The Giant 2W Gravity Enduro is an event for everyone from the novice to the elite athlete, young to old. It draws in the riders who seek to have fun and hone their skills on flowing downhill trails. The beauty of the event is that it can be won by anyone from weekend social recreational warrior, to solo cross-country machine, or mad downhill rider. Skills, fitness and tactics play an equal role in the execution of each special stage timed run over the course of the event to decide who will be crowned Gravity Enduro champions.
The Giant 2W Gravity Enduro is the final event in the 10 day long Rotorua Bike Festival. The Giant 2W Gravity Enduro will start and finish under a big gantry right in the heart of Rotorua NZ (in the middle of Eat Street adjacent to the Village Green and Lakefront). Riders will roll out in groups of five anytime within a 30min start window. Journeying out and back via a marked off-road route around beautiful scenic trails on Rotorua’s lake edge and through the Sulphur point geothermal wonderland; riders will reach and experience the renowned Whakarewarewa Forest containing a network of arguably the best purpose built mountain bike trails in the world.
Provided with a map, inside the forest riders select their own route to complete (in any order) four special stage electronically timed runs of 10-20min duration on specific marked linked trails. On what are commonly known as untimed transfer stage, riders may cycle, push their bikes or catch shuttle bus transport to the top of hills where the Race Stage starts are located. There will be a ‘Feed Station’ and ‘Technical Zone’ located in the heart of the forest at the bottom of two of the Race Stages for competitors to purchase great coffee from the Flying Espresso; wholesome home baking from the Mistress of Cakes; fine beautiful hot food from Deejay’s Gourmet Griller, plus get assistance with any mechanical repairs required. So be sure to take some cash with you! But riders must keep an eye on their watch because they have a set 5 hour time to complete the Race Stages and return back to the finish in town before you begin to accumulate a time penalty. Category podium place getters will be those riders with the lowest accumulative Race Stage times, plus any time penalty for late return to the finish. The electronic orienteering finger worn ‘Poke’ style timing system is used. An individual results receipt will be printed and given to the rider upon finishing, giving a preliminary result at that point in time. Final results will be available for ahead of the prize giving 1hr after the finish (6hrs after the event start) for the official event prize giving. Results will be posted on the event website immediately following the awards ceremony.
Safety approved cycle helmet is the only compulsory item of gear. Gloves, Knee pads, elbow pads, body armour and full face helmet are optional. Riders can only use 1 bike for the duration of the event.More info: www.2w.co.nz Photos by: www.gramemurray.com.