On track for greatness: Arrowtown youngster Malik Boatwright, 14, is keen to continue proving himself as a top-tier rider. PICTURE: NEIL SINCLAIR

The next generation of mountain bikers will spend the next few days competing at Queenstown’s Coronet Peak, vying for South Island honours.

Starting today, the Skoda South Island School MTB Championships, cancelled last year due to Covid restrictions, will showcase the mainland’s best up-and-coming riders across four events.

There are about 700 entries from primary, intermediate and high schools across the South Island, representing just over 400 individual
competitors amping to make their mark.

The downhill’s being held today, followed by individual and relay cross-country races tomorrow, finishing with enduro on Saturday.

Coronet Peak ski area manager Nigel Kerr’s stoked to host the event and enable young talent to shine.

‘‘If you’re a mountain biker and you’re at school, this is like the pinnacle event.’’

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