From the 22nd of March through to the 1st of April 2013, the ten day Queenstown Bike Festival will be held in New Zealand, and it will be packed with events for both the casual weekend warrior through to the hardened pro.
If you’re in or visiting New Zealand, or thinking of visiting New Zealand then this is a great time to go – for biker fans that is! We’ve talked about it before see this link on the Teva Slopestyle which was held for the first time last year, but this year the Festival bigger and better than ever. ”With 25 events in total there is something for everyone. Nearly every genre of cycling gets a look in – mountain biking, cross country, downhill, freeride and park. Road biking, casual pedals, even kids rides. It’s not just activities on the bike – there are bike films, parties and more – all in celebration of cycling culture!” blurbs the official site.
The family favourite the New World Tour de Wakatipu is back, but those looking for a bit more action with their adventure, look no further than the Super-D – this gondola assisted race is never short of up’s, downs, thrills and spills. Likewise the Vertigo Bikes Dirtmasters DH is a hearty challenge to the best downhillers not only in Queenstown but to a host of national and international athletes testing their skills in the Queenstown Bike Park.
Returning for a second year is the Teva Slopestyle – held in central Queenstown. The event is now a FMB World Tour Silver Event. Taking a cue from snowboard culture, this fan-friendly big air event is something that must be seen to be believed.
This festival is for pros and amatuers … they welcome everyone. More than 5000 people took part last year from far and wide.
Organizer Geoff Hunt has high hopes for the festival: “This year, we’re aiming to provide unique, affordable and achievable events for people to participate in or attend. We want to create a festival that appeals to a wide swath of biking culture – mountain bikers, road riders, BMX, freeride – even tandems and unicycles! At the same time connecting with a range of riders – men, women, baby boomers, the youth market, kids, racers, spectators and visitors to Queenstown.”
There is another new event this year, the R & R Sport Mega Avalanche – starting high on the slopes of the Remarkables Ski Field and ending at the lake this test of endurance, courage and brakes is something that will surely be a fan favourite. With a mass start and motorway speeds predicted this is the sort of race where legends are born!
This is truly an event not to be missed. For more information please follow this link to the Queenstown Bike Festival.