The crowds were awed by the crazy aerial tricks on display at the 2015 Oceania Whip-Off Championships at Crankworx Rotorua.
The Crankworx World Tour returns to Rotorua this March with early bird tickets on sale today, timed to coincide with the impending announcement of the 2016 Crankworx World Tour new locations and dates.
Crankworx offers a chance to see the best mountain bikers in the world right here in New Zealand, says Event Director Tak Mutu. He is pumped to be bringing the festival back to his hometown for its second year, allowing kiwis to ride, compete and party with the heroes of the cycling world.
“This is the greatest riding spectacle in the world and one of the few chances to meet the biggest names in mountain biking,” Mr Mutu says. “It really is five days of pure entertainment with the flips, tricks, and some of the fastest people in the world on two wheels competing in the adventure Mecca that is Rotorua.”
Based at Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park, Elevate Course Building has constructed a Slopestyle course the riders describe as the epitome of what a freestyle course should be, and athletes from every discipline say they’re looking forward to returning to Rotorua, the bike park and the world-renown Whakarewarewa Forest trail network.
“Being able to build the first Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle course was a huge honour for myself and my building partner Tom Hey,” says Kelly McGarry, New Zealand’s number one Slopestyle athlete and co-owner of Elevate Course Building. “We’re looking forward to seeing where the athletes take their performance now that they’ve got a year of competing on these jumps under their belts.”
The festival brings with it New Zealand’s biggest mountain bike expo, as well as fleets of demo bikes for festival-goers to try, live music and a full line-up of Kidsworx events.
“The inaugural Crankworx Rotorua was brilliant. From the venue to the fans to the pure wonder of New Zealand’s forests, Rotorua proved itself the perfect location for the first stop of the Crankworx World Tour and we’re thrilled to be returning even earlier this year,” says Darren Kinnaird, Crankworx General Manager.
Early Bird pricing:
· Multi-Day Adult: $69NZD five-day pass
· Multi-Day Child (5-14 years): $49 five-day pass
· One-day pass adult: $40
· One-day child pass: $30
*Passes include Skyline Rotorua gondola access for the duration of the pass. Booking fees and credit card charges apply.
VIP passes will also be released.
Early Bird tickets are only available online and can be bought through crankworx.com.
Crankworx Rotorua runs March 9-13, 2016. Events include the Official Oceania Whip-Off Championships, Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox, Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style, Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS, Giant Toa Enduro and the marquee event, the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle.