Teams Quick Up Queenstown Hill Mountain Bike
Saturday 25th February 2017
They were feeling the burn but nothing was slowing down GODZone teams on this mornings prologue around Queenstown. After a running start on Queenstown Beach, all teams charged up the One Mile Trek to the ridge above Skyline and then down to the MTB transition and most of the field was through in 2.5 hours.
Chris Forne from Team Yealands Family Wines said it was a fun run for the start of the race and he was keen for the downhill. Richard Anderson encouraged his Torpedo 7 team to not make any mistakes as they transitioned to the MTB and Jo Williams said she was happy to get the legs moving. Teams then felt the burn as they rode up Queenstown’s iconic Queenstown Hill reaching the top in super fast times to head down the other side to the Shotover River.
Edward Lawley, photographer at the top of said “all the teams are feeling knackered on reaching the peak of the hill and happy its not to hot otherwise they would be really suffering. Its a pretty tough stage of the race so all the teams are relieved to point the bikes downhill towards the river”.