Biking big guns confirmed for Queenstown contest


Five of the world’s top freestyle mountain bikers are confirmed for Queenstown Bike Festival’s slopestyle contest.

Living legend Cam McCaul and 2012 Red Bull Rampage winner Kurt Sorge, both from the US, are lined up for the March event.

Briton Sam Pilgrim, who scored five first place results last season, is also set to showcase his skills.

Canadian Sam Dueck returns for a second year along with reigning champion Aussie Benny Phillips, who is on comeback from a huge injury.

The riders are all on event sponsors Teva’s international team and will meet with Kiwi team members Kelly McGarry and Conor MacFarlane in Queenstown.

Queenstowner McGarry, who also designs the course with Queenstown Mountain Bike Club president Tom Hey, says: “The 2013 Teva Slopestyle in Queenstown is shaping up good.

“We are beefing up the course, throwing some new elements in and looking forward to having some of the big guns from the Teva international team heading over for the comp.

“The crowd will be able to look forward to world class riding and some pretty wild stuff going down under the lights on the night of the comp.”

Held in Ballarat Street car park, the competition has gained silver status accreditation this year with points counting towards the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour.

Teva has also stumped up a $10,000 prize pool for the March 28 contest.