One year until Singlespeed World Championships

Dates finalized by Rotorua hosts

Organizers of the Singlespeed World Championships have selected a date for the 2010 edition. The racing will be held in exactly one year, in Rotorua on the North Island New Zealand from October 22-24, 2010.

"They're traditionally late August, early September, but I think we'd like to push them a little later in the year when the days are longer and it's closer to summer," RSSS president Gaz Sullivan had said previously. "The event will be held in conjunction with a new mountain bike festival called the Rotorua Bike Festival."

New Zealand won the privilege of hosting the worlds during a multi-round contest at the 2009 edition of the championships, held in Durango, Colorado.

Rotorua has previously hosted the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships in 2006. It also hosted the national singlespeed championships in 2008 and 2009.

Heather Irmiger and Ross Schnell won the 2009 worlds and received the obligatory winner's tatoos. There is no word yet on whether they will return to defend their titles next year.

Those looking for some singlespeed racing in the interim might compete at the Australian Singlespeed Nationals on November 28-29 in Newcastle or the 2010 New Zealand Nationals on April 24 in Queenstown.

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