CWX-Rotorua-TicketsI was just going to do a straight cut and paste with this press release but I’m pretty interested in what people actually think about the title, specifically the tickets part of it. You see, the whole reason for this press release is to let you know that tickets are now on sale for Crankworx in Rotorua. Now, they’re cheap at $69 for the five day anytime pass, but that still makes them $69 more expensive than Crankworx Whistler and Crankworx in Les Deux Alpes where spectating is free.
Now I’ve asked Tak Mutu at Crankworx Rotorua where exactly this $69 is going and he pointed out that that a return Skyline Gondola ticket is normally $27 and this will get you unlimited access to the gondola for the day (or week) of entry. He also pointed out that the company running Crankworx in New Zealand is not for profit and they “will either reinvest surplus revenue in to the event or distribute to charities. It’s in the constitution.”

Now playing devil’s advocate here for a minute (because I’d be happy paying the $69) has got me thinking a little. I mean it’s all good and well that the ticket will be paying for gondola access,  but a quick look at the below schedule shows that most of the major of events require tickets, and I’m just guessing here but I think the slopestyle, pump track and the whip offs are all at the bottom of the gondola?

So if I’m not in town for the event and I’m not a mountain biker and I want to look at what’s happening then I have to buy a $35 day ticket? From what I understand the key to Crankworx Whistler’s success is the fact that every Joe and his mate can come and watch for free. They buy beer, food, coffee and probably accommodation and contribute to the scene in general and, who knows, they may even want to get into mountain biking.

What are your thoughts?
Is $69 fine?
Am I making a mountain out of a molehill?

So here’s that press release…

The five days of Crankworx Rotorua will be an epic spectacle and with ticket sales and the provisional schedule launched today, you can lock in plans to be there.

Crankworx is the world’s largest mountain biking festival and it will be in Rotorua from 25 – 29 March, 2015 featuring the best pro-athletes as well as competitions, concerts and culture.

The provisional schedule released today shows the events during the week include: The Official Opening, Australasia Whip Off Champs, New Zealand Pump Track Challenge, Dual Speed and Style, Downhill, Crankworx Rotorua Enduro and the kickoff of the Crankworx Triple Crown of Slopestyle.

There will also be the Bikes and Beats Music Festival featuring New Zealand’s top artists and for the families – Kidsworx as well.

Kidsworx events will include Pump Track Skills Sessions, Pimp My Bike, Hipster Downhill Race, Big Game Hunt Competition and a Criterium.

Kiwi Enduro World Series Trek Racing Team rider Justin Leov says to begin the professional mountain biking season on home soil will be a confidence boost and he can’t wait to see family, friends and supporters at the festival.

“Crankworx is out of this world and everyone from festival goers, to sports fans and mountain bikers will thrive on the atmosphere – make sure you’re there to see it all go down,” he says.

The pricing for a five day pass is Adult: $69NZD* and child (14 years and under) $49*. A one-day pass is Adult: $35* and Child: $25*. All passes include Skyline Rotorua gondola access and tickets can be bought through Ticketmaster with a link accessible at www.crankworx.com/rotorua. VIP experiences will be released soon as well. * Booking/Payment processing Fees apply

Tickets are available here.

Crankworx Rotorua event director Tak Mutu says the city is amping up ready to host and show why it is one of the world’s top mountain biking meccas.

“The five days of Crankworx are going to be incredible with an amazing atmosphere for spectators, families and the world’s mountain biking legends – it’s a good time to secure tickets, book accommodation and lock in travel arrangements with your mates,” he says.

Crankworx Rotorua is the third international event for Crankworx, adding to the current festivals in Whistler, Canada and Les 2 Alpes, France.

 

DateTimeEventLocationTickets
Mar 2510:00am–5:00pm
expo

Crankworx Expo

Skyline Rotorua – Expo ZoneRequired
Mar 2510:00am–10:30am
sport

Slopestyle Practice

Skyline Rotorua – The ArenaRequired
Mar 2510:00am–11:30am
sport

DH Practice

Skyline Rotorua – The ArenaRequired
Mar 2512:00pm–1:00pm
entertainment

Official Welcoming and Opening of CWX Rotorua

Skyline Rotorua – The ArenaRequired
Mar 251:00pm–1:30pm
kids

Kidsworx – Pump Track Skills Session

Skyline Rotorua – Kidsworx ZoneRequired
Mar 251:00pm–2:30pm
sport

Dual Speed and Style Practice

Skyline Rotorua – The ArenaRequired
Mar 252:00pm–2:30pm
kids

Kidsworx – Pump Track Skills Session

Skyline Rotorua – Kidsworx ZoneRequired
Mar 252:00pm–4:00pm
sport

Slopestyle Practice

Skyline Rotorua – The ArenaRequired
Mar 252:30pm–3:30pm
sport

Whip Off Practice

Skyline Rotorua – The ArenaRequired
Mar 254:00pm–4:30pm
sport

NZ Whip Off Champs

Skyline Rotorua – The ArenaRequired
Mar 2610:00am–5:00pm
expo

Crankworx Expo

Skyline Rotorua – Expo ZoneRequired
Mar 2610:00am–5:00pm
kids

Kidsworx – Pimp My Bike

Skyline Rotorua – Kidsworx ZoneRequired
Mar 2610:00am–11:30am
sport

Dual Speed and Style Practice

Skyline Rotorua – The ArenaRequired
Mar 2610:00am–5:00pm
sport

DH Practice

Skyline Rotorua – The ArenaRequired
Mar 2611:30am–2:00pm
sport

NZ Dual Speed and Style

Skyline Rotorua – The ArenaRequired
Mar 262:30pm–4:30pm
sport

Pump Track Qualifying

Skyline Rotorua – Pump TrackRequired
Mar 265:00pm–7:00pm
sport

NZ Pump Track Challenge

Skyline Rotorua – Pump TrackRequired
Mar 2710:00am–5:00pm
expo

Crankworx Expo

Skyline Rotorua – Expo ZoneRequired
Mar 2711:30am–5:00pm
sport

NZ DH Race

Skyline Rotorua – The ArenaRequired
Mar 2712:00pm–2:00pm
kids

Kidsworx – Hipster DH Race

Skyline Rotorua – The ArenaRequired
Mar 275:00pm–10:00pm
entertainment

Bikes and Beats Music Festival

Rotorua Lakefront – Village Green, Eat StreatFree Entry
Mar 287:00am–5:00pm
sport

Crankworx Rotorua Enduro

Details to be released 24 March 2015Required
Mar 2810:00am–5:00pm
expo

Crankworx Expo

Skyline Rotorua – Expo ZoneRequired
Mar 2811:00am–1:00pm
kids

Kidsworx – Big Game Hunt Competition

Skyline Rotorua – Kidsworx ZoneRequired
Mar 282:00pm–2:30pm
kids

Kidsworx – Pump Track Skills Session

Skyline Rotorua – Kidsworx ZoneRequired
Mar 283:00pm–5:00pm
sport

Crankworx Rotorua Enduro – Final Stages

Skyline Rotorua – The ArenaRequired
Mar 285:00pm–10:00pm
entertainment

Bikes and Beats Music Festival

Rotorua Lakefront – Village Green, Eat StreatFree Entry
Mar 2910:00am–5:00pm
expo

Crankworx Expo

Skyline Rotorua – Expo ZoneRequired
Mar 2910:00am–12:00pm
sport

Slopestyle Practice

Skyline Rotorua – The ArenaRequired
Mar 2911:00am–12:00pm
kids

Kidsworx Crit

Skyline Rotorua – The ArenaRequired
Mar 2912:30pm–3:00pm
sport

NZ Slopestyle Champs

Skyline Rotorua – The ArenaRequired

*schedule subject to change

5 Responses

  1. Well, i was going to be up around those ways for a mates wedding around this time…Was planning to get along to few events but now, NO WAY! I can’t believe you have to pay to walk up (or down) tracks to watch events that should be free and are free everywhere else. Greed with well thought out excuses as to why they are charging $69. If it had been free or cheap, say around $20 then lots more families/people interested in the sport/lifestyle would have gone. Now, like myself (pretty into it all) won’t bother. Bummer!

  2. Caleb, did you see the additional fees listed below?….

    5 Day Pass
    The 5 day pass will allow you access to all 5 days of the Crankworx Rotorua Event.

    Fees & Charges:
    A payment processing fee of no more than 2.3% applies to purchases by credit card, debit card or gift card. The payment processing fee includes (but is not limited to) credit and debit card fees and expenses, administration and associated infrastructure costs. The payment processing fee will be added to the price displayed. This payment processing fee does not apply when you purchase tickets by cash at outlets or box-offices (subject to availability).

    A Handling Fee of $8.00 per transaction applies.

    In addition a delivery fee may apply depending on the mode of deliveryselected.

    A $2.00 booking fee per ticket applies if purchasing tickets from an outlet or the venue Box Office.

  3. Suck it up Kiwis! We live at the (beautiful) arse end of the world, and events like this will always be more difficult. The cost of putting this on is going to be utterly enormous, and something of a gamble for the organisers. Large corporate sponsors are not going to put in anywhere as much money as they do in Whistler and the Alps – they get far less exposure here. Huge world famous Northern hemisphere mountain resorts have the crowds and infrastructure to get away with “doing it for free” And it isn’t free – we went to Whistler this year and trust me, the whole trip cost a fortune – they get their money in different ways. $69 for 5 days isn’t outrageous at all – most bikers spend this amount many times over on various components and accessories they could live without, and what people should be doing is thanking the organisers for taking on this huge task. Pay up and go along to make it a massive hit so it doesn’t become a one off….

  4. Shit. I was going to take my family but I guess that’s now a goner. Was hoping it would motivate my kids to ride. Some free advice….. Don’t ever have children and think you can still take them places

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