Cardrona Alpine Resort is gearing up for the annual Cardrona Mountain Bikes On Snow this Saturday - a first to the finish race from the top of Whitestar Express to the base area beside the Chondola.
Racers will get a single practice run on the course before they line up for a mass start and race to the finish.
The course starts beside the Whitestar Chairlift and follows the gravity-cross course, which is visible for spectators and racers as they ascend the chairlift, before merging with the Branchline trail which returns racers to the base area and finish line.
“The race is total carnage,” said Cardrona communications manager Jen Houltham, “heaps of fun to race, and a whole lot more fun to watch.”
Warm clothes, gloves, goggles and full-body protection are recommended, and a full-face helmet is mandatory - as is cleaning your bike beforehand to keep the snow white.
Registering and bike scrutineering will take place from 8:30am to 9:30am, and the races will begin at 10am followed by an awards ceremony at 10:30am. Prizes will be awarded for 1st - 3rd positions in both the men’s and women’s divisions.
Pre-register online at cardrona.com/events, or enter on the day from 8:30am.
View edition 985 of the Wānaka Sun here.