The Shweeb World Champs...
Media release: January 17
The 1st Rotorua Bike Festival, February 2013 – The 1st Shweeb Worlds
It’s a unique feature of the Rotorua cycling scene.
The Shweeb - pedal-powered pods hanging under monorails on a figure-8 course at adventure park, Agroventures, just north of the North Island tourist centre.
“The Shweeb is the only one in the world and the lap records really are the best in the world,” says Anna Rodgers from Agroventures. “We decided to create an event to find the fastest Shweeb racers around - and if we break another world record in the process? Well that’s just a bonus.”
The Shweeb World Championships will be part of the 1st Rotorua Bike Festival on Saturday February 9. Agroventures saw the new Festival as the perfect platform to launch the event.
The Shweeb was opened in 2007. Since then, the limits of what the pods are capable of have been tested over 60,000 rides. Redeveloped gearing, new pods, movable seats and HD GoPro cameras to record the action have all enhanced the rider’s experience.
“We have seen the race records drop lower and lower,” Rodgers continues. “The current women’s record of 58 seconds flat was set in November, 2012 by Rachel Dunn – a UK fast-five Netballer - and the Men’s record of 54.8 seconds was set about 18 months ago.”
There will be one thousand dollars at stake for anyone who can break these records at the World Championships.
“In the past 6 months we have witnessed a few riders - not all cyclists - equal the race records, but not quite beat them, so is it an achievable goal? Absolutely,” adds Rodgers.
The Rotorua Bike Festival is a mix of the unconventional, like the Shweeb World Championships, and more mainstream cycling events – mountain biking, BMX and road cycling.
The MoreFM Bike Expo on Friday February 15 and Saturday 16 will have exhibits to interest all bike fans. This includes some examples of Rotorua bike builder’s skills from Jeffson, Graeme Pearson and the Red Stag Mill’s wooden Renovo mountain bike.
Cycling Rotorua is running the Rotorua City Street Criterium on Sunday, February 10, which will incorporate the Bay of Plenty Cycling Clubs Criterium Points Trophy.
“This will be raced right in the heart of downtown Rotorua,” says Martin Croft, from Events & Venues Rotorua, one of the major backers of the inaugural festival, along with the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust and the Rotorua Daily Post.
The Rotorua Festival Bike Parade will be after the Criterium at around 5.30PM and there will be a chance for anyone with a bike to take part.
“Victoria Grove Costumes will be on hand in Government Gardens to help pimp your bike for the Parade,” continues Croft. ‘It’s a great opportunity for kids – and adults, too – to get involved in the Festival, to dress up and have some fun.”