MTB Downhill racing returns to Coronet Peak

[Press Release] Downhill Mountain Bike racing is making a welcome return to Coronet Peak in the New Year. Queenstown DH, (The the Downhill wing of the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club) will be holding a special, one off extra race as part of their popular summer Downhill race Race series Series on Saturday 3rd January. The infamous Coronet Downhill track will be used as the race track after a 6 year hiatus. The track was a mainstay of the National Downhill series from 20065 to 2009 &&andhad a reputation from for being one of the fastest &most physically demanding tracks in New Zealand. A largestrong field is expected, with Professional professional Mountain mountain bikers from New Zealand &and around the globe making Queenstown their base, using the race for off season training&and mixing it it with strong local Queenstown ridersiders. Event Manager & Queenstown Mountain Bike Club committee member Fraser Gordon is excited to be bringing the race back to life. “We’re stoked to see Coronet Peak back on the MTB scene. The Coros DH track hads an awesome reputation back in the day & it will be fantastic to see some of the world’s top riders racing on it again, . The QMTBC volunteer diggers have done an amazing job bringing the track back to life after it lying dormant for 6 years too” Local riders Jarna Mackenzie & Helen Watling from Outside Sports were instrumental in working with NZSki to get Coronet Peak open again. “If it wasn’t for passionate local riders like Jarna&Hels, & the foresight &support of NZSkias welltoo, we wouldn’t have theseopportunities to run these awesome events” said Mr Gordon. Entry is open to anyone wanting to participate, with age group classes available too. Entry fee will be $20 with all proceeds goingfrom the entry fees will go towards QMTBC’s future trails developments. Coronet Peak will also be offering ½ price lift passes forrom all competitors too. Open practice will be commencing from 1pm, with racing happing happening from 5pm. *Coronet Peak will be open to the public for Mountain Biking from the 26th December 2014 till the 11th January 2015. 11am to 7pm.

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