Our weekend long Mountain Bike Festival attracts record numbers and strong female participation.
Held in the Cudlee Creek Forest, Bicycle SA’s Dirty Weekend, an annual mountain bike ‘chill-allenge’, has attracted more than 400 riders – the biggest to date – with hundreds more coming to watch, volunteer and celebrate the region’s booming mountain bike culture.
People have come from Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and as far away as Queensland for a weekend stay. Whether in teams, pairs or on their own, participants suck up the beauty of the forest around a 10km track for 6, 12 and even 24 hours. The Dirty Weekend has been held annually since 2001 and continues to attract hundreds of mountain bikers, families, friends & volunteers to the region.
A video of last year’s Dirty Weekend.
“It’s such a great event,” says Steve Williams, a 34 year-old South Australian riding the event for the second time.
“I’m not a very serious rider, but this is such a social event. It’s about having a good laugh, doing some laps and generally having a fun time. It’s such a beautiful place, and there’s awesome live music going throughout the night.”
The South Australian Government has recently has committed $1.5 million over four years to develop mountain biking in the Mount Lofty Ranges.
“The Dirty Weekend which has been running for over a decade and continues to showcase The Mount Lofty Ranges as an international grade Mountain Biking destination,” says Christian Haag, CEO of Bicycle SA.
The most popular category at the event this year is the 24 hour format with almost half of participants taking part, and with record female participation.
While online registrations have closed, participants can still register on the morning before the ride. Even if you’re not riding, spectators are encouraged to come along to watch and enjoy. Listen to music, stand by the campfire and suck in the beauty of the region.
More info at www.bikesa.asn.au/dirtyweekend