22 March 2013
They’re back! The New Zealand Singlespeed Mountain Bike Championships are returning home to where it all started in 2008.
The Rotorua Singlespeed Society hosted the first champs in 2008 and backed up in 2009. In 2010 they hosted the big show, the Singlespeed World Championships, bringing nearly 1000 riders to the Whakarewarewa Forest Trail network.
The championships will be held again in Rotorua this year and will be run on Saturday April 27.
There will be at least one world champion on the start line, local singlespeed hero, Garth Weinbergwho won on home territory at the 2010 Worlds after a battle with top US pro rider, Rad Ross Schnell.
The Society is planning another big weekend in April and is describing the event as a “sporting event wrapped up in a big colourful party with costumes and plenty of fun.”
A ride to the Anzac Day Dawn Parade at Ohinemutu Marae on the shores of Lake Rotorua, on Thursday April 25, will start the championships weekend. There will be a film night at the Pig & Whistle on the Friday night and race day is on the Saturday with prize giving that evening.
More information on the event is available online at www.rotoruasinglespeed.com