Crankworx Rotorua Moves to November in 2021

Oct 29, 2020
by Official Crankworx  
This vibe. How good. It'll be back, full gas, in November 2021. Photo: Kike Abelleira

PRESS RELEASE: Crankworx World Tour

As 2020’s condensed season nears completion and all eyes focus on what 2021 will bring, a key landmark in the international MTB calendar is on the move (temporarily). Instead of kicking off the season in March, Crankworx Rotorua will instead be the final stop of the Crankworx World Tour in November, with the festival running in between the 1st and 7th of the month.

The shift will help our teams navigate the ongoing challenges of COVID-19.

bigquotesNew Zealand’s vigilance in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic has kept case numbers low and enabled life to return to near normal, including public gatherings at sporting events without restrictions.Crankworx Rotorua Event Director Ariki Tibble

Photo Ezra Newick
Enduro vibes in the Whakarewarewa forest at Crankworx Rotorua 2020. Photo: Ezra Newick

In fact, Tibble and the team in Rotorua have just wrapped the first round of one of the largest Enduro events in the Southern Hemisphere (the Giant 2W Gravity Enduro) with over 570 riders taking part.

bigquotesWith this in mind, and a November date to work toward, we’re confident we’ll be able to deliver what our athletes, fans and sponsors are accustomed to, while prioritizing the safety of all involved, and our local community.

Crankworx Rotorua will be planned as a full Crankworx World Tour festival, including a stacked roster of international athletes, pro, amateur and CWNEXT race categories, Kidsworx competitions, and an expo within the ticketed venue.

CWNEXT and Kidsworx will be back in full force. (P.S. Are we the only one who thinks the third place male Kidsworx finisher is a dead wringer for mini Kyle Strait?!) Photos: Pink Elephant and Jay French

Our Rotorua team have worked with local health authorities in making the changes to the calendar and will continue to do so in the planning of Crankworx events in New Zealand in 2021. As was the case with the Summer Series in August, and Crankworx Innsbruck, our #1 priority heading into next year is rider, staff, festival attendee, and community safety.

For fans following the action from their homes around the world, live coverage of Crankworx Rotorua 2021 will include:
o Dual Slalom
o Pump Track
o Speed & Style
o Slopestyle
o Downhill

The Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle will mark the final event of the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship (SWC) season. And as the final event of the Crankworx season, Crankworx Rotorua will also be where the season’s champions are crowned, including the King and Queen of Crankworx and the individual discipline championships.

Emil Johansson on the iconic McGazza booter. Photo: Kike Abelleira

bigquotesWith some creativity and flexibility, the Crankworx World Tour season is shaping up to be something pretty special in 2021. We’ve got lots of irons in the fire for the year ahead, based on our successful made-for-TV festivals, including the Summer Series in B.C. and the recently wrapped Crankworx Innsbruck, as well as projections of where our festival homes are going to be at in 2021. We’ll be announcing our full Crankworx World Tour calendar in the coming months, but for now we are excited to put a stake in the ground for Crankworx Rotorua next November.Crankworx World Tour Managing Director Darren Kinnaird

In 2022, Crankworx Rotorua will shift back to its regular home in the MTB calendar, kicking off the season in March.

Meantime, in addition to the November festival, Tibble and local organizers in Rotorua are continuing to explore new events for the summer season that support the growth and development of the sport around the regions of New Zealand.

Sam Blenkinsop, former King of Crankworx, charging down Mount Ngongotahā in 2020. Photo: Kike Abelleira

bigquotesDomestically, we’re working on some ways to fan the flames of that trademark Crankworx excitement ahead of November. As we head toward summer in New Zealand, there’s definitely an appetite for some action.Ariki Tibble

Stay tuned for details and dates of the Crankworx World Tour 2021 as they’re released:


  • 32 2
 Damn. These Kiwis know how to handle planning around all aspects of a pandemic. You guys Rock! Super jealous over here.
  • 7 0
 Just last weekend we had a XCM race with over 800 competitors in Rotorua, I feel pretty lucky to live here
  • 4 0
 @aer0: What are the citizenship requirements for NZ? Also do electricians get paid a bunch?
  • 24 0
 I need some light bulbs changed and a wife. What do you look like in a dress.??
  • 1 0
 @DaFreerider44: its not too hard to get in for skilled workers, I know last time I needed some sparky work done it was not cheap but im not sure how the pay is vs international standards... but consider the change in quality of life to live in NZ
  • 1 0
 @gcrider: Yeah I gotta put this out there. I'm underage. You could adopt me though
  • 12 1
 "Instead of kicking off the season in March, Crankworx Rotorua will instead be the final stop of the Crankworx World Tour in November"...
The way most of the world is going, maybe it will still kick off the 2021 November Smile

To all the people living in countries still badly affected by COVID-19, I sincerely hope you stay safe and well. I won't say "good luck", because the position that Australia, NZ, South Korea, Taiwan etc are in has NOTHING to do with luck, and everything to do with effective governance.
  • 12 9
 Seems no one believes we will have this pandemic under control in the first half of 2021 (except MAGAts i guess)
  • 4 8
flag HariboChampion (Oct 29, 2020 at 12:38) (Below Threshold)
 Very confusing. I thought that you ‘Mercian Democrats thought that a vaccine would take care of covid. Strange society
  • 9 4
 @HariboChampion: you spelled 'Merican incorrectly so i can see how other things seem confusing.
  • 2 9
flag HariboChampion (Oct 29, 2020 at 12:59) (Below Threshold)
 @freestyIAM: at least we can surely say that you’re low brow through and through
  • 16 4
 @HariboChampion: that's one of the biggest problems. We have a society where half the people believe in science and listen to doctors and scientists, and half that believe in a fat orange wannabe Diety and a fantasy book. I'll let you figure our the rest.
  • 1 0
 Vaccination of large numbers of low risk (fit and healthy) isn’t thought to start until the end of under control end of 2022 at best. Airlines aren’t expecting return to their normal until 2023/2024.
  • 2 5
 @TruckeeRiverTroll: Its funny listening to people from Ca. and NY talking about Covid BS. We shut down for 3 weeks and opened right back up and are a huge tourist destination. We dont even have a chinese mask mandate. The problem is your states are run by a bunch of morons and filled with a bunch of scared people who cant think for themselves. Good luck with your life champ! DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH!!!
  • 8 0
 @nug12182: Congratulations on being in a community that has largely been spared the worst of the pandemic. Try to remember that there are other people in the world whose experiences are different than your own and see if you can find any empathy for their situations.

PS IME , shouting "DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH!!!" is a dog whistle for "keep digging until you find someone spouting the nonsense you want to hear, then feel smug because you think you are not one of sheep, but really you are just a self centered a*shole incapable of evaluating the merits (or unwilling) of the alt-right site that strokes your ego."
  • 1 5
flag nug12182 (Oct 30, 2020 at 15:10) (Below Threshold)
 @freestyIAM: Enjoy your shitty life.
  • 6 3
  • 1 0
 Joyride won't close the season? f*cking pandemic
  • 1 3
 wait... what?? November 2021!!!??? hell no...!!

Post a Comment

Copyright © 2000 - 2021. All rights reserved.
dv56 0.009669
Mobile Version of Website