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By TRACEY ROXBURGH

Queenstown Mountain Bike Club’s signed up its 2000th member.

Formed in 2003, the club was created to help develop mountain bike trails and riding opportunities in the Whakatipu Basin, starting with less than 100 members.

Nineteen years on, it’s flourishing.

President Pete McInally says he’s particularly pleased to see the number of junior and female riders involved now, given they were once ‘‘minority groups’’ within the club.

‘‘It’s a very exciting time to be a member of the club.

‘‘With Rod Drury’s investment into biking around the area, and the support of the awesome local bars and bike shops that contribute [to] the club, we have achieved a lot over the past year.

‘‘With new trails in the works that will hopefully be under way shortly, our members still
have lots to look forward to.’’

McInally says the 2022-’23 summer season’s already shaping up to be an epic one, with a calendar jam-packed with events, including the highly-anticipated Queenstown Bike Festival and McGazza Fest, cancelled this year due to the Red traffic light setting coming into play.

tracey.roxburgh@scene.co.nz