It’s been another long ten days, but the cacophony of Crankworx has come and gone. All kinds of exciting things happened: Colombian Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas winning the Canada Cup DH, and on to become 2014’s King of Crankworx. Local hero Brandon Semenuk made history by becoming the first ever three-peat champion of the high-octane Red Bull Joyride – check out the corked 720 at the end, because why not? Hundreds, if not thousands, of beers were poured for the viewing platforms (patios) at the GLC and the Longhorn Saloon. And at the end of it all, the 11th Crankworx in Whistler was a great success.
This weekend there was exciting news coming out of the organisers’ camp: next year, from March 25th-29th, Crankworx is heading south of the equator to Rotorua Gravity Park as part of their regular tour! On their official page, Darren Kinnaird, Crankworx general manager, said he “could not be more excited to bring Crankworx to Rotorua.”
“The momentum behind Crankworx is continuing to charge forward – it’s become more than a mountain bike festival. It’s become a culture,” says Kinnaird. “We’re now able to offer athletes and the world a series of events to get stoked about. The dream was to find the right home for our third Crankworx stop so that we could continue to share events that showcase the best mountain biking athletes in the world. Rotorua is beyond perfect. This is a game-changer.”
Thanks to its proximity to geothermal activity, Rotorua has a tourism infrastructure that will lend itself easily to a worldwide stage when the eyes of the biking world are on them. The Gravity Park was revamped just a couple of years ago to reclaim some heavily logged areas of the Whakarewarewa Forest. And with a passion rivalled only by the hard workers at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, this will be a show to watch in just a few short months. Regular West coast riders will feel right at home, thanks to the similar environment and terrain. Which, of course, is gnarly.