QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand (April 12, 2014) – Early drizzle and a chilly southerly wind did not dampen the spirits of more than 150 hardy competitors in today’s Vertigo Bikes Super D Enduro, the first event of this year’s Queenstown Bike Festival.

After six punishing hours racing down a purpose-built track in Queenstown Bike Park with only a brief respite in the Skyline gondola that took riders back up to the start, the men’s and women’s crowns were eventually taken by Ethan Glover from Nelson (completing 16 laps in the six hour limit) and Queenstown’s own Mary Jowett (13 laps) respectively.

Although Vertigo Huck Squad was the quickest all-male team, they included an extra rider so they could keep their workshop open. Lone Star Blokes (Fraser Gordon, Blair Christmas and Dave Fahey) scooped the official three-man team title (16 laps) with Two Goons (Mikey Northcott and Lewis Hart) the first two-man team home (also 16 laps). Dirt Town Queens (Indri Clendon, Harriet ‘Bob’ Latchem and Rosie Smith) completed 13 laps to win the women’s team crown with the mixed team title going to Greene Eggs & Lamb (Thomas Lamb and Erin Greene). No team completed more laps than Glover riding solo making his achievement all the greater.

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