Singlespeed Worlds In Rotorua, New Zealand, October 2010.

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Tue 22/Dec/09 2:14pm

Singlespeed Worlds in Rotorua, New Zealand, October 2010.
Part of a week long Bike Festival.
Open to all with online entry starting at midnight on December 31, NZ Summer Time.

A world championships with no entry qualification? Surely not.
Actually, yes.
The only entry criteria for the Singlespeed World Championships, in October 2010, in New Zealand’s mountain biking mecca of Rotorua, is a one speed bike.
“It doesn’t even have to be a mountain bike,” says Rotorua Singlespeed Society president, Gaz Sullivan. “However, the course will be a challenging one on some of the best singletrack in the Southern Hemisphere, so bike and gear selection could be important.”

Entry for the event opens online at http://www.sswc10nz.com at midnight on December 31, NZ Summer Time.
“This is a bit of a singlespeed tradition and New Zealand is the first to see the New Year, so it seemed like a very good idea,” adds Sullivan.
Over 1200 riders applied for a limited number of places at the 2008 championships in Napa, in California and nearly 1000 rode in the 2009 event in Durango, in Colorado.
“We organized places for the RSSS at Napa and Durango where it was 'first in, first served', as well,” says Dean Watson, one of the event organizers.
“Based on that experience, the advice we’re giving people is get in early. We’ve got a big forest and over 70 kilometres of fantastic trails, but entries will be limited.”
There is plenty of interest from round the world in the race.
"We’re getting emails from all over the place,” says Graeme Simpson, from the RSSS. “The majority are from the USA, which is the spiritual home of singlespeeding and where mountain biking started back in the 1970’s.
It’s also been very cool to hear from people in Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Israel, Singapore and Japan.”

The event team feel the enthusiasm is partly to do with the nature of the Singlespeed Worlds.
Even the bidding process to get the event to Rotorua was a bit out of the ordinary.
The first round in Durango was Karaoke/American Idol elimination time, with four nations competing for two places in round 2.
In the end, New Zealand and Italy went through, with Canada and Hungary eliminated.
Round 2 was a game of Basketball with RSSS members, John McCartney, from Queenstown, and Vicki Butterworth, from Hawkes Bay, and a pick up team of locals out-lasting the Italians to win 42-37.

“The Singlespeed Worlds is a ‘people’s’ event – everyone is welcome,” says Sullivan. “And it’s always a big party.”
The first sponsor to sign on for the event reflects that. The Pig & Whistle, in the heart of Rotorua, will be “official pub” for the race and the week-long Bike Festival that will be run at the same time.
“This is a real celebration of the spirit of mountain biking,” says Gregg Brown, from the Pig & Whistle, who sponsored the 2008 and 2009 New Zealand Singlespeed Championships.
“One cog mountain biking is physically hard and competition is very tough at the sharp end, but most people will be here to have fun, a few laughs and a lager or two at the end of the day.”
For those who want to enjoy the festival and the parties and get the swag bag but not race, there will be a separate Party Animal ticket.
Even the most competitive of riders get into the spirit of the event.
“The right costume is very important - where else would you see a world-class mountain biker racing in a dress,” says Sullivan. ‘And that’s just the blokes.”
At stake will be 2010 bragging rights and, for first man and woman home, the winner’s tattoo.
“Another Singlespeed tradition we’re not messing with,“ says Marcus Diprose, from the event team. “No tattoo, no title – and we’ll be designing a tattoo that reflects New Zealand and Rotorua’s unique culture.”
The first World Singlespeed Championships was held in Rancho Cucamunga in California, in 1999. Since then they have mainly been in the USA, but have also visited Wales, Sweden, Scotland and Australia.
"The Australian event was in 2003, in Castlemaine, and that year Clinton Jackson, who is a Kiwi, won the Men's title," says Sullivan. “It’d be great to have another New Zealand winner next year but there will be some seriously good riders coming in from overseas.”

Rotorua is no stranger to running big mountain bike events.
In 2006, the city hosted the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships.
“We were all involved in that and the Singlespeeds is a bit more…well…informal,” says Watson, with a smile.
“However, the city really gets behind big events and the second sponsor to sign on was Events & Venues Rotorua - it’s great to have them on board.”
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Postby yuvalk on Tue 22/Dec/09 7:38pm

Sounds fantastic!
I would really like to show up for the event and continue afterward for a few weeks bike vacation in NZ, riding both the north island and the south island (but moving between sites with a car).

I'm coming from a long distance and would like to make a dreamy vacation out of it,
Am looking for partner(s),
anyone?
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Re: Singlespeed Worlds In Rotorua, New Zealand, October 2010.

Postby bluedogSS on Tue 22/Dec/09 8:13pm

Yuval - you will love it, mate!
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Re: Singlespeed Worlds In Rotorua, New Zealand, October 2010.

Postby bluedogSS on Tue 22/Dec/09 8:15pm

SSWC10NZ is supporting 88 Bikes - for every 88 entries we'll donate a bike to this organization that provides bikes to kids in developing countries...
Check out their web site - http://www.88bikes.org/home/index.php
Happy holidays...
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Re: Singlespeed Worlds In Rotorua, New Zealand, October 2010.

Postby slidecontrol on Thu 24/Dec/09 10:45am

what the entry fee going to be, ( just making sure I leave a big enough space on the credit card )


apologies if it published somewhere and I've missed it.
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Re: Singlespeed Worlds In Rotorua, New Zealand, October 2010.

Postby the-right-to-evolve on Thu 24/Dec/09 11:17am

do you have to be 18 to enter? what if i win ( :D yeah right) i wont get the tattoo???
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Re: Singlespeed Worlds In Rotorua, New Zealand, October 2010.

Postby Aged Bikie on Sat 26/Dec/09 10:47am

I at first thought I would like to try that. I have an old cyclocross bike which is I could convert from 6 to 1 speed and I have been getting back into racing shape. Then I saw the first sponsor and the talk about big party. Once again those of us that don't drink alcohol and that don't want our family exposed to that behaviour are left out. I sure would appreciate someone organizing races and rides that encourage family participation rather than drunkenness.
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Re: Singlespeed Worlds In Rotorua, New Zealand, October 2010.

Postby RussS on Sat 26/Dec/09 11:00am

Aged Bikie wrote:I sure would appreciate someone organizing races and rides that encourage family participation rather than drunkenness.

There are lots of family events - the singlespeed world is one of tradition, and that tradition involves party.
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Re: Singlespeed Worlds In Rotorua, New Zealand, October 2010.

Postby Mr_Bob on Sat 26/Dec/09 11:02am

Last year there was apple juice on offer to take into consideration those that don't drink, so downing a pint at a short cut isn't compulsory :thumbsup:
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Re: Singlespeed Worlds In Rotorua, New Zealand, October 2010.

Postby banga on Sat 26/Dec/09 1:56pm

Aged Bikie wrote:I at first thought I would like to try that. I have an old cyclocross bike which is I could convert from 6 to 1 speed and I have been getting back into racing shape. Then I saw the first sponsor and the talk about big party. Once again those of us that don't drink alcohol and that don't want our family exposed to that behaviour are left out. I sure would appreciate someone organizing races and rides that encourage family participation rather than drunkenness.



waambulance much? pretty much every other race doesn't involve Alcohol consumption and caters for what you want. Your grade is c-, Must try harder.
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Re: Singlespeed Worlds In Rotorua, New Zealand, October 2010.

Postby SlackBoy on Sat 26/Dec/09 2:41pm

banga wrote:
Aged Bikie wrote:I at first thought I would like to try that. I have an old cyclocross bike which is I could convert from 6 to 1 speed and I have been getting back into racing shape. Then I saw the first sponsor and the talk about big party. Once again those of us that don't drink alcohol and that don't want our family exposed to that behaviour are left out. I sure would appreciate someone organizing races and rides that encourage family participation rather than drunkenness.



waambulance much? pretty much every other race doesn't involve Alcohol consumption and caters for what you want. Your grade is c-, Must try harder.
he lives in NZ and wants his family to NOT be exposed to alcohol??? :eh:



:lol: :lol: :blink: Mentally damaged much

try utah
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Re: Singlespeed Worlds In Rotorua, New Zealand, October 2010.

Postby bluedogSS on Tue 29/Dec/09 1:32pm

One of the really impressive things about NZSSC 08 and 09 was the level of responsibility with drinking.
Night before - pre-race nerves(???); after match party: just too damn knackered!
Still, lots of fun was had by all.
Same at Napa worlds - yes, alcohol was consumed but all in good spirit and humour.
One thing about SSWorlds10 is that it will have a week-long festival with lots family-oriented activities.
Singlespeeds have always had a party atmosphere - Rotorua will be no different...
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Re: Singlespeed Worlds In Rotorua, New Zealand, October 2010.

Postby bluedogSS on Tue 29/Dec/09 7:33pm

1st, 73rd, 129th, 301st and 475th entries received will get entry fee completely refunded...http://www.sswc10nz.com
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Re: Singlespeed Worlds In Rotorua, New Zealand, October 2010.

Postby slidecontrol on Tue 29/Dec/09 10:27pm

how much will the entry be? I'll be very upset if I find my visa is a few bucks short of the mark on the day :(
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Re: Singlespeed Worlds In Rotorua, New Zealand, October 2010.

Postby NDuroEvents on Wed 30/Dec/09 6:56am

Sorry for the lack of information all - it has been a bit of family time over the last week.

OK, we are still working on some final details but at this stage rough prices will be:

Race competitor: $125
Party Animal: $80

You will get quite a few goodies for that price including t-shirt and socks for competitors, entry into various events during the week and of course the race itself.

This is going to be huge. The interest from overseas is great so for all you Kiwis enter early to guarantee your place. If you are not going to be near a computer then think outside the square!

Cheers

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