A world class $30,000 mountain bike track will be built in Tokorangi Forest this month for the 100% Dual Slalom Rotorua at Crankworx, thanks to the approval of a site by CNI Iwi Holdings Ltd.
Event director Ariki Tibble and internationally recognised trail builders Empire of Dirt were excited to announce the 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 said the Wattles site had been in the mix for consideration from the outset and was a great spot which would showcase Rotorua's stunning forest assets - a 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 Ltd chairman Bronco Carson said 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 said the spot would 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."
Stephen Graham also lives in Lynmore and said it was 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."
Last month it was reported Crankworx organisers were considering about seven sites for the course, including Centennial Park - which had created a backlash among some in the community.
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 and women's categories on offer, this event's sure to be a favourite among 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 opens today.