The very first Cardrona Mega Avalanche Mountain Bike race will commence on April 19!
Cardrona and Highlands Motorsport Park are collaborating to bring mountain bike racing into the motorsport arena of the Race to the Sky event. On the last day of the bike park season, Sunday April 19, Cardrona will host the Mega Avalanche, a downhill mountain bike event that mixes gravity assisted excitement with endurance levels of fitness.
True to Mega Avalanche form, the race starts with a mass sprint to get to the front of the pack before entering the narrower sections of the course. The course is a mix of twisty single tracks, steep descents and narrow technical switchbacks. The spectacular finish line in Cardrona Village sees riders drop off a ramp into the awards arena where five thousand dollars worth of cash and spot prizes will be awarded.
Mega Avalanche originated 20 years ago in Alpe D’Huez in the French Alps which now receives around 1400 participants from over 20 countries. This is the first year for the Cardrona Mega Avalanche but due to the universal popularity of enduro racing and downhill mountain biking, it is expected that the race will become a rite of passage for enthusiasts from around New Zealand and the world.
The Cardrona Mega Avalanche is presented by Outside Sports and additional sponsors include Altitude, Smith, Fox, Race Face, Mons Royale and Highlands Motorsport Park.
Application forms and information to come…watch this space!
CARDRONA BIKE PARK
The Cardrona Bike Park will be open from April 4-19, which will be the last opportunity to ride at Cardrona before the winter season’s opening day on June 13. The Cardrona Bike Park will be open daily from 10am-4pm with the Whitestar chairlift operating for trail access.
New trails are currently under construction that will increase the amount of beginner’s terrain considerably to suit recreational mountain bikers and families. An on-mountain workshop for bike maintenance and repairs, a retail store, as well as food and beverage facilities will also be available. Cardrona is currently taking bookings for their on-mountain accommodation over the April opening period.
REPCO RACE TO THE SKY PRESENTED BY HIGHLANDS
New Zealand’s iconic Race to the Sky was last held in 2007. From April 18 to 19, with the support of one of New Zealand’s most respected automotive brands: Repco, the Highlands’ team will bring this unique and thrilling event back to life. Since the world-famous Pikes Peak route was sealed, the Race to the Sky is now the world’s longest gravel hill climb.