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New events to feature at the Rotorua Bike Festival in February.

Monday January 26 (NZST)

New events to feature at the Rotorua Bike Festival in February.



Monday January 26 (NZST)

New events to feature at the Rotorua Bike Festival in February.



A diverse range of new events will feature at the 3rd Rotorua Bike Festival in New Zealand in February.

“It’s a real illustration of the strength of biking in our town,” said Festival event coordinator, Martin Croft. “There are 30 events in total, again, with the whole range of ages, skill levels and different types of bikes represented.”


One of the new events officially launches the festival on the evening of Friday February 13.

The Runway Project will open the runway at Rotorua Airport to all-comers from 7.40PM after the last flight of the day.

The evening will culminate in a head to head, straight-line time trial for elite riders with international race licences.

“We are really excited about this and Jason Cameron, the organiser, has been working night and day on it,” said Croft. “Local companies, Fever Pitch Visuals and bluedog media, will be producing a live stream of the evening, too.”


MTB Beginner’s Open Day and the Rotorua Bike Festival are both about getting everyone on a bike.

(Graeme Murray).


Revolve Rotorua, a ‘down to earth cycling club for women’ are organising three new events on the calendar - road and mountain bike rides for women and a Rotorua Mountain Bike Club women’s beginner’s ride.

“It’s such a wonderful way of being part of the thriving Rotorua cycling community,” said Agnes Arnold, from Revolve Rotorua. “And an opportunity to share our passion for biking, in general, and women's cycling, in particular, with as many like minded people, as possible.”



Another new event at the festival is the 16-inch Dual Slalom ‘World’ Championships.

“Small wheels and big time fun,” said organizer, Rob Smail from Bike Culture. “It’s light-hearted, but competition will be very serious at the sharp end.”

The event is also for a serious cause. It will be run at the new Dodzy Memorial Skills Park.

This was built to celebrate the late James Dodds, a true mountain bike legend, and paid for from public donations.

“It’s five dollars to enter,” added Smail. “All money will got to maintenance of the park, so we hope people will donate more.”


Havana Bikes, one of 10 films at The Big Bike Film Night.


Ride to Recycle is what it says on the tin.

This will be a midday cruise round Sulphur Point to collect litter.

“Rotorua is such a beautiful place,” said organizer, Marcello Ojerio. “We want to keep it that way.”


The Big Bike Film Night is another new event to the festival programme.

It is a collection of prizewinning films and documentaries about mountain bikers, road racing, bike touring, vintage bikes, custom bike frame building and bike mechanics at work “cargo style” in Cuba.
“I’m really thrilled to have the Big Bike Film Night come under the wings of the Rotorua Bike Festival,” said Brett Cotter, who has curated the collection. “This 10 day celebration of biking has gone from strength to strength and it is an established, iconic event on the calendar”.


Photo: Haute-Route is another film on the The Big BIKE Film Night programme.


The final new event of the week is on the final day of the Festival, Sunday February 22.

“The MTB Beginner’s Open Day is all about community, participation and events for everyone,” said Croft. “Getting people on bikes - and that’s what the inclusive nature of the Festival is about, as well.”

Open Day organisers, Paula and James ‘Geeza’ Alexander, are enthusiastic about sharing their passion for mountain biking.

“We’ll guide people on flat, easy trails so that they can 100 percent enjoy the experience,” said Paula, with a beaming smile.

The tour will include a basic skill session and then a leisurely 30-minute ride in the forest.

“Kia kaha ake, give it go is our motto,” added Paula.


“With under three weeks before the festival kicks off, the programme is in place and we are raring to go,” said Croft.

“It will be the start of a very exciting few months in Rotorua.”



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Rotorua Bike Festival

Friday February 13 - Sunday February 22, 2015

10 days, 30 events, 10,000 wheels