October 19-28, 2018

Videos from the festival...

Friday...Ride the Runway. Rotorua Airport opens it's gates to bikers of all types, shapes and sizes.

A magic evening...live to the big screen coverage by Fever Pitch Visuals.

 

After over 800 riders got to have a go, the big guns came out to play...

The Flying Kilo - women's race:  Emma Petersen first, Sequoia Cooper in second, Kate Mullarkey, third, Gayle Brownlee, 4th and downhill mountain biker, Lisa Horlor, 5th


 

And then the men's Flying Kilo - it was nearly dark... In the end it came down to a top 3 sprint between eventual winner, Cameron Karworski, Olympian Sam Bewley and Jordan Castle. The trackies and roadies didn’t have it all their own way with downhill mountain bikers, Keegan Wright and Wyn Masters suiting up in lycra to take 4th and 5th

 

Saturday the focus moved to the Whakarewarewa Forest and the National Mountain Bike Championships Cross-Country. Gaze v Cooper; Fluker v Hanlen...great racing.

Video by EIVOMEDIA.

 

Sunday and Day 2 of the National MTB Championships - the downhill on a newly-minted course at Skyline which would host Crankworx and the final stage of round one of the Enduro World Series a month later. Trek World Racing's George Brannigan was the only rider to break 3 minutes, by a whisker. Alannah Columb took the womens' title.

 

Monday - and a favourite of the first two festivals returned. Bike Speedway at Government Gardens in front of one of New Zealand's most photographed buildings, the Musuem and Art Gallery.

 

Tuesday, another beautiful Summer's evening. It was over 4 years since the 16" Dual Slalom World Champs were run in Rotorua as part of Singlespeed World Championships 2010 week.

This time it was at the new Dodzy Skills Park, built as a celebration of James Dodds.

All entry fees went to DS Park development. Another very entertaining evening.


 

Wednesday evening, halfway through the festival and Rotorua BMX threw a Jump Jam party with riders from kids through to pros like Wyn and Eddie Masters and Matt Walker...

Rocked.


 

Festival Friday #2 - the Redwoods Coast, an event that opened  the first two festivals moved a week later and went off. No pedalling, just momentum, steep hill...

Big field, big spectator crowd enjoying the action and another gorgeous evening among the spectacular Redwood grove that gives the event its name. 


 

Festival Saturday #2 - the Giant 2W Gravity Enduro sold out again in 2015. Race HQ was at one of Rotorua's most beautiful venues, the Blue Lake/Tikitapu.

And featured current Enduro World Series world champs, Jared Graves from Australia and Tracy Moseley from the UK...and 2004 UCI Mountain Bike Elite World Downhill champ, Kiwi Vanessa Quin making a return to racing.

Moseley took out women's honours, but in men's Kiwi favourite, Wyn Masters beat Graves.

It was another preview of Crankworx/Enduro World Series in March (an event Graves would miss after injury)...


 

Wow, what another great festival...

Here's EIVOMEDIA's edited highlights from 10 days of superb action...