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Published on February 14th, 2016 | by primetimes

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Crankworx ramps up the action for families

Inspiration will be pumping and mini-shredders will be having a blast as they test their skills, learn new tricks and mingle with the pros during the ramped-up Kidsworx, to be held in the thick of the Crankworx action, March 9-13.

From techy skill sessions to scavenger hunts and downhill races, not to mention plenty of goodies to pimp their rides, the new Kidsworx events and activities will see young riders and their families fuelling the Crankworx atmosphere like never before, says Kidsworx operations manager Marcello Ojerio.

“Crankworx is the biggest bike festival in the world in our own backyard. Families and kids can watch all the action, mix and mingle with the best riders in the world and come along to ride their bikes for as long as they want,” he says.

Landing in Rotorua for the inaugural Crankworx event in 2015, families embraced the opportunity to get in on all the action during the inaugural festival, and this year’s events and activities are expected to ignite the same spirit, teaching, inspiring and taking all the fun to a whole new level.

“The feedback from parents last year was really positive, they said it was great that there was a place for the kids to ride and it allowed the family to participate in the experience. This year we’re looking to get even more families involved.

“To make sure every kid has the opportunity to give the Kidsworx trails a go, Spawn Cycles and GIANT will be onsite with bikes available for kids to demo.

“Another exciting addition this year is an exclusive kids’ pump track. It’s being built by Empire of Dirt, the same team who built the main Crankworx pump track, and they can’t wait to build one for the kids. It’s going to be the real deal!”

Making things easy for parents, all kids will have access to a VIP parking spot for their bike, so they can park their ride securely when they’re not using it.

Racing the pump track or to getting some coaching will be free for Crankworx ticket holders, as will the Tiki Tour Scavenger Hunt, the Tamariki Track and Kidsworx Pimp My Ride. The two key competitive events—the Hipster DH Race presented by Spawn Cycles and the Skyline Warrior DH Race—are just $22 to races, with registration done strictly online via Crankworx.com. Space is limited to 160 spots per race, so register quickly to secure a spot.

The Kidsworx area is open from 10am-5pm, letting kids ride for as long as they like.

Crankworx runs from March 9-13, 2016. Events include the Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox, Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS, Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle, Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style, Official Oceania Whip-Off Championships presented by SPANK and the Giant Toa Enduro. There will also be an expo at the Skyline Gravity Park, food and entertainment.

Spots still remain for adults keen to race the Giant Toa Enduro and the Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS to compete alongside the heroes of the sport. Sign up today at Crankworx.com.

 

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Kidsworx1: With inspiration flowing from the Crankworx pros, kids have the opportunity to try out the trails and learn new tricks at Kidsworx 2016. Credit: Clint Trahan

 

Kidsworx2: After building the official Crankworx Pump Track, Empire of Dirt have also built an exclusive Kidsworx Pump Track, just for the little ones. Credit: Jonathan Herre

 

Kidsworx3: Kids will have a blast learning new tricks, testing the trails and mingling with the Crankworx pros during Kidsworx 2016. Credit: Jonathan Herre

 

 

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Mountain biking’s defining celebration descends on Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park March 9-13, 2016. Crankworx Rotorua brings the world’s downhill, slopestyle and enduro legends together with the superfans, rising stars, industry innovators and the next generation of mountain bike riders for five days of competition, concerts, and mountain bike culture.

Anointed by dirt, powered by passion, the Crankworx World Tour travels to Rotorua, New Zealand, Les Gets, France and culminates in its Canadian home base of Whistler, B.C.

 

Tread among the gravity-fed. Join the bike-minded.

Crankworx.com

 

 

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Kidsworx competitions

 

Event Date Registration Cost Categories Description Rules
Kidsworx Pump Track Challenge Sunday, March 13 10:30 am – 12:30 pm TBC Free with valid Crankworx ticket 6–9 years: Boys and Girls
10–12 years: Boys and Girls
The action heats up on the Kidsworx Pump Track as the groms session a race designed to mirror the Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox. Head-to-head competition will see the fastest 15 of each age group advance to dual elimination. Rounds whittle the field to eight, then four, before the final two competitors step up to the line to decide who will take home the crown for 2016. • You must have a NZ/AUS approved safety helmet, full-face is optional
• Your bike must be in good order.
• Full-finger gloves are strongly recommended
• You must have one foot on the ground at the start
• Pedalling is only allowed in the 6-9 & 10-12 age groups only.
Hipster DH Race presented by Spawn Cycles (Grade 3 Difficulty) Saturday, March 12 10:30am – 12:30 pm Enter online. Limited to 160 across all age groups. Entries open 5 Feb $22, sign-up in advance online 6-9 years: Boys and Girls
10-12 years: Boys and Girls
Be a part of the action and take centre stage on Skyline’s most popular trail. Kids 12 and under are invited to head to the top of the mountain in the gondola and drop into the chiselled berms and flow of this enduro-style DH run, which finishes in the heart of the action. Hipster is long enough to be a true test of both skill and endurance in this single race run. Fastest rider wins. Mini-shredders will need to be accompanied by a parent for this participatory, fun event. The race runs on Hipster trail in Skyline Gravity Park. Racers will be using the gondola to access the course. This is included in the entry fee. • 6–9 years: boys and girls.

• Racers must be accompanied by a riding adult who will ride down the trail with the racer.
• You must have a NZ/AUS approved safety helmet, full race is recommended. Your bike must be in good order
• Full-finger gloves are strongly recommended

Skyline Warrior DH Race (Grade 4 Difficulty)

 

Friday, March 11 10:30am – 12:30 pm Enter online. Limited to 160 across all age groups. Entries open 5 Feb $22, sign-up in advance online 10-12 years: Boys and Girls  A step up in difficulty and competition from the Spawn Cycles Hipster DH, this is a new race in 2016 designed to challenge even the most competent little shredder. Fastest rider wins on the Sprint Warrior trail. Racers will be using the gondola to access the course. This is included in the entry fee.

 

• 6–9 years: boys and girls must be accompanied by a riding adult who will ride down the trail with the racer.
• You must have a NZ/AUS approved safety helmet, full race is recommended. Your bike must be in good order
• Full-finger gloves are strongly recommended

 

 

Kidsworx activities

 

Activity  Date Registration Cost Categories Description Rules
Pump Track Skills Coaching Daily. Times will be available at the Kidsworx Zone and Kidsworx info kiosk at the main gate. Registration is limited to the first 30 kids of each age group. Free with valid Crankworx ticket 6–9 years: mixed
10–12 years: mixed
Bumps, berms, and rollers of the pump track await mini-shredders for these exciting practice sessions. Age-specific practice sessions will be available for every kid to have a go with a volunteer coach, learning the art of pumping over this rhythmic circuit. • You must have a NZ/AUS approved safety helmet, full-face is optional
• Your bike must be in good order
• Full-finger gloves are strongly recommended
Kidsworx Pump Track Daily from 10am-5pm Free with valid Crankworx ticket Built by the experts Empire of Dirt, the Kidsworx Pump Track offers an opportunity for kids to take their skills to a whole new level. After watching the pros on the Crankworx Pump Track, the kids will no doubt have a few new tricks to practice, and will pumping like the pros in no time. • You must have a NZ/AUS approved safety helmet, full-face is optional
• Your bike must be in good order
• Full-finger gloves are strongly recommended
Pimp My Ride Daily from 10am-5pm

 

Not required but must have own bike. Free with valid Crankworx ticket Clean your bike, pump up its tyres and bring it along to the Kidsworx marquee to customise your ride. We have number plates, stickers and loads of bike bling to pimp your ride. When you finish pimipin’ your rig, park it up in the Kidsworx VIP bike rack for everyone to admire. If you can’t bring your bike along, collect all the goodies to get the job done when you are home.
Tiki Tour Scavenger Hunt Daily from 10am-5pm Come into the Kidsworx Kid Zone and pick up a map. Free with valid Crankworx ticket Grab a biking buddy and explore the Crankworx venue, hunting for clues at specific locations. With so much to see at Crankworx, this is a great way to not miss a thing. With clues sending you on an adventure around the Crankworx village, you’ll be ready to be a tour guide when you finish. Once you have collected all the clues from the map, bring in your completed Tiki Tour card to the Kidsworx marquee and see if you have won a prize. A new Tiki Tour map will be available each day. • Prizes are drawn at random and are limited to correctly answered questions.
• You may only use the map for that day
Meet the Pros Daily- Check the daily timetable at Kidsworx Information Kiosk onsite during the event.

 

Not required Free with valid Crankworx ticket Hang out under the Redwood trees in the Kidsworx outdoor lounge and meet the legends of Crankworx. Hear their stories, ask questions and get those pimpin’ number plates signed.
Tamariki Track Daily from 10am-5pm

 

Not required. Limited number of children will be on the trail at any given time.

 

Free with valid Crankworx ticket Just for kids, the Tamariki track winds around the perimeter of the Kidsworx Kidszone. With berms and rollers this track is open throughout Crankworx for kids to get their flow on. Bring your own bike, or have a go on one of the demo bikes.With the added excitement of an exclusive Kidsworx Pump Track, kids can practice their skills and experience the thrill of learning some new ones. This is a free event • You must have a NZ/AUS approved safety helmet, full-face is optional
• Your bike must be in good order
• Full-finger gloves are strongly recommended

 

 

 

 




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