With Crankworx only hours away from kicking off in New Zealand, we thought it only fair that we give you an essential guide to all things Crankworx Rotorua. With so many events including the dual slalom, dual speed and style, Rotorua DH, Rotorua Air DH, Toa EWS Enduro, McGazza Slopestyle and much more, this is set to be a blockbuster event. Check out the article below for all things Crankworx Rotorua…
The start of the mountain biking season kicks off in a big way with Crankworx Rotorua, a blockbuster event that showcases all things mountain bike related. From Whip-off comps, dual slalom and downhill to the opening EWS round of the year and everything in between; Crankworx seriously delivers hands down every time.
100% Dual Slalom
The main events kick off tonight at 5pm NZDT with the dual slalom event that will see starts like Caroline Buchanan, Mitch Ropelato and Adrian Loron put their feet on the pedals and the rubber on the dirt for the first event of the Crankworx season. There is no live webcast but highlights will be available on Crankworx TV or the Crankworx Youtube channel.
Rotorua Air DH
Wednesday sees riders hitting the Bike park for the 2019 Rotorua Air DH race starting at 3:30pm NZDT and the live webcast can be found at Crankworx TV or the Crankworx Youtube channel. New Zealand’s version of the famous A-line race set in Whistler, the Rotorua Air DH does not disappoint with over 32 jump features set on Skyline’s ‘Mr Black’. This race will be full of thrills, spills and downright good times on two wheels, make sure you don’t miss the action and tune into the webcast.
Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style
The perfect mix of racers and slopestyle riders, the Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style sees both category of riders pitted against the clock and judged on style to see who emerges as champion. Kicking off at 5pm NZDT this events is a pro invitational only event and will see the likes of Reed Boggs, Barry Nobles and Bas Van Steenbergen among others, battle it out for the first podium of the crankworx dual speed and style season. Never a dull moment in this event, racers will gain points by pinning it across the line with all tricks that riders complete over the two jumps on the course will decrease their overall time. This may lead to the slower rider taking the title as he oozes style, scoring high with the judges. Don’t miss the webcast at Crankworx TV or the Crankworx Youtube channel.
Crankworx Rotorua DH
Friday 22nd March, signals a dose of straight-up dual crown downhill racing with the Rotorua Air DH commencing at 3:00pm NZDT, a live webcast can be found on Crankworx TV or the Crankworx Youtube channel. This Event will see the likes of Sam Blenkinsop and Brooke MacDonald pinning it down the Rotorua downhill track as they strive to takes the first points towards the King of Crankworx 2019. Set on Mount Ngongotaha in Rotorua’s Skyline bike park, this track will merge technical natural downhill skills with bike park man-made features, dosed with a high degree of speed. This race will not be one to miss and we at Brakes Wide Open will be sitting down with a cold one to watch the unofficial start to the 2019 DH season kick-off.
Rockshox Rotorua Pump track challenge
Always a fun way to enter the weekend, the chainless Rockshox Rotorua will see riders pit their pumping prowess against some of the best riders in the world to take the title of pump track champion at Crankworx Rotorua. Live webcast can be found at Crankworx TV or the Crankworx Youtube channel, broadcast at 7:30pm NZDT.
Maxxis Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza
Last year’s FMBA Slopestyle World Championship saw Nicholi Rogatkin take out the triple crown of slopestyle and become the first person to win three Crankworx Slopestyle titles in the one season. This year looks set to be a big one in slopestyle with the top tier of riders like Nicholi Rogatkin and Brett Reeder battling it out with no limit to their progression. A young group of up and coming riders like Diego Caverzasi and Emil Johansson are making their way to the top and this year may see the balance being shifted. The first major FMBA Slopestyle event kicks off in Rotorua on Saturday March 23 at 3:00pm NZDT and can be found exclusively on Redbull TV.
Giant Toa Enduro presented by CamelBak
The EWS Season kicks off in a big way as the best enduro riders in the world hit the famous Whakarewarewa Forest of Rotorua and contest for the podium over a 66km course. The course is known for its gruelling technical sections, roots, rocks and killer liaison stages. This is set to be a great way to start the season and full details can be found on the EWS website.
Crankworx Rotorua is an awesome celebration of all things mountain bike, with slopestyle, DH and Enduro races that will cater for just about every mountain bikers desire. So do yourself a favour and clear your schedule because there’s some racing to be watched….