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New Zealand claims world’s largest Mountain Bike event

This story comes from and the Kiwis are at it again – entry forms are now available for the largest 12 hour Mountain Bike Event in the world – the Jamis Day Night Thriller.

Held at Taupo’s Spa Park on the 13th September this unique, exhilarating relay is a “not to be missed” event on the mountain-biking calendar.

Individuals or teams of two/three or four/five compete over an exciting 8km course for 12 hours between 10.30am and 10.30pm or 6 hours between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

Introduced for the first time last year and continued for 2008 is the Hell Pizza Little Devils Ride, a non-competitive 7km ride for kids starting at 9.15am and riding one lap of the Day Night track through tent city to the finish line. Supervised by experience mountain bikers this is an amazing experience for Little Devils aged between 8 and 13 years of age.

Both the 12 hour and 6 hour events are held on the same course that is designed to suit riders of all ability levels. The track includes fast open parkland, awesome downhills, challenging single tracks, pine needle covered forest tracks and spectacular scenery alongside the mighty Waikato River.

Competition, for all grades will be as hot as ever with a great selection of spot prizes up for grabs.

There is as much action off the track as on it as Spa Park is transformed into a magical “tent-city” where over 3000 mountain bikers and their support crews all set up camp. They remain at the venue for the duration of the action that always provides hilarity, challenges, sweat, toil and above all – a level of enjoyment second to none.

Make sure you are part of the action; join the excitement, the thrills and the buzz of the Jamis Day Night Thriller.

Entry forms are available now from cycle shops, fitness centres or from the Event Promotions website

I have found one video of the event which, as the maker – swillson1971 – readily admits at the end of the clip, is a very bad video – well tough. But what intrigues me is that this should be the largest mountain bike fest in the world – if the video is anything to go by it does not seem like ‘the’ place to be for the excitement factor – so that leads to ‘what are these Kiwis on?’ – other than their bikes!!


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