Hagen to kickstart downhill mountain biking season

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Queenstown’s first full downhill mountain biking season opens this weekend – with a special guest.
 
Queenstown downhiller Scarlett Hagen will officially open Queenstown Bike Park, on Ben Lomond Recreational Reserve, for its eight-month season on Saturday at 10am. 

The former junior world downhill champion will join Skyline Enterprises chief engineer Ross Davidson, a passionate mountain biker and park backer, for the first downhill run. 

Davidson says the four-month trial season by Skyline last season was a “huge” success, with 5,000 people completing more than 58,000 runs down the mountain. 

“It shows that there’s a growing market for an outdoor activity in a stunning location that’s suitable for everyone from beginners to families and advanced or pro riders,” he says. 

“It’s adding a new and exciting activity to the visitor mix as our figures already show that more than 40% of riders who used the park during the trial were international visitors. It’s expected up to 100,000 rides will be completed in the bike park’s first full season. “ 

A pass for the season through till April 2012 is $599 for an adult. Lift tickets cost $60 for a full day or $45 for a half day.