Jenna Hastings podium v2


Kia ora clubbies,

The stoke for riding keeps rolling in with events being held, new events coming through, rider programmes underway, awards being handed out and more. But first. How good was this?
Photo by: clinttrahan at: crankworxrotorua
Congrats our talented club members Louis Hamilton and Jenna Hastings topping the podium in the Crankworx Rotorua DH.  And there's this:
Photo by: @cammackenziephotos
Tuhoto-Ariki Pene is standing in second place for King of Crankworx (NB this photo is from the Dual Slalom).  And we are also super proud of all the other RMTBC members who competed and or took out a place at Crankworx Rotorua 2021.  Check this out:

DH Womens: Jenna Hastings - 1st | Shania Rawson - 2nd | Ashley Bond - 12th  DH Mens: Louis Hamilton 1st | Tuhoto-Ariki Pene - 4th | Connor Hamilton - 15th | Lachie Stevens-Mcnab - 18th Whip Off Tuhoto-Ariki Pene - Finalist | Lachie Stevens-Mcnab - Finalist Pumptrack Womens: Jenna Hastings - 3rd | Shania Rawson - 4th Pumptrack Mens: Tuhoto-Ariki Pene - 4th | Louis Hamilton - 5th | Lachie Stevens-Mcnab - 8th Dual Slalom Womens: Jenna Hastings - 2nd | Shania Rawson - 9th Dual Slalom Mens: Tuhoto-Ariki Pene - 2nd | Louis Hamilton - 4th | Connor Hamilton - 8th | Lachie Stevens-Mcnab - 13th King of Crankworx standings: Tuhoto-Ariki Pene 2nd Special note: Robin Goomes crashed in the Speed and Style and broke her collarbone, putting her out of the remainder of Crankworx Rotorua - heal fast Robin!

Interviews with Louis and Jenna further down the newsletter.
Bay of Plenty Sports Awards.  And on Friday night there was this:
Which we have no words for really, other than how happy we are and thankful to everyone who has contributed to the club since its inception.  The awards were streamed live this year so clubbies went to Good Eastern Taphouse to support the club and our members who were also finalists including:
Open Sportswoman of the Year: Robin Goomes
Young Sportsman of the Year: Lachie Stevens-McNab
Young Sportswoman of the Year: Jenna Hastings
The AGM of 2021 went down!  I know, it's an AGM, but it did.  Lots of great things to report on, not least 355% growth in members in the last year.  Which means there are more of YOU!  And that's so good.  Thanks to the hard working committee (more on them later too), Gregg and the team the Pig & Whistle for hosting us and everyone that came along to support the Rotorua Mountain Bike Club.  We heart you.  View the presentation via Facebook here (you'll have to read between the lines!).
We have a new website.  Which took a minute but we got there.  And just goes to show the depth of the club including the history, events, First Response Unit, rider programmes, sponsors and memberships themselves.  You can now join online AND donate online which just makes sense doesn't it?  Big shout out to everyone who played a part in pulling it all together.
Anyway that's what I wanted to share as President but read on as there's HEAPS of other new stuff including events, awards announcements, new committee members and more.
Clair Scott
Club President
Come one, come all - let's shred together
Low Key Jr. sponsored by Cyclezone and NZO Active
Tuesday 23 November - ROUND 1
We now have a series for junior pinners and next gen Low Key Super D and 2W riders (7-13 year olds)!  A parent/caregiver must attend the event for the whole time, but don't have ride with them.  Special thanks to our sponsors Cyclezone and NZO Active.

Due to COVID 19, we can only have 100 people (50 riders + their parent/caregiver) and we are now sold out and WILL NOT be taking entries on the evening. 

Also, volunteers please!  For rego, marshalling, taping etc.  Reply to this email.
Wednesday 24 November - ROUND 2 - SOLD OUT!
Round 1 on Box of Birds was a riot so bring on Top Corners and Ma Te Wa for Round 2. If you raced Round 1 please bring your race plate as it's your race plate for the season. 

Not racing?  We need volunteers for rego, marshalling, taping the course etc.  Please reply to this email if you're available.
RMTBC Ladies Summer Shuttles presented by Cyclezone
Wednesday 24 November - Round 2

Join us for good times, great trails, awesome company, on the monthly!  Meet at Mountain Bike Shuttles pick up at Waipa MTB carpark from 4pm for a 4.30 departure. Subsequent forest pickup after that corner Hill and Pipeline Roads.  Club members receive a FREE Uplift each night of the Ladies Summer Shuttles!  For information on other Women's Ride Month events see the Cyclezone Facebook page.
Every Thursday
This is a pedal. There will be hills and grade 3-4 trails.  Course will be posted a few days before and 
updates in our Facebook event.  Thank you to Tracey and Tracy for leading these rides.  If this sounds a bit above your pay grade but you want to get out on your bike with likeminded ladies check out the Revolve Mountain Bike Group including their Sunday Social Rides.
Whaka Watt E Bike Enduro Sponsored by Electric Bike Rotorua
Saturday 4 December

This event run by the club is back for its second year. Last year was a sell out and an all round cracker event. Some stages go up and some go down - all grade 3 or 4.

Ladies - there are loads of spots left for you!  And if you don't snap them up, we'll have to offer them to the blokes.  Do we want that?  Quick, get in now.

For more details see our Facebook event.
Wednesday 8 December

Another event smoking hot off the press for this season and a result of the RMTBC x Descend merger!  A little something for those riders who love themselves a little bit of DH racing.  No lycra or skinny tyres allowed.

Run on the Taniwha National DH Trail, each round we will run a slightly alternative line, building technicality as the season moves forward.

13+ years as it’s a blind race run with limited marshals.  For liability reasons, this is non-negotiable.

There is a $10 bond that covers your timing band. Otherwise FREE for members or $10 per race non-club members or $5 per race for non-club member groms (U18).

Due to COVID 19 entries are capped at 100 so you MUST register online.  Registrations will be OPEN on Friday the 3rd of December at 6pm - we will post the link on the Facebook event page.

Can't race?  We need volunteers for rego, marshalling, taping the course etc.  Please reply to this email if you're available.
Saturday 22 December

Keep an eye on Facebook but the general idea is a Christmas themed Low Key race down Eagle vs. Shark, with a BBQ stationed at the finish line.
GIANT 2W Gravity Enduro
Saturday 19 February (short) and Sunday 20 February (long)
Race 1 AND Race 2 have both been postponed until Sunday 10 April and Saturday 14 May respectively so the first but third race is not until February.  There's still spots for Race 3 in February so click on through now to enter.
Coz not everything gets cancelled
Low Key Super D - Round 1
Wednesday 27 October

Epic start to the Low Key Season with smoking hot results which can be found here.  Fresh off his own run, Darren, of Darren Stanley Photography, jumped behind the lense as it was starting to get dark to nab these shots.
Specialized Soil Searching Dig Day
Sunday 7 November 
A whopping 50 people showed up to help out at the Specialized Dig Day. Several days leading up to the dig were spent marking the line which consists of a combination of the old line (where we could find it!) and some new spicier sections. The goal of the day was to clear as much of the line as possible so that we could go back later and add features (drops, jumps, berms etc.). We managed to get two thirds of the trail cleared to an almost rideable standard which exceeded expectations. 
The digging was followed by an epic BBQ and drinks thanks to the crew at Specialized who also provided the tools we needed to get the mahi done.  Cheers to the Rotorua Trails Trust for assistance (and Kris for the photos).
Keep an eye out on the Rotorua Trails Trust and Rotorua Mountain Bike Club social media channels for some after work dig evenings to finish off the trail.
Sharing the stoke
This cool bunch are our Term 4 squad that are learning all the tricks from newly crowned Crankworx Rotorua DH winner Louis Hamilton!  Louis from Tuned Rotorua says:

"My first impressions of the squad were they all looked super nervous to start but after a few minutes of chatting about what we were going to go through they were motivated and ready to go. There are a range of abilities from those that have already had race experience through to those just starting, but everyone was on the same page with what they wanted to get out of the coaching programme. We have been working on one thing each week, so far, they have been explained the break downs of body technique, cornering, off camber and braking. Some detailed skills and some instant improvements".

13 - 18 year olds

Applications need to be made by the rider/applicant in writing by 8pm the 15th December 2021.  Riders must write their OWN applications and include the their most recent race results.  The successful applicants will need to be available to ride on Thursdays between 4pm and 6pm for the whole of Term 1 2022.  Criteria and costs (depending on which squad runs in Term 1):
  • Race Squad – applicant must have had some racing background, riders will be chosen based on results.  $200 cost to rider for a 10 week programme. This is the subsided rate after RMTBC have discounted it by 50% for members.
  • Ready to Race Squad – applicant wants to get involved in racing or wants to improve their racing results.  $280 cost to rider for a 10 week programme. This is the subsided rate after RMTBC have discounted it by 30% for members.
NB all applicants must be a RMTBC club member.  RMTBC reserves the right to amend the type of group should insufficient numbers reaching the required criteria apply.  Due to COVID and lack of racing we may change this group to a Ready to Race Development Squad.  Email us for more information