Crankworx World Tour greatness — and a really good time along the way.

In 2021, a number of local Alexandra riders held their own against some of the top New Zealand riders and work had continued behind the scenes since then, to build on the success of the first year’s events, Tourism Central Otago’s Antz Longman said.

‘‘We aim to inspire the next generation of mountain bikers, and with the natural advantages those living in the region have to get out on their bikes, we should see even more world-class athletes emerging in a few short years.’’ Get ready to get into gear — Crankworx is back.

Central Otago, Queenstown and Wanaka will once again play host to 12 days of worldclass mountain bike racing next year as part of the Crankworx Summer Series 2023.

The series starts in Alexandra with an enduro race at Matangi Station MTB.

Described as the ultimate mountain biking road trip, the events will give local and upand-coming riders a chance to race with national and international heroes, providing a path for potential

Having international riders on their home turf highlighted the calibre of the region as a proving ground for riders, he said.

The Crankworx Summer Series secured a second round of funding from the Southern Lakes Regional Events fund and Tourism Central Otago, along with neighbouring regional tourism organisations in Queenstown and Wanaka, have provided further support.

Crankworx has confirmed New Zealand Major Event funding has been approved for 2024 through 2027, which will help towards securing the ongoing hosting of the event beyond 2023.