• Sonya Looney, WEMBO 24 hour Solo Women’s World Champion (Colin Meagher).
    Sonya Looney, WEMBO 24 hour Solo Women’s World Champion (Colin Meagher).
  • 24 hour Solo Singlespeed legend Brett Bellchambers (sportograf.com).
    24 hour Solo Singlespeed legend Brett Bellchambers (sportograf.com).
  • Rotorua IMBA gold status trails will feature at the Rotorua Bike Festival (Giant 2W Gravity Enduro/Alick Saunders).
    Rotorua IMBA gold status trails will feature at the Rotorua Bike Festival (Giant 2W Gravity Enduro/Alick Saunders).
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2016 Rotorua Bike Festival

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Set to kick off in mid-February, the 10 day long Rotorua Bike Festival is set to be a widely varied affair with all manner of cycling events; from road to BMX and MTB events of every discipline. The 2016 festival will again incorporate the Giant2W Gravity Enduro as well as various community and charity events but a new drawcard comes with the World Endurance Mountain Bike Organisation 24 hour Solo World Championships.

The WEMBO World Championships will be held in the final week of the festival, starting at midday on Saturday the 20th of February and running through to the Sunday. The Solo World Championship is open to anyone who wants to accept the challenge, but if you’re not cut out for the solo race, you can always enter a team in the Nduro24 team’s event which will runs concurrently using the same village but on a separate course.

Last year IMBA listed the bike park and the city as a ‘gold status’ destination. The festival brings with it a huge influx of mountain bikers and a real sense of community. So whether it’s 24 hour racing or gravity enduro that rings your bell, February is a great time to visit Rotorua.

For a full list of events visit www.rotoruabikefestival.com

Rotorua IMBA gold status trails will feature at the Rotorua Bike Festival (Giant 2W Gravity Enduro/Alick Saunders).
Rotorua IMBA gold status trails will feature at the Rotorua Bike Festival (Giant 2W Gravity Enduro/Alick Saunders).
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