Queenstown Mountain Bike Club president Tom Hey
contemplates the club's proposed cross-country mountain
bike trail up the valley to Moke Lake. Photo by ODT.
Although Queenstown will miss out on hosting any of the
events that comprise the 2013 Mountain Bike Cup series, bike
enthusiasts can still enjoy several additional trails in the
The cup series begins in Bluff on January 4 and ends in
Hanua, Auckland, on February 10. It comprises five downhill
and four cross-country events nationwide.
While Queenstown was where the national series started last
year, this year it has lost out to mountain biking mecca
rival Rotorua, which will host the Mountain Bike National
Championships from February 15-17.
Series managing director Vicki Butterworth said the schedule
was rotational, which was why Queenstown had missed out.
Events will be held instead in Bluff, Mt Hutt in Canterbury,
Nelson, Mt Victoria in Wellington, Levin and Hanua.
Speaking from the Hawkes Bay, Mrs Butterworth acknowledged
Queenstown as one of the best spots for mountain bike events,
but said it seemed fair to "share the series around".
The cup series is open to all elite bikers. The championships
in Rotorua are open only to New Zealand competitors.
Queenstown Mountain Bike Club president Tom Hey said although
it would be nice to host a national event, there was plenty
happening locally, such as the downhill race held last
He said the club had been working hard to get some of
Wakatipu's trails up to standard for summer and had added a
These included jumps at Gorge Rd, a new addition at Moke
Lake, a trail up Coronet Peak to Skippers Rd, and an add-on
from Lake Dispute to Wilsons Bay.
Mrs Butterworth said standout mountain bikers for the
Mountain Bike Cup series included current junior world
cross-country champion Christchurch's Anton Cooper, Brook
MacDonald, of Hawkes Bay, and Mary Gray, of Dunedin.
"Anton is going to be a huge drawcard for spectators at some
of these events after earning his world champion status in
"All of our top Kiwi riders will be coming along to compete
because they love racing at home, but also want to do well in
New Zealand to push their claims for selection in national
teams later in the year."
Mrs Butterworth said there was likely to be a significant
international presence during the series as it was the
The 2013 Mountain Bike National Championships, for downhill
and cross-country, will be held in Rotorua at the conclusion
of the cups from February 15-17, as part of the Rotorua Bike