Spoke Magazine


Posted by Lester Perry on Tuesday September 21 2010

Caleb, Chris Beverland and myself have spent a couple of days in the last two weeks with Ivan from Red Bull scoping lines and designing a downhill event with a difference. The race will run from the top of the Martha mine (Waihi), around the side and down to the open-cast mine floor a few hundred vertical metres down. We’ll be incorporating as much mine equipment, machinery and radness as we can get away with in an operational mine. It’s been a loooong time since New Zealand has seen an event with ‘a difference’ and this event certainly fills that spot!

Pro boys get your act together as there will be some good prize money up for this one!

More details will be available soon, but keep 4th Dec open for a road trip to Waihi! More pics after the jump….

The safety team survey the mine.

Vertical walls......!

Chris (left) and Ivan (centre) discuss options with 'important guy'.

MEGA truck. Those tyres are about 7-8 foot high, and we're looking to incorporate one of these trucks in the course somehow.

Chris tries to get his head around the mine.

All photos and video thanks to GOPRO cameras.

  • Tim Pierce

    oh snap. this looks fresh.

  • http://www.version3.co.nz Duncan

    Is it going to be an open? Or an invite only style event? (guessing the pro boys comment means that it will probably be the latter)

  • http://www.quietchaos.co.nz Lester

    Duncan – Details of entry TBC but it will be ‘relatively’(there will be some conditions) open entry at this stage.

  • http://www.version3.co.nz Duncan

    Sweet. Looks like it will be awesome. Nice one.

  • Mitch

    Same day as Nis Auckland practice day.

    • http://www.calebsmith.co.nz Caleb

      You’ll find that AKDH have moved their event one weekend later…

  • Mike

    Awesome idea – What’s the name of the track? Remix of some Rakim??

  • robert

    RED BULL RAMPAGE, NZ STYLE!!! gonna be pretty sick, keen as! :)

  • MT

    are girls allowed to race this??

  • James Clark

    This will be massive. Costumes for spectators mandatory. Signs from spectators also mandatory. Bring on the pro photographers too!!

  • Nicholas Reeves

    Super cool can ‘t wait. entered over a week ago. but haven’t heard anything.hope they are stil allowing open entry.

  • Red Bull NZ Ltd

    In view of the recent events at Pike River Coal Mine in Greymouth, Red Bull has decided as a gesture of respect to postpone the Red Bull Rock Drop.

    The mountain biking event was planned for Saturday December 4 in Waihi, but is now postponed until further notice.

  • Ian

    This should still go ahead I reckon. Has the potential, from the pictures, to be like the rampage in Utah…