Queenstown to host first World MTB Awards
In an historic moment for the world of extreme sports, the inaugural World MTB Awards (WMA) is set to take place in Queenstown next week.
This first-of-its-kind event pays tribute to the dedicated individuals who have transformed mountain biking from a niche hobby into a global phenomenon
It aims to unite thrill-seekers and mountain biking enthusiasts from across the globe.
The awards will be nominated and voted through a 'people's choice' system, enabling riders and supporters to salute those who deserve recognition. There are a variety of categories, from Rising Star to Best New Build.
Event organiser Robin Bush says: "Let's celebrate the global MTB community like never before.
"We're looking to make this an annual celebration, crafted by and for the mountain biking community. It's also a fun night to glam up for a change and honour your friends / mtb idols who rocked the season.
"Why Queenstown? Because it's the perfect off-season playground, and it's time to celebrate the unsung heroes in the industry!"
Mountain biking has had a substantial social and economic impact across the Queenstown Lakes region as it has risen to prominence over the past decade, becoming the summer sport and past time for thousands in the ski towns.
According to a 2022 report, biking could contribute over $200m and over 1000 jobs to our local economy by 2026.
Event sponsor Rod Drury says: "International mountain biking competitors are already using New Zealand as a training base in their off season.
"Queenstown is the place to be and as more riders find their way here, it’s important that they are given a credible welcome and a sense of community. This annual event intends to promote both the mountain biking industry and its people."
The World Mountain Bike Awards takes place at Yonder on Thursday, 15 February.
Guests will receive the red carpet treatment and enjoy complimentary food, drinks, and live entertainment. Business and corporate tables are also available.