New Zealand, September 9, 2021: Crankworx has today announced the addition of a summer series festival in New Zealand. The multi-stop mountain biking festival will see international and local riders explore the varied terrain of Central Otago, Queenstown and Wānaka, known for epic vistas and world-class mountain biking tracks. The Crankworx Summer Series will see Crankworx-calibre racing come to local destinations outside the usual World Tour, giving up-and-coming riders and locals the chance to mix, mingle and drop in with some of the world’s best mountain bikers.

“I’m super stoked to be heading to these unique riding destinations,” said Keegan Wright who’s set to race alongside his international and local peers. “With each spot having totally different terrain to the other it’s gonna make for awesome racing. I’m looking forward to getting to share these times with all of the Crankworx family! Can’t wait to kick the New Zealand summer off in true style. STOKED.”

Riders and spectators alike will see the best of summer in one of the hottest parts of New Zealand this time of year. The Crankworx Summer Series makes for the ultimate roadie: sunshine, scenery, friends, bikes, and real fruit ice cream in the adventure capital of New Zealand. It’s an unfiltered, grassroots festival, with Crankworx-calibre racing, set to bring massive benefit for its destinations.

Crankworx Rotorua’s Event Director Ariki Tibble explains: “Crankworx has played a key role in raising the profile of Rotorua as a destination over the past 6 years. The mountain biking scene has taken off and seen us become a key destination on the list for riders, from families to avid riders and the world’s best. We know how powerful this has been for the region, and this is the first opportunity we’ve had to unlock some of these benefits for other regions in our country. The mountain biking in Central Otago, Queenstown and Wānaka region is out of this world, not to mention its world-renowned scenery and epic summers. It’s inspiring to see young people riding alongside their heroes and appreciating the trails we have in our own backyard. We can’t wait to bring a grassroots version of our Crankworx Festival to the South.”

“We are proud to have been able to support the Crankworx Summer Series, enabling it to take place in 4 locations throughout the region” adds Murray Strong, Southern Lakes Events Investment Panel Chair. “The region’s biking facilities have had significant investment put into them and the Crankworx Summer Series will be a fantastic way to showcase what the region truly has to offer for all levels of biking enthusiasts”.

Darren Kinnaird, Managing Director of Crankworx, continues: “I’m thrilled to see how the Summer Series concept has taken flight in New Zealand. This idea of the ultimate mountain bike road trip was born in British Columbia last year. It created such a great opportunity to bring a taste of Crankworx to different locations and get athletes out racing in different places outside the Crankworx World Tour circuit. I can’t wait to hit the road after Rotorua and bring the action to these other iconic riding destinations and take the world along for the ride.”

The Crankworx Summer Series 2021 will kick off on November 27 and run through December 12.


  • November 27-28: Matangi Station Mountain Bike Park, Alexandra

  • December 4: Skyline Queenstown

  • December 4-5: Queenstown

  • December 9: Cardrona Alpine Resort

  • December 11-12: Bike Glendhu, Wānaka


  • Alexandra: Super D

  • Queenstown: DH and Pump Track

  • Cardrona: Air DH

  • Wānaka: Dual Slalom

    Two events (Queenstown Pump Track andWānakaDual Slalom) will be live broadcast on during the series, with photo and video highlights available of the other three events.

    The all-stars on deck who’ll be all-in and ready throw down include:

  • Georgia Astle (CAN)

  • Danielle Beecroft (AUS)

  • Casey Brown (CAN)

  • Harriet Burbidge-Smith (AUS)

  • Robin Goomes (NZL)

  • Kialani Hines (USA)

  • Bas van Steenbergen (CAN)

  • Vaea Verbeeck (CAN)

  • Keegan Wright (NZL)

    More riders will be added to the roster in the coming weeks.

    For those looking to get amongst, there will be race categories for Pros, Amateurs and CWNEXT racers. Details of registration will be released soon!Those keenshould keep their eyes locked on @crankworxrotorua on Instagram or Facebook for details.

    Prizing will be awarded for each event, with overall titles awarded at the end of the series.
    For spectators who want to watch it all go down, the Crankworx Summer Series New Zealand will be free to attend.

    Athletes can register from 20 September 2021.
    For more information on the Crankworx Summer Series, visit Photos for media use: CWX Media Drive

    About Crankworx Summer Series

    The Crankworx Summer Series first took flight in 2020 in British Columbia, Canada. 2021 will see the launch of the first Crankworx Summer Series in New Zealand. CSS races are staged in new, epic destinations on world-class tracks. Multiple stops are strung together to create the series, which turns it into the ultimate mountain bike summer roadie. CSS races bring Crankworx-calibre competition to communities outside the usual Crankworx World Tour circuit. Races and competitions give local and up-and-coming racers a chance to race with national and international heroes, providing a path to potential future Crankworx World Tour greatness, and a real good time along the way.