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Coronet Peak - The Ultimate Enduro Ride

Coronet Peak - The Ultimate Enduro Ride

Posted by Dave Fahey: 5th Feb 2014 @ 20:07:09

If gravity is your thing and you don’t mind earning the turn then Coronet Peak is a must. Coronet Peak has a long history of mountain biking in the form of the Skippers Pack Track and the Coronet XC trail, but with the introduction of Rude Rock and the yet to be named Skippers link track there is no need to look any further for the ultimate Enduro afternoon. With no need for a shuttle driver you can tick off a ride on Coronet XC, Rude Rock, Skippers link, the Skippers Pack Track and finally a bomb down Zoot track to finish. 5 tracks, 1 afternoon - boom! And if you've planned it well there will be a cold beer waiting for you at the end.

This mission can be done with the services of Queenstown Bike Taxis or by car with all transport being on sealed roads. Either start at Dan O’Connell’s bush (bottom of Zoot track) with a uphill ride to the Coronet Peak base building up the sealed road. Or if numbers and vehicles allow, drop one vehicle there and continue by car to the Coronet Peak car park.

From the base of Coronet Peak it's a bit of a grind to the top via the Coronet XC track, but once there the views are rewarding enough, let alone the thought of 4 tracks all going down to help push you through the pain. At the top of Coronet Peak express chairlift you have the option of flowing down the way you slogged up, or braving the DH track. Either option will take you back to the bottom and onto Rude Rock.

Rude Rock was the Queenstown Mountain Bike Clubs present to the Wakatipu for Christmas of 2012 and an integral part of linking this trail network together. 3.5km of superfast and flowy trail will wind you down the front face of Coronet, past the rock providing its name and towards some breath-taking scenery.

Just before the trail hits the road take the right had turn towards Skippers Canyon and onto the newest trail in the basin where you get to feel the speed of long flowy straights, perfectly executed burmed corners and rocky rolls. This new trail links you onto the famous Skippers Pack Track. The pack track was built back in the 1960s to access the legendary gold fields of the Shotover River, the second richest gold bearing river in the world. Now that the mining has dried up we have been left with one of the Queenstown classics to huck down by bike.

Once at the bottom of Skippers the final climb of the day awaits as you pedal your way up the 5km long gravel road to the top. If you time it well you may get lucky with a ride from one of the friendly Queenstown Rafting bus drivers, or guarantee a shuttle by dropping a cold beer into the rafting base at Cavell's Bridge on your way past.

Once at the Skippers saddle, soak in the views back towards Mordor (The Remarkables) and Queenstown below, before opening up the taps with a fast decent of Zoot Track. Much different from the other trails, Zoot is reasonably organic and contains everything from fast straights to ruts, burmed corners, rocky section and doubles.

A well planned mission will leave you back at your car at Dan O’Connell’s bush slurping an ice cold Speight’s trading stories of trail destruction.

Enjoy!!!

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