Preliminary athlete lists released for pro events taking place in Rotorua November 5-13 as battles for King and Queen wrap up, as well as overall Slopestyle World Championship title

WHISTLER, BC, October 25, 2022 — It’s come to be known as “the soul of Crankworx.” When organizers first set their sights on Rotorua, what drew them in was the area’s famed dirt gold – the foundation on which they would build the tracks that would welcome the world.

Heading into the eight Crankworx Rotorua however, what has truly come to distinguish this New Zealand home of the Crankworx World Tour is the people who come together each year to celebrate the ultimate experience in mountain biking.

He aha te mea nui o te ao

What is the most important thing in the world?

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

-Maori proverb

Courses built with skill and love by Elevate Trail Building and Empire of Dirt, with the spirit of Kelly McGarry packed into every course. Kiwi senders – amateurs, CWNEXT, Kidsworx – in the thick of things. Frothing Kiwi fans (who, in 2022, will be back on site for the first time since March 2020).

And of course, the convergence of some of the world’s best who come to get amongst it all.

Here’s a taste of who’s coming, and what to watch for as Crankworx Rotorua gets ready to launch November 5-13, 2022.

The Battles

Queen of Crankworx

The Queen has always been a goal,” Buchanan said at the end of Crankworx Cairns. “It’s definitely one of the most challenging titles to win, I think, because you do have to be so consistent on so many different bikes and stay injury free. When I crashed out in the Speed & Style in Whistler and didn’t get on the podium, I thought that might be the make or break point for the season. To round it back in here, I know now that I’ve got to pack the downhill bike for New Zealand and stay in the hunt for the points.”   

King of Crankworx

“I’m having a good time,” said Lemoine after winning Speed & Style (his ninth in the discipline) in Cairns. “I feel like my mind is evolving as I’m growing. I’m just following my heart. Riding when I’m feeling the things I feel. I have for sure to train and stuff like that, but yeah. I just try to follow the things, one by one, enjoy each event. And I’m a bit more focused now for King of Crankworx. No pressure though. If it happens, I will be happy at the end of the season. If not, the one that will win will deserve it for sure. Because, this is four events in the full year. And we do three, to four, to five events, depending on the rider. So this is a big battle.”

Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship

“Next contest,” Fedko said after the podium in Cairns, “I’m hungry for the win.”

Triple Crown of Slopestyle

“…I took a big slam in my first run at Crankworx,” he said in an Instagram post on October 11. “The crash knocked me out and left me unconscious. The decision to not do a second run was clear to me as I at the time barely knew how I got from the end of my run to sitting at the riders [sic] tent with a headache. My body is doing ok but my head has had a heavy impact, what the next steps are and how soon I can/will go back to riding again is unclear and will all be determined by symptoms throughout the process of the recovery from this concussion. Gutted to lose this one but I’ll be back for redemption.”

The Players

With seven events for pros running from November 5-13, it’s going to be one heck of a wrap to the 2022 season. Here’s the full shebang of who to watch for at Crankworx Rotorua 2022.

Crankworx Rotorua Taniwha Downhill

TREK Official New Zealand Whip Off Championships presented by POC

Specialized Dual Slalom Rotorua

Crankworx Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by Torpedo7

CLIF Speed & Style Rotorua

Rockshox Rotorua Downhill

Maxxis Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza

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.