October 19-28, 2018

The return of the Skyline Sprint Warrior...

 
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Photo: Alick Saunders 

The return of the Skyline Sprint Warrior and the debut of the Fundy Hundy

The Fundy Hundy is set to change the shape of mountain bike racing in Rotorua, New Zealand.
Literally.


It will be part of the Skyline Sprint Warrior at the city’s annual Bike Festival in February.
 
“A good mate, Ra Bhana, and I used to joke about an event that was based on weight divisions - to help even the odds for the more ’significant‘ rider,” says Sprint Warrior organiser, Adrian Ashmore. “Now, I have the chance to make this a reality and the Mountain Bike Rotorua Fundy Hundy” 100kg+ race division is born.”  
 
To be eligible riders must be 100 kilograms on the day of event, and the highest placed 100kg plus rider in the Sprint Warrior will take home $1 per kg of body weight.
“Random weight testing will be conducted throughout the day to ensure compliance,”Ashmore added with his characteristic grin.
Action at Skyline Gravity Park (John Colthorpe/EIVOMEDIA). 
After being the first event to sell out at the 2014 Bike Festival, the Skyline Sprint Warrior took a break last year as the event team prepared for Crankworx Rotorua.
 
“It was really missed in 2015 and I was bombarded with messages from past competitors asking for a link to entries,” Ashmore continued. “With all that interest it had to make an appearance this year. It’s such a great afternoon on the slopes of Mount Ngongataha for riders and spectators.”
 
The all-day event will use some of the dramatic and technical downhill trails at the Skyline Gravity Park – Sprint Warrior, Moss Piglet and Hipster - and it's open to enter now.
 
Also returning is the HUKKIT Sick Trick competition.
“This is a chance for 10 hand-picked competitors to bust out their biggest and baddest tricks for a sweet cash prize,” Ashmore said. “In 2014 Cole Lucas took the title with a sick back flip captured in slo-mo. With the ever-evolving nature of MTB tricks who knows what’s in store this year.”

There’s much more planned for the day.
“We’ll have a DJ spinning tunes, some great prizes and ice cream…got to have ice cream,” he continued. “Entries are selling fast with a strict limit of 200, so people need to jump in ASAP.”
It’s free to spectate.
“Anyone can pop up and catch the action though gondola access will cost.”
The Bike Festival is a mix of serious and fun - with events for all (Peter Graney).
The Skyline Sprint Warrior is on Friday February 19 and kicks of the second and final weekend of the 10-day Bike Festival.
The next day features Cycling Rotorua’s Hill Climb Fun Challenge and the start of the WEMBO 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike World Championships and Nduro 24, both supported by Niner Bikes.
On Sunday, Frocks on Bikes will be a leisurely ride to Ngongotaha.
 
“Just those three days reflects the diversity of the events on offer throughout the festival,” says Megan Dimozantos from the Festival team. “With three weeks to go, you can really feel the excitement and enthusiasm growing.”

It's been another successful week for the Festival with Southern Trust joining the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust and Rotorua.com as partners.