Registration and bike check tents are open from 8am onward. The public Ride the Runway event begins at 10:00am. Participants will be allowed to move out into the starting area from 9:45am
Where do I park?
Take the main entrance to the Rotorua Airport. Sign's will then direct you to turn left towards the event site. Parking Marshall's will be on-site to direct you to the parking space's. Please follow their directions.
Where do I enter?
Entry is on the day. Turn up on site. Sign-up at the registration tent to receive your participant wristband (which gives access to the runway). And get your bike safety checked by our crew - who will then issue your event number plate that clears your bike for take-off.
Be sure to arrive in plenty of time to register. We'll be efficient as we can, but our rego staff will be busy!
There is limited pre-registration opportunity... On Friday 19th October, you can sign up and get your compulsory bike check done at Happy Ewe Coffee and Bike Repairs at 1115 Pukuatua St (just don't lose your wristband or number before the event... or you'll have to do the process again)
What if it rains?
A small amount of rain is ok. However the event is subject to be postponed in the event of lousy weather. The postponement date is Sunday October 28th (same timetable). A final call will be made by 7am at the latest, on event day. And broadcast via Facebook, and through our media partners (The HITS FM Rotorua)
How much does it cost?
It's free! However we recommend bringing a few dollars along for a coffee or hot chocolate from our vendors onsite.
Is there an age limit?
There is no age limit. However, for any riders aged 8yrs or younger; we require them to be accompanied by an adult (16yrs or older) while on the runway.
Do I have to be on a bike? Can I be on my rollerskates/scooter/skateboard?
No. Ride the Runway is a cycling event. As such, you need to be on riding something commonly recognised as a bike. Runner/Strider bikes, Unicycles, Penny Farthings, Tandems, Hand-Cycles, Cargo bikes, E-Bikes, or even tricycles are ok. As are secure accessories such as trailers, tag-a-long's, and children seats.
Scooters, skateboards, rollerskates/blades are not allowed. Nor are any motorised contraptions (pedal assist e-bikes being the exception)
Last year there was a bike check. Do we have to do this again?
Yes. This is a simple safety check to ensure your cycle is a) mechanically sound, and b) has no loose fittings that may fall off on the runway. Bike check will happen out at the event, and once your bike passes you will be issued your event number plate which grants access to the runway for your bike.
Do I need safety gear?
We require you to have two specific items for your own safety.
1) A safety standards approved cycling helmet. 2) Closed/covered footwear