27/02/2019 4:00:00 p.m.
27 February 2019
Rotorua is all set to again host world-class mountain biking event Crankworx and residents are encouraged to make the most of free events on offer.
Crankworx Rotorua runs from March 19 to 24, but the jam-packed schedule includes an extra day of Kidsworx activity at Wattles on Tarawera Road on March 18.
This leads straight into the six day program including elite and pro competition, amateur competition, as well as expo and demo areas showcasing the latest and greatest products in mountain biking.
There are benefits to being a local – there are two days when Rotorua residents can get free entry to all the action at the Crankworx base at Skyline. All you’ll need is proof of address and ID.
There are also events in Whakarewarewa Forest which are free to attend, including events at Wattles on Monday and Tuesday and stages of the Giant Toa Enduro on Friday and Sunday.
Crankworx is the ultimate experience in mountain biking and Rotorua event director Ariki Tibble says Rotorua is the ideal location because of its trails, community and environment.
“Rotorua has the secret sauce required to host a world class mountain biking event. Originally the vision was to showcase our home as a year-round world class mountain biking mecca, to grow the economy and to build the reputation of Rotorua as a compelling place to visit, live, work, play and relax, and Crankworx was the perfect way to do this.”
The event brings thousands of competitors, spectators and media from around New Zealand and the world to Rotorua.
“We have people travelling from all around the world to be here for this event,” Ariki says.
“You have to ask yourself, what does it take for thousands of people to get so motivated that they take time from their busy lives to spend tens of thousands of dollars to travel half the planet for a mountain bike event in Rotorua? The answers are right here on our doorstep…and only those who attend will get a full appreciation of just how special Rotorua is from this perspective.”
We have removed the barriers so locals can check it out so it seems absolutely crazy for locals to not take advantage of the opportunity.”
Ariki says there is a great line up of events and it’s hard to pick just one “must watch”.
“Every event has its own unique value…they are all epic in their own way.”
Locals who really want to get stuck in could also consider becoming a volunteer.
More than 90 per cent of the Crankworx Rotorua volunteers are locals and Ariki says it is an awesome way to get close to the action.
Volunteers are needed across a range of areas, so it’s a unique way to experience the event.
“All volunteers receive a crew t-shirt, free general admission and lunch on days worked.”
For Rotorua’s younger residents Kidsworx is back and is an opportunity for the next generation of riders to take part in a world class event and be a part of the new Kidsworx Pump Track Skills Clinic that includes training alongside two professional MTB riders.
“There are plenty of options for kids this year. If they want to get a taste of what it’s like to enter a mountain bike event but don’t want any competition pressures, the Challenger events are perfect for them,” Ariki says. “If they’re ready to take their riding to the next level, the Kidsworx Races are a step up in difficulty and competition.”
For more information and the full schedule of events visit: www.crankworx.com/rotorua
Become a volunteer: crankworx.com/rotorua/volunteer
Locals days (gates open at 10am):
Wednesday, 20 March
Main event: Rotorua Air DH presented by Bosch from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.
Thursday, 21 March
Main events: Mons Royale Dual Speed & Style Rotorua from 5pm to 7pm, Official Oceania Whip Off Championships