Electrifying action as bikers push limits
Cycling of all sorts at all levels in festival
Thrills, spins and spills were all part of the 2015 Queenstown Bike Festival which wrapped up the main part of the 10-day action at the weekend.
About 4000 people turned out to watch the Veolia Slopestyle, which attracted a global field of riders.
Less than four points separated the best five riders in the competition, which doubled as a Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour bronze event.
Tomas Zejda, of Czech Republic, took the top honours with a score of 85.3, ahead of last year’s winner Conor Macfarlane, of Queenstown, on 84.3, and Sam Reynolds, of England, on 83.3 to scoop third.
Zejda’s winning run featured a 360 x-up, bar spin to wall, tail whip step up and truck driver step down, double tail whip on the money booter and a big flare on the final wall.
‘‘It was my plan for the first run. I actually wanted to do a bit more on the second one but it didn’t go how I planned. But it was a totally awesome evening for me. Everyone killed so hard today that’s why I’m so pumped for the next year,’’ he said.
Antoine Bizet won $1000 for the best trick with a front flip 360 rotation. Top amateur went to title holder Hamish Burrow, of Dunedin, who scored 63.3.
The festival featured more than 25 events on and off the bike, including films to concerts, a photography competition, social rides, ladies’ rides, kids’ rides, fun races and down-to-business races.
It will wrap up with the Tour de Wakatipu on Easter Saturday.
Flying: Queenstown mountainbiker Steve Carry competes in the Dirtmasters Downhill as part of the Queenstown Bike Festival.