The EVENT PROGRAM for 2020 Bike Buller Festival is now available and is essential reading for all riders with schedule, course details, maps and more. READ IT HERE.
When: Saturday 7th March, practice starts at 8:30am.
Start / finish: Individual starts at Spurs Restaurant at the top of the Northside Express chairlift. Finish at the base of the Northside Express chairlift.
Race format: World Cup DH format: The course will be open for practice throughout the morning. Then we’ll conduct a timed seeding run and then a final timed run. The fastest descent in the final run wins
Terrain and riding style: ABOM is the original Buller DH track and includes a variety of terrain varying from fast open sections to rocky switchbacks and jumps. This is an intermediate level DH track that can be ridden cleanly by both elite riders racing to win AND novice / intermediate level DH riders looking to build up more experience and get involved.
Gravity God Race?: Yes, to contest the Gravity God category you must compete in this race.
Requirements: All riders must wear a full face helmet. Please see our equipment requirements and recommendations here.
Lift Pass included?: Yes, the entry fee includes a full one day lift pass on the Northside Express chairlift (you may also ride other trails with this pass). Lift will operate 0830 – 1630.
Entry Info & Fees: Click Here
This is a full-gas downhill race down a proper DH track. The ABOM descent is a classic track on the DH scene and has seen plenty of great racing over the years – and this event will add to that heritage.
We will be running the race in a traditional World Cup style with practice in the morning, followed by a seeding run and then a final run with the fastest down the track on the final run claiming the win. The chairlift will be operating and your entry fee includes your lift pass (for the day) so you don’t need to worry about shuttle buses and trailers.
The ABOM descent is one of Buller’s classics and has been raced for years and years… it’s an intermediate level, 2.2km descent that includes fast, open straights with sweeping corners, berms and plenty of doubles to boost. The descent finishes at the Northside Express chairlift mid-station and riders catch the chairlift back up after each descent.
Schedule (proposed, may be tweaked before race day):
8:00am – 8:30am Course open for walking inspection – no riding. Lift open for uplift.
8:30am – 11:00am Open practice on the course – all categories, setting off at your own time.
11:00am – 11:45pm Practice for Elite and Expert category riders only
12:15pm – 2:15pm (approx) Seeding Run
2:45pm (approx) Race runs commence
Mandatory and recommended gear
All riders should be aware of our (updated) gear requirements for riders in the Reckless ABOM DH – especially for junior riders. See the full list here.
Safety aspects and coverage
We will step up many safety aspects for the Reckless ABOM DH in 2020 to further increase the wellbeing and protection of all riders. This includes:
- Having an ambulance onsite during the event
- Increased mandatory gear requirements for riders
- More barrier tape to provide greater delineation between race course and spectator zones
- More marshals along the length of the course
- Additional paramedics, doctor and ski / bike patrollers onsite
Helmet Cam footage of the ABOM track
Here is some great helmet cam footage from a top to bottom race down ABOM as part of the 2016 Bike Buller Festival by Chris.