First of mountain bike downhill series a hit

The Queenstown Mountain Bike Club's inaugural Downhill Series attracted 50 riders from in and round the Wakatipu yesterday and organisers say it is a sign the series could be a success.

A subcommittee of the club has decided to host six events over two months. One organiser, Corrie Mullin, said the first surpassed expectations as 50 competitors had signed up within half an hour.

The course, the QBP's Ants Trail, was only revealed on the morning so riders would not have any competitive advantage, Mr Mullin said.

Five more competition days until March 10 will be held across three venues - Remarkables, Wynyard and the Queenstown Bike Park.