The Macpac Motatapu are incredibly excited and grateful to be announcing a brand new backcountry mountain bike race for the 2023 event, all thanks to the hard work and vision of Soho Property Ltd, QEII National Trust and the Queenstown Trails Trust.
A team of talented people from these organisations have been toiling away over the past three years to create Queenstown’s newest backcountry trail, the Coronet Loop.
The stunning 56km technical backcountry circuit gives riders the most spectacular access to Greengates Saddle, Deep and Coronet Creeks around the back of Coronet Peak, which have not previously been open for public access.
“We want to thank the team at Soho Property Ltd, the QEII National Trust and the Queenstown Trails Trust for giving us this amazing opportunity to run a race on this very special track,” commented Gemma Peskett, co-owner of Macpac Motatapu. “The Coronet Loop is the perfect step up for our riders who have done the Macpac Motatapu valley mountain bike and want to move up to the next level. There are some tough climbs and fast descents, accompanied by more technical terrain and challenging course length, which will appeal to an intermediate to advanced rider. Plus, the most epic views throughout the course. We have been working closely with the team, to make sure we create a race which will be a fantastic regular addition to the Macpac Motatapu event lineup.”
“We are excited that the first event on our new track will be with our long term partners at the Macpac Motatapu Race,” says Joanna Booker, Soho Property Ltd. “We believe the new track will be a fantastic addition to the events on race day, and to the “Arrowtown Experience” for the public in the future.”
“This event will quickly become one of the ‘must-do’ races on the NZ calendar,” says Mark Williams, CEO, Queenstown Trails Trust. “The awe-inspiring terrain which the trail traverses will be a highlight in any athletes career, and we’re stoked that we’ll be able to celebrate the official opening of the trail in conjunction with our event partners, the Macpac Motatapu.”
For more information on the Mahu Whenua Eco Sanctuary and QEII National Trust
For more information on the Queenstown Trails Trust and how to donate.
For more information on Macpac Motatapu events and the Coronet Loop.