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.