Thrills, spills and speed at fes­ti­val

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Shauni James

There will be thrills, spills and speed with two of Ro­torua Bike Fes­ti­val’s iconic events back this year.

Or­gan­iser Chris New­son says the Red­woods Coast in­volves push­ing your bike to the top of Nurs­ery Rd, where peo­ple will be let go one at a time to coast down­hill — not ped­alling.

He says some will cruise all the way down the hill while oth­ers will get up to 70km to 80km an hour.

The win­ner will be the per­son to get as far as pos­si­ble with­out ped­alling.

Chris says the Red­woods Coast is a great fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment ac­tiv­ity, where any­one can give it a go and it is great for watch­ing and com­pet­ing.

He says it has a de­gree of adrenalin to it, and with the back­drop of the Red­woods it doesn’t get any bet­ter than that.

It is also a great event for a laugh be­cause peo­ple tend to dress up and do crazy things to their bikes to get an edge, he says.

“It’s been my favourite since the start of the fes­ti­val all those years ago be­cause it’s a wacky event.”

He says there will also be trol­leys and peo­ple on tan­dem bikes. The Bike Speed­way is a fast-paced event.

Chris says the Bike Speed­way event is sim­i­lar to the likes of stock cars, with two to four peo­ple rac­ing each other around an oval. He says it is an­other sim­ple, fun and easy-to-do event which was fast paced.

“I’ve been a huge ad­vo­cate for peo­ple on bikes in the com­mu­nity for a very long time.

“I’m passionate about cy­cling my­self.

“It’s a great way to get fit, spend

time with friends and see the coun­try.”

He says bik­ing is also great for the en­vi­ron­ment and econ­omy, and the list of ben­e­fits for cy­cling out­weighs any cons you can think of.

Chris says the fes­ti­val is a good way to get peo­ple into the city and see what Ro­torua has to of­fer.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion on the events and the fes­ti­val’s pro­gramme go to ro­toru­abike­fes­ti­ or the fes­ti­val’s Face­book page.

Photo / Alick Saun­ders

Photo / Alick Saun­ders

The Red­woods Coast will have bik­ers coast­ing down­hill.

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