Mountain bikers hurtled down Bob’s Peak tracks on Saturday for the first gut-buster in the inaugural Queenstown Bike Festival.
About 90 contenders – individuals and teams – tackled the gruelling non-stop six hour Super D Enduro race, which kick-started at 10am and is the first event on the 10-day festival calendar.
Nelson’s Kurt Lancaster took out the title as fastest solo male clocking up 16 laps of the downhill and slightly uphill track.
Queenstowners Jim Hawridge and Reon Boe were hot on his heels to claim second and third place, respectively, just 40 seconds apart after 16 laps.
The only individual girl, Hannah Thorpe, clocked up 13 laps of the course, on par with the fastest female team of three, Fluker And The Pretenders. Their male counterparts, the Vertigo A team, did 16 laps, the same tally as top men’s team of two, Rosbeef Baguette.
Quickest mixed team of two, Hyperperformance Santa Cruz, finished with 15 laps and 12th place overall.
Veteran man Marty McDonald completed 14 rounds of the Ben Lomond Forest course.
Despite a few spills over the day – with one rider cartwheeling into a tree, another knocking himself out, and one who “broke a couple of ribs” – festival organiser Geoff Hunt says: “It was a fantastic day”.
“Everyone had an enormous amount of fun,” he adds.