We're still on a high from the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Cairns, but it's almost time for another World Championships, like no other. There may not be many UCI points amongst the field but we're guaranteed to see every colour of the rainbow displayed vibrantly at the 2017 Singlespeed World Champs.
“Have some fun, maybe help a mate.” That’s the theme of the 2017 Singlespeed Mountain Bike World Championships on November 18 in Rotorua.
“Our events, including New Zealand, Anzac and the World Championships in 2010, are loud and colourful with extravagant costumes and this year will be no different,” says Gary Sullivan, president of the host club, the Rotorua Singlespeed Society, and the event’s main partner, Nzoactive.com. “At the same time, we’ve always tried to use them to make a positive contribution.”
The Society has made significant donations to CanTeen, 88Bikes, Cancer Society, Kidney Health New Zealand, the Returned Servicemen’s Association Welfare Fund and the Rotorua Trail Trust. In 2017, the beneficiary will be suicide prevention awareness. “It’s a growing issue in New Zealand,” Sullivan continues. “We want to try and help.”
Entry for the event includes a one-off T-shirt (designed by Sullivan), the race, beverages and a party, breakfast and the Filmed by Bike Festival from Portland in Oregon all at the event HQ, the Pig and Whistle. “Filmed by Bike gave us the rights to screen the festival at a very low community rate because of our record with donations and promoting mountain biking in Rotorua and New Zealand,” Sullivan. “And there’s a reason it’s called ‘the world’s best bike movies’. It’s a brilliant, one-hour programme of bike film shorts.”
The event is well supported by a solid blend of local government, businesses and charitable trusts. “We have two beautiful bike frames to give away, steel by Jeffson Bikes and bamboo by Freddy Salgado at Bikeys,” adds Sullivan. “And Helibike Rotorua have 5 seats on a flight to the Moerangi Trail in the ancient Whirinaki Forest south of the city.” Rotorua Lakes Council, First Sovereign Trust, Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust and the New Zealand Community Trust are also backing the event.
The championships’ prize swag bag is literally that. “Dancing Moose are locals producing quality bike packing gear,” says Sullivan. “A full Rotorua Experience from Off-Road New Zealand, QE Health Wellness and Spa, Agroventures and Rotorua Canopy Tours will be in one of their bags and Holiday Inn are also in the mix.”
Enter at www.rotoruasinglespeed.com