Crankworx kicks off in Alexandra this weekend
What brings a global event like the Crankworx Summer Series to Alexandra, Central Otago? Some of the best mountain biking terrain in the world of course! Alexandra locals have known for many years that the tracks and trails in an epic landscape they have been privileged to explore, provide some of the most challenging technical mountain biking around! The community input into developing the network of trails to explore cannot be underestimated, and the excitement is building to have their backyard showcased to the world. It is these trails on Matangi Station that have attracted the Crankworx team to kick off the inaugural summer series with the Super DH event this weekend (27 – 28 November). About 100 riders are expected.
Local talent, like Sam Sole, Matt Scoles who podiumed at the Junior Downhill worlds in 2009, and Bradley Harris who is currently featured on the Pinkbike Academy (a reality MTB show – where participants compete for a pro contract), have all learnt their skills on these local trails, and they are amongst the local invited riders racing in the Matangi Station MOB team.
The Crankworx Summer Series gives local up-and-coming riders the chance to mix, mingle and drop in with some of the world’s best mountain bikers at locations across Central Otago, Queenstown and Wanaka over the next four weeks. The local community has embraced this opportunity with a local mountain biking legend, Phil Oliver employed to assist with the operational requirements of the event, and local suppliers, accommodation and facilities being used wherever possible.
This is Alexandra’s entrance onto the world stage, showcasing just how special this place is, and offers up opportunities for local talent to mix it with the best in the world. For those involved in bringing the event together, it has meant working alongside a world class event team well versed in delivering major events to New Zealand. These learnings will be retained in the region to the benefit of future events.
The Crankworx crew is committed to running a safe and successful event working to government guidelines, which unfortunately means that there can be no spectator race village or designated audience view points set up for this year’s event.
Despite the inability for the event to have an audience watch the action this year the experience will be shared far and wide through both the global Crankworx distribution channels and the invited athletes own channels which reach over 765,000 on Instagram alone. It is this reach that will ensure that the legacy of the event continues for weeks and months to come.
This plan ensures there will be an amazing experience for the athletes and our community. The event is also supported by a programme of opportunities for local riders to share their back yard with invited athletes in the days prior to the event proper. There are sure to be some up and coming local riders inspired to take their sport to the next level with opportunities to meet the likes of the 2021 King and Queen of the Crankworx World Tour, or an 8 x BMX and Mountain Bike World Champion and two times Olympian all possible in the coming days.
It is well known that the region has a strong pull for cyclists, with its existing network of great ride cycle trails, and the planned opening of the new Matangi Station MTB park this summer is something to watch out for. Hosting the Crankworx event is an exciting opportunity for the station and local mountain bikers to celebrate what they already knew was special. This is a big step forward in acknowledging the depth and quality of the mountain biking options in Central Otago, extending the welcome to even more riders in the future.
For more information:
General Manager, Tourism Central Otago
About Crankworx Summer Series 2022
Crankworx is the world’s biggest and most influential mountain bike festival, dubbed by Bike Magazine as “the Super Bowl of the mountain biking world.”
The Crankworx Summer Series is a multi-stop mountain bike festival that brings a taste of the Crankworx action to new riding destinations outside the Crankworx World Tour. It’s Crankworx-calibre racing, with a grassroots vibe, staged in new, epic locations on world-class tracks. It’s pinned locals, up-and-coming youngsters, and some of the best in the world mixing, mingling, and dropping in. The Crankworx Summer Series brings together the best of summer (sun, road trips, bikes, friends, party shirts, adventure, ice cream) with Crankworx festival vibes. It’s an undeniably local experience, elevated to the world stage.
Five events, at four locations over the course of two weeks. Athletes can tackle a race or two or take a crack at the overall by racing them all! Events will include:
- Alexandra: Super D
- Queenstown DH and Pump Track (broadcast)
- Cardrona: Air DH
- Wānaka: Dual Slalom (broadcast)
Crankworx Summer Series received support from the Southern Lakes Regional Events Fund, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Central Otago District Council, plus Regional Tourism Organisations for Queenstown, Lake Wanaka and Central Otago. To bring the event to the region.