- All Areas – Watch out for maintenance crews and respect trail/jump closures.
- Gorge Rd Jump Park – Open
- 7 Mile – OPEN
- Jardines – OPEN
- Wynyard – OPEN
- Back country - Moonlight: watch for dangerous slips.
- Rude Rock now OPEN
- QBP (not managed by QMTBC) – Gondola Open.. Details on Facebook
Kelly McGarry training at Gorge Rd this Saturday from 10am to midday.Whether you want to learn how to backflip canyons or get air for the first time come along to what is hopefully a regular event this summer. We’d like some other experienced riders to attend to help depending on numbers.There will be a brand new BMX from Outdoor World given away to some lucky rider on the day
The 7X7 is back! Due to popular demand the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club is going to hold the fifth instalment of this classic endurance race on Saturday 22nd March at 7 Mile Reserve. The race has a new naming sponsor this year – Proactive Physio. As well as donating $1200 in cash for prizes, Proactive Physio will have a massage therapist set up at Wilson’s Bay to alleviate [some of] your aches and pains. Proactive Physio naming sponsorship will be backed up by many local associate sponsors who will also donate lots of spot prizes for those not in the prize money. Bidvest, as per usual, have already confirmed food supplies for the BBQ! We have already sussed out yet another challenging course to test your skills, fitness and keep the masseuse busy. The 7X7 is like no other endurance race, it is single track technical mountain biking in one of the most stunning mountain bike parks in the world. It is not to be missed!
Proactive Physio 7X7 Endurance Race
When: Sat 22nd March 2014 – 9am to 5pm.
Entries: We will let you know via the newsletter in early February when you can enter.
Contact: Carey Vivian firstname.lastname@example.org
The Queenstown mountain bike club currently has two weekly digs going building epic new trails in the Wakatipu basin. Monday nights there is a crew building a brand new black diamond DH trail in the Queenstown bike park (yes that’s right a new trail with council and Skyline support!). To jon the crew simply show up at the bottom of Hobbit at 5:30pm Mondays.
Of course the regular Wednesday night crew is still meeting up every week and carving out sweet singletrack for everyone to enjoy. Currently they are finishing off the link track between Rude Rock and Skippers pack track so if you want to help this project roll on up to the bottom of Rude Rock at around 6pm. If you are a little late just follow the joyous sound of swinging mattocks and scraping rakes…
|Jamie Nicoll and Rosara Joseph win 2013 Urge 3 Peaks Enduro mountain bike stage race held in Dunedin, New Zealand, December 6-7.|
|Jamie Nicoll, of Dunedin, emerged victorious at the 2013 Urge 3 Peaks Enduro, despite close competition from professional riders Anton Cooper and Justin Leov, both of Christchurch.
After four timed stages, just 14 seconds separated the top three riders.
Nicoll, who is considered the fastest privateer enduro rider (self-funded) in the world after his results in the 2013 Enduro World Series, relished the opportunity to race in Dunedin.
“We don’t have the massive descents in New Zealand that you get overseas, but this is a great event with some nice technical sections and some great terrain,” Nicoll explains.
He said the calibre of riders helped to make this a quality event.
“Justin Leov is a fellow Enduro World Series racer and I raced with Anton Cooper in the Trans-Provence [France] this year and he is a great rider who really knows how to hammer. Then you have all those Kiwi shredders who ride really well and could pull a top result quite easily.”
Nicoll said he loved the rockgardens on Mt Cargill the best and added that riding Signal Hill in the dry was quite a rare event for him.
“Normally it is wet and slippery and you just can’t ride the lines that were on today.”
Following on from his success from the 2013 season Nicoll has been offered contracts for 2014. Insiders speculate that he will have signed with a team within the week.
“It’s exciting for me,” he smiles. “I will be able to train properly rather than working a full day and then trying to train as much as a pro rider would. I will be able to focus on the detail now.”
Nicoll will be training in Queenstown for the summer in preparation for the first round of the Enduro World Series to be held in Chile in April 2014.
World-class: Jamie Nicoll, of Dunedin, on his way to winning the 2013 Urge 3 Peaks Enduro held in Dunedin, New Zealand, on Friday night and Saturday (December 6-7, 2013).
|Hot on Nicoll’s heels and only six seconds adrift after nearly 28 minutes of racing, Trek World Racing’s Justin Leov was unable to claim victory.
“I didn’t know the tracks at Pineapple or Cargill as well as I should have considering I lived here,” offers Leov, who crashed in the first stage today.
Leov said he was happy with how he rode today and that the event had helped him identify the areas he needed to focus on in his training “to be ready for the Enduro World Series next year”.
He said the toughest sections of the Urge 3 Peaks Enduro were the rockgardens on Mt Cargill.
“Compared to the European enduro races, the top of Mt Cargill – the rocky trails – are probably the closest,” he offers.
As far as the future of enduro mountain bike racing goes, Leov can see this event is perfectly positioned.
“I can see this event growing and attracting more and more international riders in years to come.”
For Anton Cooper his perfect debut at the event came undone in the closing minutes of the final stage when he threw his chain in a rough section of trail.
“I think I lost about 20-30 seconds – I am a bit gutted, because I was so close to a perfect day and I felt on fire all day,” he smiles.
“I really had a good time – it’s such an enjoyable event. I love pedalling uphill and riding fast downhill so an event like this is a lot of fun for me.”
Cooper, who was 2012 World Junior XC Champion and one of the world’s most promising U23 XC riders, is also renowned for his skill in descending. He was one of the hot favourites to win the 2013 Urge 3 Peaks Enduro.
“I didn’t feel a lot of pressure, but it is an event I personally wanted to do well in – it just frustrates me that I was so close, but that’s racing.”
Cooper is base training over summer and will take in the NZ Nationals on February 15, 2014, where he will be looking to defend his title before a training stint with the Cannondale Factory Racing in the States in March ahead of his World Cup XC season with the team.
Another battle loomed in the women’s event with late entry Sarsha Huntington – a former Australian 4X Champion and World Cup Top-10 regular changing her family’s holiday plans in New Zealand to include the Dunedin event.
“I flew in on the day of the urban stage, raced it and then my son kept us up all night because of the travel,” she laughs.
Her son Bryce and husband Randal also raced the enduro, she said.
“I loved the first and the third stage today, but the staircase on Mt Cargill was really technical. When you’ve never seen it before and you really want to go bungy jumping in a week’s time you don’t want to risk it so I took it easy down there.”
The Brisbane-based rider runs an events and promotions company back home and was impressed by the Urge 3 Peaks Enduro organisation.
“The event is amazing – I mean we have ridden through the hills from one side of Dunedin to the other – I wish we could have events like these back home.”
With Bryce blowing his wheel apart on one stage and Randal stopping to assist, Sarsha was the only Huntington to reach the finishline.
“I can gloat for the rest of the holiday that I was the one that finished,” she laughs.
“I was happy to leave him [Bryce] – what a good mother I am,” she added with a chuckle.
Sarsha said the girls in New Zealand were incredible in this discipline.
Defending her title succesfully, Olympian Rosara Joseph, of Wellington, said the event was a lot of fun for her.
“I really enjoyed each run,” she offers.
“The first stage today was physically very challenging and I ended it puffing really hard.”
While Joseph won the event last year she said she didn’t ride the steps on Mt Cargill and that was a goal for her title defence.
“I really wanted to ride the steps on Mt Cargill and I managed to do that this year. The last stage on Signal Hill was a downhill track and it was a really cool way to finish.”
Joseph, had more challengers this year for the title and she welcomed the added pressure.
“It’s good to see more girls travelling to do these races – you always have interesteing chats going up the hills.”
She said with the tracks on par with Enduro World Series courses everyone who rode them blind should be proud of their achievement.
“They are tough and to ride these blind is quite difficult.”
Joseph hopes to ride the entire Enduro World Series in 2014.
Local women’s favourite Anja McDonald encountered a few glitches in her campaign for 2014.
“I had a few embarassing moments these past two days,” laughs McDonald.
“I took the first set of steps at the finish of the urban stage and ended up on the wrong side of the tape and the timing arch in front of everyone. I had to run back up the steps to finish. Then I rode off Conrod Straight on the Pineapple Track and fell down the bank and then I had a wee lie down in a rockgarden on Mt Cargill.”
“But my Signal Hill run was clean,” she laughs.
McDonald said the urban stage was very exciting, but also nerve-wracking – “that course scared me the most”.
Organised by Mountain Biking Otago, the 2013 Urge 3 Peaks Enduro featured stages on each of the three tallest peaks surrounding Dunedin’s CBD: Flagstaff (668m), Mt Cargill (676m) and Signal Hill (393m).
Kashi Leuchs, Urge 3 Peaks race director: +64 21 190 8504
Derek Morrison, Urge 3 Peaks media: +64 21 139 8188
Enduro city: Urge 3 Peaks Enduro defending champion Tom Lamb, of Queenstown, crosses the finishline at the Urban stage of the 2013 Urge 3 Peaks Enduro held on the streets of Dunedin, New Zealand. (December 6-7, 2013).
Wonderland: Anton Cooper, of Christchurch, descends through native bush on the Alice in Wonderland trail during stage 2 of the 2013 Urge 3 Peaks Enduro held in Dunedin, New Zealand. (December 6-7, 2013).
Happy racer: Jamie Nicoll, of Dunedin, all smiles moments before winning the 2013 Urge 3 Peaks Enduro held in Dunedin, New Zealand. (December 6-7, 2013).
|Final Results2013 Urge 3 Peaks Enduro
Men Overall (total time over four stages)
1) Jamie Nicoll, Dunedin 27 mins 57 seconds
2) Justin Leov, Christchurch 28:03
3) Anton Cooper, Christchurch 28:11
4) Ethan Glover, Dunedin 28:36
5) Joseph Nation, Christchurch 28:46
6) Tom Lamb, Queenstown 29:00
7) Reon Boe, Queenstown 29:25
Kurt Lancaster, Nelson 29:34
9) Tom Skillicorn, Queenstown 29:53
10) Zac Williams, Dunedin 30:13
1) Rosara Joseph, Wellington 33 mins 03 seconds
2) Meg Bichard, Nelson 34:19
3) Anja McDonald, Dunedin 34:36
4) Raewyn Morrison, Nelson 35:24
5) Natalia Jakobs, Queenstown 25:25
NZ Ski would like to inform you and the club of some earth works we are progressing with this year which will temporarily impact some of the mountain biking trails around coronet peak.
The largest impact will be after the new year when they plan to start earth works on the new trail to the top of the race course at Rocky gully t- bar which will affect the existing cross country trail there.
Here is a map and some photos of the work to be completed: Compressed M1- Wall ST 8th basin t-bar top MTN bike club letter
Their plan is to re instate a track after wards but there will be a 4 week period where access will be limited on the section noted.