Mountain bikers celebrated the end of a third successful season at Coronet Peak Bike Park with one last downhill ride on Sunday, February 3. Starting on January 3, the season was shorter than previous years due to development work to prepare for the winter ski season.
Coronet Peak hosted several events including the Subaru South Island Downhill Cup and the NZCT South Island Cross Country Cup from January 4-6, the Vertigo Chain Free Downhill on January 19and the Nzone Brake Burner endurance race on February 2. The races saw notably high attendance. For example, 200 riders showed up for the Nzone Brake Burner six-hour Endurance Race. In between racing events, New Zealand champion Scarlett Hagen hosted training sessions.
"We're committed to developing recreation at Coronet Peak outside the winter ski season, and the Bike Park is a great use of the facilities during the summer months," said Mountain Biking Operations Manager Jeff Hodge. Current facilities include a 4.2km cross country track, a 1.6km downhill track and a freeride park with wooden features and a see saw.