Mountains opening up for 2017/18

Start planning those holidays! The mountains of Australia are opening up to mountain bikers after a bumper snow season, and many resorts are offering new stuff for 2017/18.

Here'a a quick roundup of what's opening and when.

MT BULLER - all trails open by 2 December

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Bike Buller is opening up its 100km of trails gradually, with 20 of 22 of the mountain's beginner and intermediate XC netwok open for business. The only downhill trail open is Copperhead, with the remaining four coming on stream in the next few weeks.

THREDBO - all trails open 18 November

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More than 25km of trail will be open for business late in November, as NSW's big mountain comes on stream after record snowfalls. With a raft of trail building done last year, the pace is a little slower in 2017, but expect some new additions as the year winds down.

FALLS CREEK - all trails open 18 November

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With 40km of relatively new trails , Falls opens its doors on the weekend of 18/19 November with the Ignition festival, with a single ticket giving riders a full experience of the World Trail-made trail network.

Of course, places like Blue Derby in Tasmania are already in full swing, while Australia's newest park, Maydena, will open on the Australia Day long weekend in 2018.

Bicycling Australia

Caleb Ewan has secured his first win of the 2018 Tour Down Under - the nuggety sprinter managing to hold on over a rolling finishing circuit before being led to a stunning win by his Mitchelton Scott teammates.

Lotto Soudal’s Andre Greipel has notched yet another stage win to his impressive Tour Down Under record, the German sprint star powering to victory at the end of Tuesday’s 145km Stage 1 from Port Adelaide to Lyndoch.

Three-time world champion Peter Sagan has started his 2018 season with a bang, outsprinting Andre Greipel and Caleb Ewan to victory in the People's Choice Classic in Adelaide.