Hot Off the Press: Crankworx Coming To Rotorua, New Zealand!

Aug 16, 2014 at 14:50
by Official Crankworx  
Mountain biking’s defining celebration is breaking new trail and setting the course for the future of the sport. Crankworx organizers announced today that world-class riding will kick off the 2015 mountain bike season with a brand new stop on the Crankworx circuit - Crankworx Rotorua. From March 25 to 29, 2015, the festival will alight in New Zealand for five days of two-wheeled competition, spectacle and celebration.

We could not be more excited to be bringing Crankworx to Rotorua,” says Crankworx General Manager Darren Kinnaird. “The trails in New Zealand are out-of-this-world. Adding Rotorua allows us to grow the celebration and share what Crankworx is all about - it’s a gathering of the world’s best riders from all disciplines of mountain biking. It’s mountain biking at its most raw.

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Along with its latest festival, Crankworx will be transforming many of its biggest events into stand-alone series’, including the triple crown of slopestyle, a pump track challenge series, a dual speed and style series and a four-race Crankworx downhill series (two of which will be in Whistler). The Enduro World Series will also kick off the 2015 season in Rotorua as a part of Crankworx.

The momentum behind Crankworx is continuing to charge forward - it’s become more than a mountain bike festival. It’s become a culture,” says Kinnaird. “We’re now able to offer athletes and the world a series of events to get stoked about. The dream was to find the right home for our third Crankworx stop so that we could continue to share events that showcase the best mountain biking athletes in the world. Rotorua is beyond perfect. This is a game-changer.

Rotorua has become known as the home of mountain biking in New Zealand. Red Bull’s magazine, The Red Bulletin, ranked Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa forest in the top eight mountain biking destinations in the world in 2013 – the only Southern Hemisphere location to feature.

Good times in NZ

We are so stoked to be bringing Crankworx to Rotorua. Where else can you watch the biggest names in the sport throw down, then ride alongside them in the same day?” says Event Director for Crankworx Rotorua and Owner of Mountain Bike Rotorua, Tak Mutu. “It’s a chance not only to showcase the trails that have brought people from all over the world to Rotorua, but also the dirt, the culture and the spirit of the people.

Mutu, along with Deputy Mayor of Rotorua Dave Donaldson, have been in Whistler taking in the 11th year of the fest in Whistler.

Sitting here at the foot of the trails of Whistler it is easy to see what an opportunity this is for both of us.” says Donaldson. “In terms of global exposure for mountain biking events, Crankworx is number one, so securing the third international location is a fantastic thing for Rotorua. We’re so excited about what we can bring to this festival and to the mountain biking world.

Good times in NZ

Stay tuned for details on Crankworx Rotorua in the months to come and follow the hashtag #CWXRotorua.

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  • 47 2
 We once needed to go overseas to see our favourite riders, now they're coming to us. So many levels of stoke right now.
  • 34 4
 An easier way to convince myself to be in NZ. Always wanted to go.
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flag KieferEvans (Aug 16, 2014 at 20:18) (Below Threshold)
 Mountain biking is officially mainstream! weooo suck it hipsters.
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flag nikifor88 FL (Aug 16, 2014 at 21:30) (Below Threshold)
 yeah, xc is mainstream. nothing more.
  • 16 3
 NZ is such an awesome place. Very glad they are hosting a great event like Crankworx.
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flag Waldon83 (Aug 16, 2014 at 23:58) (Below Threshold)
 RUMOR IS Mt Buller in Australia will also be running Crankworx
  • 3 1
 YUSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! This is so sicccckkkk !!!
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 @Qaldon83: Lol, how is Buller meant to host that?

No offence, but buller is shit, last time I was there it was just a bomb and dhi track, no flowy jump tracks no slope style course etc, unless they've done a shit load of work and put in a flowy jumps trail a slopestyle track etc, they won't be able to host it.
  • 5 1
 agree buller is not seeing crankworks any time soon champ, but it aint shit. been to both places recently and rotorua is so far in front for an event like this, central rotorua is 10 min easy ride on bike paths from the entrances of those sweet trails, with so many eating/drinking and accommodation options as well as other stuff to do all without needing a car, it's a good choice.
  • 5 5
 Why am I getting Negative propped?????

I heard it from a very reliable source at Mt Buller that either next year or 2016, there will be a Crankworx event there.

@downhiller88 - I agree, but I'm just the messenger here.
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 Interesting, if true. But their gonna want to do a lot of work before hand, and I mean a lot. Last time I was there, it was just A bomb and DHI. Not really that inspiring for a crankworx event really. Their gonna want to build a flowy jumps trail and a slope style track at the bare minimum if they want to pull that off. I do know they have a modular pump track now though, but other than that, that's the only real new thing I've heard of at buller.
  • 4 0
 heading back to Rotovegas in a few weeks time. keen to checkout the new gondola accessed trails
  • 3 0
 @tomki the gondy is heaps of fun. Not many tracks yet, like 5 or 6, but plenty fun.
  • 10 2
 how do you drown a hipster?...........................

In the mainstream.
  • 6 1
 You guys commenting about hipsters... you do realise that there's a track at Rotorua gavity park called Hipster right?
  • 2 1
 I have watched this video like 7 times since yesterday. It seems like that's what heaven would look like. I might just move there for this. Haha.
  • 30 1
 I know there's a lot of friendly (and at times unfriendly) competition between Aussies and New Zealanders. As a self appointed ambassador of Australia, I for one would like to to congratulate all New Zealanders on proving yet again that you do mountain biking tourism so much better than us. kudos.
  • 9 2
 Maybe it's because they have the nice mountains.
  • 26 2
 and Gandalf.
  • 5 1
 Come over bro. Check out the trails, have a few pints !!
  • 2 0
 Have already booked a trip to queenstown in feb, working on getting that shifted to late march so I can drop over to rotorua as well, would be a freakin epic trip!
  • 33 2
 Yeah boi !!!! Fully stoked. Pinkbike boys are you coming down???
  • 26 1
 You know it - we're stoked!
  • 19 0
 Even though it's on the other side of the world i'm almost as stoked as you kiwi's! I'm so happy to see Crankworx going to New Zealand! Big Grin
  • 10 0
 It really means a heap to a smaller country like us!
  • 5 0
 Small, yes. but from all movies it looks like heaven!
  • 14 0
 My Bike Zest company can help out any small group coming over here to New Zealand to ride anytime. Crankworx will be the best time though. I can help with Transport from Auckland International Airport to Rotorua (2.5hour drive), also with organising accomodation for your group. I do guided MTB tours so can also show you around all the Trails.
Anyone interested check out my website (it doesn't get updated enough as I'm busy with work or out riding or MTB coaching).
Other wise you can contact me by email at

Looking forward to Crankworx coming here to NZ especially since I got the chance to ride the first Crankworx Qualifier at Whistler back in 2004. Hopefully get to catch up with a few of my old contacts from Canada.
  • 11 1
 I can't even speak right now I'm so excited. Holy mother trucker bike fans!
  • 4 0
 Oh no, is Brad part of the package? Lol...
  • 9 0
 Not only Crankworx, but also Round One of the Enduro World Series!!! Hell yeah!!!
  • 10 1
 I just booked tickets to go there in January last night, now I need to go book again for March!
  • 9 1
 Looks like a week off school.
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 Yeah bro, should be a hoot
  • 8 1
 Boulderdash as a substitute for Heckler's Rock?
  • 4 1
 bloody sweet as !!! road trip to the north island next year ! hell yeah !! still sooo stoked Smile
to the guys from nz: who's on instagram ? we should stay in touch and show them next year how we do it down here !!
my insta: kirschkiwi_nz
  • 1 0
 I think you follow me?? Will follow back
  • 8 1
 It would be cool to see a Crankworx tour kind of like XGames
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flag christianown242 (Aug 16, 2014 at 18:38) (Below Threshold)
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 omg omg omg
  • 6 0
 Great news for our part of the globe.
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 Regardless of whether it's the North Island or the South Island, NZ has got HEAPS of great riding throughout the country with huge variety & diversity in such close proximity to each area. Rotorua is great, but so is 440 near Auckland, Taupo (1 hour South of Rotorua), Wellington (cool little city), Nelson (great weather), Christchurch (my home town!), Queenstown.

If you're visiting from overseas, try to get as much as you can fit in and afford. Here's just one option you might want to think about, organised by the BC Enduro Series team:
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 Don't mean to a spoiler, but I just checked the calendar for this years Australian DH series, and it looks like the Toowoomba, QLD, round (which also doubles as the 2015 Oceania Champs) is on the exact same weekend. Please tell me I'm seeing things. How sucky would it be having to choose between going to Crankworx or competing in Oceanias for 'local' racers?
  • 2 1
 Nice to know that New Zeland will get a crankworx event...... i am jealous of all this places that have this oportunity, in Mexico we barelly have trails and most of them are illegal.
  • 4 1
 I have lost count how many times I have said Faark Yea...since I found out!
  • 6 2
 Please god no bradjay, I don't want him to corrupt my hometown
  • 3 0
 so stoked for this! its gonna go off here in New Zealand!!
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  • 3 0
 Stoked for all the kiwis and I hope it's gonna be better than 2alpes
  • 2 1
 Anyone brought up the fact that this is the same weekend Oceania DH champs are being held in Australia. Bad timing for the top riders Frown
  • 2 0
 This is great! We get to watch more crankworx to carry us through winter.
  • 2 0
 So how do i qualify for the EWS then?
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  • 3 1
 Dude this is my hometown yes!!!!!
  • 3 1
 lucky mother trucker!!
  • 5 1
 Let's just hope they hold the dh on the infamous taniwha dh track. It would be one hell of an event if they did.
  • 3 2
 EWS stop garanteed now! Will the EWS have visited more locations by the end of next year than WC DH has in the last 10?
  • 2 1
 Blame the UCI? EWS definitely making it a World Series. Well done Chris Ball.
  • 1 0
 this is not even close to accurate,just this year the UCI WC DH visits 8 locations, EWS visits 7. In 2013 EWS visits 7, of which 5 are different to this year, making 12 locations in two years. 2013 UCI WC DH visited 7 locations, of which only two are different, giving us 10 locations in two years. Not a big difference.

For interest sake lets go back ten years as you claim - 2004 WC UCI DH had 7 locations, of which 5 are different to both 2013 and 2014. And why wouldnt you keep going back to Mont Saint Anne and Fort William?
  • 1 1
 No, it's pretty accurate..... Europe and North America only next year. And only a small part of Europe too....
  • 1 0
 How does that make the statement any more accurate? Last I checked being on the same continent doesn't mean the same location.
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 10 minutes from my house. Smile
  • 2 0
 time to get this happening
  • 5 3
 Fuck. Yes.
  • 1 2
 A flagless F Ya must mean you are from NZ.
  • 1 0
 w00T this is gonna to be sweet - thanks crankworx
  • 2 1
 always wanted to go to new zealand
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 hell yeah!
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  • 1 0
 Well, I suppose I will be working in New Zealand then....
  • 1 0
 is there chairlift access riding in rotorua?
  • 1 0
 380 add glory,what the feeling?
  • 1 1
 Looks like a road trip South next year! Big Grin
  • 5 6
 The kiwi crowd will be fantastic that's for sure! But guys, why Rotorua? Queenstown is so much better -and expensive Big Grin .
  • 3 0
 Lol nope, ask someone that lives and breaths Rotorua... Me Big Grin
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flag Naki-DHer (Aug 17, 2014 at 0:48) (Below Threshold)
 Why Rotorua?? We might as well sell our mountainbikes and start riding bmx's, that's how smooth and tame Rotorua is
  • 3 0
 Sorry what? Have you seen how rough our trails are..?
  • 6 1
 He must spend all day riding "Challenge"
  • 2 1
 Agree, I live an hour from Qtown and it has nothing on Rotos....can't wait for it!
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 Both are great, both have they're own riding pluses , why have one and not the other, great thing about NZ we don't have to get bitchy over who's best when we can ride it all, so come here and ride experience both not one, bikes, beer, bros, and babes (hoes), but not hoes before bros! Leave the sheep alone you Aussies, The four Bs NZ rocks and all,the riding in between, think any other way and you will rib yourself blind of awesome riding.
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 Awkward because I ride all the trails @sil3nt
  • 2 0
 Yes @JoshNZL I used to race and ride there as often as I could but after living in the South Island for the last two years it makes Rotorua look smooth
  • 2 1
 A lot of the lower trails are really smooth because the slower tourists ride them. But once you get up higher eg jumps track it gets pretty rough. Nationals a pretty rough track too, it's near impossible to ride a trail bike down there fast.
  • 1 0
 Because Rotorua can and have. Queenstown can't and won't

Queenstown is awesome though :-)
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  • 1 0
 sweet as!
  • 1 1
  • 1 1
 Where's Izzy?
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