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.Press Release: Rotorua Singlespeed Society
New Zealand/Aotearoa's smallest mountain bike club, the Rotorua Singlespeed Society, is boxing way above its weight, again. The Society will host the Celebrate Life ride, auction and raffle for the Cancer Society of New Zealand on Saturday, December 4. "We're back," says Society president, Gary Sullivan.
The Society was founded in November, 2007. Since then they've run three New Zealand Champs, an Anzac Singlespeed Champs and two Singlespeed World Champs. As part of these events the Society has raised over $60K for rider travel, Canteen, Haemophiliac Society of Canterbury, the Cancer Society, Kidney Health New Zealand, RSA National Welfare Fund, Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Society, a fundraiser for rider, Laura, who is a paraplegic after a crash in the forest, Lifeline Aotearoa, a local mental health project, Brain Injury Trust, Rotorua, Tipu Wai, a local initiative focussed on regional replanting in native tree and water quality, and a combined $6K to the Rotorua Mountain Bike Club for trail development and equipment and signage for the Rotorua Trails Trust working bees.
"Not bad for a bunch of amateurs," adds Sullivan with a wry grin. In fact, all of the team have been knee deep in a lot of the major events and trail building in Rotorua over the last quarter century including the 2006 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships
"Part of the motivation of a similar ride last year, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of hosting the 2010 Singlespeed World Champs with over a thousand riders from 30 countries, was to support some of the great folk who've helped us over the years who are doing it hard in tough covid times," says the Society's Paul Laing. "It's the same in 2021."
The ride will kick off with coffee at Eastwood Cafe on the SCION campus, then, cruise to Secret Spot Hot Tubs at Waipa. Prizegiving and an auction will be at the Pig and Whistle in downtown Rotorua. "The Pig has been our club, race and party HQ since 2007," continues Laing. "And the prize swag is a broad reflection of the best our town has to offer with gifts from tourism, bike shops, to hospitality."
The auction features some wonderful items including #50
of 50 prints of a hand-drawn, hand-painted chart of the Whakarewarewa Forest Mountain Bike Trail network by local artist, Tony Hadlow.
Sales of the other 49 have benefitted the Rotorua Mountain Bike Club's First Response Unit.More.
Also on offer is a slice of New Zealand's rich history of bike building. A hand-crafted, steel Jeffson featured in NZ Mountain Biker magazine
is being raffled with all money going to the Cancer Society. Tickets are $50NZ with details at email@example.com
Photo: Nick Lambert for NZ Mountain Biker magazine.
"The raffle and all the auction items are New Zealand only, sorry," says Sullivan. "However, cancer has no boundaries and we'd like to think other mountain bikers round the world might find inspiration from this and run their own fund raisers.
The ride will be another chapter in the Society's vibrant history that includes a video of the 2015 Anzac Champs shot by course marshal, Tak Mutu from Mountain Bike Rotorua and Crankworx, that went viral with over 4 million views, world wide.