Results & Photos: Alpenflow Epic at Buller

The 2023 Fox Superflow® sealed by Stan’s at Buller was again part of the Alpenflow Epic event, which saw almost 1,000 racers and visitors on the mountain on the long weekend. Starting with the Rocky Trail Academy schools event, the Superflow® brought two VIC Series rounds to Buller and a very exclusive group of endurance riders explored the Epic trail on the Monday. Overall, the Alpenflow weekend generated $400,000 in economic tourism value for the region.

Two VIC Series rounds, six race stages

The Buller Superflow® was part of our epic Alpenflow long weekend of events. Each of the days counted as a seperate rounds of the Victorian Superflow® Series so riders essentially could double up and get double the points! We also also doubled the number of tracks and for the first time offered dedicated peddled or shuttled days. This format is the specific racing concept for our Alpine events, giving riders more racing, more choice and more flexibility. This means that at events in the Alpine regions, like Buller and later in the year at Falls Creek, our riders can pick their event day and race either peddled or shuttled or ride both days and hit all 6 tracks!

Ben Mcilroy and Harriet Harnden win shuttled “Gravity Stage”

In the Elite women’s, British racer Harriet Harnden dominated the weekend, claiming the Gravity Stage in 11:43.2 also ahead of Bright’s Georgina von Marburg (12:43.2). Rebecca Lowery (13:26.8) from Melbourne came in third in the Elites and spectacularly, U19’s winner Claire Davey (12:35.8) from Porepunkah finished in second outright and U17’s winner Zali Hunter from Rosebud would have placed in fourth outright in 13:16.5. What incredible talent and we can wait to see these shredders in the gate later this year, when the VIC Series continues.

Paul van der Ploeg and Harriet Harnden win pedalled “Cornhill Stage”

On the pedalled stage Paul van der Ploeg smashed it in 10:02min taking the win in the Elite Men’s ahead of James Kelly and Ben Mcilroy. Same female Elite podium: Harriett Arnden finished first in 11:04.6 in the Elite women, winning ahead of Georgina von Marburg (11:29.2) and Rebecca Lowery (12:50.6). Awesome racing by Veteran (30+) racer Tessa de Vries with 12:59.8 and Expert (19+) competitor Joanna Murawska clocked in an awesome 12:46.7. We’ll be watching the U19’s females – Claire Davey (11:33.6), Siennah Kean (12:19.3) and Erin Forbes (12:36.7) finished strong.

Falls Creek is locked in for December as is Mt Taylor in October. We are exploring some more venues and will confirm if we’ll be able to add another round or two to this year’s season in VIC. Watch this space!

A huge thank you and a big shout-out to the team at Mt Buller – we are looking forward to returning to the majestic Alpine surrounds of Mt Buller and Mt Stirling and deliver amazing adventures and experiences with the Alpenflow Epic weekend!

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