Crankworx Mountain Bike Festival Makes 10-year Commitment

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Wed 7/Dec/16 3:17pm

The word's best mountain bikers will be digging into Rotorua dirt for ten more years after Crankworx Rotorua signed a long-term contract on Tuesday.

The Crankworx World Tour travels to mountain biking destinations in France, Austria and Canada each year to host world-famous competitions.

Rotorua has been the tour's first stop for the last two years.

The week-long event at Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park in March generated more than $8m for the Rotorua economy and was viewed by more than 6.1 million people worldwide.

Event director Tak Mutu said the 10-year contract signed by the event company's Canadian owners and local non-profit company Mountain Bike Events Ltd [MBEL] secured Rotorua's place in the tour.

"More so than any other cycling event in the world, Crankworx opens a world of possibilities that go far beyond the riding," Mutu said.

"Knowing that we can plan 10 years ahead allows us to unlock our creative minds and keep the Crankworx festivals on the cutting-edge of mountain bike events ­- it can be about more than just the competition."

Mountain Bike Events Ltd (MBEL) is a joint venture that is 49 per cent owned by Rotorua Lakes District Council (RLDC), 25.5 per cent owned by Skyline Rotorua and 25.5 per cent owned by Tak Mutu.

MBEL chairman and RLDC deputy Mayor Dave Donaldson said a 10-year contract outside of Crankworx's home in Whistler, Canada, was unprecedented.

"It's been a big hit here – largely due to the passion of a fantastic group of people who have run with it and poured all their efforts into ensuring its success, giving Crankworx Events Incorporated confidence in Rotorua as a host venue," he said.

"Rotorua has really adopted this event and our aim has always been to work towards a longer-term deal to make this the home of Crankworx in New Zealand. The first two years have shown its huge potential."

Mayor Steve Chadwick said the commitment was fantastic news for Rotorua.

"We've offered something unique here, which has been recognised," she said.

"I'm thrilled we'll be hosts for another 10 years for an event which has really captured our local community – bikers and non-bikers – as well as visitors from around the world. Congratulations to everyone involved."
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