Cross Country Mountain Biking World Champion Jolanda Neff will be descending upon Rotorua to race in the Whaka100 MTB Marathon presented by CamelBak on October 21st.
Featuring an incredible line up of wins across the world, including being the youngest World Cup winner and two time European Champion, 25 year-old Neff from Switzerland also has a massive social following with 192,000 followers on Instagram.
Whaka100 race director, Tim Farmer, says the event team is excited to have Neff on the start list as it’s the first time she will race a marathon mountain bike race in New Zealand.
“This is great for the event but even more amazing for the fans of Neff who will get to see her race in person - we’re expecting a tough battle between her and Kiwi Josie Wilcox on the day. It’s also great exposure for New Zealand mountain biking as Jolanda has a huge following internationally.”
The Whaka100 has long been one of the Southern Hemisphere’s toughest mountain bike marathons. The 105km, 50km and 25km courses take in the world class mountain bike trails of Rotorua and the event runs from 20 - 21 October.
Entries are coming in from all around the world with 11 countries represented. While New Zealand has the largest representation of riders, Australia, New Caledonia and Singapore top the list from offshore.
Farmer says the event is not just about the grueling 100km event.
“We cater for all levels of rider with a packed schedule of events including the Rotorua Isuzu Shootout Time Trial, 5.5km kids ride, 25km, 50km, 100km (relay, pairs, individual), King of the Mountain, plus live music, an expo and demo rides.”
In 2018, Whaka100 has teamed up with TEAM CP to allow riders to train specifically for the 100km, 50km or 25km events in a structured 12 or six week programme which is free to download online. This helps riders to understand the best way to prepare for the event.
This 12th edition of the Whaka100 has a cash prize pool of over $5,100 along with $20,000 in giveaways, 237 sought-after podium medals and 1,000 finishers medals.