You can expect a huge variety of thrilling and fun events for all skills and ages. Whether you're a talented slopestyle rider, a young 'up and comer', or a weekend warrior looking for a good time and a couple coldies, this is an event not to be missed.
The Queenstown Bike Festival (QBF) runs over the course of nine days, with multiple events in different disciplines and areas of biking interest. We really have something for everyone!
We aim to bring riders and spectators into town and add value to our district and businesses. This will increase exposure of all that Queenstown has to offer from tourist attractions to dining and of course, increase the awareness of the amazing network of trails we have to offer.
The Festival aims to showcase and share the amazing mountain biking opportunities that Queenstown has to offer residents and visitors.
The Festival provides an opportunity to open our community to visitors from all over NZ and eventually the world, from travellers on MTB road trips to families and everything in-between.
The festival is jam-packed with events for everyone. Kicking off on Friday 4th February with the Legendary McGazza Fest, in honour of the late and great Kelly McGarry, Saturday is stacked full of fun activities for all, ending with the Dream Track Jam.
On Sunday, Coronet Peak will host the first round of the National DH Southern Series. Winning best DH race of the series last year, make sure you get your entry in come and watch some of NZ’s fastest racers do their thing. Plus, keep a look out for all the vintage bikes on show. The weekend will wrap up with the Frame Rate Video Contest at World Bar.
Monday is Waitangi Day so there's no excuse to not be on your bike. Skyline Queenstown will be hosting an Enduro Race across the Queenstown Bike Park and Fernhill area followed by a Gorge Road Jump Jam and BBQ. The best way to spend a holiday!
Tuesday has coaching sessions during the day followed by more fun, family friendly events. Starting us off is the grass Dual Slalom which can be done by anyone on any bike. From here, we move on to more laugh-inducing fun with a floating Log Ride and Lake Jump Competition in Frankton Marina. Remember a wetsuit or swimming togs and towel for this one! Altitude Brewery will also be providing food and drinks later in the afternoon.
Wednesday is Slopestyle day! This event will start with coaching followed by a Kids Jam. The ladies will have their time to shine as they throw down in the Woman's Slopestyle, showing huge progression over the past year, and the lads will be rounding up the evening showing off their skills. Atlas will be providing food on site and hosting the afterparty at Atlas Bar.
Thursday we're off to Cardrona for the Super D Race, a Family Friendly Ride into 7 Mile to have a play on the Buck Land Trail, or a Gravel Group Ride to the pub. The evening is wrapped up with a photo competition where the best national and international photographers show us their story of The Festival so far.
Friday, the penultimate day. The day kicks off with a Whip Off, followed by the Pump Track Challenge. Great atmosphere, great views and great competition - the Pump Track Challenge is an awesome race for dirt jump riders of all levels. After an afternoon feed at the Pump Track, we're heading to the world famous, 16’ Pub champs at Cargo Brewery. Here, you'll see some of the funniest racing known to man - sure to be a great night!
If you're still looking for more action, we have an awesome final day for you. Join the Peak Vert Heli day or Freestyle Bungy Bike Competition (a world first!) before finishing the festival at the legendary afterparty at the AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge. How epic!