By GUY WILLIAMS
About 1000 mountain bikers are expected to take up the chance of a ride on the wild side this Sunday.
As they’ve done every year since 2016, the Porter family’s opening up their deer and sheep farm, Queenstown Park Station, for the popular event.
Anita Golden, who’s special projects boss for Porter company Remarkables Park Ltd, says it’s an opportunity for locals to check out stunning views of the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers from a different perspective.
Starting from Boyd Road — which runs off the Kingston Rd about 2km south of the Kawarau Falls Bridge — participants have two main options: ride 9km to a riverside picnic spot then turn around and ride back to the start, or ride all the way (13.5km) to Chard Farm.
They can either get picked up there or ride back towards the resort on the Queenstown Trail.
Golden says riders can bring their own picnic lunch, or take advantage of the coffee, ice cream, water and bacon butties that’ll be available for purchase from kiosks there.
She recommends riders register — via activeqt.co.nz — by midnight tonight.
Registrations will be accepted on the day, but those people will have to keep an eye on social media in case of cancellation.
All riders need to check in at the Boyd Rd entrance and get their electronic transponder between 9am and 11am.
They can hit the trail from 9.30am, and must exit the station by 4pm.
The ride’s free, but donations on the day to the Queenstown Trails Trust will be gratefully received.