Wheelie pros will now have a place to showcase their skills with a new competition to be held in Ngaruawahia.
Several residents have come together to create Bikes Up Org, which will host the Wheelie Competition on July 23 at The Point.
Member Tama Paekau said it was prompted by accounts of youth loitering in the streets of the North Waikato town with their bikes.
Image source: CAITLIN WALLACE/STUFF
Bikes Up group members from left, back, Osborne Rewha and Harvey Lovegrove, and from left, front, Hera Poutai, Tama Paekau and Paul Henckel.
"I sort of got an idea and thought, how about I start something up for these kids to put their wheelies into a comp? So I put the word out there."
Paekau said the kids had attracted negative comments on social media.
So this is a way to "expose their talent" and also focus on bike safety education.
"They get quite a bit of flack from the community, it seems, to go from the bombing on the bridge in the summer to the bikes in the winter."
Harvey Lovegrove from Outback 4x4 is one of the major sponsors, though Paekau hopes to attract more.
Then it could evolve into a larger event, Paekau said.
Member Hera Poutai recalls being at an event at the marae when she noticed the issue.
"There was a group from Huntly and Ngaruawahia, there were about 20 or 30 of them just standing around."
They were doing nothing wrong, there was just no outlet for them, she said.
"We need to engage with them to see what they want to do, we want involvement from the community.
"It encourages youth, to have them know they have a backing."
The event will be held rain or shine and entrants will participate in age categories: 10-15, 16-20 and 21 and over.
They can compete for the best wheelie, longest wheelie and best dressed bike. There'll also be a game called the wheelie bin, where riders have to pick up an object and throw it into a bin while on their bike.
Skateboarders will also have a chance to compete in sub-categories, since the skatebowl is at the same location.
The event will run from 11am to 3pm.
Article source: Waikato Times