The 2014 Slopestyle event, held on Thursday night at the
Ballarat St car park, attracted thousands of people who
braved the bitterly cold temperatures to take in the
action. The event was won by Conor McFarlane, who took home
$1300. Photo by riverleaphotography.com
The third time was a charm for Queenstown's Conor
McFarlane, who was crowned winner of the 2014 Slopestyle event
on Thursday night.
Part of the Queenstown Bike Festival, the annual slopestyle
competition - New Zealand's only Freeride Mountain Bike (FMB)
World Tour 2014 event - attracted thousands of spectators,
who braved the bitterly cold night to enjoy the action.
McFarlane finally won the title, having finished third last
year and runner-up in 2012.
His third run score of 88 edged out Wanaka's Elmo Cotter by
Phil McLean, of Christchurch, finished third.
McFarlane said it was the first big competition he had won,
other than Farm Jam.
''It's been a while so I'm pretty happy.
''We're always at the jumps just having fun and when you're
having fun, that's when the tricks happen. I reckon having
fun's the most important thing to progress you.''
Top amateur was 16-year-old Hamish Burrows, of Dunedin, with
a best score of 79, putting him ahead of Invercargill's Levi
Goodall on 73 and Jeremy Cox, of Queenstown, on 69.
Best trick was awarded to Paul Langland, who performed a
front-flip tail whip, the first time he had landed it in a
German visitor Jonas Berndt was second and Phil McLean again
took third spot.
Event manager Fraser Gordon was full of praise for both the
riders and his team.
''It's a testament to the spectacle these guys put on that so
many people came out to watch, and we couldn't have put on
the event without the help of our outstanding volunteers and