Our Mission Is Broadening
Our mission over recent years has been to maintain the reputation of the Whakarewarewa Forest’s magnificent trail network south of the city as one of the world’s premier mountain biking destinations. While the club will always be a voice for mountain bikers on what trails you want, the responsibility for trail development and maintenance now sits with the Rotorua Trails Trust. The club president sits on the Rotorua Trails Trust.
Our mission continues to be about fostering the talent of riders who have learnt their craft on our trails. We are growing this part of our mission to establish strong rider development pathways, from affordable skill sessions for the everyday rider through to a development squad programme. We see this as one vision from zero to hero.
Club members want to share the passion for riding. As a club we want to be involved in community outreach to do what we can to get more people enjoying the sport of mountain biking.
We are bringing back our focus on mountain bike events for club members. Remember the triple crown? Club XC races are on the list too.
We want to improve and support the existing emergency response for injured riders in Whakarewarewa forest.
The Club Is Home To Successful Riders Across The Spectrum
We are affiliated to MTBNZ and CyclingNZ, the national advocates for mountain biking. Our riders at elite level are licensed to race through MTBNZ and CNZ for national and international events.
The Rotorua Mountain Bike Club was founded in the mid-1990’s with all the above in mind. We are an Incorporated Society and are registered with the Department of Internal Affairs-Charities as a charitable organisation giving the club a status in law and commerce.
In our short history we have run a range of events from club races right up to the 2006 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships - all driven out of the community and by core groups of dedicated enthusiasts, who are mountain bikers, first and foremost.
As part of the clubs new rider development philosophy we are excited to say that children as young as 10 will be eligible to compete in the Giant 2W Gravity Enduro Races at the shorter race level. Entrants aged 10-13 years will need to be accompanied by a paying adult rider for all of their race runs and a registration option for non-racing accompanying adult has been set up at a discounted rate. 15 years old is the minimum age for the longer event.
The GIANT 2W GRAVITY ENDURO exists to both provide an international quality racing experience for all participants and facilitate the Mark Dunlop Memorial Scholarship, an annual grant aimed to supporting the overseas racing aspirations of local riders.