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Men’s field boycotting Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle

Griffin Paulson Crankworx Rotorua

Crankworx was focused on celebrating its tenth year in Rotorua. Instead, it the organization is facing a boycott from athletes in its premiere event. The men’s field for Sunday’s marquee Slopestyle is boycotting the event.

As a result, the men’s Slopestyle will not take place on Sunday. The women’s Slopestyle, the first time the category is scheduled to take place during Crankworx, will take place as planned.

The male riders are demanding better prize money as well as appearance feed for all male athletes in Crankworx Slopestyle competitions.

No men will be competing on the Rotorua track this weekend.  Photo: Clint Trahan / Crankworx

Crankworx official statement:

Crankworx wishes to inform our fans, participants, and the wider community of recent developments regarding the upcoming Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship event scheduled for this Sunday. 

The male competitors of the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship event on Sunday, March 24, have decided not to participate in this year’s competition. This decision came after a series of negotiations aimed at addressing Rider requests around remuneration and support infrastructure.

We are committed to delivering an exceptional experience at Crankworx Rotorua, with a full schedule of events still set to go ahead. This includes the first ever Women’s Diamond Level Slopestyle World Championship event, along with other competitive and community events that celebrate the rich culture of mountain biking, giving the next generation a platform to ride and compete. 

The flagship event for Crankworx 2024 – the monumental Diamond Level Women’s Slopestyle World Championship event, will proceed as planned. We look forward to showcasing their talent and passion for the sport. 

We respect the athletes’ decision and remain committed to fostering a positive and supportive environment for all athletes within the Crankworx community. While we have been listening, onsite feedback has shown that some male Slopestyle athletes feel that their voices have not being heard by the event organizers when it comes to weather and course build decisions. Crankworx is committed to giving all athletes a stage and decision-making power by establishing frameworks and processes as well as continuing to have an open line of communication between the riders and the Crankworx management team. Despite a 10% increase in prize money from 2023 to 2024 for Crankworx Rotorua, and similar increases for other…

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