Crankworx World Tour

Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by Gull

Pedal to the metal, full gas – that’s what the Crankworx Rotorua DH is all about. The unofficial kickoff to international downhill racing season, this event brings together the world’s racing elite to take on Mount Ngongotaha at Skyline Rotorua. Bringing together a mix of off-camber hard packed Rotorua dirt with step-ups, bridge-drops and a rock garden, this track is a racer-favourite.

Where to spectate:
There is awesome spectator access and viewing points along most the downhill trail, which you can access through the Crankworx village at Skyline Rotorua. There will also be maps on-site for you to check out.

The best features to catch all the high-speed action include:

  • Damm Jump
  • Fat Mans Root
  • Larches
  • Woodyard
  • Schladders
  • End jump (Saturn 5)
Thursday, 5th March
8:30 am – 10:30 amTrack Walk
4:00 pm – 6:00 pmTrack Walk
Friday, 6th March
9:00 am – 11:30 amPro & Junior 17-18 Training
12:00 pm – 2:30 pmAmateur Training
Saturday, 7th March
8:30 am – 11:30 amAmateur Training
12:00 pm – 3:00 pmPro & Junior 17-18 Training
Sunday, 8th March
7:30 am – 9:30 amAmateur Training
9:30 am – 11:30 amAmateur Finals
11:30 am – 1:30 pmPro & Junior 17-18 Training
2:00 pm – 3:30 pmPro & Junior 17-18 Finals
3:30 pm – 5:30 pmPro Finals

Event Information

2020 Technical Guide

Online registration is closed. All entries are now non-refundable or transferable (even in the case of injury).

Entry fees are refundable (less processing fee) providing cancellation notice is received in writing to by 11:59pm NZDT on February 29th.

All entries are non-refundable or transferable after the registration deadline.

Competitors who need to withdraw after the registration deadline should email to confirm their withdrawal otherwise they will appear on the start list as a DNS.

UCI licensed riders: $114 NZD + tax and processing fees
Non-UCI licensed riders: $124 NZD + tax and processing fees

Entry includes Athlete Accreditation – valid for spectator access to Skyline March 4-8.

Athlete Centre (Skyline Rotorua Management Office)

March 3 | 9:00am-11:00am & 2:00pm-4:00pm (Base of Dual Slalom Course)
March 4 | 8:00am-3:00pm
March 5 | 8:00am-1:30pm
March 6 | 7:30am-12:30pm
March 7 | 7:30am-12:30pm
March 8 | 7:00am-12:00pm (Office Open – check in not available)

Pro Elite and 19+
WOMEN | Senior Amateur 19+ [2001+]
WOMEN | Elite
MEN | Senior Amateur 19-29 [2001-1991]
MEN | Master Amateur 30-39 [1981-1990]
MEN | Veteran Amateur 40+ [1980+]
MEN | Elite

WOMEN | Youth 13-14 [2006-1007]
WOMEN | Youth 15-16 [2004-2005]
WOMEN | Junior 17-18 [2002-2003]
MEN | Youth 13-14 [2006-2007]
MEN | Youth 15-16 [2004-2005]
MEN | Junior 17-18 [2002-2003]

Minimum age is 13 as of December 31, 2020 (year of birth 2007)

Competitors in the Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by Gull will need to have a UCI license issued by their national federation. Non-licensed New Zealand competitors will have the option to purchase a 1 event Cycling NZ license (NZ residents only, not available for foreign competitors).

Only riders with UCI Elite licenses can register in the Elite category.

NZ Riders purchasing a One Event License (cost $10 – included in the race entry fee) will be subject Cycling New Zealand’s Terms and Conditions.

There is a mandatory UCI license check for the Junior and Elite categories.

All registered racers will be issued Athlete Accreditation that will be valid for general admission to the Skyline venue for the duration of Crankworx – as well as early access if required for any official practice / race.

If you have friends and family that want to come watch you compete, or team managers, mechanics, coaches, parents… that will be supporting you during the training sessions / race, they will need tickets to access to the Skyline venue. Tickets / passes can be purchased onsite or online.

General admission to the Skyline venue starts at 10am. Any riders that have team managers, mechanics, coaches, parents… that will need earlier access to the Skyline venue will be able to exchange their General Admission Ticket for early access Athlete Support accreditation. Exchange can be made at the Skyline Athlete Registration office.

Athlete parking will be available at the Rowi Street Reserve and along Kawaha Point Road on a first-come first-served basis. There is no available parking at the entrance to Skyline.

Special Note for the Track Walk: There is no parking available in the Skyline carpark during the track walk or at any point during event week. Please use the designated parking areas.

The two scheduled track walks are for registered competitors, Team Managers, and Athlete Support.

Shuttles will be available during the scheduled times.

There is a mandatory training requirement for the event. Minimum 2 training runs must be completed during the March 6-8 training sessions. Riders who have not completed the training runs during the March 6-8 training sessions will not be included on the Start List. Riders must start all training runs at the official start gate.

Riders in the Elite/Junior category are Group A. Riders registered in the Amateur Youth, Senior, Master and Vet classes are Group B.

Timing chips will be issued on race day. Timing chips must be collected and attached prior to accessing the shuttle on the way to the final race run (recommended to be there 30 minutes prior to your start time). Location to collect your timing chip is the shuttle pick up zone.

One run (Finals only format – no seeding run)


Ages 17+:
-Full face helmet (Any 1 or 2-Piece helmet with approved Safety Certification is permitted – see Cycling NZ Rules for approved safety certification standards)

Spinal/shoulder protection, neck brace and full finger gloves highly recommended.

Ages 16 and under:
-Full face helmet (Any 1 or 2-Piece helmet with approved Safety Certification is permitted – see Cycling NZ Rules for approved safety certification standards)
-Neck brace

Highly Recommended:
-Spinal/shoulder protection
-Hand protection (full finger gloves)

Contact for more information: 
Contact .