World Champ Anton Cooper to race...
The 1st Rotorua Bike Festival, February 2013 – headlined by Mountain Bike National Championships.
World champ excited about racing in Rotorua in 2013.
Junior World Mountain bike champion, Anton Cooper will bring his rainbow jersey and gold medal to Rotorua on February.
The Mountain Bike National Championships (being run by BikeNZ and MTBNZ) will headline the final weekend of the 1st Rotorua Bike Festival.
Cooper will race in the cross-country on Saturday February 16.
The 18-year-old won the world title in Austria in September and is the first New Zealand mountain biker to win a rainbow jersey in the Olympic discipline of cross-country.
“It is a huge honour to have a rainbow jersey to my name and something I am very proud of,” says Cooper. “It feels great to bring it home and I look forward to racing the Nationals champs with a world title to my name.”
The National Championships will kick off a big year for the Cooper. He will race a full campaign of UCI World Cups as a full-time professional.
He’s excited to be racing on the mountain bike trail Rotorua is world-renowned for.
“I’ve only ever done 2 races in Rotorua and they were just small ones,” he says with his trademark grin. “I think the flowy nature of the trails is a lot different to the places I normally ride which is good for variety - and the amount of trails is endless!”
On the back of New Zealand’s recent success at the World Championships in Austria, and in particular Cooper’s big win, the championships is set to attract a large following from fans and riders.
“Anton is going to be a huge draw card for spectators after earning his World Champion status in September,” says BikeNZ, event manager Vicki Butterworth.
“Mountain biking is actually a very spectator-friendly sport with some great vantage points. Whether it is a multi-lap cross country race, or a point-to-point downhill event, fans can get in close and witness the non-stop action from some very fast and skilled athletes.”
The Festival will be a celebration of cycling and a mix of events and entertainment in one of New Zealand’s premier tourist and adventure sport destinations.
The website – www.rotoruabikefestival.com - features a growing list of events from the serious to the light-hearted: the Redwoods Coast (no pedals, just momentum), to fun rides, Bike Polo, BMX Qualifiers for the National Championships (in a big year for BMX with the 2013 UCI Worlds Championships in Auckland in July), Bike Speedway, the Giant Gravity Enduro to Frocks on Bike.
The Festival will also incorporate a major Bike Expo sponsored by MoreFM, showcasing the latest from the cycling industry and local bike shops and bike builders.