Tyres on the trail – 7Mile Review in MTN SCENE by Anika Forsman

IT STARTED with a couple of mountain bikers taking the odd limb off a tree – 4000 voluntary hours later, there’s now a world class trail.
Queenstown Mountain Bike Club (QTMBC) worked through the winter in snow and rain to get Seven Mile Reserve, south-west of Queenstown, ready for summer.
QTMBC committee member Carey Vivian says people had been creating mountain bike trails within the reserve for years, prompting the formation of the club in 2003. Its purpose is to facilitate the development of the sport in Queenstown and educate riders.
Vivian has been steering the massive operation, organising regular working bees with up to 25 members turning up to help each time.
“This year we’ve brought in contractors as well because it’s such a huge job,” he says. “We’ve also been lucky to have picked up some corporate sponsorship with Outside Sports donating money for ongoing trail development and management.”
The project has cost $40,000 with funding coming from club memberships, proceeds from club maps and T-shirts and the majority from local charitable trusts - Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland and Wakatipu Trails Trust.
The trail will officially open on December 1 once the Department of Conservation has signed off the completed work.
QMTBC signed a management agreement with DoC last year allowing for further maintenance and construction.
Vivian says it’s the first time DoC has entered into a contract with a mountain bike club to look after land. “We’ve made Seven Mile more rideable for families and kids,” he says. “It’s a fantastic asset for the community.”
Vivian has been riding for more than 15 years and can remember when the only trail option was at Skyline gondola. There’s been an explosion in New Zealand in the last few years, thanks to things like Rotorua hosting the world mountain bike champs.
“Queenstown isn’
IT STARTED with a couple of mountain bikers taking the odd limb off a tree – 4000 voluntary hours later, there’s now a world class trail. Queenstown Mountain Bike Club (QTMBC) worked through the winter in snow and rain to get Seven Mile Reserve, south-west of Queenstown, ready for summer. QTMBC committee member Carey Vivian says people had been creating mountain bike trails within the reserve for years, prompting the formation of the club in 2003. Its purpose is to facilitate the development of the sport in Queenstown and educate riders. Vivian has been steering the massive operation, organising regular working bees with up to 25 members turning up to help each time. “This year we’ve brought in contractors as well because it’s such a huge job,” he says. “We’ve also been lucky to have picked up some corporate sponsorship with Outside Sports donating money for ongoing trail development and management.” The project has cost $40,000 with funding coming from club memberships, proceeds from club maps and T-shirts and the majority from local charitable trusts - Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland and Wakatipu Trails Trust. The trail will officially open on December 1 once the Department of Conservation has signed off the completed work. QMTBC signed a management agreement with DoC last year allowing for further maintenance and construction. Vivian says it’s the first time DoC has entered into a contract with a mountain bike club to look after land. “We’ve made Seven Mile more rideable for families and kids,” he says. “It’s a fantastic asset for the community.” Vivian has been riding for more than 15 years and can remember when the only trail option was at Skyline gondola. There’s been an explosion in New Zealand in the last few years, thanks to things like Rotorua hosting the world mountain bike champs. “Queenstown isn’

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