For the second year running, the biggest name in world cycling will ride with thousands of amateur riders on 157km of fully closed roads in the Snowy Mountains. While fans can watch Chris Froome ride in professional races or on TV, this is the only opportunity to actually ride with him.

John Barilaro, Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro said, “The NSW Government is proud to once again support L’Etape Australia by le Tour de France which will provide a huge boost to the local visitor economy. I encourage cyclists across the country to register to be part of this exciting experience in the Snowy Mountains which provides the opportunity to ride with three time Tour de France champion Chris Froome, one of the giants of world cycling.”
L’Étape Australia by le Tour de France is a unique road cycle event that provides an experience as close to riding in the Tour de France as it is possible for an amateur to get.

Staged in the Australian NSW Snowy Mountains on 157km of fully closed roads and run under professional Tour de France Race conditions, the route includes a 350m Sprint section and two challenging King of the Mountain sections.

Of the 3,500 riders in the inaugural event in 2016, 96% said the event was good or very good and 95% said they would recommend the event to their family and friends.

The course is described by Tour de France Director General Christian Prudhomme as “providing a very similar experience for riders to a mountainous stage of the Tour de France; traversing through a multitude of stunning landscapes and topographies and truly challenging climbs”.

There are two distances, The Race of 157km and The Ride of 126km. The ride includes the Sprint section in Berridale and the infamous first King of the Mountain section Col de Beloka, but excludes the final push up Col Kosciuszko to Perisher.

The local communities have truly embraced the Tour de France coming to the Snowy Mountains. The entire route is decorated with cycling paraphernalia, some exquisite works of art. The towns and villages have adopted the colours of the Tour de France: yellow (Jindabyne), green (Berridale) and polka dot (Dalgety). Last year thousands of locals lined the route with their cow bells, flags and encouragement; the welcome from the local community was extraordinary and created a wonderful ambience throughout the day.

Individual riders vie for Tour de France jerseys, the genuine articles presented at the Champs-Elysées; Yellow for the overall male and female Race winner, Green for the fastest male and female in the Race in the Sprint section, Polka Dot for the fastest male and female in the Race on the combined King of the Mountain sections and white for the fastest male and female rider in the Race under 25 years of age.
Riders can enter as individuals, teams of nine or larger groups.
Early Bird Registrations opened 6pm, Wednesday 24 May, CLICK HERE.

Riders in LeTape event 2016. Image by Steve Cuff Snowy Mountains Magazine
Riders in the LeTape 2016 event ride through Jindabyne. PHOTO: Steve Cuff/Snowy Mountains Magazine.

Snowy Mountains is EPIC for biking!

~ by Vanessa Knee of Jindy Girl Riders.  

It’s pretty typical to hear the locals of any town raving about how good their bike tracks are. No matter where you go you will always hear the positive banter about the local trails. Sometimes the riding is what it is talked up to be and sometimes the talk is a bit hyped up. Of course that all depends on your riding ability and your expectation of “awesome”. Whether you are an advanced rider, or seeking a ride for the whole family or perhaps a crew of gals looking for some flowy intermediate trails, your demographic impacts on your choice of destination and the maximum trail enjoyment for you and the group’s ability. What is good trail for some might not be all it’s cracked up to be for others. So it’s often hard to find the one place that will be suitable for the ripping riders who also want to ride with their family.

So when we as local Snowy Mountains residents rave about our trail network it is of course because it has something for everyone and I mean for all levels and all ages. So when you hear us raving, it really is true! As a long time local who has biked in the area for over 20 years, it is only in the last few years that the Snowy Mountains really has stepped up and onto the bike destination stage. With big money being injected into the area, creating new and sustainable trails across the Jindabyne to Thredbo corridor and beyond, coupled with more access for bikes further into the Kosciuszko National Park, this area is now arguably the best destination in Australia for mountain and road cycling.

This area caters for all level of rider and is enjoyed by tens of thousands of riders in summer not only because of the massive trail network but because of the raw spectacular beauty of the NSW High Country. More and more bike enthusiasts are flocking to the Snowy Mountains over summer to enjoy riding in this unique part of Australia and it is quickly becoming apparent that our so called ‘sleepy summer towns’ are fast becoming bike destinations.

As an advanced to strong intermediate rider you will want to head to the Gravity trails in Thredbo, taking the chairlift and descending down the mountain via Australia’s best Gravity network. Offering three super fun trails, the Cannonball Downhill, the Flow Track and the stunning All Mountain Trail, these will be some of the best fun you can have on two wheels. Perhaps not the best choice for a rider with limited skills, but this is where the area provides our signature dish, the 10 million dollar Thredbo Valley Track. Known as the TVT, rated to a strong beginner to intermediate level, it caters to riders with some basic mountain bike skills winding 17km down the Thredbo River to Lake Crackenback Resort. This track is simply stunning, flowy and enjoyable for all levels and as an advanced rider its reasonably effortless flow with a few punchy uphill bites through beautiful alpine fauna will put a massive smile on your face.

As a family with some riding ability this is the track for a half days adventure, crossing five spectacular bridges and through two stunning campgrounds, which make for a perfect lunch stop and a dip in the river. The TVT also rides really well up to Thredbo and back from Lake Crackenback for the fitter riders. With easy access from the highway, the campgrounds provide a good start and finish point to break the trail into smaller snippets for those wanting a shorter ride. As the track is dual directional and shared by walkers, be sure to ride with caution. Shuttles from Lake Crackenback to Thredbo are available daily in high season.

The lower TVT has been under construction during the last two summers and the first section opened this April. Start by crossing over the Ski Tube Bridge and continue down river approximately 7kms. This brings you along the most stunning parts of the Thredbo River and by far the most picturesque part of the track so far. At the moment this section is an out and back to the Ski Tube, but upon completion the track will continue another 10kms to Gaden Trout Hatchery.  The completion date is yet to be confirmed. This section of track is not for the faint hearted and has been built purposefully harder than the upper TVT to a strong intermediate skill level. There will be no exit points on this portion of trail and is quite remote so a good level of fitness and skill is required.

The TVT will finish at the Trout Hatchery making this entire Thredbo Valley track 35kms. But it doesn’t stop there, the trail network continues (if you still have some legs left) to the recently constructed Hatchery Bay Track extending from Hatchery Bay itself winding 5kms into Snowline Caravan Park, joining the shared bike path another into Jindabyne town centre. The Hatchery link is one of the best additions to the Jindabyne network as it is incredibly scenic, hugging the shores of Lake Jindabyne, is the perfect trail for beginners and families and a great place to start on your first single track ride with great line of sight and tons of places to pull over and pass each other on the track. For the better riders the Hatchery link provides perfect terrain for fun rolling and pumping, working on technique and power training. A super fun blast!

Once the final section of the lower TVT is completed, this track will become the jewel in the crown and considered one of the greatest trails not only in Australia but in the Southern Hemisphere. Riders will have the pleasure of riding from the Top of Thredbo, descend down the spectacular All Mountain Trail, connecting to the TVT in Thredbo Village riding all the way to Jindabyne. This will equal approximately 50kms of single track from top to bottom and become an IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) EPIC Silver status. For example, Mt Buller in Victoria is EPIC Bronze status and Whistler Bike Park is EPIC Gold status. This will rate this incredible track by world standards and have biking through our spectacular Snowy Mountains corridor rated with some of the best trails in the world.

As if that isn’t exciting enough, we have approximately 50km of single track around the Jindabyne area combing the Tyrolean to Jindabyne network which has a host of super techy lines off the main Mill Creek intermediate trail and Bungarra Alpine Centre which is a private bike park very suitable to all levels of riders, including a skills park and a pump track. All of these trails will keep you occupied for days, combining the shared cycle way along the shores of Jindabyne for an easy connection between trail areas. More trails are set to be constructed by local trail builders over the next 18 months which will lead to further development around the lake towards East Jindabyne.

Lake Crackenback also has about 15kms of tracks designed for beginner to intermediates which becomes maximum fun for the advanced riders as the soil is grippy making the tracks flowy and fast, winding down river like a super luge course. This network has been made famous by hosting the World Off Road Triathlon Championships in November 2016. All the networks in the area have been used for local, National and International events, school camps, social rides, kids and women’s clinics so this makes the versatility of the Snowy Mountains network second to none.

With an array independent operators like Jindabyne Girl Riders offering guiding and skills sessions and businesses like Gravity Sports and Lake Crackenback offering top of the line rental bikes, including downhill bikes, all mountain bikes, kids bikes, commuters and pedal assist bikes, there is nothing to stop you experiencing the most magnificent and fun riding our country has to offer no matter what your level of riding. So come on up to the Snowy Mountains and see what all the hype is about, it is everything we rave about and more!

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