Queen­stown biker ready for Ram­page


If rid­ing your moun­tain­bike off 100ft dips and drops scares you, you might think what Queen­stown man Conor Mac­far­lane does is crazy.

The 25-year-old freeride moun­tain­biker has been se­lected to at­tend the ul­ti­mate event in down­hill moun­tain­bik­ing, the Red Bull Ram­page in Utah.

Speak­ing from Whistler, Canada, Mac­far­lane was ex­cited for the Oc­to­ber 14 event in Zion Na­tional Park.

‘‘They are the big­gest jumps in the world ba­si­cally.

‘‘It’s def­i­nitely pretty dan­ger­ous. It’s pretty gnarly,’’ he said

Mac­far­lane re­ceived one of nine wildcard en­tries after sub- mit­ting photos and videos of his ex­ploits to or­gan­is­ers. In all, 21 will com­pete, with the other 12 earn­ing au­to­matic en­try from last year’s event. It is Mac­far­lane’s sec­ond in­vite to Ram­page.

He has the po­ten­tial to win $75,000 in prize money.

It was ‘‘not very likely’’ he would win, he said, but he was hop­ing to fin­ish in the top five.

Rid­ers like last year’s win­ner Kurt Sorge or fel­low Cana­dian Brandon Se­menuk would be the favourites, he said.

‘‘You never know [I could].’’ Mac­far­lane com­peted in about four or five ma­jor events through­out the year and other smaller events in­clud­ing the Queen­stown Bike Fes­ti­val, which was held over Easter this year.

Queen­stown man Conor Mac­far­lane will com­pete in the Red Bull Ram­page in Zion Na­tional Park in Oc­to­ber.

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