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Eagle vs Shark

 

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GRADE: 3 LENGTH: 3km


BUILT: The trail was funded in a brand new way for Rotorua: Half the cost was covered by South Star Adventures. They’re a Rotorua-based company, run by Jeff Carter. They’ve built trails in our own backyard – and all over the world. The other half was raised through crowd funding, organised by the Mountain Bike Club. Fifteen thousand dollars was contributed in just over a month. The amounts of these varied, but every single dollar counted, with $10 ‘buying’ a metre of trail.


GETTING THERE: There is no easy way to ride to the Eagle vs Shark trailhead. It’s all climbing. However, there is an alternative. Jeff doesn’t only run a trail building company. Since 2007, he’s also run a shuttle business. The pickup point is the corner of Hill and Pipeline Roads and the buses and trailers take riders to the top of Tawa Road. And to a whole smorgasbord of the very best trails the Whakarewarewa network has to offer, now including Eagle vs Shark.


TRAIL DESCRIPTION: Eagle vs Shark, named after a movie by top Kiwi writers, directors and performers, Jermaine Clements (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (Boy).

Eagle vs Shark is a beauty. Fast and flowing, 99% downhill, it feels a little like a combination of Corners trail with a hint of Split Enz and lots of smooth, rollable jumps. It all adss up to what becomes a favourite for many riders in no time flat.

The trail starts at the shuttle drop off point towrads the top of Tawa Road, one of the highest points in the forest. It winds down a steep slope, facing north with a couple of traverses across the face of the hill.

Eventually it pops into the open for a few straights and corners before flattening out through the trees again.

 

 

 


GETTING OUT: Exits at the intersection of Windy and Hill Rds. From here there are four viable choices:

1. Turn hard right, head towards Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and have a big day of riding.

2. Take the right fork of the road (Windy Rd) which turns into Red Tank Rd and eventually delivers you to the intersection of Pipeline/Direct/Red Tank. Only one notable climb this way, and it's not very steep.

3. Take the middle fork which eventually joins up to Red Tank Rd. Or half way along it offers a turn to the right up Sidewinder. 

4. Take the hard left up Hill Rd. This will get to you the bottom of Frontal Lobotomy if you're keen enough and fit enough to do it again. Many do, it's that much fun.

 


Please ride within your limits, and be aware that trails can change with weather and heavy use from race events effecting their difficulty. Ride Rotorua will in no way be liable for any injury or damages arising from riding any of the trails listed on the Ride Rotorua website.

 

 

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