Another Two Kiwi Riders Step Up To Take On World's Best...

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Tue 18/Aug/09 12:12pm

Two more young New Zealand Trials riders will test themselves against the world's best on home territory.
Patrick Dillon from Nelson and New Plymouth's Matt Foster will join fellow Kiwi rider Tim Jurgens in Rotorua for the 2009 UCI Trials World Cup.

Foster and Jurgens will also compete at the 2009 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in Mount Stromlo in Canberra, Australia, the week before the Rotorua World Cup round.
While Jurgens rode at the 2006 World Championships in Rotorua, it will be Foster's first time competing at this level.
"Riding with the top guys in Australia will be awesome," says the 18 year old apprentice mechanic. "And then at the World Cup support from a big, local crowd in Rotorua will bring out our best, too."
Foster was recently profiled in his home town paper, the Taranaki Daily News.
"Matt was spotted doing amazing things on his bike on the New Plymouth foreshore," says reporter, Tony Bird, "so we shot down for a chat and found out he was going to be competing at international level twice in the next month."

Patrick Dillon's only been riding Trials since 2008 and is hugely enthusiastic about competing alongside his heroes in Rotorua from September 11 to 13.
"I'm really looking forward to meeting, riding with and learning from the best in the world," says the Nelson-based youngster.
The Rotorua World Cup is the fifth and final round of a season that started in Spain in April, with three more rounds in Germany, Spain and Belgium over the northern hemisphere summer.

SPARC (Sport and Recreation New Zealand) is one of the sponsors of the World Cup round in Rotorua.
For SPARC chief executive, Peter Miskimmin, the involvement of Patrick, Matt and Tim is one of the main reasons to back the event.
``It will give our small - but growing - number of young riders a unique opportunity to compete against the sport's international stars," says Miskimmin. "And other young New Zealanders can also get an introduction to and be inspired by this exciting, emerging sport.’’
Miskimmin also has a message of thanks for the many volunteers in the sport and recreation sector, including those who will make the Trials World Cup round possible by building the trials zones and giving their time in other ways.
``One in four New Zealanders volunteer in sport and recreation - as parent helpers, coaches, administrators and referees," he adds.
"It's an extraordinary statistic and we owe them a huge vote of thanks, because without their tireless efforts, it just simply wouldn't be feasible to stage events such as this one.’’

The World Cup round brings together an alliance of volunteers and public and private business support.
"It's the Kiwi way," says Rotorua event director, Dean Watson. "Local businesses, the Rotorua District Council and SPARC and all our fantastic volunteers are helping to make the World Cup a success."
Trials is an entertaining and dynamic sport and very popular in Europe, especially Spain, France and Belgium.
"It's not so well known in New Zealand," says Watson. "A World Cup round here in Rotorua allows us to promote the sport and the assistance of our sponsors is invaluable."
Like a long-time supporter of mountain biking in Rotorua, local surveying company, Canmap Hawley, which is providing logistics support.
"Often you don't even have to ask for help from guys like this," says Watson, "because they offer first."

UCI Trials World Cup – Rotorua, September 11-13, 2009.
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Re: Another Two Kiwi Riders Step Up To Take On World's Best...

Postby bluedogSS on Tue 18/Aug/09 1:54pm

Check out the web site - - for more information including event programme plus video from the World Champs in Rotorua in 2006, more on the Kiwi riders and reports and pics from the four European rounds so far in 2009.
There's also an Image Library of pics to download in the MEDIA section.
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