Headline Events Announced For 1st Rotorua Bike Festival

Postby bluedogSS on Sun 26/Aug/12 1:59pm

1st Rotorua Bike Festival
February 8 -17, 2013

…a celebration of all things cycling…

Media release: August 26
The 1st Rotorua Bike Festival, February 2013 – headlined by BikeNZ Mountain Bike National Championships.

The first Rotorua Bike Festival in February 2013 will kick another big year in one of New Zealand’s premier adventure sports destinations into high gear.

The Festival will run from Friday February 8 to Sunday February 17 and the week will culminate in the BikeNZ Mountain Bike National Championships on Saturday February 16 and Sunday February 17.
The Festival will be a celebration of all things cycling, a mix of fun and frivolity - and serious competition.
“There will be brand new events designed specifically for the festival, some established events that will move within the festival and a bike film festival,” says festival coordinator, Neil Gellatly of Dare2Sweat Events, who will be running the 2W Gravity Enduro and Bike Expo during the festival, as well.
“The final weekend of the festival is a big one with the serious business of the national champs when the country’s top riders will compete for the 2013 titles and the 2W Gravity Enduro on Sunday. This is when the weekend warriors can mix it up and have some fun to finish the week on the fast, flowing trails that the Whakarewarewa trail network is world famous for.”
Behind the scenes a lot of work has been going on to ensure the Festival is a success.
More information about what’s on and when over the next month or 2 will roll out in the next month, there is a facebook page online and a comprehensive website is under construction.
“It’s been a long time coming and now it’s happening, it’s very exciting,” says Martin Croft from Event and Venues, Rotorua, who will be supporting the inaugural event.
“Over the past 10 years Rotorua has hosted two world mountain bike championships, Oceania mountain bike champs, numerous national events and annual races that have shone the spotlight on what a great cycling destination this city really is and the festival will just underline and reinforce that reputation.”

The Bike Festival will open with the 6, 12 and 24 hour Cateye Moon Ride, starting on Friday February 8. It’s the iconic event in the Rotorua mountain bike calendar and the longest running.
“The Moon Ride has traditionally been an early winter event,” says Croft.
“Having it move to summer will give it a very different feel – and is the perfect way to kick the festival week into gear.”

The Festival will bring together a group of people who’ve been involved in events and the promotion of mountain biking and cycling in Rotorua for many years, like District Councillor, Dave Donaldson. He’s worn a lot of different hats over the last ten years, including chairman of the organizing committee for the 2006 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships.
“Having a festival as a focus of the sport and what is a hugely popular recreational activity in Rotorua really is a big plus,” says Donaldson. “We’ve all talked about bringing mountain biking out of the forest and ‘into town’ and the events around the 2006 Worlds and the 2010 Singlespeed World Champs hinted at how that can work.
It will be an exhilarating and entertaining week.”

…to be continued…

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RotoruaBikeFestival
Event director: Neil Gellatly – Dare 2 Sweat Events: info@dare2sweatevents.co.nz
Media: Graeme Simpson – bluedog media: graemesimpsonNZ@me.com
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