Huri Huri News
10 January 2017
Three of New Zealand’s top mountainbikers will hold special skills workshops in the Wairarapa this January, as part of Huri Huri: Wairarapa’s Bike Festival.
Wyn Masters, a former under-17 and under-19 junior New Zealand downhill champion who now rides for GT Factory Racing and competes on the international downhill series circuit including the Crankworx World Tour, will lead the workshops being held at the new Rivenrock Mountainbike Park, located on the outskirts of Carterton and Masterton.
Masters will be joined by Cam Cole, a former Junior World Downhill Champion and New Zealand and Oceania Downhill Champion and BMX rider, and Tyler Perrin, an experienced mountainbike instructor. The trio will hold three workshops on Thursday, 26th January 2017 and Friday 27th January 2017 with each rider catering to one of three levels: beginners, intermediate and advanced riders.
Masters says the beginner workshops are designed for riders who want to try mountainbiking and develop new skills while the advanced workshops will help riders fine-tune existing skills and learn some new tricks.
“Our workshops will cover all basic bike skills and bike set up to help riders progress to the next level,” says Masters.
Masters is thrilled to be involved in Huri Huri, a festival which celebrates the Wairarapa’s bike-friendly roads, tracks and trails; the people that ride on them and the bikes they ride. He is equally excited about checking out Rivenrock, a purpose built and professionally designed mountainbike park based on a private 500 acre farm near Mount Holdsworth.
“We’ve heard great things about Rivenrock and are thrilled to be one of the first groups on it. It’s a really exciting initiative for the Wairarapa and can only help grow the region’s already great reputation for cycling,” says Masters.
Stage one of Rivenrock just opened this month and includes 15km of purpose built trails that weave through pine forest, farm land and also uses existing forestry trails. Over the coming years, Rivenrock owners The Hind Family are planning to add another 50km of trails.
The Rivenrock Mountainbike Workshops are part of the 2017 Huri Huri: Wairarapa’s Bike Festival, which is being held in conjunction with the New Zealand Cycle Classic, a UCI 2.2 five stage elite men’s cycle race. Huri Huri has a variety of events and activities held across the region, catering to all levels of involvement in biking and to all ages.
Another festival highlight will be the very rare opportunity to explore iconic Castlepoint sheep and beef station by biking one of three coastal tracks. On Sunday, 22nd riders can choose from a 7km short loop; a 14km long loop via the beach or a 20km course option that covers limed road to Otahome and back. It’s a great chance for riders to bring a picnic, view the stunning coastal scenery and at the end make their way to the main Castlepoint beach to cheers in New Zealand Cycle Classic competitors finishing stage one of the race.
All funds raised from The Castlepoint Family Fun Ride will go towards the Peter Laing Memorial Trust. Laing managed Castlepoint Station for nearly 40 years and earned a reputation as a hardworking, practical man who was also a great visionary in his field. The Trust was established to grant scholarships to people with a Wairarapa connection who want to work in the agriculture sector.
Other festival events include the Town to Tide multisport race from Masterton to Riversdale, a kids’ Cycle Classic holiday programme and Pedal for Parkinson’s road cycle.
For more information on festival events and to register for the Rivenrock Mountainbike Workshop please visit www.hurihuri.co.nz.
What: Rivenrock Mountainbike Workshops
When: Thursday, 26th January.
3pm – 5.30pm followed by a BBQ
Friday 27th January
9.00am – 11.30am followed by a BBQ
Friday, 27th February
12.30pm – 3pm, followed by a BBQ
Where: Rivenrock Mountainbike Park
Mt Holdsworth Road
Cost: $100 per session (includes BBQ)
Gear: Bike and helmet are compulsory. Pads recommended
Other: There will be eight riders per workshop.
Content: The workshops will be divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced groups. Each workshop will focus on bike set up, body position on the bike and cornering. The intermediate and advanced workshops will also focus on jumping, riding steeper sections and how to approach a race or an event. There will also be an opportunity to ask Wyn Masters, Cam Cole and Tyler Perrin any specific questions.
Registration: Register for the workshops via www.hurihuri.co.nz