BMX: Bikers pull out bags of tricks

By Gary Hamilton-Irvine

BMX freestyler Daniel Rob says the best way to describe the RotoVegas Jump Jam was "just crazy stuff".

Saturday's RotoVegas Jump Jam was one of the last events on the inaugural Rotorua Bike Festival calender, which ended at the weekend.

Rob, 17, entered the competition alongside 29 others at the Rotorua BMX Club Dirt Jump Park.

The Whakatane rider said a big crowd in their hundreds turned out to watch some of the tricks and big air.

"There was a good crowd, probably the biggest crowd I have seen for this kind of competition," he said.

"[The open category riders] were crazy, they were doing front flips and just crazy stuff."

Rob took out the under-17 category of the competition, with no-handed back flips featuring in his bag of tricks.

The Trident High School student said he was impressed with the number of young people helping out at the club, with things such as organising and building jumps.

"It was brilliant, like they made the jumps really mean. They kicked it up a standard," he said.

Rob won a new Giant BMX bike for winning his category, which included three runs on the four-jump track.

The overall winner of the competition, Joe Simpson, won $1000 for his efforts.

Other popular Rotorua Bike Festival events held during the weekend included the Skyline Sprint Warrior.

The event, which was held for the first time on Friday night, saw downhill mountain bikers travel up the gondola at Skyline Rotorua in Fairy Springs Road before blasting back down the hill.

About 200 mountain bikers took part in the event, with most riders taking between two and three minutes to get to the bottom.

Event organiser Tak Mutu said there were two broken collar bones and a broken wrist reported during the racing, which was not bad for the amount of people who entered.

"Riders loved the course. It was fast and furious with plenty of challenging twists, turns and jumps," Mr Mutu said.

Wyn Masters and Emmeline Ragot won the titles for fastest man and fastest woman on the mountain, taking $500 each.

The last two events on the Rotorua Bike Festival calendar, held yesterday, included the Giant 2W Gravity Enduro event, which attracted 280 riders, and the downhill leg of the 2013 national mountain bike national championships.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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