Elec­tri­fy­ing ac­tion as bik­ers push lim­its

Cy­cling of all sorts at all lev­els in fes­ti­val

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

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.

Photo: RIVER­LEAPHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Fly­ing: Queen­stown moun­tain­biker Steve Carry com­petes in the Dirt­mas­ters Down­hill as part of the Queen­stown Bike Fes­ti­val.

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