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Crankworx Cheat Sheet

The world's greatest mountain bike riders are descending on Rotorua for the biggest mountain biking festival of the year: Crankworx Rotorua. This is your chance to soak up the atmosphere, rub shoulders with the sport's greats and check out all the cool competitions and gear in the trade area. To help make your 2017 Crankworx Rotorua experience even better, we've built this cheat sheet ...


Don't miss any of the action at Crankworx Rotorua. Photo: Derek Morrison

Too much MTB candy for your brain to process? That's how we felt too, so here's the cheat sheet so you can balance your days riding the local trails with well-planned encounters with the best events, athletes and seriously cool atmosphere that is Crankworx Rotorua. Immerse yourself ...

Friday, March 24: Enduro

Giant Toa Enduro Marshalled Training 9am-5pm Whakarewarewa Forest

Opening Ceremony 6:30-7:15pm Village Green

Saturday, March 25: Enduro

Giant Toa Enduro Marshalled Training 9am-5pm Whakarewarewa Forest

Sunday, March 26: Enduro World Series Rd 1

Giant Toa Enduro & Enduro World Series Round 1 7am-7pm Whakarewarewa Forest

Giant Toa Enduro & EWS Prizegiving 7:15-7:30pm Eat Streat

Monday, March 27: Go ride

Day off, time to go ride the forest and discover the EWS trails for yourself!

Tuesday, March 28: DH Course Walk

Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by IXS course walk 3-5pm Skyline

Wednesday, March 29: Air DH & Whip-Off

Crankworx Rotorua Air DH practice 8am-1:30pm Skyline

Crankworx Rotorua Air DH event 2-4:30pm Skyline

Crankworx Rotorua Air DH prizegiving 4:30pm -5pm Skyline

Official Oceania Whip-Off Championships presented by Spank event 5-7pm Skyline

Thursday, March 30: Speed & Style

Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style Training 9am-12:30pm Skyline

Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style Seeding and Qualifying 12:30-2:30pm Skyline

Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style Finals 4-7pm Skyline

Friday, March 31: Pumptrack & Sprint DH

Liv Women’s Only Trail Session 9am-12pm Mr Black, Skyline Gravity Park

Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox Training 10am-12pm and 3-4pm Skyline

Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox Qualifying 4-5:30pm Skyline

Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox Finals 7-9pm Skyline

Skyline Warrior DH Seeding 10:30am-11:20am Skyline Kidsworx Zone

Skyline Warrior DH Race 11:30am-12:30pm Skyline Kidsworx Zone

Saturday, April 1: DH

Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by IXS Practice 7:30-9am & 11:45am-1:45pm Skyline

Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by IXS Race 2-6pm Skyline

Sunday, April 2: Slopestyle

Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza Training 9-11:30am Skyline

Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza 11:30am-3pm Skyline

View the full event schedule right here.

Can't get to Rotorua?

Pull on some slippers, break out your favourite beverage and swivel that couch right up to your TV screen and watch it live on Red Bull TV:

Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style
Thursday, March 30               
17h00-19h00 NZDT               

Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox
Friday, March 31                    
19h00-21h00 NZDT               

Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS
Saturday, April 1                     
16h00-18h00 NZDT               

Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza
Sunday, April 2                                   
11:30-14:30 NZST       



Something for even the youngest fans at Kidsworx. Photo: Clint Trahan

And for the kids ...

Sure collecting autographs, caps, shirts, gloves, goggles and high-fives from the sport's greats can take a lot of time, but if all that spectating and atmosphere gets you amped to ride, then Crankworx Rotorua has you covered.

Kidsworx is a dedicated area just for mini shredders, with free activities and riding available throughout the day, as well as three competitive events.
Kidsworx operations manager Marcello Ojerio says there’s enough to keep families at Crankworx excited and engaged throughout the entire day.
“There’s a mix of competitive events for the older kids, and free play areas for the younger kids so they can learn at their own pace."
“We’ve expanded the Tiki Tour Scavenger Hunt after popular demand so kids can spend the whole day exploring the Crankworx Village. We’ve also got more Pump Track Skills Coaching sessions, a longer Tamariki Track and of course, all the stickers and bike bling for the kids to pimp their ride before hitting the trails."
“Something special we noticed last year was how young the kids were that were getting into it. We had a bunch as young as two-years-old who were riding the trails on their runner bikes."
“We loved this and we’ve made the Tamariki Track even more friendly for the little ones by creating more space for parents to take them up and run by them on the trail.”
For the kids aged from 6-12 years old, there’s also competitive events where they can hit the big trails just like their Crankworx heroes.
Entries for the Skyline Warrior Downhill Race (9-12 years) and the Kidsworx Pump Track Challenge have sold out but entries are still available for the Hipster DH Race (6-8 years), however, Kidsworx event manager Belinda Farmer says they’re filling up quick.
“There’s only 40 places left so parents need to get in fast to enter their kids."
“It’s so awesome to see such a big interest in the Kidsworx events. These kids are the up and coming Crankworx riders so it’s invaluable for them to be exposed to and experience the Crankworx festival at such a young age.”
All Kidsworx events are free with a valid Crankworx ticket, and the Kidsworx area is open daily from 10am-5pm.

Kidsworx events:

Hipster DH Race
Skyline Warrior DH Race
Kidsworx Pump Track Challenge
Kidsworx Pump Track Skills Coaching
Kidsworx Pimp My Ride
Tiki Tour Scavenger Hunt
Tamariki Track


Meet your favouriote heroes at Crankworx Rotorua. Photo: Clint Trahan

Out top 8 trails within striking range of Crankworx Rotorua

  • A rider drops into a root-infested corner on the Rainbow Mountain MTB track in Rotorua, New Zealand. Photo: Nick Lambert
    The mountain bike track on Rainbow Mountain is a 10km, Grade 2-4 technically challenging loop ride about half an hour's drive from Rotorua. The track is characterised by a range of multi-coloured soil surfaces, which are the result of the volcanic soils and geothermal activity in the area. Riders will enjoy passing over the various soil colours, while traveling past the green volcanic lakes, steaming cliff faces, and red and yellow thermal banks. The trail climbs through native trees and past hot thermal pools with their intriguing volcanic flora. And you can even end this ride with a swim under a piping hot waterfall. 
  • Lewis Hart rides a berm on a fun trail at Oropi Mountain Bike Park, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty. Photo: Derek Morrison
    Oropi Grove MTB Park consists of 18 well-established mountain bike trails covering a total of 10km as they weave through stands of forest and native bush. The park is a mountain bikers’ paradise with well formed and are well signposted trails that sweep up both sides of a small valley. Oropi Grove MTB Park is Tauranga’s most established mountain bike network – just 20 minutes' drive from the Tauranga CBD. 
  • The lads relax alongside the Pakihi River at the end of the Motu Trail, Eastland, New Zealand. Photo: Derek Morrison
    Motu Trails provides a trilogy of contrasting trails that can be ridden in a loop totalling 93km. The three links offer a range of all-terrain riding, which includes stunning beaches, spectacular native forest and family friendly rest stops. This cycle trail can be ridden all year as a full loop, or can be split into the three shorter sections. As a popular 1-3 day ride, it offers options for all ages, abilities, fitness levels and preferences. 
  • Riders meet their transport – the Chris Jolly Outdoors water shuttle on the Waihora section of the Great Lake Trail, Taupo. Photo: DGLT
    The Great Lake Trail is a scenic 71km Grade 3 trail that follows the northeastern shoreline of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. The all-weather, all-season trail traverses through native forest providing stunning views across Lake Taupo to the majestic volcanoes of Tongariro National Park. With three distinct sections, the trail has something to suit all fitness levels. 
  • Riders walk across a log during an adventure exploring the remote Te Iringa trail near Taupo. Photo: Camilla Rutherford
    Want to get away from it all and experience some of New Zealand's true backcountry? Then the Te Iringa Track awaits you. Carved deep into the remote Kaimanawa Forest Park, the 38km Te Iringa Track is a Grade 5 out-and-back adventure ride. This trail provides a challenge for even the most avid mountain bikers, with steep forested hills, stream crossings, wetlands and fallen trees. This special, challenging and technical trail should be ridden as an overnight excursion with a stay at Oamaru Hut. You'll be grinning from ear-to-ear by the time you emerge from this epic. 
  • A group of riders pause to soak in the ancient bush of the Moerangi Trail near Whirinaki, New Zealand. Photo: Derek Morrison
    The Moerangi Track is a 35km adventure ride through pristine native forest with historic huts and sections of trail that will bring about an immense sense of accomplishment. The Grade 3 trail will take riders approximately 5-10 hours to ride, and while not technically difficult, the track does traverse some steep bluffs with a few long, grunty climbs. The excellent condition trail leads riders up to 1000m above sea level, before the well-deserved descent of 15km through epic native bush completes the journey. 
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    Whakarewarewa Forest is one of the most established mountain bike networks in New Zealand and has earned a worldwide reputation as one of the best. Also known as the Redwoods, there are more than 150km of trails in the forest that cater for all levels of rider, from beginners, through to family groups and expert riders looking for an extra challenge. From buff flowing trails to fun jump lines and rooty technical singletrack, there is something here for everyone to enjoy. This is the forest that put Rotorua on the world mountain biking map ... come and explore it for yourself. 
  • A group of riders explore Craters Mountain Bike Park, Taupo, New Zealand. Photo: DGLT
    Craters Mountain Bike Park is a popular mountain biking network in Wairakei Forest on the outskirts of Taupo. The park features almost 50km of purpose-built Grade 2-5 trails. Using the linked tracks, riders can choose to ride for just a few hours, or take a full day to explore all the trails. Tree cover comes in the form of mostly pine forest, which has created angled and undulating terrain that rides well all-year around with a trail to suit the whole family. Best of all you can ride directly to the park from town if you have plenty of energy to burn.