Olympian, Rosara Joseph to race at Festival...
Media release: December 5
The 1st Rotorua Bike Festival, February 2013 – Mountain Bike Olympian to race.
Olympian Rosara Joseph will race at the Rotorua Bike Festival in February.
One of New Zealand’s outstanding cross-country mountain bikers of the last decade will take on a brand new event, the Giant 2W Gravity Enduro on Sunday February 17.
“I'm really excited to race the Gravity Enduro because I did a few enduro races in Europe and North America earlier this year and I caught the bug,” says Joseph, a multiple New Zealand and Oceania champion. She represented New Zealand in cross-country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, UCI World Cups and World Championships and won silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and now rides for Yeti New Zealand.
Rosara is aslo joining the Yeti National Team (USA) to race enduro in North America. The Kiwi Olympian retired from international cross-country racing at the end of last season and she took the opportunity to try her hand at the blossoming enduro scene. Rosara is looking forward to a new challenge and riding her new Yetis.
“I’ll be focusing on the Oregon Enduro series and the Big Mountain Enduro series, as well as a couple of the World Enduro series events. I’m really excited to be given an opportunity to focus on enduro racing, and I’m even more excited to be doing it with Yeti, a cool company with a real passion for mountain biking and getting people stoked about riding bikes. They also have some really sweet bikes.”
She’ll be riding an SB66 carbon and the SB95. “I’ve been riding the SB95 the past week and loving it. It’s the first time I’ve had a proper go on a 29er, and it’s been a great experience. I love how stable and confidence inspiring the bike is, and after only four rides I’m already feeling totally comfortable on it.”
Rosara is a fan of the new Enduro format.
“The enduro racing format combines fitness and strength with fast, technical riding. It's mentally and physically challenging - and a whole lot of fun.”
Joseph has fond memories of riding the world-renowned trails in Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Forest.
“I spent a weekend in Rotorua recently with some friends and had a fantastic time,” she continues. “There's such variety in such a small space - jumps tracks, smooth swooping tracks, steep and rooty tracks - it's all around fabulous.”
Joseph has raced in Rotorua at rounds of the National Series, Oceania Championships and the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in 2006.
“My favourite racing memory from Rotorua would be those World Champs in 2006,” she says with a grin. “It was early in my racing career and I absolutely loved racing at home, on a great track and with a supportive and raucous crowd.”
Gravity Enduro is increasingly popular round the world and is widely regarded as the future of mountain bike racing.
“Enduros have lots of long downhills, but also pedaling and climbing,” says Gravity Enduro organizer, Neil Gellatly. “Anyone can race it, not just the pros - and so it’s a real people’s event.”
Interest in the Gravity Enduro is high.
“The first entries came from Australia and we’ve had quite a few more from across the Tasman, including a big group who are coming for the whole Festival week,” continues Gellatly.
The Gravity Enduro will start in downtown Rotorua with riders cruising out to the Whakarewarewa Forest to take on the timed, multi-stage race.