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Billy T

 

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GRADE: 4  LENGTH: 2.1km


BUILT: in 2006 by James Dodds, Rob Metz, Jeff Carter and the Rotorua Mountain Bike Club.


GETTING THERE: A Popular trail with South Star Shuttle riders, there are two options for shuttlers: From the drop off point, ride a short but steep climb past the forestry gate, up Tawa Rd. Billy T's entrance is clearly marked on your right as you ride (or walk) up the hill.

Or, from the shuttle drop off point as you look around the drop off area you'll see many trail heads including Underbilly. Take this mellow descent with a few tricky rooty sections to link up on Billy T. You'll miss the top part of the trail, but there is still heaps of it to enjoy from this point.

If you get there under your own power via Frontal Lobotomy Trail or Hill Road the same access points to Billy T apply.


TRAIL DESCRIPTION:

At a relaxed pace it's not super technical. Dial up the speed and it starts to get a bit tougher to hold smooth and fast lines through the quick successions of corners and occasional tricky root sections.

Although it's single track, it's wide enough that there are optional lines in many places. Follow a fast local rider down it and you'll see lines you didn't even know existed (until next time you ride it, when you can bust out those same lines!)

A big feature towards the end of the trail is a big roll-in, then a fast blat along a flat section into a step up gap jump. There is a clearly marked easy option, which many riders wisely choose to bypass the roll-in and gap jump.

If you do choose to do the roll-in, be aware that it changes depending on how it has handled recent weather events. At times water run off from storms will wash the landing transition away and make it a drop-off, not a roll-in. If you haven't ridden it for a while - stop at the top and check it out before you charge at it. The roll-in has claimed skin (and bones) from a number of very good riders, so treat it with respect.

The gap jump after it is a tricky one too. Fast riders will find the hardest part is keeping their speed down to be able to brake and steer on the landing in order to thread through the narrow gap in the pine trees immediately afterwards. Less experienced riders will see the gap as an 'all or nothing' feature and often overjump it with too much speed, then crash into the pine trees. It is not a jump to learn on - best attempted once riders have mastered the relatively safer jumps in Challenge Block and have a good handle on their airborne abilities.

The trail is often in pristine condition, thanks largely to its Trail Maintenance Adoptee. If the weather is foul and you just have to get out for a ride, Billy T is a reliable choice that doesn't cut up too badly.

 

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Trail Profile supplied by Cheal Rotorua


GETTING OUT: The trail exits at the intersection of Moerangi and Tawa Rds. A few of the common routes from here are:

Turn left up Moerangi Rd. A mellow gravel road climb will take you to Kung Fu Walrus or Split Enz trails.

Turn hard right up Tawa Rd. This takes you to the shuttle dropoff point again (and beyond if you're accessing the DOC Trails of Tuhoto Ariki, Tihi O Tawa and Kataore.)

Head along the flat of Moerangi Rd. then take G Rock trail on your left. This is a very popular series of trails:  Billy T > G Rock > Chestnut Link > Rollercoaster > Moonshine.

 

TRAIL PROFILE (click to enlarge)

 


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.

 

 

RIDERS COMMENTS:
This was a chore to get to the first time, before I knew about the bus, but it was a fantastic ride once I got there.

 

Justin Kerr - 25/09/12 12:40am

 

awesome trail ... hardwork on a 29er rigid though ... mucho thanks to the nice buslady for the free lift up!

 

hoogie - 25/04/11 05:19pm

 

Nice work Holstie. Trails at its best it's ever been.

 

Gunna - 03/02/09 08:33pm

 

Rode today for the first time - brilliant. Twisty, rooty, turny, wonderful stuff.

 

Nige - 07/09/08 08:01pm

 

Well worth the hike up its now my favourite track

 

James Towers - 29/02/08 04:01pm