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Dirt Maidens Challenge

In 2014, the Dirt Maidens Challenge attracted 105 female participants from Jindabyne, Cooma, Canberra, Cootamundra, Albury-Wodonga and as far as Phillip Island in Victoria. With the aim of keeping things small and personable, we have decided to cap the number of entries, and this year we expect places to fill fast.

The aim of the event is to encourage more women to try the sport of MTB by providing an opportunity to set goals, get moving, and challenge themselves in a social and encouraging environment. It is also about creating a fun weekend for the girls. Bring your partners, friends, families, and enjoy the growing network of trails in the Snowy Mountains.

We have a theme each year, and this year there will be no teams -so all participants will have the same dress code. The theme is VINTAGE FLORAL… how pretty!

Type: MTB
Date: Saturday 28th November
Location: Jindabyne NSW


Weekend Program

Friday 27th November

3pm-5.30pm - Afternoon Skills Clinic at Bungarra Alpine Centre
Limited to 12 participants. SPACES LEFT: 4

(Additional cost for skills clinic, $80. Booking can be made at time of registration. Contact for more information).

Saturday 28th November

7:30-9:30am - Registration
8:30am - Cross Country and Gravity Courses open for inspection
10:00am - Cross Country start - 100 minutes of fun!
12:00pm - Yoga
12:30pm - Gravity start
1:30pm - Lunch at Firmin Lodge (included in entry fee)
2:30pm - Yoga
3:00pm - Social swim in Lake Jindabyne
5:30pm - Pre dinner drinks and Presentations at Firmin Lodge
6:30pm - Gourmet BBQ Dinner (optional)

(Additional cost for dinner, $20pp. This can be made at time of registration. Bokings essential. Partners/friends/families welcome).

Sunday 29th November

8:30-11.30am - Shuttles of Thredbo Valley Trail (included in entry fee)
12pm - Lunch at Alpine Larder, Lake Crackenback Resort (at own expense)

There will be limited parking available at the venue, however competitors will have priority and parking will be in designated areas only. Parking attendants will be at the site to assist and direct traffic. During the races, vehicle access to the main event centre will be not be available, as the race course crosses the access road. 

Sunday Shuttle
At registration, sign up for the Sunday shuttle to the time slot which suits (one shuttle per person). Parking is at Lake Crackenback Resort, approximately 15minutes from Jindabyne up the Alpine Way. will be on a first come, first served basis. The Thredbo Valley Trail is approximately 17km of green-graded gravity fed trail. When you register online, please indicate if you will be there on the Sunday for the shuttle, and please note only 1 shuttle per person.

Dirt Maidens Race Format

This year participants can choose to do the cross country only, or for the more intermediate and advanced riders, they can register to do both.

*If at any time you feel uncomfortable riding a section of trail, you are welcome to hop off your bike and walk. If you stop at any time, it is wise to move off to the left to let riders behind you pass.


The cross country event caters for all levels of rider. Competitors ride as many laps of a set course (7.5km loop) as they possibly can in a set time of 100 minutes. Competitors can ride as many or as few laps as they wish.  The trails for this course are rated green and easy blue. 


This year, the gravity course is more technical, and designed for intermediate and advanced riders. Numbers are limited to 60 riders for this event, so register quickly before places fill up! A wait list will be created once places are filled.


There will be a juniors race for mini maidens aged 4-10. This will take place at the event centre where everyone can watch and cheer whilst resting up before the Gravity race. If a junior aged between 10-16 would like to enter the main event, this is possible, however please contact us to discuss.
If you would like to register your 'mini maiden' for this event, please email


The cross country loop is 7-8km in length, so participants can choose to do as many or as few laps as they choose.

The gravity course is around 2km in length, and participants are required to ride/walk to the start of the descent. This requires a good level of fitness. 

Earlier Event: October 31
Running Scared - 8km Night Obstacle Race
Later Event: March 20
Mountain Designs Adventure Race