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Entries for Motatapu 2014 Speight’s Summit 47km Mountain Bike race close in record time

Entries for Motatapu 2014 Speight’s Summit 47km Mountain Bike race close in record time
A rider near Aid Station 3 in the Motatapu Valley. Photo by MMProX
A rider near Aid Station 3 in the Motatapu Valley. Photo by MMProX

MEDIA RELEASE FROM MOTATAPU EVENT

Competitor entries to the increasingly popular Speight’s Summit 47km Mountain Bike race at Motatapu 2014 have closed in record time.

Two-thousand riders from around New Zealand and internationally have signed up to compete in the challenging high country race on March 8, 2014 – with race organisers having to close the field two weeks earlier than ever before.

“It’s fantastic to see that so many people are signing up to the Speight’s Summit 47km Mountain Bike event so quickly. Next year we celebrate 10 years of the Motatapu, so it just goes to show how popular the event has become,” Motatapu Race Director Gemma Boyle says.

The Speight’s Summit 47km Mountain Bike race starts at Glendhu Bay on the shores of Lake Wanaka and traverses spectacular countryside through the magnificent Motatapu, Soho and Glencoe Stations before finishing at historic Arrowtown. The track follows a route used by early Maori for hunting and gathering.

“People love entering the Speight’s Summit 47km Mountain Bike race because it gives them the opportunity to bike through a truly stunning part of New Zealand that’s not usually accessible,” Boyle says.

“The 47km-long ride is an achievable goal – with the right training anyone can take this event on. There’s also a great sense of camaraderie amongst the competitors and volunteers on race day that creates a really special atmosphere.”

Event organisers place a self-imposed cap of 2000 on the race, to maintain the experience for competitors. There will be a waiting list for those that have missed out.

Meanwhile, entries for other events at the Queenstown Trails Trust-owned Motatapu Event are filling up fast. Entries for the Icebreaker Off-Road Marathon, the Arrowtown.com 15km Miners Trail, XTRERRA UDC Finance Triathlon and the R&R Sport 49km Team Adventure Run are currently open.

About Motatapu

The Motatapu Adventure Race is held on March 8, 2014 and starts in Wanaka’s Glendhu Bay and finishes in Arrowtown. The inaugural event took place in 2005 – offering a mountain bike or marathon option – under the ownership of Iconic Adventures. Now owned by the Queenstown Trails Trust, the Motatapu Adventure Race attracts more than 3700 people taking part in five different events – the Speight’s Summit 47km Mountain Bike, the Icebreaker Off-Road Marathon, the Arrowtown.com 15km Miners Trail, XTRERRA UDC Finance Triathlon and the R&R Sport 49km Team Adventure Run – all on the same day. Nett proceeds of the event will help fund the ongoing development and maintenance of the Queenstown Trail. Entries for the remaining Motatapu events will close on February 12, 2014.

 

For more information please contact:

Race Director Gemma Boyle: 0274 530 677

Queenstown Trails Trust Chief Executive Mandy Kennedy: 021 333 321

Celia Crosbie
Written by Celia Crosbie
Celia is an award-winning former journalist who has worked for newspapers and radio stations in New Zealand and magazines in the United Kingdom. She has worked in public relations in both NZ and London. Celia also specialises in digital media strategy and website copywriting for SEO.