On 15 January 2011 the annual Dessert Storm motor bike trail ride event was held in the Karioi Forest near Ohakune.
At about 11.00am one of the riders involved in the event has fallen from his motorbike. No one witnessed the actual fall, but other riders were on the scene within seconds of the crash and located the unconscious rider.
Emergency Services attended and the rider was pronounced dead at the scene.
The deceased is a male aged in his late 20's.
Further details of the rider will not be released by Police until next of kin are notified.
(A further media release will be made once the next of kin have been advised)