Yes folks – its time to see who has been training over winter or not ?
NZDH 1 – is being held in Rotorua this Saturday. This race also see’s the ‘James Dodds Memorial Trophy’ up for grabs. This is awarded to the rider with the fastest time of the day, regardless of category. No doubt the local hitters will have some competition with the Bulldog and Blenki in attendance.
These 2 world cup riders have both had fantastic seasons firmly establishing themselves at the top of list, they have also offered to hook up with the under 15 & 17’s to pass on some tips and advice prior to racing.
A few house rules for the Rotorua Venue:
Vehicle Access: is strictly limited to permit holders, these have been applied for sponsors and affiliated mountain bike clubs. Descend are running courtesy shuttles with trailers for bikes and gear from the 8 Mile Road back gate to the pits between 0700 and 0900. The shuttles will then switch to the race transport.
Its about a 10 minute walk from the back gate, so apologies if you miss the bus !
Parking: Rotorua Lakes Council are in negotiations with Timberlands Forest Manager about parking restrictions at the 8 Mile Road end of Waipa Mill By-pass road. This is the area where we normally park. With the significant increase in forestry truck servicing the mill, extreme caution and ‘COMMON SENSE’ has to be applied when parking. Descend has a meeting prior with to put a parking plan in place.
Membership: 2018 NZDH Series is a members only event. You can join a club of your choice, or pay an $10 day licence. Descend will be there with membership forms, $30/year. So if your doing 3 or more race – apply common sense.
Back gates for entry and transport with be open from 0700 – 0900
0900 – 1300 Practice
1400 – 1530 1st Race Run
1545 – 1700 2nd Race Run
1730 Prize giving.
Descend are in need of marshals for the safety of the riders – please get in touch with Dingo Dave direct to confirm attendance.
Protection – NTBNZ Protection Policy is in place.
Any other question – fire us a message on NZDH Facebook.
The 2018 NZ Downhill Series dates are out, and with a new Series sponsor :
Is great to have FIST Handware on board for the 2018 NZDH Series.
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As for the line of venues – pretty much the same as as year – which was the most attended/participated year since NZDH birth (2011).
As you may have noticed – the entry is still the same too (if you are a member of a club) – if you arent a member – join a club now – or it will cost you an extra $10 / event for a day membership.
WHY – following years of discussion about how to make Downhill and MTB a more recognizable sport – in terms of sponsorship and funding – it boils down to how many financial members the sport has. So consider the millions of people who take to our forests every year – mostly for free – enjoying some of the finest trail systems in the WORLD. Then look at the 7,500 financial members that MTB has – there’s a massive disparity there.
So – collectively the clubs of NZDH agree to do Downhill’s bit in trying to increase memberships – to make it better for the next generations – tomorrows athletes.
Most club memberships are between $30 and $50 – support your club and checkout their websites for membership details.
If your not in mood to sign up to a particular club – join NZDH – membership form will be out soon.
With a months rest after the pedal fest of Rotorua – we head to the sunny shores of Hawkes Bay for round 2 of the NZDH Series 2017 presented by Troy Lee Designs.
Situated in the eastern blocks of the famed Eskdale forest the Pakuratahi Road access course is one for the pinners. Last year saw a 1st run upset in that youngster Keegan Wright pipped local legend Brook Macdonald over the line by a cock-hair. During the break the heavens opened which ended any chance of a 2nd run victory for the Bull Dog – he’ll be out for the top spot again !
With Eskdale forest currently being harvested – it could mean that this is the last time, for some time that we get to ride this fast jump ridden course.
Have a look at the Hawkes Bay Mtb Club for details.
Attached is a map for the Pakuratahi Road pit area.
Please remember to bring your number if you have one. Also following he Commissaries course in Vegas last week- we may even have some nice people to check that the protection policy is being applied correctly.
Age groups – if a rider decides to ride up an age group, please note that the protection requirements are mandatory for the age of the rider not so much the age group. Theres a few sneaky fellas out there !!
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