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Support from the community…and the world

31st January 2017

Local Rotorua businesses are lining up to back the Singlespeed Mountain Bike Championships in November

 

“We’re very pleased to announce Nduro Events as our race director,” said Paul Laing from host club, the Rotorua Singlespeed Society. “They’ve been our partners since the first New Zealand Singlespeed Champs we ran in 2008, so it’s great to have them on board, again.”

 

Other Rotorua businesses that’ve supported the Society since 2008 are also back.

Nzo Dirtwear and Design is the main partner, the Pig and Whistle Historic Pub will be the party venue and race HQ, Jeffson Cycles are building a unique bike frame as a prize and Blue Dog Media will tell the story.

“Just a superb team,” added Laing.

 

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Tim and Belinda Farmer from Nduro Events started mountain biking on a first date in 2008.

“We hired a couple of bikes and there was a special moment, as we crossed the bridge at Waipa and headed into the Whakarewarewa Forest,” said Tim. “I was struck by a strange feeling on such a warm day, my skin had goose bumps and I felt invigorated.”

 

Tim started racing mountain bikes in 2009, entering the Nduro Summer Cup.

The couple enjoyed Nduro events so much they bought the company, early in 2014.

The opportunity to run races in Rotorua is a dream come true for them with a pristine forest, a variety of trails and a strong local mountain bike community.

 

Tim and Belinda are also supporting the sport and community they love.

“We want to put the money into making our events even better and into the riders and our hometown trails,” said Belinda.

 

Rotorua hosted the Singlespeed World Championships in 2010 with 1000 entries, including over 400 international riders.

“We’re making no predictions for this year,” said Laing. “But the interest and enthusiasm from round the world on social media has been overwhelming.”

 

The last event the Rotorua Singlespeed Society hosted was the 2015 Anzac Singlespeed Championships. A video shot by one of the event volunteers, Tak McKenzie from Crankworx and Mountain Bike Rotorua, was viewed 1.6 million times.

“We popped it back on Facebook before Christmas and it was viewed another 180 thousand times with three thousand likes,” Laing continued. “People seem keen.”

 

More information: www.facebook.com/SSWC2017NZ/

Photo: Singlespeed World Championships. Not very serious (Alan Ofsoski).