After a two year hiatus, the Cannonball MTB Festival is landing back in Thredbo, running from 8-12 February 2022. If you haven't been to Cannonball before, it's not that easy to sum up. Sure, there's racing. And yes, some of the world's best are there. But there are events for everyone, and if you're not racing, there's lots to watch and plenty of riding on offer as well. There are a tonne of other mountain bikers there, and everything is close at hand. There are off bike and on bike events, and you're just about guaranteed to come away with some new buddies.

So the Cannonball MTB Festival is a huge race for professionals and amateurs, mixed in with a multi-day MTB festival with social activities on and off the bike with a high quality vibe. Simple.

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So what actually happens at Cannonball?

The festival hosts a wide variety of gravity events, and The Australian Open Downhill and the Whipoff are probably the biggest events, and they will be taking place on the afternoon of Saturday 11th February.

But there's also racing on the Flow Trail, an all-mountain event and the ever-popular Pumptrack Challenge through the event. You can also find live music and DJs on most nights, and trails are open to ride outside of the set racing times. There are also after parties! Check the whole schedule for precise details.

So, who should go?

Any mountain biker who likes gravity riding, a party atmosphere, and the chance to test themselves on some of Australia's best lift-assisted runs, or watch some of the best go at it. You kind of have to expect the unexpected. See who you bump into, roll with any weather changes, and jump at the chances for fun rides and chance encounters with some mountain bike heroes.

If any of that sounds like you, head to the event website for details, registration and accommodation suggestions.