Calendar Event: September 11, 2009 - September 13, 2009

Rotorua Uci Trials World Cup Website Goes Live

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Tue 26/May/09 12:57pm

Amazing skills will be on display when world class Bike Trials returns to Rotorua in September and top international riders compete to be the 2009 season's best.

"Trials is a spectacular and entertaining form of cycling,” says Dean Watson, who is organizing the event for New Zealand's national cycling body, BikeNZ. “These guys really are super men and women, leaping tall obstacles in one bound.”

Balance, concentration and explosive strength are the keys to success as riders traverse six separate, very different and very technical trial zones. A foot down means penalty points gained and the rider with the least points wins the title and the gold.
“It's all about riders finding their rhythm and there’s a lot of courage involved, as well," adds Watson. “You have to be very brave when you are jumping between natural rock formations and off giant concrete pipes or wooden structures.”

This week the official event website went live -

"A lot of good work has been going on over the last few months to get the show on the road with great support from the local community," says Watson.

Most New Zealanders first exposure to Trials was at the 2006 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships, also in Rotorua.

“People were scratching their heads in amazement at the incredible talent on show,” says Dave Donaldson, who heads up the Organizing Committee for the World Cup round. “You can get really close to the action and so it’s perfect for spectators.”
In September, Trials zones will be right in the heart of Rotorua, within comfortable walking distance of downtown and the host hotel, the Novotel. The event HQ will also be based at the Novotel - a great location, central to parks, hotels and motels and a wide variety of cafes and restaurants.

There will be a festival associated with event that will emphasize the rich cultural heritage of Rotorua - and involve a lot of fun.

Europe is the heartland of Bike Trials and this is where most of the star riders come from - like Trials legends Kenny Belaey, from Belgium, and Switzerland's Karin Moor, Spanish twin sisters, Gemma and Mireia Abant, Dani Comas and Benito Ros, also from Spain, and Gilles Coustellier of France.

“The 2009 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials Championships are in Canberra, in Australia, the weekend before our event,” says Donaldson. “All the top trials riders will be in the Southern Hemisphere and will cross the Tasman for the finale of the World Cup series in New Zealand.”

To win the series riders have to be consistent across five rounds over six months. The Trials season started early in April in Ripoli-Catalunya in Spain with round one of the World Cup series. Then the riders traveled to Heubach in Germany for round 2.

"The competition so far in 2009 is very close and really exciting and it'll be great to see these talented athletes in action, again," says Graeme Simpson, media director for the Rotorua event. "We're getting reports on each round plus photos and video links up on as soon as possible."

The third round is in St Francois Longchamp in France. Round 4 is in Knokke-Heist in Belgium before the riders travel south for the World Championships in Australia and what is sure to be a dramatic finish to the World Cup series in Rotorua, a week later.
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