The Crankworx competition is currently being held in Rotorua.

The competition brings nine jam-packed days of gravity-mountain biking to the Southern Hemisphere for its fourth year.

Amongst the competitors is the new under 19 national champ Tuhoto-Ariki Pene who is looking to make his mark this year. He came second in the dual slalom race yesterday.

This will be his fourth-year competition however he’s now competition as a national champ.

He's entered into four races after missing out on competing last year due to a broken shoulder.

He says it's also been hard with the death of his late older brother Ihakara Pene who was also a national champion in his time.

“Ae he taumaha rawa, engari kei te pai mātou, e haere tonu ana, āe rā, mō te ra, kei te pai.”

The world champs will be held in Switzerland in July.