Video: Graeme Murray, producer; Chris Southwood, Flow Mountain Bike, presenter.PRESS RELEASE: Rotorua Singlespeed Society
Local businesses in Rotorua, Aotearoa/New Zealand are lining up to support an anniversary ride organised by the country’s smallest mountain bike club.
The Rotorua Singlespeed Society is hosting a casual ride, a mobile party and an opportunity to dress up on Saturday November 21 to celebrate ten years since hosting the Singlespeed World Championships. Over 1000 entries from 30 countries rode in the event.
“What’s heart-warming is the level of backing we’re receiving from local partners,” says Paul Laing from the Society. “Some of them have been supporters since 2008 and it’s also great to welcome a few new ones on board this year.”
The ride will start with coffee at one of the city’s iconic tourist attractions, Te Puia, from 9 to 10am.
“They do remarkable work telling the story of the Tangata Whenua of our region and country,” says Gary Sullivan, president of the Society. “The one-lap course will be on Strava and over some of the best the Rotorua Trails Trust and Rotorua Mountain Bike Club offer in the Whakarewarewa Forest including part of an awesome new loop of the forest.”
The ride ends at Secret Spot Hot Tubs at the Waipa MTB car park with a sausage sizzle and a beer from Good George Brewing.
“Secret Spot has become a favourite destination since launching last year,” Sullivan continues. “A combination of a tranquil location and soothing hot waters that Rotorua is world famous for.”
The finale of the day will be at the Pig and Whistle Historic Pub who have partnered with the Society since 2008.
“The perfect after match location for any singlespeed event is a pub,” says Laing. “We’ll have a prizegiving hosted by our long-term MC, Rawiri Bhana, with swag from Jeffson Bikes, Dancing Moose, Whakarewarewa Pest Free, ZORB, Velocity Valley, Secret Spot, Mourea Coffee and Kartline at Off Road New Zealand.
“A lot of these guys are having to be staunch because of the virus, so their generosity is especially great in 2020.”
There’s a minimum entry donation of ten dollars for the ride that will go to a range of charities the Society has donated over sixty thousand dollars to since 2008.
“We want to welcome everyone on the day, even our misguided brethren who ride geared and ebikes,” Sullivan continues. ‘But, they better dress up…”
Sullivan from local mountain bike clothing company, Nzo, has designed all the graphics and the website for the Society's events.
His design for the anniversary ride is available on a tee shirt or hoodie
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