Queenstown Bike Festival – day-by-day guide


Saturday, March 23 

Outside Sports Super D Enduro
What: Six hours of heart-pumping downhill and uphill racing for teams
and individuals.
Where: Queenstown Bike Park
When: 10am-4pm
Cost: $110 per individual/ $80 per team member 

Bike Polo Half-Day Tournament
What: Full-on demonstration by the best players from the Australasian tournament held in Timaru.
Where: Remarkables Park Frankton
When: 2pm
Cost: free 

Surreal Super D Bike Party
What: Prize-giving for the winners and videos of the best action from the festival’s endurance race.
Where: Surreal Bar
When: 7pm ‘til late
Cost: free 

Sunday, March 24 

Crown Range Ride
What: Lung-busting social ride from the corner of Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Road and Speargrass Flat Road up the zig-zags to the top of the Crown Range.
Where: Arrowtown to the Crown Range
When: 8.30am
Cost: free 

Kids Mini X
What: Race or ride through the Arrow River flats reserve, with age group divisions from four to 14 years old.
Where: Butlers Green Arrowtown
When: 10am-12pm
Cost: $10 

The World Bar 16inch World Championship
What: Hotly-contested madcap racing around the Queenstown bar on a
tiny bike.
Where: The World Bar
When: 6pm ‘til late
Cost: $2, limited places 

Monday, March 25 

Go By Bike Day
What: Leave the car at home and get on your bike to work or ride with the kids during their holidays
Where: Wakatipu Basin
When: all day
Cost: free 

Coffee to Grape
What: An afternoon of wine and food with a ride on the Queenstown Trail to Gibbston Valley
Where: Arrowtown to Gibbston Valley
When: 10am meeting, Dudley Cottage, Arrowtown
Cost: $80 per person or $129 with bike hire 

Vertigo Giant Skippers Special
What: Popular three hours of shuttle service on the pack track. Numbers limited.
Where: Ride Skippers Canyon Pack Track
When: 2pm (meet at Brecon Street shop)
Cost: $50 (which includes free Vertigo T-shirt RRP $39) 

Night Time Mountain Bike Ride
What: Ride with locals in three separate groups – slow, medium and fast – with bike lights on a surprise route.
Where: Queenstown
When: 6pm start (from R&R Shop, Shotover Street)
Cost: free 

Tuesday, March 26 

Girls Only Coffee Ride
What: Ladies-only social ride escorted by Queenstown Pedallers.
Where: Frankton to Arrowtown
When: 10am (Frankton Beach)
Cost: free 

Vertigo Bikes DirtMasters DH Practice
What: Practice sessions for the festival highlight.
Where: Queenstown Bike Park
When: 10.15am-12.15pm and 2pm-4pm
Cost: $90 for pass holders or $130 

Through The Lens
What: Showcase of the best videos and images chronicling riding in the Wakatipu.
Where: The World Bar
When: 7.30pm
Cost: $5 for Queenstown Mountain Bike Club members, $10 non-members 

Wednesday, March 27 

Teva Slopestyle Practice
What: Some of the world’s best freestyle riders test the downtown course.
Where: Ballarat Street Carpark
When: all day
Cost: spectators free, details on rider entry www.tevaslopestyle.com 

Vertigo Bike Dirtmasters DH
What: Top downhillers compete on a technically-demanding 3km course
Where: Queenstown Bike Park
When: Practice 10.15am-12.15pm, race 2pm-4pm
Cost: $90 pass holders, others $130, spectators free (without gondola) 

Brecon Street Downhill Finish Party
What: DirtMasters riders rip down the Brecon Street steps to the finish
Where: Brecon Street
When: 1pm-5pm
Cost: free 

Lone Star DirtMasters Prize Giving Party
What: Winners and riders claim their prizes, with the best of the action on the big screen
Where: Lone Star
When: 7pm ‘til late
Cost: free 

Thursday, March 28 

Hilton Queenstown Coffee Ride
What: Social mountain bike ride for riders aged 14-plus escorted by Queenstown Pedallers
Where: Hilton Hotel, Kawarau Falls
When: 10am at Hilton jetty (confirm attendance before 8am)
Cost: free 

Teva Slopestyle
What: The hugely-popular freestyle big air comp returns for a second year with more of the world’s best riders
Where: Ballarat Street Carpark
When: practice all day, competition from 6pm
Cost: spectators free, details on rider entry www.tevaslopestyle.com 

The Boiler Room Teva Slopestyle After Party
What: Beers and cheers with the slopestyle riders
Where: The Boiler Room
When: from 9pm
Cost: free 

Friday, March 29 

Konica Minolta Bikes in the Park
What: Bike-orientated fun day in the park with unicycle demos, a mini-freeride pump park, music and more
Where: Earnslaw Park
When: Noon onwards
Cost: free 

Rock ‘n’ Roll Enduro
What: Hard and fast xc and downhill enduro race over four timed sections
Where: Coronet Peak, Rude Rock, Skippers Canyon Pack Track and Zoot.
When: 11am
Cost: $50 

League of Ladies AKA LOL
What: Another social event for ladies only, with fun a priority and fancy dress highly-recommended
Where: Seven Mile
When: 5-7.30pm
Cost: free 

Saturday, March 30 

New World Tour De Wakatipu
What: Choose to compete over 45kms against elite and sports riders or enjoy 36km or 12km recreational rides
Where: Millbrook to Chard Farm (with unique access to Cone Burn Station)
When: 8am
Cost: $75 adults, $45 juniors, or $45 for runners (12.5km) 

Sunday, March 31 

R&R Sport Mega Avalanche
What: Spectacular new event with riders descending 1650m down the Remark­ables, all at once
Where: The Remarkables
When: Noon
Cost: spectators free, places for riders already fully booked 

Bike Festival Finale Party and Bike Made In NZ with Love
What: Riders, organisers, volunteers
and spectators come together to celebrate 10 days of biking bliss
Where: AJ Hackett Bungy Centre, Kawarau Bridge
When: 6pm onwards
Cost: $10 including transport from Queenstown and back and a drink on arrival 

Monday, April 1 

The Vital Signs Tour De Lakes
What: Riders on the four-day tour
cross the finish line at Moke Lake
after riding through Fiordland and Glenorchy
Where: Finish at Moke Lake
When: March 29 till April 1
Cost: spectators free