Queenstown gondola season for mountain bikers to double

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Mountain bikers are in for a mammoth, eight-month second season riding the Bob’s Peak gondola. 

Skyline Enterprises plan to carry bikers on its cable cars from September till April 2012, provided Queenstown Lakes District Council gives the green light to a management agreement. 

The gondola, which provides sweat-free access to downhill tracks in Ben Lomond Reserve, first opened to riders in January for a four-month trial season. 

“We are very excited to be running a second season of mountain biking and can’t wait to see the bike scene in Queenstown grow to reach its full potential,” Skyline Queenstown general manager Blair Deasy says. 

By April, bikers had made 35,000 rides by gondola, averaging 500 each day, with more than 200 season passes – worth $475 each – sold.