Queenstown slopestyle boss eyes enduro

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Queenstown’s new slopestyle champ wowed the crowd with his tricks but says gut-busting enduro could be his future.

Mountain biker Conor Macfar-lane took the honours and $1300 prize money at his home slopestyle contest during the Queenstown Bike Festival last Thursday – at the third time of asking.

But as he heads off to Canada for a summer road-tripping with mates and competing, Macfarlane says he’s feeling the lure of the booming enduro race scene.

“I’m getting quite into the old enduro racing as well [as slopestyle] – I’ve done a few this year and I’m torn between the two.”

Macfarlane plans to compete in the Enduro World Series, the same one bike fest director Geoff Hunt hopes to bring here in 2015.

It means he might have to sacrifice a chance to compete in a US slopestyle event, with a course designed by Queenstown slopestyle course designers Kelly McGarry and Tom Hey.

Macfarlane won an off-the-books ‘avalanche’ race down Coronet Peak prior to the bike fest – with local riders racing from the summit to The Tap pub.