Crank it up

Photo: John Colthorpe, Eivomedia

Mountain bikers from around the world are set to descend on Rotorua this month for the global phenomenon that is the Crankworx Festival. Traditionally held in France and Whistler, this year Rotorua has been added as a venue for the iconic event.

The 2015 Crankworx circuit season is being kicked off with world-class riding on display at the event’s  brand new stop – Crankworx Rotorua. From March 25 to 29, the festival brings five days of two-wheeled competition, spectacle and celebration to New Zealand.

Waikato competitors will foot it alongside some of the best in the world. Among our local hopefuls competing are St Paul’s schoolboy Cole Lucas, James Carrington, Joshua Quartermaine, Douglas Battersby, Mathew Bunn and Johann Roozenburg.

“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 Rotorua Crankworx event director 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.”

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.
“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.”

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 has become more than a mountain bike festival. It has become a culture,” says Darren. “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.”

Crankworx runs March 25-29 in Rotorua, July 9-12 in Les Deux Alpes, France and culminates a 10-day celebration of mountain biking in its Canadian hometown of Whistler, BC.

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About Crankworx
A gathering of the bike-minded, Crankworx brings together the world’s downhill, slopestyle and enduro legends, with the Superfans, the rising stars, the industry’s innovators and the next generation of mountain bike riders for ten days of contests, concerts, culture and cranking.


crankworksWIN a double pass to the Crankworx Festival in Rotorua, held at Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park from March 25–29.

Featuring top riders from around the world, Crankworx Rotorua brings together the world’s downhill, slopestyle and enduro legends for five days of competition, concerts, and mountain bike culture.

Tickets to the event are available through Ticketmaster, but thanks to Crankworx Rotorua and Fitness Journal, we have a FREE Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March double pass up for grabs.

To enter simply fill in the form below… Entries close March 20.

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