The Highline Mountain Bike Festival returns to the Victorian High Country this weekend for a mission of shock and awe.

New for 2022, the unique freestyle mountain bike festival has extended to a four-day event, running from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th March. It is the first of its kind in Australia, and offers spectators and competitors alike something completely different to other mountain bike festivals. There will be am event village with food and beverage vendors will be onsite, along with a bar and DJ during festivities on Saturday.

The flagship slopestyle competition will be held on Saturday afternoon. This is an invitational event featuring the best sixteen riders from across the country. The popular whip off competition and gravity downhill race are also back on the calendar.

New events for 2022 and adding to the fun, are amateur slopestyle, dual slalom, speed ‘n style, and balance bike competitions.

Event Director, Shannon Rademaker said he has been blown away by the response so far.

“We have had interest from riders in New Zealand, Canada, the US and Europe, wanting to compete in the slopestyle competition.”

Tickets for the gravity downhill racing went on sale and crashed the AusCycling system due to the high volume of people trying to get online at once. When the site was restored, the 350 ticketed event sold out in just eight minutes. A record for any prior event.

“My phone and email have not stopped since and we have an extensive waiting list. People just want to be there.”

Hosted on a private property on the edge of Mansfield, the Highline event site offers panoramic views of the spectacular High Country. The pro slopestyle competition is a Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour Silver Level event, where riders receive points for world rankings. This event will be live streamed and broadcast to a global audience.

“We look forward to showcasing Mansfield to the rest of the world.”

We'll have more coverage after the event - stay tuned! More event details are here.