‘McGnarly’ veteran with love of jumps takes over club’s handlebars



Queenstown’s biggest club has a new president.

Pete ‘McGnarly’ McInally took over leadership of the 1600-member Queenstown Mountain
Bike Club from Chris Conway at the recent annual meeting.

McInally’s a 30-year Queenstown veteran and has been immersed in mountain biking since trading in his motocross bike in 2006 after injuring his knee.

‘‘I’m 60 years old and still doing jumps.’’

He’s expecting his first presidential year to be a big one.

On the cards are a bike festival, new trails and remodelled jumps, a process known as ‘‘dirt sculpting’’.

Asked if Queenstown didn’t already have enough mountain biking facilities, McInally says Destination Queenstown’s always wanting more and is promoting the region’s cycling opportunities.

With young people showing a lot of interest in the sport, the club’s considering the ski school model to teach them safe racing and jumping.

‘‘You don’t have a club in 20 years’ time if you don’t bring through juniors.’’