February 10-19, 2017

Proud Local: Sarah Pitcher-Campbell

Sarah Pitcher-Campbell

How young are you: 36spc 2

What’s your profession: Forestry

What kind of biker are you:

Weekend Warrior: roadie, triathlete and mountain biker.

Competition history: Top of the list would be winning the inaugural Shweeb Worlds Champs at the 2013 Bike Festival

Participating in road and mountain bike races and triathlons for about 10 years – I’m one of the people that keep event organisers in business!

In recent months 1st in age group at Auckland 70.3 Half Ironman 2015 and Taupo Half Ironman 2014

A couple of good placing’s at K2 and the CRI Tour of the Valley’s and top ten at Lake Taupo Challenge Women’s Elite Cycle race.

Team/sponsors: Does my partner, Carol, count? (The Editor: Of course!!)

Photo: Alick Saunders (www.alick.co.nz)


Why are you a Rotorua Bike Festival Proud Local? 

Rotorua is just such an awesome place; not only is the mountain biking world class but our road riding is definitely up there, taking in lakes and quiet country roads with stunning back drops.
Our cycling community is also so friendly, approachable and helpful.
People from out of town are jealous of what we have, they visit for weekends and holidays to experience what we can every day. How can you not be proud of Rotorua – the bike festival just emphasises it.

What have you enjoyed about the first two festivals and what would you say to people to get them involved?

The festival has such a diverse range of fun events with something for everyone for all ages, whether you are watching or participating. Most of the events you wouldn’t normally get to see or participate in outside of the festival, so make the most of this fantastic opportunity.

What events will you enter?

I am quite keen on participating in the Runway Project, Women’s Shuttle Evening, The Big Film Night, Bryce Road Cycle race and taking my niece to the Tykes on Trikes and Kiddie Cross.

I also plan to watch the Flying Kilo, Bike Speedway, 16" Dual Slalom Champs, Redwoods Coast, Park Ride and the National XCO champs.

What’s the best part of the Bike Festival for you?

Rotorua just hums – people, bikes and energy, it’s everywhere, even more than usual!

What are your favourite places to eat and drink in town?

Zippies for coffee and breakie, Brew Bar, or anywhere Eat Street, for a beer and a meal.

What would your perfect Rotorua weekend be?

A bit of a sleep in, coffee and brunch, a mtb ride in the forest or a road ride out Waikite valley. An afternoon swim in the one of our great lakes and a bbq to finish.

Sunday – REPEAT Saturday's agenda – maybe with a run in the forest thrown in, as well.

What’s your favourite hidden hot spot in Rotorua?

I live on a farm out past the airport (I can’t give the exact location otherwise it wouldn’t be hidden).  
Up the back of the farm you get amazing 360 views, incorporating Lake Rotorua, Lake Okataina, Lake Tarawara, Mt Tarawera and all the landscape in between, it’s absolutely stunning.  It is a bit of a hill climb on foot or MTB to get there, but well worth the spectacular views.

Aside from biking what do you do in Rotorua to relax and what do you do to get your adrenaline pumping?

I don’t seem to have much time to relax, if I am not riding I’m generally swimming, running in the forest or helping out our local triathlon club - Rotorua Association of Triathletes.