Whakarewarewa Forest full of action this weekend



28 February 2020

The 2020 GIANT Toa Enduro presented by Camelbak is almost upon us and the Whakarewarewa Forest will be buzzing this weekend.

Long and Short Course training gets underway on Saturday 29 February as amateur and pro-riders prepare themselves for a massive race day on Sunday 1 March.

A precursor to next week’s Crankworx events, the Enduro is the best way to build the stoke and get amped for a big week on Mount Ngongotahā.

Enduro Manager Craig Murray and his team have been out and about marking trails this week. He says the forest is full with riders from all over the world gearing up for the big race.

“This Enduro is part of the EWS Asia-Pacific Continental Enduro Series and is a sanctioned event which means riders can accumulate points to go towards their EWS Global Ranking. Some of the best riders in the world will be competing. The trail list was released earlier this week and we’ve seen a definite increase in riders checking out the trails and preparing for the weekend.”

Craig suggests the best vantage points to catch the action will be Hot X Buns, Mushroom Line and Tuteata.

“In past years Enduro events have attracted huge crowds and groups of hecklers that really bring a sense of excitement to the race. It would be awesome to see that atmosphere again this year. We want to encourage everyone to come along, make a lot of noise, catch some for the world’s best riders and enjoy the good weather. We will have food and music at Lake Tikitapu Reserve so it will be a really relaxed vibe.”

More than 300 riders will be taking part in this weekend’s race. During the course of the day racers will ride more than 30km and climb more than 1200m over a number of stages.

In the past five years Rotorua has hosted three Enduro World Series events and the Crankworx Rotorua team are keen to secure more events in the future.

The race will take place on Sunday 1 March between 8am and 3.30pm. The public are welcome to come along, cheer on the locals and catch the fierce battles between pro-riders aiming for the top spot. Check out the trail maps to plan the vest viewing points before you head out to the forest.

The race will start and finish at Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake). Croucher Breweries and a number of food vendors will be set up at the start/finish line to keep riders and spectators fueled for the day.

Key info for GIANT Toa Enduro presented by Camelbak:

  • Always be cautious while moving around in the forest. There will be a number of large vehicles on the roads and lots of other riders using the trails.
  • Stay off marked tracks while the race is in play and adhere to marshal advice.
  • Don’t move any of the markings in the forest before or during the event
  • Be respectful of signs and instructions within the forest. Please note Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake) is private property and is clearly marked with signs.
  • The forest is a no smoking zone.
  • Race begins at 8am and finishes at 3.30pm on Sunday 1 March.  
  • Make a lot of noise and cheer the racers on! 

About the Crankworx World Tour

Crankworx is the ultimate experience in mountain biking. Born in Whistler, B.C. in 2004, Crankworx has evolved into a multi-stop international festival series. The Crankworx World Tour brings together the best mountain bike athletes to compete in elite-level competitions in a variety of disciplines. Crankworx World Tour festivals also host races for amateurs, Kidsworx contests for young riders, participatory events, and celebrations of mountain bike culture, all while showcasing amazing destinations. For additional information, visit crankworx.com.

Photos: 2019 GIANT Toa Enduro presented by Camelbak in Rotorua – photographers: Jared Graves and Bryan Regnier

Page reviewed: 28 Feb 2020 3:00pm