Queenstown Bike Festival starts Friday

Queenstown Bike Festival have sent us the low-down on the first few events.   Enjoy... "Here comes the second annual Queenstown Bike Festival, being held in and around the town over 10 days from March 30 to April 9, featuring more than 20 events, including a comedy night, kids Mini Cross, social and more serious rides, entertainment, parties, cinema nights and more. We'd first like to bring your attention to the opening night on Friday 30th at the Crowne Plaza for a night of fun, laugh and celebration, The Speight Summit Super D on Saturday 31st and the movie masterpiece centred on the infamous ' Paris Roubaix", the French coblestone paved cycling race on Monday 2nd April. Friday 30th March, 6 pm, Crowne Plaza Queenstown Queenstown Bike Festival Opening night Comedian Joseph Harper will deliver his show " Bikes I've owned versus Girls I've fallen in love with", which promises to be quite interesting and this will be followed by the "Bikes made in NZ with Love" awards. From the brand new Avanti Chrono which just won a Red Spot Design award in Germany to the very first bike ever made worldwide, the Draisine, from a bamboo bike to a wooden bike, from a couple of Queenstown made specials to the Penny Farthing, come and join us to celebrate all about the bike. Tickets are $85, and include meal, show and awards. Available from Crowne Plaza or phone Southern Traverse office 03 441 8215 Saturday 31st March, Speight Summit Super D A mountain bike SUPER D Enduro (downhill and uphill racing) event set in the Queenstown Bike Park high above Queenstown, with Skyline Gondola access, 6hrs non stop tag team or individual. The course covers 7km down and up, and is designed to give 'downhill riders' and cross-country riders' equal chances at being first at the end of the day. At the end of the Hammy's Trail, riders cross straight into the Skyline staff parking into the support village and pit lanes with the track taking every competitor past every 'pit' on each lap. Each lap is expected to take 22 - 25 mins. Only 40 spots left.... So better enter online quick!
  • Registration is from 8.30am - 9.30
  • Race briefing at 9.30am
  • Race start at 10am
  • You will get 6hrs in total (from your start time) to get the maximum number of laps.
  • Village tent/transition area is located behind the Gondola Base Building
For more info and how to enter: http://www.queenstownbikefestival.co.nz/what-s-happening/festival-programme/saturday-31st-march/super-d-enduro/ Monday 2nd April,  8pm, Dorothy Browns Cinema, Arrowtown "A Sunday in Hell" followed by "Vive le Tour" A chronicle of the 1976 Paris-Roubaix race-with riders like Eddy Merckx, Roger De Vlaeminck, and Francesco Moser-it's a transporting documentary that drops you into the cobblestone dust, soaks you in sweat and fetishizes the suffering of the world's greatest one-day race. A Sunday in Hell (original title: En Forårsdag i Helvede) is a 1976 Danish documentary film directed by Jørgen Leth. The film is a chronology of the 1976 Paris-Roubaix bicycle race from the perspective of participants, organizers and spectators. This is a feature film length, 92mn. If you have never seen it - you're missing out, this is a masterpiece. Tickets are $18, include a beer. Phone Southern Traverse office 03 441 8215 or come at the door. Space limited, bookings recommended. For the rest of the Bike Festival, go to http://www.queenstownbikefetsival.com."

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