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Crankworx Rotorua signs 10-year extension

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/12/2016

World class mountain bikers are set to spend the next decade racing down Rotorua's slopes after the Crankworx festival organisers announced a new contract extension.

Originating in Canada, the Crankworx World Tour each year travels to global mountain biking destinations, including alpine France, Austria and Canada, and allows juniors to compete alongside the world's best.

Crankworx Rotorua event director Tak Mutu said the 10 year contract meant Rotorua would each year be the first stop on the global tour.

"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," he said.

Now coming into its third year, the 2017 Crankworx Rotorua programme has been increased to nine days of events, running from March 25 to April 2.

These include an enduro race and big air downhill competition as well as special tracks and events for children.

Mr Mutu said an economic benefit report by APR Consultants found the 2016 event generated more than $8 million for the Rotorua economy.

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