New Zealand Mountain Bike Cup moves to North Island

Round four to Tokoroa and Rotorua

The 2010 New Zealand Mountain Bike Cup will make its move to the North Island this weekend with a round in Rotorua and Tokoroa. The six-event national series in cross country and downhill disciplines has already seen competitors racing at three events in the south island in January - the three North Island cup events in February culminate in the National Championships at the end of the month in Wellington.

Rotorua will host downhill round four on Friday and Saturday in the popular Whakarewarewa Forest on the edge of town. Competitors enjoy racing in this forest, where the downhill race course epitomises the best features that the many trails in this forest have to offer.

On Sunday, Tokoroa will return to hosting national-level competition after an absence of several years with cross country round four, at the Cougar Park venue in the middle of town. Cougar Park is well regarded by competitors and is a favourite with the region's mountain bikers. The Tokoroa community is excited to be drawing national-level competitors to the town again in 2010.

Elite racer and Tokoroa local Mike Northcott has been involved in setting up the multi-lap race course, and with his influence, competitors will be sure to have a tough, but enjoyable time on the Cougar trails.

Downhill practice will kick off at 9:00 am on Friday, with seeding runs taking place on Saturday at 10:30 am. The cross country races will happen Sunday with the elite racers going at 2:00 pm local time.

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