New Zealand MTBO Jan 2012 Carnival

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New Zealand MTBO Carnival&Aus v NZ Challenge – January 2012
(Otago area, South Island)

Here’s news about a fantastic MTBO carnival in New Zealand.

An Australia-New Zealand MTBO Challenge will be incorporated into it.
The 4 main races are in the Queenstown area, plus a warm-up event close to Christchurch. Here is their provisional program.

Jan 8th          Bottle Lake    Warm up Event
Jan 10th        Roxburgh       Sprint Distance
Jan 11th        Alexandra      Middle Distance
Jan 12th        Free Day
Jan 13th        Wanaka         Long Distance
Jan 14th        Snow Farm    Relay & Social

The recommendation is to fly into Christchurch or Queenstown airports, or perhaps arrive in Christchurch for the warm-up event and then exit from Queenstown after the carnival.  A co-ordinated bus and van (for bikes) transport and accommodation package will probably be organised for travelling Aussies.   More details later.

The Australian teams (juniors, elites and several veteran classes) will be selected after the October carnival in Australia.  However the event is open to everyone so plan to be in NZ in January 2012!   So start looking at flights and securing holidays now.

Other bike riding possibilities include:
–    the Central Otago Rail Trail.
Hammer Springs