U2 backing bid for Singlespeed World Champs 2011

Breaking News: Irish band U2 backing bid for Singlespeed World Champs 2011...


April 1 2010 (NZT) - and yes, we know it is/was still March 31 in the Northern Hemisphere. But 
NZ - 1st to see the sun...and April 1...

Breaking News: Irish band U2 backing bid for Singlespeed World Champs 2011.

Some heavy hitters are backing Ireland’s bid to host the 2011 Singlespeed Mountain Bike World Championships.
Ireland’s number 1 rock band, U2, have announced they are supporting the bid at the 2010 champs in Rotorua, New Zealand, in October.Bono
“We have the perfect theme song in ‘One’,“ says lead singer, Bono, down the line from Dublin. “We really love Kiwis and wrote One Tree Hill about a landmark in Auckland as a tribute to one of our favourites, Gregg Carroll.”
The New Zealander was Bono’s personal assistant and good friend, who died in a motorcycle accident in 1986.

“It’ll be great to be back in New Zealand,” says U2 guitarist, The Edge. “The Singlespeed Worlds is a fun event and we like the idea of riders being able to down a beer and take a short cut.”

It might be a bit different if Ireland wins the right to host next year’s event.
“The official beer in Rotorua will be Speight's Traverse, which we know as a very nice drop, but in Dublin, well, you know, it’s got to be Guinness,” says Bono.
“And if the Singlespeeds Worlds do come to Ireland in 2011, we’ll be renaming the band U1 during the event, to be sure.”
The two main men of the legendary band have been spotted cruising round Dublin on fixed gear bikes as Spring arrives.
“Not just a fashion statement – we’re rebooting our youth,” says Bono, with a laugh. “I think we might have finally found what we are looking for."

 The big question for local fans is will the band play while they are in Rotorua.
“Adam and Larry won’t be coming,” says The Edge, “but Bono and I might break out the guitars and do a bit of busking outside the official pub, the Pig and Whistle, if the local Events & Venues guys will give us a license.”

The bidding process for the Singlespeed Worlds is a little different than for other global sporting events.
In 2009 in Durango, Colorado, New Zealand, Italy, Canada and Hungary fought out round 1 – a Karaoke/American Idol contest.
“That would have been right up our street,” says Edge.
“Not sure how we would have gone in round 2, though,” adds Bono.
“That was a basketball match between New Zealand and the Italians, with the Kiwis winning it all.”
(Correction: John Mylne says it was more the Italian team "lost" than NZ won)... 

The actual bidding process for the 2011 event won’t be revealed till the day.
“Who knows what the guys in Rotorua will come up with, but Bono and me and the third Irish rider, Father Ted & Dougal from Craggy Island, will be ready for anything,” says The Edge.
“We’re also looking forward to meeting The Shweeb in Rotorua – same first name as me - nice.”

UPDATE - Legal Action??

Photos: M. O'Driscoll

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