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Event description
The Rotorua Giant 2W Gravity Enduro Series races are events for everyone young to old, who loves riding their Mountain bikes down-hill. They draw in the riders who seek to have fun and hone their skills on flowing downhill trails. The beauty of these events is that the podium places are fort out by anyone – from the more laid back social weekend warrior, to cross-country machine, passionate Enduro rider, or mad downhill rider. Skills, fitness and tactics play an equal role in the execution of each ‘Race Stage’ timed run over the course of the event to decide who will be crowned Gravity Enduro champions. In addition to the age division place getters, we recognise overall winners and run a handicap to determine the most improved male and female rider (amongst the four and six stage categories) from race to race.

Encouraging riders to develop their fitness and skills through the season, each event will get progressively a little harder (fitness and skill wise), gradually challenging riders so by the end of the season they are in the best riding form of their lives.

The October and April Giant 2W Gravity Enduro events are run from the Holiday Inn on the outskirts of Whakarewarewa Geothermal Village. It will start and finish under a big gantry on the Waka Lawn right in the heart hotel complex. Riders will roll out in groups of four every 15 seconds. Journeying out and back via a short 1km marked off-road route around the edge of the Whakarewarewa geothermal wonderland; riders will reach and experience the world renowned Whakarewarewa Forest containing a network of some of the best purpose built mountain bike trails anywhere in the world.

The December Giant 2W Gravity Enduro now includes the Southstar Youth Enduro Champs. It is set to be run from Mountain Bike Rotorua (MTBR) base HQ, at the Waipa Mtb Car Park right at the entrance to Whakarewarewa Forest and the trail network. It will start and finish under a big gantry right in front of MTBR. Riders will roll out in groups of four every 15 seconds. Journeying no more than 100m over perhaps the most rider functional toilet/shower block in the country; riders will ride straight into the world renowned Whakarewarewa Forest containing a network of some of the best purpose built mountain bike trails anywhere in the world.

The February Giant 2W Gravity Enduro is one of the biggest events in the 10 day long Rotorua Bike Festival. It will start and finish under a big gantry on the Blue Lake Reserve, just meters from the refreshing waters of Tikitapu . Rolling out in groups of four every 15 seconds, riders can split and take one of two entirely off road routes straight into the world renowned Whakarewarewa Forest containing a network of some of the best purpose built mountain bike trails anywhere in the world.

Provided with a map, inside the forest riders select their own route to complete (in any order) either four or six special ‘Race Stages’.  These are electronically timed runs of roughly 3–20min duration on specific marked linked trails.

On what are commonly known as un-timed transitions, riders may cycle, push their bikes or catch dedicated event shuttle bus transport to the top of hills where the Race Stage starts are located.

There will be a ‘Feed Station’ and ‘Technical Zone’ in a convenient location in the heart of the forest for riders to refuel, plus get assistance with any mechanical repairs required.

But keep an eye on your watch because you will be given a set time (somewhere between 4hrs–6hrs, depending on the event category entered) to complete the special Race Stages and return back to the finish before you begin to accumulate a time penalty (6 seconds per minute you are late).

A carnival atmosphere with great beer, food and music will greet riders at the finish. There is also an enormous bounty of prizes and cash to be given away.

Division podium place-getters will be those riders with the lowest accumulative special Race Stage times, plus any time penalty for late return to the finish.

Note:

  1. Riders must complete each of the special Race Stages in the event category they have entered to be eligible for performance prizes.
  2. If a rider has sufficient time they may do a special Race Stage more than once but they must ride up under their own steam to do it the second time. Their slowest time for that stage will be dropped.
  3. The four stage event will comprise trails of a difficulty grade between 3–4.
    The six stage event will comprise trails of a difficulty grade between 3–5+.
  4. Special Race Stages can be done in any order and are on well-marked trails, comprising of no less than 80% downhill and no more than 20% undulating or uphill in each run. Each race will get progressively a little harder (fitness and skill wise), challenging the riders thru the season between October and February, before easing up again for the April event.
  5. Riders will be provided with a map of the forest to locate the special Race Stage Starts, dedicated Shuttle Bus Pick-ups, Feed Station and Technical Zone.
  6. Shuttle buses will be in continuous operation to exclusively transport shuttled event category riders up the major climbs close to the special Race Stage starts. Shuttle category riders may either catch a ride on a shuttle bus (if a spot is available); gamble and elect to wait in line for the bus to return; otherwise choose to ride or push their bikes up to the start of the special Race Stage under their own steam.
  7. The shuttle buses will operate continuously for the duration of the event—from 10:30am (or when the event start and liaison to pick-up determines) to 3:30pm (or when the event cut-off determines) . Shuttle buses have the capacity to uplift between 12-45 riders and their bikes per trip and round trips take roughly 15-30min depending on the length of the climb.
  8. The Four Stage and Six Stage Shuttled events typically have either 3 or 4 shuttle bus uplifts to assist riders reach Race Stage starts, depending on the Race Stages set and bus access to the tops of these.
  9. On occasion competitors may have to cycle between stages, transitioning across a hillside or up a climb to reach a specific Special Stage as shuttle buses cannot get everywhere in the forest.
  10. Riders must be self-sufficient from start to finish and carry their own supplies with them.
  11. The Technical Zone will carry basic spare parts such as tubes, tyres, oil, sealant, chains, brake pads etc. There will be a cycle mechanic to assist, plus additional work stand and some basic tools for competitor use.

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