Films about bikes will be returning to the New Zealand Cycle Festival and the Big Bike Film Night’s 2019 line-up promises an unprecedented range that features the full array of cycling genres.
“We had a blast in New Plymouth last year, it was a packed house full of raucous pedal punters making some noise and having fun; we couldn’t be more happier to come back! The Big Bike Film Night connects cycling fans through the art of imagery, storytelling and incredible filmmaking; yet you don’t have to be a cyclist to relate to these stories, there’s something here for everyone” says Curator and ‘Film Pedlar’, Brett Cotter.
The Big Bike Film Night will be screening in New Plymouth on Friday 8th March at the 4th Wall Theatre. “I’m really excited to be a part of the New Zealand Cycling Festival programme again. We love everything about bikes and our event is a celebration of cycling, so it’s an honour to be invited back by the Festival’s Trustees to show this new collection of films to an eager audience” says Brett.
Film makers from around the globe submitted films for inclusion into the 2019 collection, with a Judging Panel comprising of ‘film and bikey types’ viewing the vast amount of submissions. “We look for the very best cycling short films from around the world that are entertaining and tell a story. The Judges offer another set of eyes and their expertise, knowledge and insights are an essential part in confirming the collection” says Brett.
There are over 10 short films screening that range from 2 to 28 minutes in length that form the Big Bike Film Night collection, including a number of New Zealand film premieres and International award winners. Brett says “It certainly will whet the appetite of bike lovers, I’d even go so far as to say it’s Bike-alicious.”
“At the heart of this collection is showing real people being part of some pretty extra-ordinary stories. The humble bike is the unifying factor throughout these films.”
The screening is on Friday 8th March 2019 at the 4th Wall Theatre and commences at 7:00pm with doors opening at 6:30 pm.
Many thanks to those who took part in the 2019 Surf Highway Ride. Final results, with audited time are available here: NZCFT2019F. Although the focus is on participation, we must acknowledge Glenn Kirk, fastest man (2 hrs 36 minutes) and Bev Ellice, fastest woman (3 hrs 44 minutes).
The Surf Highway 100km Ride will be back in 2020, on Saturday 7 March – mark the date! It will be starting in Hawera and travelling to Centennial Drive in New Plymouth (2019).
Rider categories include:
Open Solo $65, Bone Collector $40 each, Relay $40 each & Tandem $65 per bike.
Online entries close midnight Thursday 5th March 2019
Late cash entries can be made on registration evening – New Plymouth Fitzroy Skate Rink 4.30 – 6.45pm and Hawera TSB Hub 4.30 – 6.30pm
The Opunake Lions Mountain to Sea Bike Ride starts at the top of the Arawhata Road Opunake and finishes at the Opunake Beach on Taranaki Anniversary Weekend Sunday March 10th. It is a mainly a fun ride with a race option for those more serious or competitive. The ride is approximately 35 km long predominantly down hill. For younger or less fit participants there are a number of places where riders can enter or exit adjacent to roads. Approximately 80% of the ride is on farm tracks, 10% on road and the balance on paddocks. The ride traverses 11 privately owned farms which are not open for riders at any other time of the year.
All profits are given to worthwhile causes:
2018: funding the development of a cycle path around Opunake
2017: the Opunake Surf Life Saving Club
2015: Opunake Fire Brigade, to help them purchase a Thermal Imaging Camera
Previous to this profits have been given to the Opunake High School Hillary Challenge Team and a number of other groups.
NEW! Entries can now be made online through EventPlus (top of this page, to the right!). If you are also riding in the Surf Highway 100 km ride, you can enter for both rides at the same time.
If you would like to exhibit your bicycle at the NZ Cycle Show this information should provide you with everything necessary for your successful participation. Registration is online
The NZ Cycle Show is an exhibition of custom and vintage classes of cycle memorabilia and a celebration of all things cycling. It’s open to anyone who would like to show us their cycle.
The NZ Cycle Fest would like to invite cycle enthusiasts to lend their knowledge and techniques for all to discover and exhibit at the NZ Cycle Show.
Local Bike shops are invited to show their latest bikes and collectors will be encouraged to bring their finest cycling brands to form a unique cultural experience.
At NZ Cycle Show, there’s something for cyclists of all ages, abilities and disciplines. Visitors to this unique event can expect to find the kinds of bicycles you dream of. Beautiful custom builds from a range of exhibitors will be on display highlighting the skill and craft that goes into creating a fantastic bike. Classic vintage rebuilds and original pieces from the past.
Saturday 9th – Monday 11th March 2019 NZ Cycle Show(Taranaki Anniversary). Open 10am-5pm daily. Where- East End Skating Rink, East End Reserve, Nobs Line, Strandon, New Plymouth 4312.