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The philosophy of the club is simple:

To maintain the reputation of the Whakarewarewa Forest’s magnificent trail network south of the city as one of the world’s premier mountain biking destinations. And to foster the talent of all the young riders who have learnt their craft on those trails.

Trail maintenance is one of our main tasks

This ranges from hands-on working bees to coordinating other work and liaising with the forestry company, Timberlands, the landowners and the Rotorua District Council - all stakeholders in the forest. This is also part of our advocacy work – ensuring the RMTBC’s voice is heard in the operations of a working forest.

There is currently a moratorium on trail building with the focus on maintaining existing trails and reinstating those trails that have been damaged by recent logging operations so they are even better than before. This moratorium will end - and already new trails are being planned, along with a Jumps Park, just off Long Mile Road at the northern trailhead of the network. The trails provide a magical playground for locals and visitors from all over New Zealand and around the world.

They are also the training ground for serious racers from 16 to 60. The Club’s development squads and coaches nurture top young talent in cross-country and downhill, working closely with the Waiariki Institute of Technology Sports Academy. Successful track and road riders like Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist, Sam Bewley now with Pro Tour team Orica-GreenEDGE started their rise to cycling stardom on the steep climbs and technical single-track of Whakarewarewa.

The club is home to successful riders across the board

We are affiliated to MTBNZ and BikeNZ, the national advocates for mountain biking. Our riders at elite level are licensed to race through MTBNZ and BikeNZ for national and international events. The Rotorua Mountain Bike Club was founded in the mid-1990’s with all the above in mind. We are an Incorporated Society and are registered with the Department of Internal Affairs-Charities as a charitable organisation giving the club a status in law and commerce.

In our short history we have run a range of events from club races right up to the 2006 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships - all driven by core groups of dedicated enthusiasts, who are mountain bikers, first and foremost.

The mission remains the same.

We are the Rotorua Mountain Bike Club.