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November 2014

Season of Shred 2014

Queenstown Mountain Bike Club SOS Fundraiser at Atlas Bar and Cafe

The good fellas at Atlas Bar and Cafe in Queenstown held another hugely successful SOS (Season of Shred) party, on Sunday 16th November to raise fund for the Fernhill Loop mountain bike trail developments being undertaken by the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club.  The Fernhill loop extension will open up a 25km mountain bike loop from central Queenstown including heaps of singletrack and beech forest riding - amazing.

The QMTBC SOS party raised a grand total of $5360 from the sale of T-Shirts, Raffle Tickets and donations.  There was a huge prize pool for the raffle donated by local businesses supporting the work of the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club including Outside Sports, Queenstown Bike Taxi’s, Skyline Queenstown, Rabbit Ridge Bike Resort and many more.

 Outside Sports gave away a Bike overhaul and fork service which was one by James Farrow:

Season of Shred 2014 Outside Sports Queenstown NZ

The bike overhaul includes Free brake pads, gear inner and outer cables, fork seals and even some new bike grips.  During the full bike service the bike mechanic at the Outside Sports Ride Centre will –

  • check all pivots on the bike
  • true the wheels
  • perform a front and rear brake bleed - replacing brake pads
  • service the bikes bottom bracket, headset & hubs
  • Tune the bike gears - replacing cables inner & outers
  • Check, clean and lube the drive train
  • Perform a lowers service on the forks replacing seals & oil

Booking your bike in for a service every few month will increase the life of all of the bike components and ensure that the bike you’re riding is safe.  If you haven’t had your road or mountain bike serviced since last summer it might be time to book it in.

Hardy locals hucked themselves off Atlas Beer Cafe ramp and into the freezing Lake Wakatipu, to win best trick.

Photo's taken by Callum Wood:

Check out bike hire and bike workshop at Outside Sports, Queenstown, NZ.

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Ultimate Direction Race Vest

Ultimate Direction, Signature Series Race Vests.

Using state-of-the-art materials & designs to make athlete-Inspired Hydration Packs. Ultimate Direction makes the lightest hydration packs & water belts for running & endurance sports.

The running vests Scott Jurek, Anton Krupicka and Peter Bakwin designed were incredibly successful, but the boys thought of some great improvements for Signature Series 2.0. For additional durability, they switched from Cuben Fiber to Silnylon 66, beefed up all the mesh and bungy cords, and added edge binding to the stretch pockets on all three vests. For easier sizing and a better fit, they added lateral adjustment straps on Scott’s and Peter’s vests. Those two vests now have a third zipper for easier access to an optional internal bladder. Anton's vest is more streamlined without the pockets at the bottom of the main compartment. And finally, everything has been updated with Ultimate Direction's new color and logo.

AK Race Vest

AK Race Vest

Designed by Anton Krupicka, the AK Race Vest brings minimalism to the world of hydration. Even though it weighs in at only 7 ounces (12.5 with bottles), the AK Race Vest still has plenty of capacity for food, clothing, and a phone, so you can use this vest for anything from 10 to 100 miles.

Anton Krupicka

Anton Krupicka:"The Race Vest is super light and minimal…but easily carries everything I need.”

SJ Ultra Vest

SJ Ultra Vest Buy Now

The SJ Ultra Vest is the result of collaboration with Scott Jurek, the world’s most dominant ultra runner. Weighing in at 11 ounces (16.5 with bottles) and offering 7.0 L of storage space, the SJ has the best weight-to-capacity ratio of any hydration pack on the market.

Scott Jurek

Scott Jurek: "I’ve been using Ultimate Direction packs for years, modifying them to carry bottles in front…the Ultra Vest is the culmination.”

PB Adventure Vest

PB Adventure Vest Buy Now

Peter Bakwin wanted a pack that could do anything from running to hiking, climbing to skiing. Featuring 11 L of volume and a variety of features, The Adventure Vest allows you to stay hydrated and comfortable on any size adventure from quick outings to all-day expeditions.

Peter Bakwin

Peter Bakwin: "The Adventure Vest is the pack I’ve always wanted but wasn’t available… until now!”

Check out the race vest selection online at Outside Sports or Outside Sports Wanaka.

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Cardrona Valley’s New Bike Park

Cardrona Valley’s New Bike Park

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Yesterday’s winds didn’t deter a bunch of local freeride mountain bikers from checking out the new downhill jump park that has been constructed in the Cardrona Valley.

The nearly-finished bike park, consisting of over 30 jumps, all varying in size, has been built somewhat under the radar over the past few months. Yesterday was the first real “test” day, even though it wasn’t open to the public.

With Queenstown pro riders (Kelly McGarry, Conor Macfarlane and others) in attendance, plus a select few Wanaka locals, the freshly shaped track was well ridden in. The gusty winds meant riders had to hold back a little on the big jumps, or just pick their moments perfectly.

One of the two-man building team, Jamie Thompson, said: “The track is designed to minimise braking and pedaling, which allows riders to flow from one jump to the next with out having to change speed constantly. This means less braking bumps too.”

“Local riders have been waiting for a solid jump line for ages in this area. We’re filling that gap. There’s nothing else like this in Queenstown or Wanaka.” – said Jamie.

Queenstown pro rider Kelly McGarry - cardrona valley bike park

Queenstown pro rider Kelly McGarry finding gap in the wind

Wanaka local rider Rusty getting it done on the wall ride feature at the top

Wanaka local rider Rusty getting it done on the wall ride feature at the top

The jumps varying in size from 5-30 feet and are well-built with flow and safety in mind. Almost all the jumps on the track are roll-able, with options to go bigger and bigger as your confidence increases. Most of the jumps are built as step-ups, so the consequences of coming up short are minimal, and many of them have a hip-like option to jump into the bank on the side. The only two features that require full commitment are the ‘road gaps’, but it is possible to ride around both of these.

The track begins on the Snow Farm / Proving Grounds access road and finishes in the valley bottom. With no signage as yet, it’s hard to spot the entrance and the exit is even more discreet. Those keen to pop up and take a look will get the best view of the track from the 3km mark on the access road. But don’t be tempted to take any sneaky laps just yet, it’s still lambing season and the track has multiple gates across it, all under lock and key.

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The top section of the track

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The bottom section, from afar

The man behind the plan is Scott Jones, who is a relation by marriage to the well-known Lee Family. Scott is aiming to have the park ready and open to the public within the next few weeks and has plans to cater to both groups and individuals.

They plan to offer a pay-per-person shuttle service on weekends and possibly on a Wednesday evening, then a half day hire option for groups. The expected rates will be $300 for self-shuttle or $400 with the shuttle. Portaloos and a BBQ will be available at the bottom of the track.

Watch out for their Facebook page coming real soon!

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All the test riders waiting to drop in

Queenstown Bike Taxis at cardrona valley bike park

The good fellas from Queenstown Bike Taxis helping out with shuttles

riders at ardrona valley bike park

Riders looking pretty happy with the shape of features

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BBQs at the bottom

Check out our bike rentals in Queenstown and Wanaka. Our local expert bike mechanics can also book you on the Queenstown Bike Taxi or provide some advice on local trails in the area.

Reference: 360queenstown-wanaka

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Tom Lamb, Wildcrad entry for Crankworx Rotorua Enduro

Tom Lamb from Outside Sports Queenstown Bike Shop, has secured a wildcard spot at next years Enduro World series in Rotorua!

Tom Lamb Enduro Biking Outside Sports NZ

Tom Lamb @ Dunedin 3 peaks Enduro

Crankworx Rotorua brings together the world’s downhill, slopestyle and enduro legends, with the Superfans, the rising stars, the industry’s innovators and the next generation of mountain bike riders for five days of contests, concerts, culture and cranking. The 2015 Crankworx Rotorua Enduro is round one of the Enduro World Series (EWS) season, marking the start of the professional mountain bike racing calendar. With Enduro being the fastest growing competitive discipline of mountain biking in the world, there is huge demand for the limited 400 spots. The Crankworx Rotorua Enduro is offering equal prize money for men and women with the second biggest cash prize in the series behind Whistler, Canada.

Crankworx Rotorua Enduro race manager Neil Gellatly is proud to hold 20 wildcard spots for Kiwis: “It’s important to have a strong New Zealand presence in this Crankworx Rotorua Enduro race as it’s a sport we want to grow – if these wildcard entries help to propel Kiwi riders onto the world circuit, it will be huge for New Zealand mountain biking.”

 Enduro mountain bike racing took off in New Zealand two years ago and has quickly exploded in popularity with more than 40 Enduro events nation-wide in 2014. Enduro is similar to car rallying based on timed downhill runs and untimed uphills. Racing is held over a series of stages and the fastest combined time after those stages wins. However, riders also need to get between stages within a certain time frame. Enduro racing is also renowned for its approach where amateurs race on the same course on the same day as professionals. The Enduro World Series uncovers the world’s best trails and unites the world’s best mountain biking communities – in 2015 it is increasing to eight rounds with five new venues, three new countries and one new continent (NZ). The rounds of EWS will visit (in order): New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, France, America, Canada, Spain, and Italy.

So far placings in EWS rankings have reserved places for nine Kiwis including women in the EWS Top 20: Rosara Joseph, Anka Martin, Gabby Molloy and Meggie Bichard. Kiwi men in the Top 100 EWS rankings are: Justin Leov, Jamie Nicoll, Joseph Nation and James Hampton, plus Kurt Lancaster.

The 20 wildcard spots have been offered to the Top Five Kiwi women riders and Top 10 men from the 2013 – 14 NZ Mountain Bike Crown Enduro Rankings. The women are: Raewyn Morrison, Jenna Makgill, Anja McDonald, Harriet Harper and Sasha Smith. The men are: Matt Walker, Byron Scott, Connor Macfarlane, Hayden Lee, Ed Kerly, Karl Paterson, Reuben Miller, Jimmy Pollard, Ben Robson and Tom Lamb.

Tom Lamb Enduro Biking Outside Sports NZ

Tom Lamb

Check out our range of Specialized bikes and apparel available in store. Buy POC online for all your biking needs. Get your bike serviced by our bike experts in Queenstown and Wanaka

References: www.crankworx.com/rotorua www.enduroworldseries.com

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Bannockburn Gutbuster Mountain Bike Race

The Adventure Crazy Pub-to-Pub Bannockburn Gutbuster MTB Race forms part of the action packed Cromwell, New Zealand, Summer Series that comprises this event plus two other Mountain Bike rides, a triathlon/duathlon, a half-marathon and a road cycle race.

Bannockburn Gutbuster Moutain Bike Race NZ

Participants start at Garston Township, 315m above sea level, and ride 1.5km on State Highway 6 before turning off onto the metalled Nevis Road. A further 2km of uphill is just an introduction to the gutbusting climb to the 1100m summit, past an historic ski hut, and overlooking the Nokomai River. Riders climb some 800m in 12km, a grade of 1:14.

Starting a long, gradual downhill and following the 4WD track only, at the headwaters of the Nevis River, riders cross some 25 or more fords, passing Drummond and Commissioner Creeks where past and present gold mining operations provide interest to the spectacular landscape. Special care is required on the narrow gorge sections.

Past the Ben Nevis Station and sheepyards (your only comfort station on the trip!), riders reach the Nevis Crossing Bridge, some 52km from the start and at 660m in height. From the bridge, riders face another gutbusting ride up 640m (gradient 1:12) to Duffers Saddle at 1300m, then another 8km steep downhill on a good metalled surface, to the Nevis turn-off. The sealed road to Bannockburn is an easy 5km to the finish line at the Bannockburn Hotel at 252m above sea level.

Get your bike race ready at our Bike Workshops in Wanaka and Queenstown. Need a bike? Check out our range of 2015 Specialized bikes and equipment or check out the range of great rental bikes in Queenstown and Wanaka for hire.

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