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November, 2020

A stunning mountain bike trail on Queenstowns Coronet Peak, funded
by co-founder of online accounting software company Xero, tech
entrepreneur Rod Drury and his family, officially opened this month.
Named Hot Rod after Queenstown Mountain Bike Clubs new white
knight, it runs from halfway down Coronet Peak, where Rude Rock
finishes, about three kilometres down to Malaghans Road.
Club president Chris Conway says Rude Rock, starting at the base of
Coronet Peak skifield, is a pretty historic trail people fly around the
world to ride.
It always been a bit of a thing where people go, oh gee, imagine if it
went all the way to the valley floor, and now, with some funding from
Rod, weve been able to make it happen.
Riders can also start their descent from the top of the skifield if
conditions allow, Conway says.
We think its probably going to be the longest flow trail in the southern
hemisphere, when you connect all the way from the top of Coronet Peak
all the way to the valley floor.
Youll have about 1200 vertical metres, which will be pretty rad.
Concerning Hot Rod, Drury says the collab between the club,
Queenstown Trails Trust and world-class trail builder Elevate Trail
Building has created an iconic destination track.
Ive just done a few laps and its a must-do  this will be a big asset
Biking is taking off globally, and with all the projects coming together,
like the upgraded 7 Mile, the new Wynyard, Glendhu and now Hot Rod,
Queenstown biking is complementing skiing perfectly.
Hot Rod was officially opened on November 7.

Source: Mountain Scene


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