The Motatapu Event
Each year for one day only, the pristine trails of the Motatapu welcomes thousands of adventurers to experience one of New Zealand’s favourite off-road sporting events.
Set in the stunning Wanaka to Queenstown high country, the race takes competitors through some of the most stunning high country terrain in New Zealand.
Participants in the Skoda Mountain Bike Challenge travel 47 km between Wanaka and Arrowtown, climing 1,214 metres in total and reaching a highest point of 875 metres.
'The Road to Motatapu' Programme
Five young men have been selected to join the 'Road to Motatapu Team' to compete in the 2017 Motatapu mountain bike race.
These team members are all young adolescents, who while having had a troubled background, have all exhibited a desire to change their ways and provide a valuable contribution to society.
Each team member will be provided with a bicycle and necessary cycling equipment (helmets, shoes, team training attire and bicycle repair equipment).
During the lead up to the Motatapu 2017 event, the team will train two to three times a week, with a requirement to complete minimum distances each week.
Mentors from a range of backgrounds will ride with the Team as Riding Buddies on a rostered and voluntary basis, encouraging Team members to push themselves and commit to the Programme, and providing a positive role model to help the Team members better understand how better choices can be made.
The Training Buddies will all have a story to tell about their 'lives, employment and careers' and will share some of this with the Team members in an effort to assist the Team to develop their own life and career goals.
This could possibly be one of a very times that people have taken the time to 'listen to, talk with and encourage' the Team members.
There will be a ‘zero to low tolerance’ to drug use or crime while Team members are on the programme.
On race day, the Team will need to finish within 50 metres of each other, making it a true Team event where the success of the fastest Team member will only be as good as the performance of the slowest Team member.
The Team will be incentivised to ensure that all members commit and remain with the Programme and complete the race event.
When the Team members have had a chance to set some personal goals and determine possible future employment paths, wider supporters of The Believe Foundation will look to leverage their collective contacts in an effort to secure some employment or training opportunities for Team members who complete the challenge.
A documentary is being produced to capture the period leading up to and the event and the event itself..
It is hoped that the impact on this years Team will be such that they become Riding Buddies for competitors to help other competitors to compete in future years.