Rotorua will host the sixth and final round of the 2010 New Zealand Mountain Bike Cup this weekend in the Whakarewarewa Forest. The six-event cross country and downhill national series has travelled all over the country throughout January and February. This final round precedes the National Championships, which will happen at the end of the month in Wellington.
Competitors in the New Zealand Mountain Bike Cup are no strangers to the popular Whaka Forest, and the Rotorua Mountain Bike Club hosts of this event always provide quality race courses that are both challenging and enjoyable at the same time - a mix hard to replicate in many locations.
Downhill series racers did contest an earlier round in Rotorua although this weekend will mark the first visit by cross country series racers for 2010.
As the final race of the New Zealand Cup, it is also the last opportunity for competitors to gain points towards the overall titles, with several age group and elite categories not yet decided. The results in Rotorua this weekend will determine who takes the top step of the podium in many cases, so racing is sure to be intense with plenty at stake.
Cross country racers will compete at Long Mile Rd, Whakarewarewa Forest on Saturday. Downhillers will practice at Nursery Rd, Whakarewarewa Forest on Saturday and race on Sunday.
In October, Rotorua will also host the Singlespeed World Championships.