NIUE RIDE THE ROCK
3 - 5 JUNE 2017
Niue’s annual bike race event, consisting of two races spread across two days (previously called Round the Rock and Rally of the Rock).
Rally of the Rock
Saturday 3rd June
This events explore the inner island using plantation tracks, gravel roads and bush trails. The highest point of Niue is just 68-metres above sea level, so the riding is gentle, although don’t be fooled easily, there are some short sharp climbs to test the legs and lungs.
This is event is a race against the clock, yourself and maybe a few of your mates. Riders depart individually at 1-minute intervals to post their best time on each stage. There are five stages ranging between 5 and 10km, with the total distance approximately 40km.
Mountain bikes or cyclocross bikes are suitable for the terrain, which is typically hard packed dirt. The stages will include villages, plantations, jungle and open crop lands. The start and finish points are at sea level on the coast.
Round the Rock
Monday 5th June
How does a 60km flat-out speed race ride right around the outer ring road of the Island sounds?
Just quietly, it’s sightseeing tour in disguise! The course is on sealed road the whole way but Niue roads can be narrow and rough in places, so mountain bikes and cyclocross bikes are best suited to the conditions. The event starts and finishes in Mutalau, to coincide with the Mutalua Marine Day festival which is something not to miss, great food, atmosphere and location.
There are more trails on the Island than the events can include, so riders can enjoy multiple days of riding and visiting new places, scheming up fun loops to do each day. So come along for a whole week of indulgence for cycle enthusiasts to share with like-minded, slightly competitive types in Niue. It is awonderful opportunity to cycle tropical bush trails at speed, and ride flat out on virtually vehicle-free roads.
Reflection of a Rider
Accomplished endurance racer Nathan Fa’avae took part in the Ride the Rock 2016. Nathan is an acclaimed cyclist, having qualified for the 1996 Olympic Games in the New Zealand mountain bike team, the highlight of his successful career that also included elite level road cycling. He has raced and ridden his bicycle in over 30-countries around the world. Here’s what he had to say.
“Niue is a bike riders paradise. I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect much from Niue for riding, the ocean and water is what had appeal to me, but once I rode my bike there, I was pleasantly impressed. The highlights for me were exploring remote places without crowds of people. The island is a myriad of tracks and trails, making the riding very interesting. The climate is great and the sea views in places are incredible. I have fond memories of days in Niue, eating tropical fruit for breakfast, downing a coffee and spending hours touring around on my bike. That was followed by a relaxing afternoon finding shade to relax in and places to swim. It’s blessed and an ultimate ‘disconnect’ from normal life. The events are an excellent way to enjoy the riding on the Island, meet other riders and enjoy a relaxed yet still authentic competition ”.
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