Hidden Vale 3Plus3 2017
On the weekend of 8-9 July 2017, RATS members again made a good showing at the 3Plus3 event at Spicers Hidden Vale. The midwinter 3Plus3 has become a firm part of the local riding calendar, along with Hidden Vale’s 24 hr and 4 hr events in April, the Dingo Duo in October and the Epic in September.
Originally held as a December event, the 3Plus3 migrated to July on a permanent basis after being cancelled due to rain two years in succession. It now serves as a mountain bikers’ Christmas in July. As with other mountain biking events at Hidden Vale, the 3Plus3 offers a unique opportunity to camp on the
Racing in the 3Plus3 takes the form of 3 hr lap
In 2016, the event for the first time offered a separate social ride, with social riders using an alternate course to racers in
The 3Plus3 remains a highly popular event, particularly for families. Participation has been growing from year to year and even more with the addition of the social ride. A Saturday night Xmas feast is available with pre-booking and many riders appreciate an opportunity to stay on after the first day’s riding and catch up with friends before completing the event on
The 2017 overall win for women went to Imogen Smith, who was returning from hip and shoulder injuries sustained in a criterium race earlier this year. Imogen rode 14 laps across Saturday and Sunday in a total time of 6:36. The men’s overall winner was Trek Racing’s Ethan Kelly, with 16 laps in 6:24. Full race results are available here.