Countdown to Bike Festival

The Festival of events

The Queenstown Bike Festival events’ line up is stacking up to be the perfect way to showcase not only some of New Zealand’s and the world’s top riders but also a community spirited festival with a medley of social and family orientated events.

We have an incredible line up of internationally recognised hardcore riders that take riding bikes very seriously. But the Festival is not just that, there are events for everybody: kids, families, bike fanatics and wannabes.

For the ladies: check out the Diamonds in the Rough on Monday 14th April. Learn how to ride well from the best in the business. Rosara Joseph and Ash Burgess.

And that’s thanks in part to the support from Konica Minolta, Vertigo Bikes, New World,, R & R Sport, Skyline and the Queenstown Lakes Event Funding.

As you may or may not know, the festival is run under the umbrella of the Bike Queenstown Charitable Trust, and we thank its trustees for their support and input, and for the above mentioned company and trusts for their generous help and contribution. Needless to say this support is invaluable.

So we have the headlines events:

Click thru on any of these events to get the full information and entry details.

Vertigo Bikes Super D

A six hour non-stop tag team or individual mountain bike race, where the best downhillers, XC riders and enduro riders face off;


Konica Minolta Kids Mini X

held in the Arrow River environments with races and course for all age groups ;


Vertigo Bikes Dirtmasters Downhill

held on a challenging course in the Queenstown Bike Park. New course, great PRIZE MONEY, Mens Open 1st prize $600, 2nd $300 men, 3rd $150.

For the ladies. Open 1st prize $300, 2nd $150, 3rd $75;


Queenstown Slopestyle,

a heart stopping display of bike acrobatics in the Ballarat Street Car Park; come and watch some of the best throw themselves and the bikes through the air

Check the Devel Burger Airbag Jam on Weds 16th in a practise session for the slopestyle. Enduro

enduro race based on Coronet Peak. Start at the top and end up in the valley floor after 5 or 6 stages;


New World Tour de Wakatipu,

36km or 45km ride from Arrowtown to Chard Farm, a classic mountain bike ride in the autumn leaves


R&R Sport Mega Avalanche,

a marathon style event that mixes gravity-assisted excitement with high levels of fitness.


Note: entries are still open for all the events.



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PS. Don’t forget the great after parties at Surreal, The Find 16inch World Championship, Lonestar Downhill party, Through the Lens at The Find, The Boiler Room and for the finale party and NZ Crown Prize Giving at Winnies in the Mall.

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Movie Premier: Won’t Back Down

The NZ premier of the film telling the story of DH mountain bike legend Steve Peat is showing at The Find on shotover street on Monday 14 April.  There will be a cover charge in the range of $5-10 and all proceeds will go to local privateers to help them make it to International competitions.

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BBQ Chefs required for club fundraising at Bike Fest!

The QMTBC has the opportunity to run a fundraising BBQ at the Queenstown Slopestyle competition in the Ballarat Street carpark and the Super D but we’d need someone prepared to organise and run it (the club will obviously provide everything required!) and some BBQ chefs to cook and clean afterwards.  Last year the BBQ at the slopestyle was incredibly popular – at least until the BBQ went up in flames!

If anyone is interested in organising this please email

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7 Mile Tuesday Working Bee

Next Tuesday (April 8 – the 2nd Tuesday of the month) we will will be continuing to spruce up Cool runnings focusing on the old return track to The Hub.  Meet at the Hub at 6pm.  It’s currently under about 150mm of pine needles and cones and nigh on impossible to ride. We’ll try to get the blower down there too and we’ll see if can go over the whole lower section to finish it off.  Might even have a look at the section from the Hub to the bottom of Kerchong and see if we can come up with a plan for it.


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Vote on QMTBC riding top style

The QMTBC Style gurus who brought you Dirt is the new Snow T shirts  are planning a riding top (cause who wants to ride in cotton t shirts – ew!).  So go to this survey form and let them know what style of top they should be making – GO skin tight lycra!

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