Dual Slalom site location revealed

Mitch Ropelato competes in the Crankworx Whistler Dual Slalom - an example of what the event looks like. Photo: Fraser Britton

A world-class $30,000 Dual Slalom course will be built in Tokorangi Forest this month for the 100 per cent Dual Slalom Rotorua at Crankworx, thanks to the approval of a site by CNI Iwi Holdings Limited. 

Event director Ariki Tibble and internationally recognised trail builders Empire of Dirt are excited to announce this permanent new asset for the Rotorua community at no cost to ratepayers. The Dual Slalom will run through the ‘Wattles’ area on the Tarawera Rd side of Tokorangi Forest. 

Mountain Bike Events chairman Dave Donaldson says the Wattles site has been in the mix for consideration from the outset and is a great spot which will showcase Rotorua’s stunning forest assets which are in contrast to the alpine settings of the other locations on the Crankworx World Tour.  

“It will be very accessible for the public during this exciting event while remaining as a recreational asset for use by families afterwards.” 

CNI Iwi Holdings Limited chairman Bronco Carson says there was an overall feeling of excitement from the Tokorangi and Whakarewarewa Recreational Management Group when the Crankworx proposal was presented to them. 

“Crankworx has had great success internationally and in Rotorua for the last three years, so the idea of a world class facility which will remain after the event was positive and of real benefit moving forward – it’s wonderful for the forest.” 

Lynmore local and keen mountain biker Philly Angus says the spot will be awesome for watching top international Crankworx athletes compete in a new discipline. 

“Afterwards the course will be perfect for the development of young riders to learn new skills and become Crankworx superstars of the future. 

“I know my kids are mountain biking mad, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to utilise the course at no cost after the event - we’re excited it’s on our doorstep!” 

BDO partner Stephen Graham also lives in Lynmore and says it’s excellent to have the Crankworx venues spread across Rotorua between all areas of the Whakarewarewa and Tokorangi Forest and across to Mount Ngongotaha.

“Having the Dual Slalom course on our doorstep adds to the great mix of tracks on this side of the forest while still being close enough to the Dodzy Memorial park for all Rotorua youngsters who enjoy riding and developing their skills.”

The 100% Dual Slalom Rotorua pits two competitors against one another in a side-by-side battle against the clock. Dual Slalom is unique in that it tends to bring out mountain bikers from all different disciplines, from downhill all-stars to dirt jumping ninjas.

The event will build on the success of Crankworx Whistler’s annual Dual Slalom race. With both men’s and women’s categories on offer, this event’s sure to be a favourite amongst racers and fans at Crankworx Rotorua.

The Dual Slalom course build will not affect the public walking trail in the area which will remain open.

Registration for this inaugural race are open now.


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