MTB race a first for peak playground



The latest in Coronet Peak’s series of summer events kicks off today.

The Coronet Peak Goldminer is a 45km mountain biking race that, for the first time, links all the tracks on the ski area with those on the lower half of the mountain.

Summer ops manager Tom O’Halloran says the course starts and finishes by the base building, taking in 10 trails including the new Upper Rude Rock and Rude Rock trails, the Pack Track and Sack, Zoot and Hot Rod.

‘‘Linking it all up as one continual ride hasn’t been done … it’s a world-class track,’’ O’Halloran says.

There are seven categories, including one for e-bikes, with registration open until the morning of the event.

He’s expecting a good turnout, but says the race is not for the faint-hearted, with 2000m of vertical climbing across the course.

‘‘We have broken it right down into quite specific age groups … so we’re looking for everyone from pretty serious weekend warriors, right through to some of the more elite riders that are in New Zealand at the moment.’’

The event wouldn’t be possible without support from private landowners, and Coronet Peak’s looking forward to making it a staple event, he says.