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Epic Day For Epic Mountain Bike Race

Bruce Thomson Chch
Bruce Thomson (ChCh)

Contact Epic’s 10th birthday could not have been more ideal and was celebrated by 680 riders from all over NZ, Australia, Singapore, USA and the Netherlands. New for this year, Centurion riders took up the challenge of NZ’s first single day 100 mile race, with all making it home in one piece. The collective call was for the Centurion to continue with many Epic (125km) riders having pledged to move up in 2018.

Despite perfect conditions there were a number of injuries that kept the safety and medical team busy. Five riders were evacuated by helicopter for accidents involving shoulder, hip and ribs. Two Centurion riders lived up to the titles of Roman soldiers by completing the 160km with reasonably major injuries. Being part of the inaugural 2008 Epic race and having completed every one since, the Last Men Standing made it to the finish line despite the pain endured. Andrew McLeod, a local doctor, had self-diagnosed broken ribs as non-life-threatening and Bruce Thomson from Christchurch used a sweatband to cover a gash to his arm but couldn’t make prize giving due to being operated on and stitched up at Christchurch hospital. Both stated they were not ready to withdraw from the Last Man Standing just yet.

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Volunteers Wanted

The Pioneer is an awe inspiring seven day mountain bike stage race through New Zealand’s pristine Southern Alps. The first race of its kind to link together over 500kms of farm tracks, NZ Cycle Trails, double track and single track riding in a very special part of the world where soaring mountain peaks, crystal-clear blue lakes, and golden high country await.

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Queenstown riders taking the first three places in Torpedo 7 Enduro

The first round of two Torpedo 7 Coronet Enduro races was held Saturday on Coronet Peak with Queenstown riders taking the first three places.

While the ‘Peak’ is better known for skiing in the winter it has a network of mountain bike trails which are just perfect for enduro races.  With a great single track climb up the x-c track racers are able to access the recently revamped DH track. This was stage one for the enduro.

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Check, Clean and Dry

Check, Clean and Dry is based around trying to stop the spread of freshwater pests such as Lagarosiphon, Egeria, Didymo and Hornwort between waterways. These weeds not only destroy aquatic life but can also make the water unsuitable for swimming, fishing or boating. This may have a negative impact on how and where you and the members of your club can use freshwater lakes, rivers and streams.

These three easy steps of checking for all obvious materials from items that have been in contact with waterways, cleaning all equipment with a detergent solution and drying all items that have undergone the above procedure, will make a significant difference to stopping the spread of these unwanted and potentially harmful aquatic pests.

The more people who are aware of the need to check, clean and dry between waterways the higher the possibility of these pests being controlled and hopefully, one day, eliminated.

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Tour de Wakatipu

4th April 2015

Event: Mountain bike ride on the trails and tracks of the Wakatipu basin on exclusive course from Millbrook Resort in Arrowtown to Chard Farm Kawarau River. Music, food and wine at the finish line!

Location: Arrowtown - Lake Hayes - Shotover River - Kawarau River

Divisions: Elite, Sport and Recreational

Elite athletes 2hrs, while the recreational athletes will finish in 3 - 4hrs

Entry Fee: adult $75 | junior $45

Queenstown Bike Festival

14th to 22nd March 2015

It's an exciting 10-day event for all ages and abilities, and it gives you the chance to check out Queenstown's world-class cycle tracks, trails, roads and spectacular lake and alpine scenery.

Whether you're a biking novice, recreational cyclist or serious biker, there's plenty of action.

Here's an overview of the program :

14th March - Vertigo Bikes Super D
15th March - R&R Sport Mega Avalanche + Kids Mini X
20th March - Torpedo7 Coronet Peak Enduro
21st March - Slopestyle
22nd March - Vertigo Bikes Dirtmasters Downhill

The Peak to Peak

26th July 2014

Event: The South Island's biggest winter multisport event in its 21st year attracts a strong field of multisport competitors from around the South Island.

Course: The course covers 44kms across the Wakatipu Basin. Ski, Mountain bike, paddle, run, road bike. Remarkables to Coronet Peak.

Location: Remarkables to Coronet Peak, Queenstown

Divisions: Individuals - Men, Women, Veteran Teams - Open, Women, Mixed,

Entry Fee: Individual $70
Team of 2 $120 | Team of 3 $150 | Team of 4 $180 | Team of 5 $200


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