Time To Ride

When Alien met a spaceman on the Rotorua trails

Not all mountain biking is serious - as the Anzac Singlespeed Championships proved...

A glorious 3 months...

The best time to be a mountain biker in Rotorua? Ever?You bet!It's not over yet and will be back in 2016 and 2017...

Hero. Legend. Brother...

An epic 320 kilometre ride at the 2015 24 Hours of Nduro for a cause close to Lance Tavinor's heart - literally...

Commuting in Rotorua...

Live, play and ride to work in our town...

Puarenga Trail

It is a grade 1 that runs alongside the Puarenga stream - which means 'flowers of sulphur' in Maori.

Bike Yoga

There are lots of ways to fine tune your body to make it the perfect mountain biking machine...along with your bike, of course...

Information...

It's a good way to improve your ride...

Singlespeed mountain biking

Only 1 gear? On a Mountain Bike?Why, oh why?

The biggest three months...

In Rotorua (and New Zealand) mountain biking. Ever. From February to April, 2015.It's a bold claim for a city that has hosted two world champs in the last 10 years...

Buying a bike

There's a lot to consider. However, there's never been a better time to buy.And whether it’s your first or one of many it is always a special occasion.

Skyline Gravity Park

Is open for business
and adds another chapter to the Rotorua mountain biking story.

The Dipper

One of the original trails is still one of the best for both novice riders and MTB ninja warriors.

Friendly smiling locals

You'll find them all over Whakarewarewa Forest.Like these two: Graeme Murray and Kev Walton.Pioneering mountain bikers who were riding in the forest before there really were much in the way of trails.

Winter riding...

Yes, it's cold.However, Winter is a special time to ride in the forest.

It's Le Tour de France time

Kiwi veteran, Julian Dean, may have retired from racing, but he's still there as part of the management of Team Orica-Green Edge.And the photo? All will be revealed...

Bikes, we love them

And usually end up with a shed full.Rotorua's bike shops stock most of the world's top brands so there's plenty of opportunity to do that. And you can also have a bike built to your own exact specifications...  

Events are part of the MTB scene

Especially in Rotorua with regular races for all levels of skill and experience - so get your race face on.

Getting the kids out riding

There are a lot more families out riding in the forest these days.Here's some advice on how to make it more enjoyable for the kids (and the Mums and Dads, too)...

Explore some optional trails

The trails in the Whakarewarewa Forest are some of the best in the world.130 kilometres with over 70 individual trails - however, sometimes you stillmight like a change.

Photo finish

For graphic designer, Nick Lambert, and his wife, Kimberley Edwards, moving to Rotorua in 2002 was about a variety of reasons - family, lifestyle, business...and mountain biking.

Diversity and Sustainability

The environment has always been part of the mountain biker’s vocabulary.

Blood Brothers

A quarter century of development and evolution of Rotorua’s magnificent mountain bike network has seen a parallel growth in business opportunities for locals.That includes two young Maori brothers, Tak and Tuhua Mutu from Mountain Bike Rotorua.

Learn skills….

And enjoy your riding more…

Flow and focus...

It's what mountain biking is all about...and it's also important in work and life...

New Zealand is my 'heart-country'.

Nathalie Schneitter is a Swiss professional mountain bike racer who was in Rotorua late in 2013.It was Nathalie's first visit to the Whakarewarewa trails since 2006 and she loved every minute...

Rotorua - it's a lifestyle...

London-born James Alexander and his Kiwi wife, Paula, have chosen to make Rotorua home - to work, live and play...The mountain bike community and trails, right on the doorstep, were irresistible.

Getting your bike set up just right...

It's very important and is the first step to improving and enjoying your riding more...

Rotorua - why I live here...

Annika Smail is originally from Switzerland.With her Kiwi husband Rob, who is a partner in local shop, Bike Culture, she's made Rotorua her home - mainly because of the mountain biking.

Trail building...

It's good for the soul...and upper body strength...

Simply awesome

Late last year, Mitch Ho - from Rockdale in New South Wales - won the Rotorua Airport, Destination Rotorua and Flow MTB competition to visit Rotorua for the Bike Festival in February.At the time he described it as the 'best Xmas present, ever.' And it lived up to his expectations, from the moment he and his fiancee, Jess, arrived in our town.

Inspiration...

We all need some every so often.And on a cyclone-affected weekend in Rotorua, 81 year old farmer and endurance runner, Brian Smith, supplied plenty...

Rotoruined...

In a good way.You come, you ride, you leave...Your lungs on Direct Rd, your heart on Billy T. Or Corners. Or Split Enz. You are ruined. Rotoruined.

Rotorua Bike Festival 2015

Dates are set for the third festival after a very successful year 2...'cycling for everyone'

What a week...

And it's not over yet...The 2nd Rotorua Bike Festival is in full swing...

Rotorua Bike Festival

Starts this week...February 14-23...

Graeme's loops...

Well, they used to be.They're still good, but times move on and so do fitness and riding styles.One thing remains the same - the fabulous trail network in the Whakarewarewa Forest...

Really friendly locals...

Giving up their Friday evening to help some visiting riders...

There is only one Shweeb...

And it's in Rotorua...

Kids on Bikes in the forest...

Lots of them...

'W' is for walk

It's a great way to see more of the country...

The 2nd Rotorua Bike Festival

It is all about the bike - and a real celebration of all things cycling...

Best Xmas present. Ever.

For Australian mountain biker, Christmas came a week early.He won a trip for 2 to Rotorua in February for the 2nd Bike Festival, all expenses paid.

The best way to tell a great story is often the simplest.

Mountain biking is a passion of mine.Rotorua mountain biking even more so - and I like to write about.  Sometimes, though, a picture really is worth 1000 words...

Sometimes the best parts of a ride are when you aren’t riding...

At the top of a climb or end of a descent...or just catching up with mates.

We’ll see you again soon Rotorua. Every. Single. Year

A guest blog from Irish-Australian MTBro Joe Mullan.

Riding every day is something most mountain bikers only dream about

Too often work and life intervenes. Recently, I managed 5 days in a row.

Te Ara Ahi

A guest blog from Craig Hammond - Rotorua Visitor Centre and i-Site assistant manager and keen mountain biker - about Te Ara Ahi, Go Thermal By Bike,  Rotorua’s section of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network.

The Rotorua Bike Festival is starting to ramp up for a second year

Take one of Rotorua’s most famous and photographed buildings.Add a favourite event from the 1st Rotorua Bike Festival and what have you got? Bike Speedway...

It’s my favourite trail

It’s my favourite trail: 2.4 kilometres of fast, flowing, every-so-often-whoop-out-loud goodness.It’s Split Enz. 

Music and Poetry in trail names

There’s a sort of music and poetry to the names of the trails in the Whakarewarewa Forest.And there’s a story behind all of them.

Colourful characters make up MTBing scene

Part of the character of Rotorua’s mountain bike community is…well, characters.