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• Singlespeed Worlds in Rotorua, New Zealand, October 2010.
• Part of a week long Bike Festival.
• Open to all with online entry starting at midnight on December 31,
NZ Summer Time.

A world championships with no entry qualification? Surely not.
Actually, yes.

The only entry criteria for the Singlespeed World Championships, in October 2010, in New Zealand's mountain biking mecca of Rotorua, is a one speed bike.
"It doesn't even have to be a mountain bike," says Rotorua Singlespeed Society president, Gaz Sullivan. "However, the course will be a challenging one on some of the best singletrack in the Southern Hemisphere, so bike and gear selection could be important."

Entry for the event opens online at www.sswc10nz.com at midnight on December 31, NZ Summer Time.

"This is a bit of a singlespeed tradition and New Zealand is the first to see the New Year, so it seemed like a very good idea," adds Sullivan.
Over 1200 riders applied for a limited number of places at the 2008 championships in Napa, in California and nearly 1000 rode in the 2009 event in Durango, in Colorado.
"We organized places for the RSSS at Napa and Durango where it was 'first in, first served', as well," says Dean Watson, one of the event organizers.
"Based on that experience, the advice we're giving people is get in early. We've got a big forest and over 70 kilometres of fantastic trails, but entries will be limited."
There is plenty of interest from round the world in the race.
"We're getting emails from all over the place," says Graeme Simpson, from the RSSS. "The majority are from the USA, which is the spiritual home of singlespeeding and where mountain biking started back in the 1970's.
It's also been very cool to hear from people in Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Israel, Singapore and Japan."

The event team feel the enthusiasm is partly to do with the nature of the Singlespeed Worlds.
Even the bidding process to get the event to Rotorua was a bit out of the ordinary.
The first round in Durango was Karaoke/American Idol elimination time, with four nations competing for two places in round 2.
In the end, New Zealand and Italy went through, with Canada and Hungary eliminated.
Round 2 was a game of Basketball with RSSS members, John McCartney, from Queenstown, and Vicki Butterworth, from Hawkes Bay, and a pick up team of locals out-lasting the Italians to win 42-37.

"The Singlespeed Worlds is a 'people's' event - everyone is welcome," says Sullivan. "And it's always a big party."
The first sponsor to sign on for the event reflects that. The Pig & Whistle, in the heart of Rotorua, will be "official pub" for the race and the week-long Bike Festival that will be run at the same time.
"This is a real celebration of the spirit of mountain biking," says Gregg Brown, from the Pig & Whistle, who sponsored the 2008 and 2009 New Zealand Singlespeed Championships.
"One cog mountain biking is physically hard and competition is very tough at the sharp end, but most people will be here to have fun, a few laughs and a lager or two at the end of the day."
For those who want to enjoy the festival and the parties and get the swag bag but not race, there will be a separate Party Animal ticket.

Even the most competitive of riders get into the spirit of the event.
"The right costume is very important - where else would you see a world-class mountain biker racing in a dress," says Sullivan. 'And that's just the blokes."
At stake will be 2010 bragging rights and, for first man and woman home, the winner's tattoo.
"Another Singlespeed tradition we're not messing with," says Marcus Diprose, from the event team. "No tattoo, no title - and we'll be designing a tattoo that reflects New Zealand and Rotorua's unique culture."
The first World Singlespeed Championships was held in Rancho Cucamunga in California, in 1999. Since then they have mainly been in the USA, but have also visited Wales, Sweden, Scotland and Australia.
"The Australian event was in 2003, in Castlemaine, and that year Clinton Jackson, who is a Kiwi, won the Men's title," says Sullivan. "It'd be great to have another New Zealand winner next year but there will be some seriously good riders coming in from overseas."

Rotorua is no stranger to running big mountain bike events.
In 2006, the city hosted the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships.
"We were all involved in that and the Singlespeeds is a bit more…well…informal," says Watson, with a smile.
"However, the city really gets behind big events and the second sponsor to sign on was Events & Venues Rotorua - it's great to have them on board."

Web: www.sswc10nz.com
 

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Will it be an Orc-free course?
 

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It is worth coming for the single track alone, seriously stunning trails. Will blow your minds.....
 

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Whoa, three responses and already complaints on how the prior even was run. Enter and be happy if you get in, but not upset if you dont. We ride bikes for fun, no matter what kind they are.
 

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I did get in and raced Durango and had a blast. The event itself was great, but this was due to the riders and tradition of the event itself. You could have SSWC about anywhere and it would be a great time.

I was just saying the D9 guys have a "we're so much cooler than you" attitude. A proper website and an actual water stop on course would have been some nice things to include.

Oh, one more. If there's a cliff, don't put an arrow pointing towards it! You use XXX or a skull & crossbones to indicate danger on course. I can't believe no drunk riders rode off the edge...
 

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Looking for partner(s)

:thumbsup:
I would really like to show up for the event and continue afterward for a few weeks bike vacation in NZ, riding both the north island and the south island (but moving between sites with a car).

I'm coming from a long distance and would like to make a dreamy vacation out of it,
Am looking for partner(s),
anyone intrested?
 

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So what is the weather like in October since I am coming from the opposite Hemisphere (California)?

Somehow I could swing this as I have a free place to stay in Sydney, how far is the swim :D
 

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ISuckAtRiding said:
man i'd really love to make it, but i doubt i can squeeze it in. airline tickets would be mega expensive, especially if i took my bike.
Bikes count as regular luggage. Put it in a suitcase and take no clothes.
 

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ISuckAtRiding said:
man i'd really love to make it, but i doubt i can squeeze it in. airline tickets would be mega expensive, especially if i took my bike.
Single speed bikes are easy to pack up small......

There seems to be a real feeling that NZ is so far away... It is no further than Ca peeps travelling to Europe. You leave at night Ca time, sleep and arrive in NZ at 5 -6 in the AM, all good ;)

Pull your bike to pieces, pack up snug in a suitcase, good to go... I always take my bikes in a bike bag from Price Point, cheap but work great. If you are a frequent flyer with the airlines, you dont get charged extra....:thumbsup:
 

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a couple of us might be going down from Singapore, still not concrete yet though...maybe can hook up with some of yall from other places there...
 

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I've flown with a bike from NZ to Europe twice and asia twice. If you are heading to NZ via the US, then you normally get 2x23kg suitcases, and one can be a bike box. So the only costs you'll pay for the bike is a national flight to the international, or a within Europe flight if you're coming from Europe.

If you fly thru asia though, then you only get 20 or 23 kg total, so you can still bring a bike, but you can't bring a lot else. (I know some airlines give you 5kg grace too, so you can get up to 28kg).

Within NZ if you fly (Rotorua is 2.5 hour drive from Auckland, and there are buses too ... no trains) you'll have to pay for the bike, Im not sure of the current fees. There will be plenty of people driving down from Auckland, and I'm sure you'd be able to get a ride from someone.

Actually, there's a lot of info that will hopefully come out before the event to help everyone get to NZ and to Rotorua and beyond. Basically Rotorua is the biggest tourist attraction in the North Island, so there is a lot of accomodation from backpackers to top end lodge style hotels. The city is small, with the trails about 3 miles from the centre of town.

I'll be entering (if I can get an entry), and hopefully heading back to NZ for the race/week.

As for the organisers having a website rather than a blog, the people organising this event organise good events, probably too organised for a SSWC event ...
 

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Agree with stillkeen, getting from Auckland to RotoVegas will be simple, there will be loads of peeps heading down and am sure can give people rides etc....

Google up mountain biking in Rotorua and you will pull loads of useful info on the area.
 

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mojak said:
a couple of us might be going down from Singapore, still not concrete yet though...maybe can hook up with some of yall from other places there...
Singlespeeder from singapore? Im a singlespeeder too and it would be great if we could ride together in SG :D.

Were you born in Singapore?
 

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TheGenTwo said:
Singlespeeder from singapore? Im a singlespeeder too and it would be great if we could ride together in SG :D.

Were you born in Singapore?
It would be the best on a SS in Singapore would it not? ;)
 

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TheGenTwo said:
Still a young, inexperienced rider here. Am I quoting another fellow local ss rider?
No all good, was just mentioning that with the terrain present in Singapore being quite flat, I thought it would be far better on a SS than a geared bike. :thumbsup:
 

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No all good, was just mentioning that with the terrain present in Singapore being quite flat, I thought it would be far better on a SS than a geared bike. :thumbsup:
That is true. But I always wish I could bike in a country with a less tropical climate. It really puts you off when your head feels like a boiling kettle.

Will be going to the North Island in NZ for a holiday in Jan. Hopefully, I can try some of the trails in Rotorua :D
 

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TheGenTwo said:
That is true. But I always wish I could bike in a country with a less tropical climate. It really puts you off when your head feels like a boiling kettle.

Will be going to the North Island in NZ for a holiday in Jan. Hopefully, I can try some of the trails in Rotorua :D
Dont want to derail the thread of which is for the SSWC's...

Ye sit takes loads of time to get used to cycling in the tropics and heat, it is doable though. You will have a blast riding the trails of Rotorua in January, it is a fantastic area to ride. Right up there with the best areas in the world for sure in my opinion..:thumbsup:
 
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