Official start of Crankworx Rotorua this Saturday
Over 1000 people watched the Slopestyle event in 2020. Photo/Andrew Warner
Rotorua is buzzing as Crankworx Rotorua kicks off.
The final stage of the Crankworx World Tour officially kicks off tomorrow, with top local and international mountain bikers taking place November 5-13.
Top Kiwi athletes prepare to battle it out, including local Rotorua competitors Jenna Hastings and Dan Butterworth.
Butterworth shared with the Rotorua Daily Post his hopes and thoughts before his events.
The 18-year-old John Paul College student placed 4th in SilverStar Pump Track at Crankworx in Canada and 4th in Pump Track at Crankworx Cairns.
This time, he was aiming for a podium.
He took part in four events in total.
“It’s been a pretty busy week.”
He said he was excited for the event to begin and said it was cool to be competing professionally on home soil.
“I’m a little nervous to be in front of a home crowd, but also so excited. It’ll be fun to have everyone watching.”
When he wasn’t competing, he rested and watched other events.
Hastings was also delighted to be back in Rotorua and was keen to show the town to other competitors.
She said she wasn’t putting too much pressure on herself, with Crankworx Rotorua ending a busy year of competition, and that she wanted to have fun.
Hastings spent the year away from school, also from JPC, spending a lot of time abroad. This includes when she won the world junior women’s downhill title in France earlier in the year.
She chose the downhill and pump track events as where she would perform best, but thought the chances of a podium finish would depend on how the other competitors were feeling that day.
Hastings finished 3rd in the Pump Track at Pro level in Cairns last month.
Crankworx Rotorua consisted of two parts, the Taniwha Downhill from November 4-6 and the ticketed event which will start from November 8-13.
The Taniwha will be held in Whakarewarewa Forest and, as it was a ticketless event, was free to spectators.
A Crankworx spokeswoman said she looked forward to seeing locals and visitors alike join in the spectator experience.
The shuttles will make a continuous loop to help spectators enjoy the action from the Waipa parking lot.
The paid event at Skyline included a free pass for locals on November 9 and 10.
Festival passes can be purchased for the full six days and ticket sales remain open until the live event.
Rotorua MP Todd McClay said he would be at the opening on Saturday and said there was already a buzz around town.
He encouraged people to get out of the house to follow the events and support the international runners in competition.
“It’s hugely exciting to be back in Rotorua and the public and visitors can witness it.”
He said the event had a big impact on the local economy.
Rotorua Mayor Tania Tapsell said she was “super excited” to see the event begin.
It was fantastic to host the event again, especially considering its “significant” economic and social interest.
She said she would head over to watch as much as possible.
Kylie Hawker-Green, head of major events at the Department for Business Innovation and Jobs, has previously said government investment through the Major Events Fund has been approved for events that generate significant economic, social and cultural benefits for New Zealand.
She said the cumulative economic impact of the 2015-2021 events had been independently assessed at $25.9 million.
The 2015-2021 events attracted approximately 1,500 to 1,600 international athletes per year, who stayed an average of 10.4 nights.
This did not include the benefits generated by domestic attendance nor the continued contribution made by visitors who visited the region outside the event window as a result of the awareness created by the events for Rotorua as a destination. of mountain biking.
The Rotorua event has received a total of $2,796,758 from 2015 to 2021 through the investment. More recently, it was approved to receive an additional $5.1 million from 2022 to 2027.
RotoruaNZ marketing director Haydn Marriner said he expected the city to be at full capacity, as at previous events.
“The follow-on effects for our accommodation, hospitality and retail businesses are phenomenal as out-of-town visitors come to Rotorua to experience Crankworx.
“We know from previous years that places like Eat Streat are at full capacity during Crankworx events and we expect that to be repeated for this year’s event.”
Accommodation bookings were at around 80-90% for next weekend.