mountain biking

Downhill pro’s pain

Queenstown's downhill mountain biking star George Brannigan has suffered yet another setback after breaking his collar-bone for the fourth time in 12 months. The GT Factory Racing team rider, 26, is taking some time out from the sport with his...
A newly-discovered mining tunnel on the banks of the Shotover River is set to become a bikers' paradise. While scouting the land near Arthurs Point for new track locations, the Queenstown Trails Trust discovered the tunnel hidden behind some scrub. About...
Trails including the 7 Mile Bike Reserve, Rude Rock, Wynyard Bike Park and Gorge Road Jump Park have firmed up Queenstown's position as a mountain bike top dog. As world-class bikers descend on the resort for summer, Louise Scott...

Tribute to McGazza

One of the world's top mountain bikers has released a moving film in memory of Queenstown legend Kelly McGarry. Dear Kelly, a video letter from United States Red Bull pro Carson Storch, aired on Pinkbike on Monday. It was filmed last...
Queenstown Mountain Bike Club is using an economic impact report to try and wangle cash from City Hall. The study, commissioned by the club, shows riders using its trails are spending a whopping $65 million annually. The Tourism Recreation Conservation stats...
Southland lad Matt King has gone from chasing his own Olympic cycling dream to coaching medallists. He stumbled into the role but is now gearing up for a new challenge – helping a Queenstown athlete reach Tokyo 2020. Louise Scott reports When Matt King beat...
Queenstown Bike Festival has been mothballed at the eleventh hour for 2017. Owner Geoff Hunt says he's been in negotiations since Christmas to sell the festival to a local group but the sale fell through last month. It means all festival...
Queenstown mountain biker Conor Macfarlane suffered a broken collarbone after being flung over the handlebars at Crankworx Rotorua last Friday. While it's a pretty common injury, he's peeved to be out of action for another few weeks. The break follows a wrist...
Top Queenstown mountain bikers Kate Fluker and Mark Williams battled searing heat, illness and mechanical failures to finish fifth in their category of South African slog Cape Epic. The 691km race, with 15,400m of vertical climbing, attracted 1500 riders and...
Last-minute training is cranking up ahead of New Zealand's biggest bike festival. Talented Queenstown rider Conor Macfarlane only got the go-ahead to ride Rotorua's Crankworx last week – after suffering a wrist injury competing in Red Bull Rampage last October. Until...
Kiwi winners of New Zealand's toughest mountain bike race have South Africa in their sights. After seven days, 545km of racing and a gruelling 15,508m of climbing through the Southern Alps, competitors in The Pioneer 7-Day Epic rode to the...
It's not everyone's idea of fun. But that's how Queenstown duo Kate Fluker and Mark Williams are treating the gruelling Pioneer mountain bike race. The gruelling contest – a 545km ride and 15,508 metre climb, which starts in Christchurch this Sunday...
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