Plenty of mountain bike action on programme

Mountain biking action continues at the Queenstown Bike Festival this week with dazzling tricks and tests of endurance to entertain spectators.

The Vertigo Bikes Dirtmasters Downhill takes place in the Queenstown Bike Park today from 2pm to 4pm and attracts daredevils of all ages.

The demanding 3km course involves riders dropping down the stairs on Brecon St.

Slopestyle practice happens throughout tomorrow, at the Ballarat St car park, then the Devil Burger Airbag Jam features some of the world's best freestyle riders taking to the sky off ramps and performing amazing tricks.

Those acrobats on wheels return for Slopestyle at the car park all day on Thursday.

Friday is dominated by the Coronet Enduro, a race in five timed stages on descending terrain.

The New World Tour de Wakatipu makes a welcome return on Saturday from Millbrook Resort to Chard Farm.