February 10-19, 2017

Rotorua Bike Festival – Valentine's Day Twilight Ride...

Thursday February 12 (8PM NZST).

 

Rotorua Bike Festival – Valentine's Day Twilight Ride...

 

When an unexpected gap appears in the programme the Festival team doesn’t take it lightly.

“We always were aware of the significance of Saturday,” said Festival event coordinator, Martin Croft. “So yesterday, when the opportunity came up, we added the Valentine’s Day twilight ride.”

 

Saturday is the second day of the Festival and is a busy one.

There's the Rotorua BMX Club meet at their track off Te Ngae Road. 

In the Whakarewarewa Forest, there are the National Mountain Bike Cross Country Championships with 2015 titles on the line. 

Meanwhile, across town on Mount Ngongotaha, there is practice for the National Downhill Championships on Sunday. This is on a brand new trail at Skyline Skyrides.

 

"So, on Saturday evening we’re encouraging everyone to get out for a ride with the one they love, relax and enjoy the long twilight after competing or spectating,” added Croft. “Then, head downtown to Rotorua’s fine array of restaurants and cafes for a romantic dinner.”

 

 

The forecast is sunny and clear for the weekend and the opening day of the Festival.

“It’s a Black Friday start, but never brighter for our festival,” said Croft. “Sport Bay of Plenty’s Go by Bike - to school, work or just for a ride - is on from 7 to 9 in the morning, with checkpoints round town where people can register for a prize draw.”

 

The official opening of the Festival is the Runway Project at Rotorua Airport from 6PM.

There's free parking, free entry to ride the runway and a 4-kilometre scratch race for all-comers with lots of spot prizes including a trip to Sydney up for grabs.

The Flying Kilo on the runway is also free to enter for any rider with a race license, but a road bike is mandatory. 

It’s a straight-line drag race with generous cash prizes. Entries close at midday on Friday.

 

“This will be an absolute classic,” added Croft. “Some of the team have already been out on the runway. This one-off opportunity to ride it is not to be missed for anyone with a helmet and road worthy bike right up to elite athletes like Olympic medallist, Sam Bewley.”

 

For those who can't make it, Rotorua’s Fever Pitch Visuals will be uploading coverage of the Flying Kilo not long after the event finishes. They'll add a more comprehensive highlight package in the weekend. 

 

The forecast for the 10-day annual festival is looking mainly fine.

There is a possibility of a few showers through the week to cool things down.

“Perfect riding weather,” said Croft. “And perfect festival weather.”