Best of Crankworx Rotorua 2018 – Video & Photo Epic
Once again Rotorua delivered the goods allowing the world's best gravity mountain bikers to battle for victory in the first stop of the 2018 Crankworx World Tour. We've compiled all the best video highlights plus our hot tips for Rotorua mountain biking holiday, right here.
We spent Five Rad Days in Rotorua catching all the action of Crankworx, shredding mind-blowing trails and going Full-Kiwi-Adventure-Mode!
Day 1 in paradise was spent shuttling the trails of the Whakarewarewa forest, zip-lining through the canopy and we wrapped it all up with a mountain bike trivia night.
After kicking off day 2 by throwing ourselves down the rapids of Kaituna River, with its six-metre waterfall, we headed out to Skyline to see riders throw down in the Dual Speed and Style Qualifiers before the crowd-pleasing Pumptrack Challenge under lights.
Rockshox Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by Torpedo7
Our third day in mountain bike paradise began with another trip to the Redwoods, this time with a guided ride from the team at Mountain Bike Rotorua, to make sure we didn’t miss any tasty bits. With a belly full of Roto loam, it was back out to Skyline, to join the frothing masses for the Dual Speed and Style finals, before the big wigs sent it sideways under lights in the Whip-Off Champs.
Mons Royale Dual Speed & Style
The fourth of our Five Rad Days in Rotorua got started with some serious off-bike adrenaline, as we jet-boated, bungee-swinged, skydived (kinda) and got sent flying down a hill inside a massive, inflatable golf ball thingo! It was quite the way to start the day! We’d hoped the morning’s madness would just be warm up for an afternoon of action at the Slopestyle, but you can’t fight the weather, and rain has seen the main event pushed back to Sunday.
Deep Summer Rotorua 2018 – Winner – Laurence Crossman-Emms
The upshot of the Slopestyle being postponed Saturday was that it meant we had a MASSIVE final day at Crankworx, with both the downhill and Slopestyle taking place. It couldn’t have been more perfect; the mud made the downhill a thrilling battle to survive, and then the sun came out enough to leave the Slopestyle course in prime condition.