October 19-28, 2018
October 19-28, 2018

Ride the Runway - Proudly Supported by Air New Zealand & Presented by Holland Beckett Lawyers


Ride the Runway has been postponed and will start at 8am tomorrow morning (Sunday 19th). A wet weather call will be made by 6.30am to cancel the event if necessary. Below is the amended schedule.

8am - Gates open
9am - Kids Bike Trix Olympics (14yo and under)
9.30am - Devil take the Hindmost Elite Elimination Cycle Races
10am - Ride the Runway - The people's event
10.45am - Need for Speed session
11am - Ends


For up to date information, please visit the Rotorua Bike Festival Facebook Page


Saturday 18th February
5.00pm - 8.00pm
Rotorua Airport


On a mid-summer’s evening the Rotorua Airport runway will be alive with the sights and sounds of bikes and all the people who love them.


It’s a family friendly event all about having a go and celebrating Rotorua’s unique bike culture.

A massive success in 2015 and 2016 with over 1000 riders taking part…


This is a fantastic free family event and a great way to be part of Rotorua’s fifth annual bike festival.

For 2017 we have made it really simple to take part in any of the 3 event options. Entry is free and all registrations take place on the day at the Rotorua Airport.


You just turn up on the day to the Rotorua Airport with your bike and helmet, get your bike and helmet checked by our friendly team, read the event rules, sign the participation agreement, receive a fantastic looking souvenir number plate and then you are ready to go.


Elimination Race

The evening starts with the Elimination Race titled ‘Devil take the Hindmost’ where one rider is dropped every lap until there is one man or woman standing… or rather biking. The course will be approximately 600 metres long. Everyone is invited to the Spectator viewing area on the side of the runway to cheer on their favourite rider. 

If you are a keen male or female road cyclist who wants to take part in a fast and exciting Elimination Race, then please email Cabin now cabinracing@gmail.com Entry is free of charge and we have good prize money for a Men’s and Woman’s race.

Rules: The age limit is 16 years minimum and you must compete on a road bike (with 700c wheels). Aero bars are prohibited.


People's Favourite - Ride the Runway

After the Elimination Race, we open up the runway for the people’s favourite – the Ride the Runway. Riders of all ages and sizes get to cruise up and down the smooth surface normally reserved for planes. Dress up, theme your bike and be in to win ‘best dressed’.
Rules: The minimum age to take part is four years old on the day of the event.


Open Speed Session

To round out the evening, there will be a 15 minute Open Speed Session for those who want to lay down the fastest flying kilometre time in world history – or at least Rotorua history. This will be a short sharp 15 minute session on the runway where the speed limit is removed and you get to crank up to your fastest speed possible. Again there is no fee and you just stay on the runway after the normal and slower riding of the runway event is over.
Rules: This minimum age to take part is fifteen years or older on the day of the event. The bike wheel size must be a minimum of 26 inches.


Helmets are compulsory for all participants.


On top of all the biking action is live music, Funky beats from DJ Rio, kids bike obstacle course, the chance to have a go on a Penny Farthing bike or a reverse steering bike, fire engines and photo booths.


There will also be a wide range of food and beverages available including Pita Pitt, Mean Beanz Espresso Coffee, the Night Burger, cold drinks and more… Bring a picnic blanket and make an entire evening of it.


Make sure you arrive early to ensure you get through registration in time for your event!


Key participant/spectator information:

  • Participants and spectators wishing to enter the airport runway to ride or watch the events

will need Photo ID to verify their identity. People who do not have Photo ID, must have

someone 18 years or over with Photo ID - sign them in to verify their identity. Any photo ID

is acceptable including drivers licence, student ID, firearms licence etc.

  • Event registration is a three-step process for all riders:
  1. Step one is to read the event participation rules at venue,
  2. Step two is to get bike and helmet checked (note: you MUST have a road worthy bike and approved safety helmet to participate in this event),
  3. Step three is sign participation agreement including requirement for photo ID.

Riders will then receive a limited edition souvenir number plate and special event entry ticket. The process for event spectators wanting to access the spectator viewing area next to the runway will be to register in spectator designated queue, show photo ID and receive special event entry ticket.


Ride the Runway. Note: timings may be subject to change:

5pm: Gates open for registration and pre runway festivities commence including penny farthing and electric bike have a go. The first 200 people to register will receive a 2 for 1 regular pita voucher from @PitaPitRotorua


6pm: Kids Bike Trix Olympix event for 14 years and under


6.30pm: Holland Beckett Lawyers Ride the Runway action begins with Devil take the Hindmost Elite Elimination Cycle Races


7pm: Ride the Runway – The Twilight Zone


7.45pm: Need for Speed session


8.00pm: Ends


Note if the weather is bad on Saturday 18 Feb, then the event will be postponed to Sunday 19 Feb from 8am to 11am.


Enquiries to Nick Reader 021 632721


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