Sponsors on board...
Media release: November 19, 2012
The 1st Rotorua Bike Festival, February 2013 – supported by the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust.
“The Rotorua Trust sees the Bike Festival as a good fit with our desire to support quality events in our community, particularly where local athletes can compete with top national and international competitors on the world stage,” says Grahame Hall, chairman of the Trust. “Rotorua has some of the best mountain biking trails in the southern hemisphere and a reputation and proven history of organising and staging cycling events on an international scale.”
The Trust was also a major backer of the 2006 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships and the 2010 Singlespeed World Championships.
“The Rotorua Trust and other sponsors strongly supported these world champs and we were very proud to be associated with such professionally run events,” continues Hall. “The 2013 Bike Festival will further enhance our reputation as part of the New Zealand Centre of Excellence for Cycling and encourage the growth of the sport in our region.”
For the Festival organizers having the support of the Trust is a major bonus.
“Locals backing locals really is the Rotorua way, especially with an event like the Festival that has the potential to grow and grow over the next few years,” says Martin Croft of Events and Venues Rotorua. “We’re very grateful to Grahame, all the trustees and the Rotorua Trust team who really enthusiastically gave the Festival a big thumbs-up.”
The Festival organizing team hopes that financial support won’t be the only way the Trust will be involved in the Festival.
“We’ve offered Grahame entry into the Giant 2W Gravity Enduro,” adds Croft. “However, we haven’t heard back from him at this stage.”
Grahame Hall won’t reveal his plans - just yet.
“I’m already in training for the Bike Festival," he says with a laugh. "I just need to convince my fellow Trustees and staff to do the same.”
The Gravity Enduro will be one of the highlights of the final weekend of the festival. It’s a stage race that will showcase the mountain bike trail network in the Whakarewarewa Forest, on the southern edge of the central North Island city. The Gravity Enduro will feature some stars of the New Zealand mountain bike scene, like Beijing Olympian, Rosara Joseph and one of the country's top downhillers, Justin Leov.
The Cateye Moonride is Rotorua’s longest running mountain bike event and will be raced in summer for the first time, launching the festival on Friday February 8.
There is another bit of good news for the event team with MoreFM joining the team as radio partner and sponsor of the Bike Expo.
“This is great news, too,” says Croft. “MoreFM are an important part of the local scene and are really keen to make a big splash round the Festival and especially the Expo.”
The Bike Expo will provide the cycling industry and local bike shops with an opportunity to exhibit the latest in bike technology and accessories.
“We want everyone in the industry to be here in February,” says Festival and Expo coordinator, Neil Gellatly. “We expect exhibition space to go pretty quickly, so anyone interested should get in touch very, very soon.”
The Rotorua Bike Festival runs from February 8-17 and is a 10-day celebration of cycling and a mix of events and entertainment.
The website features a long list of events from the serious to the light-hearted including the Redwoods Coast (no pedals, just momentum), fun rides, Bike Polo, street criterium, BMX Qualifiers for the National Championships (in a big year for BMX with the 2013 UCI Worlds Championships in Auckland in July), Bike Speedway, mountain bike Orienteering, the 2013 Mountain Bike National Championships and Frocks on Bike.