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$3500 Already Raised Ahead of Rotorua Singlespeed Society Celebration Life Ride on Saturday, December 4

Nov 19, 2021
by Graeme Simpson  

Press Release: Rotorua Singlespeed Society

The last public mountain bike event in Rotorua, Aotearoa, New Zealand in 2021 has already raised thousands of dollars for charity and will support local businesses doing it tough in Covid times.

On Saturday December 4, the Rotorua Singlespeed Society will host Celebrate Life for the Cancer Society of New Zealand - a ride, an auction and raffle. “We’ve already banked over $3500,” says the Society’s Paul Laing. The ride will kick off with coffee and a pōwhiri or welcome at Eastwood Cafe on the SCION campus from 9 am, then, from 10 am, a cruise to Secret Spot Hot Tubs at Waipa for a BBQ lunch and the raffle draw for a bike built by Jeff Anderson from Jeffson Bikes. This hand-crafted, steel bike was featured in NZ Mountain Biker magazine and NZ Cycling Journal. “Tickets are $50NZ with details at,” adds Laing, "NZ only, sorry."

Prizegiving and auction will be at the Pig and Whistle in downtown Rotorua. "We have over $1500 of prizes from a diverse range of local businesses, bike shops and shuttles, hospitality, tourism and we’ve even got a trap from Whakarewarewa Pest Free to giveaway,” Laing continues. “So, a big shout out to Tak and Tu from Mountain Bike Rotorua, Carol and Ian at Off Road NZ, Miriam at Mourea Coffee, Keith and Eric at Secret Spot, the Eastwood team, Melissa at ZORB, Harm at Dancing Moose Adventure Supplies, Annika at Let’s Ride, Bryce, Gillian and Philly at Cyclezone and Ryan at Matai Restaurant. Great, great locals.”

The auction at the Pig and Whistle will feature artwork from local Tony Hadlow, framed by Portico Gallery. “John Miles from Portico has also made a really generous donation”, says Laing. “Kelly Shrimpton, Kathryn Bloor, Lee Ormsby and Society president, Gary Sullivan from Nzo have added some beautiful work.” Local MTB legend, Dave Donaldson has donated a French downhill team jersey from the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships at Skyline in 2006, as well as a Yeti Enduro World Series jersey signed by team riders Richie Rude and Jared Graves.

Rotorua Trails Trust has donated a sign for Old Chevy, built-in 2007 by the Singlespeed Society team. There are also a couple of handcrafted trail signs from the mid-90s and Kiwi legends, the Kennett Brothers have contributed a signed copy of their latest book profiling the wide range of New Zealand bike builders over the last 150 years.

The event isn’t just for one-gear purists. “We’re welcoming everyone who wants to join us, not just singlespeeders, to celebrate life in difficult times,” says Laing. “The minimum donation is $10, but $20 is best.”

Photo: Jeffson for Sale by Nick Lambert


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 Single speeders are some of the craziest sons of bitches I’ve have ever met…
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 I'm always perplexed by the choice of bicycle picture to go with a single speed article...
Why not an actual crazy single-speeder? Here LMGTFU:
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 that image is of the bike that is being raffled off as part of the fundraiser mentioned
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 @aer0: thanks, mate. I helped Jeff build the bike back in 2014. I already had a singlespeed bike and so this was a commuter/gravel grinder that recycled the drive train (2009 SRAM 9.0), Shimano disc brakes (2003) etc off my 2003 Santa CruzBlur.
Also buit to be easily ss'ed,. but, as it's being raffled, we're leaving that up to the winner!
Cancer survivor, to this one is personal...
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 @aer0: & @bluedogmedia : well that makes more sense...

Still think there needs to be a pic of some nutters SS weapon on there for good measure Wink

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