THIS IS OUR STORY!

1999
Tim Ceci opens Vertigo offering guided heli bike tours and bike hire.

2001
Vertigo Start building DH trails in Ben Lomond forest (now Skyline) and guide using the gondola. We could go 2 runs with up to 5 people!

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2005
Premises on upper Shotover St. burns down due to electrical fire. Vertigo moves to current location and go into business with Browns Ski Shop.

2006
Vertigo hires Scottish DH racer, Pang (Paul Angus) aka Huck Wizard.

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2007
Employed Justin Havukainen, Sam Hills team mate on Iron Horse. 

2008
Employed Seb Kemp - now global brand manager of Santa Cruz.

2009
Vertigo buy 'Gravity Action' and begin guiding in skippers canyon.
 
Employed Tom Hey now of Elevate trail building who build the world's best slopestyle courses for Crankworx events.

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2010
Pang buys into business.
Employed James Tilbury (JT) - now Tracey Hannah mechanic.

2011
Queenstown bike Park opens! 
Vertigo chosen to run a shop at the top of gondola (Vertigo bike box)for DH bike rental due to long standing history with the forest and helping establish the initial trail network on the hill.

2012
Vertigo staff Pang and Ginge start filming the Huck Wizard Trilogy.

2013
Vertigo start Queenstown MTB school, coaching clinics in bike park.
 
Stop guiding in skippers canyon, start just offering rude rock shuttle trips instead. 

 

2014
Employed John Stout - now Mik Hannahs mechanic.

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2015
Vertigo social summer series events started. Grass roots races run free for QMTBC members to start creating a riding scene and introduction to racing with no pressure focussed on having fun!
 
Employed professional mountain biker Casey Brown.
 
Employed Henry Quinney now a front man of GMBN media.

2016
Vertigo Whip Off on dream track. $500 cash prize for best whip with lots of world's top pros attending. Bernard Kerr won.
Employed Professional mountain biker and TV personality Ben Cathro
Employed James Crossland now right hand man at Airdrop Bikes.

2017
Vertigo Ride More DH series established as club fund raising events and to help keep dh race scene alive.

Stopped Heli Guided trips to focus on main shop.
 
 

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2018
Received QTMBC certificate of appreciation for our efforts and time put into the local scene.

2019
Received QTMBC certificate of appreciation for our efforts and time put into the local scene.

Continue to host races and support local events. 

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2020
We became one of a selecrt few stores lucky enough to 
sell Santa Cruz Bikes in NZ.  We invested into a good demo fleet 
including a couple of the new 29er V10 DH Bikes.

We are really happy to now work closely with UK brand Airdrop Bikes to be the only place outside their HQ in the UK where you can buy their bikes.

2021
Continue to host races and support local events. 
A huge year of local events and races in which Vertigo was at at coal face organising enduro/chainless and of course DH races . 

At the end of the season Vertigo had raised over $15000 for the Queenstown MTB Club through a busy season of events, with the Vertigo Bikes Ride More DH Series having a huge turnout, especially in the youth categories.  Grass roots racing at its best to support and develop the next professional NZ  riders.

Which brings us to where we are now, going into our 22nd season as excited and motivated as ever! We have new Demo brands, a fresh rental fleet and an abundance of enthusiasm ready to make your Queenstown experience the best!