Downhillers 'amping' to hit Queenstown
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The Queenstown Mountain Bike Club will host the fourth race of the Down Hill Southern Series Race tomorrow, priming the field for the series finale in Wanaka in two weeks.
Two hotly contested titles will be up for grabs in Wanaka, when points accumulated throughout previous series meets will culminate in the southern downhill supreme men's and women's titles being awarded.
Series races were held on tracks in Clyde, Bluff and Dunedin from mid-September.
Event facilitator Jono Head said interest in the Queenstown series race was running hot.
"We're only taking entries on the day, but there's been a lot of online chat from people amping to get here for the race, and it's looking like it'll be a big entry field," he said.
"People will be coming from all over the lower South Island and further afield, and the Skyline bike park course is already a firm favorite amongst the downhill mountainbiking community all over."
Mr Head is also the owner of Queenstown Bike Taxis, and is a prime coal-face observer of how mountainbike tourism has grown in Queenstown in recent years.
"Everything will back into full swing in a month's time, and every season the whole scene's just getting bigger, better and more," he said.
"Already I've had a lot of inquiries emailed in from all over, and it looks like Queenstown is going to have a lot of mountainbikers coming here to hit the tracks this season."
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