Queenstown to host new downhill mountain bike event at Easter

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Queenstown adventure race organiser Geoff Hunt has announced a major local downhill mountain bike event on Bob’s Peak this Easter. 

The challenging 3km course – which Hunt says “certainly won’t be for the fainthearted” – will run in the Ben Lomond Forest from the Skyline upper terminal down to Brecon Street. 

“The track is still to be defined but there is huge potential in the forest and with the support of Skyline, who will provide [gondola] access for the event, I believe we have a great formula,” Hunt says. 

Qualifying rounds will be held on Good Friday, April 22, and on the Saturday. 

The final, on Easter Sunday, April 24, will be contested by the top 100 competitors. 

With good prizes on offer, Hunt expects to attract competitors from all over New Zealand. 

“This new downhill event which will become an annual Easter fixture can only help reinforce Queenstown’s international mountain biking status,” Hunt says. 

The race will be called the Ben Lomond Downhill.

Next Monday, Skyline commences a four-month trial period for gondola-assisted mountain bike access to Bob’s Peak.