Event Recap: Rabbit Ridge Host Inaugural 3-6-12-Hour Race
16 Mar 2014
GIBBSTON (24 February, 2014) – Rabbit Ridge Bike Resort hosted its inaugural 3 - 6 -12 Hour Race on Saturday, 22 February. Located next to Gibbston Valley Winery, the race attracted about 150 competitors spanning all ages and biking abilities. The race is also the only one of its kinds in the Queenstown region.
(Some of the spectacular scenery competitors were treated to during the Rabbit Ridge 3-6-12 Hour Race on a section of the long course. A competitive rider passes the spectacular Gibbston Valley Vineyards at the Rabbit Ridge 3-6-12 Hour Race)
“We were thrilled to see everyone from families with young kids to competitive shredders come out to experience this event,” said Rabbit Ridge Manager Steve Norton. “Our goal for this race was to offer something that everyone could be a part of, and by the diverse crowd turnout, I think we succeeded.”
The race consisted of several categories catering to all levels of riders from kids to short and long course competitors. The three-hour race was created for beginners while the six and 12-hour courses were more technical and suitable for competitive riders.
(A rider enjoys a short downhill section during the Rabbit Ridge 3-6-12 Hour Race on a section of the long course.)
In addition, the courses provided riders with beautiful scenery through Central Otago’s rugged terrain and alongside Gibbston Valley’s Glenlee Pinot Noir vineyards.
Hosted on Gibbston Valley’s Concert site, the race featured a large transition area providing prime viewing of all the race action. Camping was allowed on the site the evening of the event and many spectators, support crew members and competitors took advantage of this opportunity by setting up shop for the day and creating a festive carnival atmosphere.
Barbeque food was available along with a gourmet coffee cart providing plenty of food and drinks for everyone throughout the day.
Proactive Physio was also there to provide post-ride physio for riders.
The event had various local sponsors including Gibbston Valley Winery, where guests could enjoy a gourmet lunch or wine tasting as part of their race day experience.
(Competitors gather for a race briefing at the Gibbston Valley concert site ahead of the Rabbit Ridge 3-6-12 Hour Race)
“This was a fantastic event, and we’re really pleased to be able to use the winery’s concert site to host another event to benefit both Rabbit Ridge and the region,” said Gibbston Valley Winery CEO Greg Hunt.
The weather was ideal for the race. The day was warm, but breezy providing enjoyable conditions for both competitors and spectators.
“We’re already evaluating the day and seeing what we can do to make this event even better next year,” said Norton. “We’re going to continue to be Queenstown’s leading cycling event in 2015.”