February 10-19, 2017

MTB Adventure Quest returns...

 
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MTB Adventure Quest. Photo: Alan Ofsoski (HI REZ)

MTB Adventure Quest returns and a generous offer from an organiser...

They’re calling it a two-wheeled Amazing Race, all in 90 minutes.  
The MTB Adventure Quest, on the evening of Thursday February is a bike adventure for all ages and abilities, from families with youngsters, through to experienced bikers.  This year every competitor gets a food voucher for the Rotorua Night Market, plus the chance to win one of the many great spot prizes on offer.


“The MTB Adventure Quest is a great family event that is good for all ages” said Rotorua local, Anna Goodman, whose family has done the event every year. “We always really enjoy it and the kids are just buzzing afterwards.”
 
The MTB Adventure Quest is a very popular event in the Rotorua Bike Festival, and has built a reputation for offering huge fun and excitement.  
Now in its fourth year, it attracts bikers of all ages and abilities, who work together in teams trying to visit as many check points as they can in 90 minutes.  There are also fun mystery activities for bonus points and an optional dress up competition.

“We’ve got a great course planned and lots of fun mystery activities.  But if I wasn’t organising the event I’d be doing it just for the spot prizes alone!” Pete Swanson, event setter, said.  “The event is fun, friendly and affordable for anyone who can ride a bike.”

Event organisers, Orienteering Bay of Plenty (OBOP), have teamed up with the Rotorua Night Market and every competitor will get a free $5 food voucher for the Rotorua Night Market after the event finishes nearby.   Brigitte Nelson, from Rotorua Lakes Council who manages the market, is working with stallholders to come up with special food offerings for the night.
 
“The MTB Adventure Quest has been a really welcome part of the Festival programme since the first one in 2013 and is always a favourite,” said David Crowley from the Rotorua Bike Festival Charitable Trust.  "Ending at the Rotorua Night Market this year adds another dimension to our festival and I’m looking forward to entering it and enjoying the fun, again."
 
The event also has over $2,500 worth of fabulous spot prizes on offer -  local tourist attractions, local café and bar vouchers, a helicopter ride, and even a $100 MTB Shuttle Pass.  
Jeff Carter from South Star Shuttles said “the event sounds so cool I’ll have to enter it myself”.
MTB Adventure Quest is all about family and fun (Alan Ofsoski)
“The MTB Adventure Quest has been a really welcome part of the Festival programme since the first one in 2013 and is always a favourite,” said David Crowley from the Rotorua Bike Festival Charitable Trust.  "Ending at the Rotorua Night Market this year adds another dimension to our festival and I’m looking forward to entering it and enjoying the fun, again."
 
The event also has over $2,500 worth of fabulous spot prizes on offer -  local tourist attractions, local café and bar vouchers, a helicopter ride, and even a $100 MTB Shuttle Pass.  Jeff Carter from South Star Shuttles said “the event sounds so cool I’ll have to enter it myself”.
Bike the Lake - 2 laps, race, 1 lap leisure - it's open to all (Alan Ofsoski).
This spirit of generosity has extended to the major road event of the Festival since 2013.
Eight members of under 23 road cycling team, Rotorua Racing, will compete in Bike the Lake on Sunday February 14.
 
“We’re really happy to help these young fellas as much as possible,” said Bike the Lake race director, Shane Hooks. “We love Rotorua as a venue and being part of the Bike Festival, every year.”
 
The event is open to all riders with a two-lap challenge as well as more leisurely one-lap circumnavigation of Lake Rotorua for less experienced riders.
 
Rotorua Racing team manager, Ian Guy, is very grateful for Hooks’ offer.
“We’re supported by Waiariki Institute of Technology, Pure Nutrition and QE Health,” he said. “And the lad’s parents, of course – but those race entry fees really mount up.”
 
Riders in Bike the Lake get free entry into the Holland Beckett Lawyers People’s Flying Kilo. This is part of the Runway Project (with Air New Zealand) at Rotorua Airport the day before. Otherwise it's only $10 to enter.

“We’ll be there for that and the organisers have also given us three of only 20 places in the Elite Flying Kilo,” Guy continued.  “It’s a great opportunity for Sam Phipps, Jared Johnston and Daniel Johnston to get some race experience alongside the big guns. It’s especially good timing for Sam as he’s just recently signed to Australian team GPM Stultz to race in the National Series over there.”  
The spectacular Elite Flying Kilo is a major feature of the Runway Project (Mead Norton).
Some of the younger members of the Rotorua Racing team will also compete in the third road event of the 10-day Festival.

The Cycling Rotorua Hill Climb Fun Challenge is from noon on Saturday February 20 on Mountain Road on the slopes of Mount Ngongotaha. It is open to everyone and includes a mountain bike category.
While cycling races up hills aren't new, this has a twist.
 
"We know that time-trials up hills can be imposing and put some people off, especially if they feel they need to have an expensive featherweight bike to be competitive" said event organiser Jonathan Dodd.  "So this year we are introducing the Power Challenge.  We'll weigh people with their bikes, so we can factor in their total weight and calculate their overall power output during their climb. This way we will be able to recognise those who might be slower but who are strong and fit. We'll also account for the higher rolling resistance of mountain bikes, so mountain bikers and road cyclists will be able to compete on an even playing field."
 
The event starts at the base of Mt Ngongotaha with a steady 6km climb up and some great views.
"A highlight is the last kilometre, which takes riders through thick native bush to the summit," said Dodds, "yet still using a sealed road that is closed to cars.
You can take it as seriously or casually as you like but you will love it."