Cyclists of all persuasions are preparing to descend on Mt Buller this November 2-3, when the Meeting of the Tribes bike festival hits the mountain as part of the North East’s Cycle Salute program.

Held across the Melbourne Cup Long Weekend, the event will incorporate the 16km uphill Sunset Mountain Challenge, with riders racing from Mirimbah at the base of the mountain to the Mt Buller Village on a closed road. The race is open to all types of riders, with categories for road cyclists, mountain bikers and even fixie and retro riders. Participants can enter individually or team up – there’s even a category combining a rider from three disciplines.

On Saturday and Sunday evenings, visitors can enjoy a cycling film festival at the Mt Buller Cinema, with a series of films celebrating the pedal-powered experience shown on the big screen. Other activities for the weekend festival include social rides and a welcome dinner and award ceremony.

Cycle Salute is North East Victoria’s thee week celebration of all things cycling taking place between 18 October and 5 November, with thousands of cyclists expected to visit the region. Cycle Salute opens the cycling season with an inaugural program of 50+ cycle-centric events, peddling bikey banter, record-breaking feats, quirky wheels, flat-chat challenges and plain old pedal-pushing fun. For further information on the Cycle Salute, visit www.cyclesalute.com.au. For further information about Mt Buller’s bike offering, visitmtbuller.com.au.

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