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

Omar Fraile of Astana enjoyed a thrilling win on the Mende airstrip at the Tour de France. Selected images from Stage 14 here ...

Bianchi’s Aria has new beefed up tubes and the addition of disc brakes. It still looks to be an aero-optimised frame so we were keen to see how it rides. Gary Hunt reports.

In a heavily depleted field after three tough alpine stages, just 152 riders started stage 13 in the famous cycling town of Bourg d’Oisans near the foot of Alpe D’Huez.