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PICTURE: RED BULL

Queenstown mountain bikers Vinny Armstrong (left) and Jess Blewitt eye up a potential downhill descent during the recent Red Bull Formation event, held in the hills of Virgin, Utah, in the United States.

Eight of the world’s best female free riders took part in the second week-long camp, held late last month, which is designed as a progression camp for women.

Blewitt, a former ski racer, transitioned to mountain biking in 2019 — she’s currently the women’s under-19 national and Oceania mountain bike champion and this year also won the New Zealand national DH series at Coronet Peak.

She’s now in Austria where she fin ished 19th in the Leogang World Cup, held over last weekend, her first, while Armstrong’s still in Utah.