Video: Queenstown, NZ Mass Start Race

Dec 27, 2014
by Paul Haysom  
Views: 71,997    Faves: 364    Comments: 18

Queenstown is no ordinary place. When the locals come together and decide to organise a mass start downhill race, it's never going to be just any old race. With world cup downhillers, top level slopestyle atheletes, enduro world series racers and a Redbull Rampage competitor it's fair to say this video has it all.

Tandem bikes, gnarly crashes and some insane lines - I give you the Fernhill Frenzy.

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111 Comments

  • + 73
 Can we please get a video of just the tandem footage? That would be hilarious!
  • + 15
 Can we please get more Prodigy!
  • + 17
 thought it was old school rob warner...
  • + 3
 ^^^^@bkchef2000 cracking me up Smile
  • + 3
 Here is the Tandæmonium - www.pinkbike.com/video/392888
  • + 61
 Thanks for the positive comments for our wee film, unfortunately the praise has gone completely to my head, now I consider myself the worlds greatest director, more so than Micheal Bay. So the Tandem footage will be released in a series of 3 three-hour epics with lots of special effects, made up characters and a fat Legolas. Each released every December. See you in 2018!
  • + 9
 haha gold!
  • + 3
 This latest piece of performance art seeks to realign the gender balance of conceptual and minimal mountain biking by mixing the physicality of cycling, the fragility of the human body, elemental discourse and explores the shared gender dominance in transgender marriage. This narrative is achieved through performative manifesto of two sweary bogans on a tandem
Here is the Tandæmonium - www.pinkbike.com/video/392888
  • + 1
 indeed, a powerful piece. I hope to see it do well in cannes.
  • + 51
 the kiwis sure know how to have fun
  • + 9
 That's normal for the Kiwis... They ride just like they play rugby: heavy duty body contact is just happens Smile
  • + 34
 I laughed for the full 8 minutes, someone should get Rob Warner to pair up with someone on a tandem and send him there next year. Imagine Rob and Claudio on the same tandem bike. What a video that would be
  • + 7
 YES YES YES YES YES
  • + 27
 If you didnt have at the very least a smile on your face while watching that I have some bad news for you...... You are a roadie.

That was epic! Full contact enduro? New format to be seen in rotorua in the 2015 EWS? ( with water balloons). Some balls out line choices there Smile
  • + 23
 Eddy Masters it's time for a "Sprit of Tandem" video Big Grin
  • + 13
 I love how New Zealand the only rule is to have fun! Here in Australia an event like this would never happen, because way too much bureaucracy and BS form government, park rangers etc. Just so you have an idea local mountain bike club raised $6k to get proper trail builders to fix some of the local trails. Builder told me park rangers made him remove jumps and berms from the track because it's not the standard... So lame, what is the standard? Who creates the standard? So lame!
  • + 8
 I thought that crap only happens in the US!
  • + 7
 Its called underground racing... no entry fee... no worries !
  • + 2
 I know! The rangers in Australia suck. They take all of our natural dirt trails and put this Grenatic sand, gravel shit over them so that we ride on what is essentially a gravel walking path. They even start complaining if we get rid of a tree that is soo close to the trial it is beyond dangerous, and if you get rid of a bit of grass and or bracken on the side of the trail so that you don't get the insides of your elbows lacerated then you could be up for a $600 or more fine.
  • + 4
 Folks, I just say "Germany". Technically you are not even allowed to ride on ways in the forest which are narrower than 2,5 meters!
  • + 2
 Move to WA. If you're not near Perth you can build whatever you want. Downside is there's hardly any hills.
  • + 2
 You guys want to try the races in Bulgaria... really good trails, and the only rule is don't cut down trees! Big Grin
  • + 15
 VOD
  • + 8
 At some points watching that, my heart was literally racing! Big Grin

POV footage of a lone rider can be a bit repetitive but in the middle of the mayhem that was going on there...
Felt like I was racing in it at times to! lol! Big Grin

Brilliant stuff from my homeland down under! Wink

PS: good song choice and editing!
  • + 11
 That was so awesome my face hurts.
  • + 0
 comment of the century :-)
  • + 7
 What did he loose? ....I couldn't quite catch it ;0).....brilliant fun....pissing me self laughing ...well funny vid
  • - 2
 tooth
  • + 6
 Pinkbike Awards: Race of the century

Sooo much fun in this video, i love it.
  • + 2
 everyone who races should race one race a season like this.they will remember how to have fun and not be so serious.i did the chomolungma race in snowshoe and it was a blast.except that race was 20 laps dh and 30,000ft vert at the end of the day.it was fun to see the bike carnage.
  • + 2
 HAHA! So funny!! you Kiwi's know how to have a good time, thats for sure. One of the better videos i have seen all year, plenty off action, carnage, I dont mind some helmet cam, just to break it up a bit. Flies in the face of how to make a rad edit. Love it.
  • + 4
 I was invited to this but broke my collar bone the day before in the park..... everyone should do a Queenstown trip
  • + 5
 one or two "Ticket2ride lines" in there Wink
  • + 1
 haha
  • + 5
 Such a gnar race it makes you lose your teeth
  • + 0
 you're right. wear a mouthguard for this one.serious difficult trail too.
  • + 3
 Oh no! Oh no! I'm beached bru! I'm beached as! Kiwis are the collectively the greatest people on this planet.
  • + 4
 The pressure is on for Rowdy Remarks. Sometime in Feb?
  • + 2
 That was hilarious Big Grin They should make worldwide series of this race. No roadie mentality, just pure fun. Exact what our sport is about Big Grin
  • - 1
 Mass start downhill 10 riders +, how long do we have to wait, would be awesome. Make it into a series, gates of 10 riders, qualifying times to decide who makes the final top ten gate places. Nice wide track with alternate line options, start gate like bmx, podium places for the top 3. Come on Monster/Red Bull it's a winner!
  • + 7
 but then it wouldn't be fun
  • + 1
 This is the most fun I have had watching a video on the net in 2014! Might I add The Prodigy was fitting for this clip, keep it up guys.
  • + 4
 GO NEW ZEALAND!
  • + 1
 That was hilarious. I couldn't see through the tears by the end of the video. We need to do one of these races in the Surrey Hills.
  • + 2
 This video is just madness. I love it. ''I lost my tooth! I lost my tooth! oh here it is...GO!!'' haha brilliant
  • + 1
 Can anyone tell me where it is?

I'm about to have a trip next Feb. Looking fwd a tour of mtb in Queenstown. Is there any epic trail i must ride b4 i die?
  • + 3
 Water balloons in the tandems box out back HAHAHA!!!
  • + 1
 this video removed all the pressure that comes along with racing and put a spotlight on how much fun it is !!!!!! cause this vid loooked as tho everyone was having mega fun
  • + 2
 Hahahaha awesome! Would be amazing participate of this mess next year lol.

By the way, did I saw Kelly McGarry at 1:09???
  • + 3
 Yes, you see him from behind for most of the end of the video as well
  • + 3
 best mcgazza shot is his POV at 4:30 when he runs over a bike.
  • + 3
 Rolling on others' rear wheels like nobody business.
  • + 3
 LONG LIVE THE LOOP!!!!1!!!
  • + 2
 How much do I want to have a go at that...is yhe start just a mass dash to grab any bike or grab your own bike ????
  • + 12
 grab your own, there's a video somewhere of Bernard Kerr trying to find his bike but he's forgotten where he left it hahaha
  • + 3
 Looks mint (by mint I really mean mental) doing it on a tandem...mad dash of about 15 riders all aiming for the same line into the trees, what could possibly go wrong ??? Ha ha ha...maybe loose a tooth or something !!
  • + 2
 This vid makes me wanna ride more than last 4 Disorders together hha
  • + 2
 Now that's a fun fun race.
  • + 1
 Awesome video, they just need to add a beer chug at the end like this!
m.pinkbike.com/video/286990
  • + 2
 best thing i've seen all day
  • + 1
 What a laugh VOD, VOY I'm still smiling and laughed during the whole video.
  • + 2
 Personally, best video on pinkbike right now
  • + 1
 Queenstown rocks.....the bikepark is only a tiny part of the awesome riding thats down there
  • + 3
 So wild!
  • + 3
 VOY (year)
  • + 1
 This music makes me think of strippers and Cartmin singing Smack My B!tch Up.
  • + 1
 4:17 - he barely managed to climb back just to get butt kicked down again Big Grin
  • + 2
 "I lost my tooth!" hahahaha this is a MEAN AS VIDEO!!! Love it!! churr
  • + 1
 That looked like a shitload of fun! Nice work!
  • + 1
 Who else spends the whole video guessing what bikes everyone is riding?
  • + 1
 "We got so f***ed up!" Bahahaha
  • + 1
 That looks like the most fun ever, I can add this to my bucket list
  • + 1
 epic , can't wait to do it again next year
  • + 2
 best mtb race ever!
  • + 1
 CLASSIC !!!... the Real Life DH Domination Jajajjajjaa Love it was so kool
  • + 1
 what a carnage ! i like it! Big Grin
  • + 2
 massive crashes hahaha
  • + 2
 Sooooo much fun!
  • + 1
 They're taking the hobbits to Isengard!
  • + 1
 My favorite video I have seen on Pink Bike. Well done!!
  • + 1
 1:10 sure looked like it was Kelly McGarry!
  • + 3
 was
  • + 0
 Nah it wasn't.
  • + 1
 Like a wolfpack attacking down the hill!
  • + 1
 haha ~! nice..........i like is video.....
  • + 2
 Hilarious
  • + 1
 +1
  • + 2
 Lmao, proper funny Smile
  • + 2
 Gold.
  • + 1
 Pinnacle race can go suck a dick
  • + 1
 What a great way to start my day, haven't laughed that long in a while!
  • + 1
 JUST loved that ASS CLOWNs ending!
  • + 1
 Ohhh that was good. Really good. Smile
  • + 2
 I lost my twoof
  • + 1
 R A D !
  • + 1
 SIGN ME UP!
  • + 1
 Totally ENDURO!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Some funny stuff !!!!
  • + 1
 carnage, so good. VOY
  • + 1
 Incredible
  • + 0
 Race of beasts!!!! Hahaha
  • + 1
 EPIC FUN
  • + 1
 5:27 was epic
  • + 1
 I love this game! Wink
  • + 1
 Awesome!!
  • + 1
 Nothing but Fuuuuin

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