The Southern Hemisphere’s largest mountain biking event held in Rotorua, the Emerson’s Whaka100, sold out it’s major event distances over the weekend.
More than 1,700 riders from elite olympians to weekend warriors are set to compete across the Camelbak 25km, New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty 50km, Perma Pine 100km and the inaugural 160km DCA Architects Miler events.
This sets a new record for the Whaka100 and is further proof mountain biking is going from strength to strength in New Zealand. It’s become so popular that the event organisers negotiated additional spaces with local stakeholders and authorities, set up a waitlist, and have created on-site camping facilities to alleviate a lack of visitor accommodation in the Rotorua area.
Caleb is relatively young for racing marathon at the age of 19 he is set to shake up the elite race.
In 2019, Caleb finished in 6th place behind what could only be described at the best top five marathon riders in the Southern Hemisphere at the time. In 2020 he is targeting a place on the podium.
Two-time Canoe Slalom Olympian, Mike Dawson, is taking on the Whaka 100km for the first time in October.
Sam Shaw (pictured left) leading Emerson's Whaka100 in 2018, Sam Osborne (centre), Samantha Kingsford (right). Photos supplied.
Among the pool of talented participants in the Whaka 100km and in the Elite category are three Sam’s.
Sam Shaw, Sam Osborne and Samantha Kingsford are set to take on the Whaka100 on 25th October.
Our friendly volunteers help to make the Whaka100 possible. They share the participants special moment of achievement and are a memorable feature of the event day.
Teresa Wilson has volunteered three times and has made a memorable impact with her dress ups and friendly approach to the role.
Entries sold out for the 100km, 50km and 25km course options at Emerson’s Whaka100 with three months to go until the race on 25th October in Rotorua.
The fourteenth edition of the Whaka100 is shaping up to be the largest in its history, taking place on Labour weekend.
Two-time champions Josie Wilcox and Tim Rush are returning this year, with potential to take their third wins.
Josh Te Kowhai and a group from Waikite Gym volunteered at the Whaka100 in 2019, helping to make Emerson's Whaka100 event possible. We caught up with Josh about his volunteer role and why he chooses to do it.
New Plymouth’s Daisy Day is entered in the 25km 60+ age group for the second time, after taking up mountain biking later in life when she decided she wanted to get fit. She was a surfer and coach, but wasn’t liking the cold Taranaki days in the waves. Daisy has shared her mountain biking journey with us.
Today we are bringing back an inspiring story from last year. Type one diabetic, Kate Bone took on the 100km at Emerson's Whaka100 in 2019. This is the story of her diagnosis and preparation, plus an added post event update.
The Women of the Whaka100: 24 hour solo mountain bike racing champ Ronel Cook returns to Emerson’s Whaka100
Dunedin’s Ronel Cook is taking on the 100km at Emerson's Whaka100, for the second time. Cook took on the 50km in 2009 and the 100km in 2019 before making the decision to return this year to improve her time from last year and if all goes to plan, qualify for the 100 miler in 2021.
A range of ages and abilities have stepped up to challenge themselves on The New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Whaka 50km course this year. Among these are 14 year old Poppy Lane and 70 year old Diane Golding.
NZ National champion and two time Whaka100 champion, Josie Wilcox is returning to the Whaka100 in October with potential to take a third win. Josie was unable to race last year due to an injury the day before the event.
Rotorua local and fan favourite, Philly Angus has been behind the Whaka100 mic since 2017, entertaining and informing the Whaka100 crowds. We caught up with Philly to find out why she does it, what her best moments as MC have been and more.
Entries have sold out for the 100km, 50km and 25km course options at Emerson’s Whaka100 with three months to go until the race on 25th October in Rotorua.
Emerson’s Whaka100 is widely considered one of the toughest mountain bike marathons in the Southern Hemisphere and is taking place in Rotorua on Labour weekend, 25th October.
The event, held in the Whakarewarewa Forest, comprises of a kids 5km, women’s 10km, 25km and 50km races, as well as the feature 100km race.
A strong field of participants is returning, among them is Cosmo Bloor.
Bloor is a 24 year old passionate mountain biker from Auckland. He is CYCO’s lead mechanic and has been a keen rider since he was fourteen. If he is not at work, you will probably find him out on the trails.
We are currently working on multiple plans based around COVID 19 and we want to share the latest info with you.
We are very confident that the event will go ahead in October but we do have a back up date just in case. There will changes on how the event is run and changes to the planned schedule.
👉 PLANNED RACE DATE: 25 October 2020
👉 BACKUP RACE DATE: 7 February 2021
We are dedicated to ensure this event makes it through this Pandemic as we believe the Emerson's Whaka100 has a very important place on the NZ Mountain Bike Calendar.
We hope to have the race week detail finished within the next 7 days pending any Government changes.
With just six months to go until the fourteenth edition of Emerson’s Whaka100, we caught up with four time champion Carl Jones to get some tips on training for one of the toughest single day MTB Marathons in the Southern Hemisphere.
Jones won the Whaka100 in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 making him the only champion to take four consecutive wins. Will he be back for a fifth title?