Suited up and ready to ‘give it some gas’, the First Gas Rockets have officially launched.

The Rockets are a group of about 25 keen young mountain bikers who are developing skills and growing confidence through the New Plymouth Mountain Bikers’ rider development programme.

On Sunday (26 May) they officially became the First Gas Rockets with the launch of their striking new trail jerseys, thanks in part to First Gas’ three-year principal sponsorship of the rider development programme.

As well as the new trail jerseys and training development costs, First Gas’ sponsorship helps with club members’ travel to cross-country and enduro events around the North Island, and club coach education.

“First Gas’ support puts another step in the pathway for these young people. It helps them get to events and the jerseys will really help build a sense of team and togetherness, particularly when the Rockets travel away to events,” says sport and coaching scientist Andrew Patterson, of Patterson Training, who developed and leads the programme in partnership with New Plymouth Mountain Bikers.

The smart-looking shirts have First Gas’ logo on the front and back, and boast the fitting slogan ‘Give it some gas’.

“We think the rider development programme is a great fit for what our business values, such as bringing people together, promoting growth, empowering people and treating each other with respect,” First Gas chief executive Paul Goodeve says.

“We are really looking forward to watching the First Gas Rockets develop and improve their skills.”

The First Gas Rockets will get to show off their new trail jerseys for the first time outside the region when they take part in the Craters Classic cross-country event in Taupō on 9 June.

The First Gas Rockets.