Registration and bike check tents are open from 8:00am onward. The public Ride the Runway event begins at 9:45am. Participants will be allowed to move out into the starting area from 9:40am
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).
You also need to get your bike safety checked by our crew - who will then issue your event number plate that clears your bike for take-off. This check is largely to ensure it is safe, and there are no loose fittings which may fall off on the runway.
This can be done in any order
Be sure to arrive in plenty of time to register. We'll be efficient as we can, but our rego staff will be busy!
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 November 10th (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 Gold Coin donation can be made at registration to the Rotorua Bike Festival Charitable Trust (who ensure these events can continue).
We do recommend also bringing along a few extra dollars for food and 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?
Ride the Runway is a cycling event. As such, you need to be 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 Prams/Strollers. Baby-wearing is encouraged for those that need to support younger riders.
Motorised contraptions are also prohibited (pedal assist e-bikes being the exception)