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QRM 50km Ride


The QRM 50KM SKY RIDE will take place on Saturday 17th March 2012 on the private Ben Lomond Station on the outskirts of Queenstown.

Reserve Day – Sunday 18th March 2012


Course Profile

*A course MAP will be allocated on race day and must be carried during the event.


QRM 50km MTB Adults (+18yrs) $75


50km MTB 11.00am


10.50am Race START Line - Moke Lake (follow marshals directions)


Available ONLINE and on the day at the registration area located at the Ben Lomond Woolshed, Moke Lake between 9.00am – 10.30am


Race Packs and Race numbers are to be collected at the registration area on Race Day at the Ben Lomond Woolshed, Moke Lake. Race numbers are to be displayed (Zip Tied) on the front of MTB and clearly visible


All cyclists are required to follow the markers on the course and directions of all race officials. Some sections of the course will be closed to traffic – however there will be some sections of the course that will be open to traffic. Please be aware of traffic at all times


Gear Checks are compulsory and will be available / carried out by Outside Sports Queenstown staff and located at the Ben Lomond Woolshed, Moke Lake between 9.00am – 10.30am on race day


  1. Two Spare Tubes
  2. Bike pump
  3. Puncture Repair Kit
  4. Chain Breaker
  5. Tyre Levers
  6. Multi Tool

The above MTB equipment must be carried for the duration of the Event


  1. Long Sleeve Thermal Top
  2. Full length tights
  3. Seam Sealed Waterproof Jacket
  4. Thermal Beanie & Gloves

The above garments must be worn or carried for the duration of the Event

*COMPULSORY First Aid Kit which must contain the following –

  1. 1.5m long (un-stretched) roll of 5cm wide crepe bandage
  2. 5m long roll of 2cm wide strapping tape
  3. 10 band aid strips
  4. Triangular bandage
  5. Small scissors
  6. Survival bag.

The above items must be carried for the duration of the Event


Mountain Bike: Please make sure that your MTB is fit for the purposes of a Cross Country MTB event and free of defects. It will be a long walk back to the finish line if your MTB isn’t up to the job!

Helmet: Please make sure that you’re HELMET in intact, free of any defects and safety standards approved.

Your MTB and HELMET will be checked for any defects at the Race Registration.


Please make sure your race numbers are clearly visible when passing through all checkpoints along the course. Random spot checks will take place on race day so please make sure you are carrying all compulsory gear required for the Marathon to avoid disqualification. NO EXCEPTIONS. This enforcement is for your own safety.


Participants are responsible to carry their own Food & Drinks – however Water & HIGH5 will be available at the START, ½ WAY CHECKPOINT and FINISH area - PLEASE SEE MAP


All amenities available Race Start / Finish Areas


4.00pm Ben Lomond Woolshed – Moke Lake


There is plentiful car parking in the grounds surrounding the Ben Lomond Woolshed – please follow Marshals Directions and signs


  • From Shotover St (Main High Street in Queenstown)
  • Continue on to Lake Esplanade 700m
  • At the roundabout, take the 1st EXIT on to Glenorchy Road 5.4km
  • Turn ‘RIGHT’ on to Moke Lake Road 2.5km
  • Drive straight on to a 4WD Road (all vehicles allowed / capable of drive) and follow this road for approx 5km until you reach the Ben Lomond Woolshed. Follow the signs and instructions of Race Officials


Refreshments will be available for purchase at the Ben Lomond Woolshed


Please dispose of any waste in the rubbish bins provided


First Aid Facilities will be on hand and located at the START / FINISH area


Body Mechanics will be providing massage services near the FINISH area for a minimal charge


The 50KM SKY RIDE is proudly sponsored by Queenstown Regenerative Medicine (QRM)

Queenstown Regenerative Medicine


Help your body heal itself!

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Cutting edge, non-surgical treatment for

painful joints and ligaments, arthritic joints

tendon & ligament strains /sprains and spinal problems

Simon GreenSimon Green - "After months of suffering with planter fasciitis I finally gave in and stopped running. Following physio, stretching and rest for many more weeks, frustratingly I had no improvement. I was very interested when Jodie suggested the P.R.P injection may work for me…..I had nothing to lose!. One uncomfortable injection ……I can’t lie, it hurt a bit!. With more rest, I noticed a marked improvement. Well, here I am several months on; I’m training regularly and competing again pain free! Thanks Jodie, Morne!. "

Dr Morne Pienaar

Dr Morne Pienaar in action at the recent ‘Outside Sports Ultimate TRI Series race in Paradise

Ben lomond station

Ben Lomond Station…

Ben Lomond Station has been a key part of Queenstown's history for over 150 years.

The first run holder for Ben Lomond Station was William Rees, the founder of Queenstown.  Ben Lomond was part of a run that was over 200,000 acres and included all the land in this area east of Lake Wakatipu.  William Rees reportedly flipped a coin with another early pioneer, Nicholas von Tunzelmann to decide who got which side of the lake!

Moke Lake was named by one of Rees' shepherds Duncan MacAusland, after his horse due to the horsehoe shape of the lake.  Duncan passed through this area seeking a way to take sheep to Rees' land near Glenorchy and camped at Moke Lake.

Gold was discovered in the Moke and Moonlight Valleys in 1862 and brought a flood of miners.  Over 2000 people lived in the Moke and Moonlight valleys during the gold rush.  These rivers were some of the richest in the world - there are stories of the early miners pulling up several ounces of gold with every shovelful - thousands of dollars today!  There is still gold in the rivers and terraces and a few keen people still seek it with modern equipment such as suction dredges and metal detectors.

Today Ben Lomond Station is owned by John and Ginny Foster and is one of the few high country stations owned and operated by New Zealanders.  Farming is the primary business on Ben Lomond Station - Merino sheep are farmed here because of their ability to survive the harsh winters and produce beautiful, super fine wool.  Tourism has always been a part of the station due to our proximity to Queenstown and accordingly there are 2 backcountry lodges located in the Moonlight Valley.

Ben Lomond huts

Ben Lomond Lodge sleeps 35 people and is a fantastic location for groups to hold a work function, corporate escape, birthday party etc.  

Moonlight Lodge is built on a high terrace with stunning views of the Moonlight Valley.  It will open in November 2012 and will sleep 18 people in double rooms with en-suites.  Both lodges are located to provide excellent access to explore the high country and gold mining history.

The inaugural Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon was held in February and the Moonlight 50km Mountain Bike race will be held on 17th March.  Both events are through exclusive private property and explore 150 years of Gold Mining history and showcase the stunning High Country.

Ben lomond station