Calendar Event: February 26, 2010

The New Zealand Mountain Bike Festival – Don’t Miss It !

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Fri 12/Feb/10 10:20am

New Zealand mountain bike racing turned 25 recently. To celebrate, Wellington is throwing a week long mountain bike party... And you’re all invited.

Wellington, as the major mover and shaker in the sport’s early development, was an obvious venue to celebrate 25 years of the sport. American cycle tourists introduced mountain bikes to Kiwi enthusiasts during the early 1980s and New Zealand’s first recorded mountain bike race was a break-burner down Christchurch’s historic Stock Route in 1985. But in 1986 Wellington’s Paul Kennett created the Karapoti Classic.

Karapoti was the first major gathering of what was then called “off road cycling”. The Capital City became the coalface of the sport, producing New Zealand’s first mountain bike book, first dedicated mountain bike park, first kids mountain bike races and was the first to host an international event when it organised the Mountain Bike World Cup in 1997.

Scheduled for February 26 to March 7, the “New Zealand Mountain Bike Festival” will celebrate all this and more. It will open with the New Zealand Mountain Bike Championships and close with the 25th Merida Karapoti Classic, and in the week between the entire region will stage all manner of mountain bike occasions for riders of all age and ability.

Events will includes Lower Hutt’s Bike The Trail recreational ride, bike skills courses, trail building courses, mountain bike movies, mountain bike trials, old-school downhill and cross country races and a competition to find New Zealand’s ultimate mechanic. During all this riders have a chance to vie for “New Zealand’s Ultimate Mountain Biker” by combining their result in each major event... But mostly it’ll be a gathering of all things mountain biking that is not to be missed. Full information at http://www.mountainbikefestival.co.nz.

The NZ Mountain Bike Festival is brought to you by BikeNZ, Wellington City Council, and MDJ events Ltd.
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