This event is held on the last Sunday in October each year and is a 55km point-to-point mountain bike race from Mitta Mitta to Mt Beauty, via Scrubby Creek and Trappers Gap. With 37km of dirt road, 18km of bitumen, 840 metres of climb and 740 metres of descent, the Mitta is a unique scenic and riding experience.
2017 was the 26th anniversary of the event. Start time is 10:00am in Mitta Mitta.
Despite having the reputation as a “gut-buster” it continues to grow in popularity from humble beginnings in 1992. Local cyclist Tony Retra developed the idea of the Mitta after competing in the Briagalong to Dargo and back, some time ago! The first Mitta attracted some roadies, a few xc skiers, and some very keen locals and was won by Tony. Word soon spread amongst the mountain bike fraternity that if you wanted a challenge – try the Mitta. Notable mountain bikers have won the event, including Rob Eva (1993, 1995), and the fastest time belongs to Murray Spink (2002) with a time of 1.45.46.
As the event had always attracted a dedicated following from xc skiers and endurance athletes, Alan Marsland ( Kangaroo Hoppet ) developed the Great Alpine Challenge – running, xc skiing and mountain biking. The inclusion of the Mitta as the third leg of The Great Alpine Challenge has resulted in the numbers growing each year.
Please note that there will be time cut-offs at the top of both climbs. These will be based on a total completion time of <4.5 hours. Riders are encouraged to get on the sag-wagon at this point as the race course will no longer be marshalled after this time. Riders can continue unsupported if they wish but will be required to remove their race number.
Team Mt Beauty
PO Box 295
Mount Beauty Vic 3699