By TRACEY ROXBURGH
The first-ever Crankworx Summer Series New Zealand’s inbound to Queenstown this weekend, featuring the resort’s brand new pump track.
Due to a dodgy forecast for Sunday, Crankworx has brought forward the Queenstown Pump Track comp.
Initially scheduled at the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club’s new Kerry Drive track for Sunday, it’ll instead go ahead tomorrow.
The action, featuring about 65 riders, will start from 11.30am and go all day, with pro finals — being livestreamed across the globe by Crankworx — from 6pm till 7.30pm.
Club president Pete McInally says the track’s been built at rapid pace by Tom Hey from Elevate Trail Building, after only getting the licence a couple of months ago.
While it’s been tested, it hasn’t yet been opened up to the public.
‘‘We kept it quiet,’’ McInally says.
The track’s about 100 metres on either side — riders start at the same spot, going in opposite directions, and come up the final straight side-by-side, completing two laps, one on each side, ‘‘just in case one is running differently’’.
Initially planned as the replacement for the world-renowned Gorge Road Jump Park, after Xero founder and billionaire resort resident Rod Drury stepped in at the eleventh hour earlier this year to save that park, the club was able to keep Kerry Dr ‘‘for other things’’.
A massive bonus for the club is the livestreaming of the pro finals tomorrow night, which McInally says will be great for Queenstown and the future of mountain biking tourism here.
The action moves on Saturday to Skyline’s Queenstown Bike Park for the downhill – with a field of 108 riders.
Training rides start there from 9am till 1.30pm before finals from 1.45pm to 6.30pm.