Queenstown gears up for bike festival
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Queenstown spectacular alpine scenery will provide the backdrop to a new 10-day bike festival. The inaugural Queenstown Bike Festival will run from 16-25 April, and will combine social rides and wine trails with hardcore cross-country and downhill races through the New Zealand countryside.
Festival organiser Geoff Hunt recently announced a three-day Ben Lomond Dirtmasters 2011 Downhill Challenge but has now revealed plans for a 10-day all-inclusive celebration of cycing in Queenstown.
“Queenstown is one of the best places in the world for biking and this festival aims to encourage people of all ages and abilities to come here and experience the incredible diversity of our tracks and scenery,” Hunt said.
He added that the event has already generated strong local support and believes the bike festival has the scope to grow into one of New Zealand’s premier sports festivals.
“The local biking community wants to create a high profile event with wide appeal to people from all over the world whether they are recreational cyclists or serious bikers and inaugural events this year, along with the Tour de Wakatipu, the Brakeburner and the Dirtmasters Downhill, include a kids’ ride, Jack’s Point coffee ride, wine trail ride and bike jam. The excellent thing about this programme is that it has something for people at all levels and particularly family groups,” Hunt said.
Destination Queenstown CEO Tony Everitt is supporting the new festival. “I believe this will be a big drawcard for bike enthusiasts across New Zealand and has every potential to quickly grow into an internationally recognised festival.
“It gives people another great reason to visit Queenstown during autumn and to extend their Easter holiday break to make the most of the action. “With a huge range of activities, accommodation, award-winning food and wine, vibrant social scene, and day spa options Queenstown gives people endless possibilities to build their perfect holiday around their favourite bike festival events,” Everitt said.