9.5 HOURS OF LIVE MOUNTAIN BIKING ON RED BULL TV TO WRAP COMPETITION SEASON IN ROTORUA￼
Five events to be live broadcast, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes content, bringing the ultimate experience in mountain biking from NZ to the world
ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND November 9, 2022 — Crankworx Rotorua is set to wrap the 2022 competition season over the next five days. On deck: five hours of head-to-head racing showcasing speed, style, strength, and skill (Dual Slalom, Pump Track, and Speed & Style), two hours of DH racing on the legendary Mount Ngongotahā, wrapping with 2.5 hours of Slopestyle, set to bring the hype, solidify the season’s champions, and wrap the season.
The above set amongst Rotorua’s iconic rolling green hills and New Zealand native forest.
Live Coverage + Event Insights
All five broadcasts during Crankworx Rotorua 2022 will be live on Red Bull TV (times below are listed in local NZDT – event links include viewers’ local Red Bull TV times): redbull.com/nz-en/events/crankworx-world-tour-rotorua
Specialized Dual Slalom Rotorua
- Thursday, November 10: 2 p.m. NZDT (originally scheduled for 3 p.m.)
- 450m. Four sets of berms with nine rollers, into one mega stall wall, a spine, finishing off with flat camber turns.
- 2021 winners: Kialani Hines and Brook Macdonald
Crankworx Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by Torpedo7
- Thursday, November 10: 7:30 p.m. NZDT (originally scheduled for 8 p.m.)
- All-new track. Average lap: 12s. Four berms each side and seven rollers coming back through the middle with a stall wall.
- Course insights from trail builders (Empire of Dirt):
- Towards the end of the course a spine feature will kill rider speed to the line, promising to create some nail biting finishes.
- A throwback to the original Rotorua Pump Track Course, in location and format. However, the course quality has evolved and with bigger berms and new features this promises to be a high-octane competition.
- 2021 winners: Caroline Buchanan and Bas van Steenbergen
RockShox Rotorua Downhill
- Friday, November 11: 12:30 p.m. NZDT (previously scheduled for Saturday)
- Average Lap Time: 3m00s – 3m30s, Course length: 1.8km. Descends from the top of Mt Ngongotahā, through Ngāti Whakaue Farmland and the legendary larches, into Skyline to finish in the main arena. The full course is only ridable once per year for Crankworx Rotorua. This gives all riders a unique opportunity at a level playing field. The trail has a combination of open field, gnarly roots, off-camber sections and classic bike park.
- 2021 winners: Jenna Hastings and Louis Hamilton
CLIF Speed & Style Rotorua
- Saturday, November 12: 5:30 p.m. NZDT (previously scheduled for Friday)
- 375m. Some changes in 2022. The first trickable feature is retained, after which riders will battle head-to-head through a series of rollers, berms and logs before hooking into the second trickable feature – then it’s a sprint to the finish.
- 2021 winners: Harriet Burbidge-Smith and Billy Meaclem
Maxxis Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza
- Sunday, November 13: 2 p.m. NZDT
- This year marks the largest change to the course since its original build back in 2015. Approx. 200m. Two kickers, nine features (11 trickable hits). A new flat drop off the start leads into a large hip jump which sets the riders up for an epic run. New features include a huge wall ride, hitching post, and a spine into the whale tail. Some excavations have been done to ensure that the final jump will give riders more amplitude than we have ever seen before – so spectators can expect fireworks. The track is more technical than before, with the opportunity for different styles of riding to make it their own.
- 2021 winner: Emil Johansson
Outside of live coverage, Crankworx’s socials will be bringing fans the full Crankworx experience (including Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube). This includes event highlights and exclusive behind-the-scenes content as athletes get amongst the festival, trails and adventures in this destination that’s come to be known as one of the world’s ultimate playgrounds for mountain bikers.
Stay tuned for updates on Crankworx Rotorua as they come, and stay up to date with all things Crankworx: crankworx.com
Photos for media use: CWX Media Drive
About the Crankworx World Tour
Crankworx is the ultimate experience in mountain biking. Born in Whistler, B.C. in 2004, Crankworx has evolved into a multi-stop international festival series. The Crankworx World Tour brings together the best mountain bike athletes to compete in elite-level competitions in a variety of disciplines. Crankworx World Tour festivals also host races for amateurs, CWNEXT categories for next gen athletes, Kidsworx contests for young riders, participatory events and celebrations of mountain bike culture, all while showcasing amazing destinations. For additional information, visit crankworx.com.