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RideRotorua Map Updated for 2021!

We live in Rotorua. We have been here since the little network of trails that sprung up in the nearby forest looked likely to make Rotorua a bike town. To be honest, we had been heading down to Rotorua for bike rides long before there were any trails. The forest in those days had seen very little logging in decades and the forestry roads were often so overgrown and little used they were more or less single track. Not long after we made the move, I undertook a ride that strung every bit of trail ...

September 14, 2021

Go fast, not slow!

One of the joys (and sources of exhaustion) of parenting is the constant change as your kidlet grows. So they slept for 6 hours straight three nights in a row? Ho, ho, ho, good luck for the next 1.5 years when you’ll be up to them four times every night between the hours of 1-4am. Cute outfit! Hope they enjoy it the one and only time it will fit them. One minute they have a vocabulary of 4 words (one of which is “moo”), and the next moment they’re telling you “Gazpa came over yesterday...

May 15, 2021

The Photographer's Day Off

The man behind most of the decent photos in the RideRotorua story is Graeme Murray.We met on a mountain bike ride, shortly after we moved to Rotorua, the town we chose as a base to start Nzo. Graeme is a local, and was barely out of his teens. He had already decided his goal was to become a professional photographer. He told me that on our first meeting, after I told him what we planned to do.He became a professional photographer a long time ago, and we count ourselves very lucky to ha...

April 28, 2021

The Split Enz Link trail is complete.

One of the first trails to be built "out the back", Pondy New was a handcrafted line through a block of mature Douglas Fir, and a nice little grove of California Redwoods and Cypress to finish. Built by Murray Avery, the master of the handbuilt flow trail, Pondy was a gently downhill run, tight, sinuous and fast, that deposited happy punters at the start of Rollercoaster. Lately the block was felled, and that left riders who had descended Spilt Enz with nowhere to go beside down a foresty road.&...

April 12, 2021

Baby Bikepackers!

BBP, you say? That sounds exciting. Is it PPE but for bikes? Or something related to blood pressure whilst riding up Hill Road? Perhaps a new kind of burger to be enjoyed after a day of thrashing the magical Whaka trails? BBP is in fact more fun than PPE, perhaps less fun than burgers after a shred, and almost certainly tougher than riding up Hill Road. BBP stands for Baby Bike Packing. That’s right, undertaking an overnight (or even multi-night) adventure on two wheels, with a small human alo...

March 18, 2021

RIP Pondy New

Around here, the trails are in what is officially a ‘production’ forest, where trees grow until they are big enough to sell to somebody. Depending how you look at it, you could argue about that definition all day, and we frequently do. Pine trees on the volcanic plateau grow pretty fast. A plot that gets mowed down can be a sort of forest within half a decade. It is a constant source of amazement how soon a cut-over bomb site can turn into a shadowy glade. The real forest vibe doesn’t kick...

March 9, 2021

Do you Ride Rotorua?

Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua is an amazing place to ride, for sure, and is arguably the most popular park-like facility in New Zealand for mountain biking. It has a long back story as a mountain biking destination, and about the only constant besides the hero dirt and the trees (well, some of them) is the Rotorua Mountain Bike Club. The forest trail system these days is ably developed and maintained by the Rotorua Trails Trust, and they do a great job. Various commercial trail building outfit...

January 8, 2021

Eagle vs Shark - the people's favourite?

Ever since Casey King and Southstar Trails created it, E vs S has been a popular run. Diving straight out of the shuttle's top turning circle, or the top of the Frontal Lobotomy climb (if you're that way inclined), the speed and flow of Eagle attracts a torrent of riders. That it delivers punters to the wrong side of the hill from the shuttle run doesn't dissuade many. The new Te Putaka O Tawa forest hub is situated at the trail's exit, so a well planned ride can include a high velocity gallop t...

November 26, 2020

Intergenerational Bike Shorts

E-bikes! Love them or hate them.Or both. For me, it depends whether I am riding one at the time. When I am doing that, I love them.When I am clawing my way up the far side of the accurately named Hill Road in the local patch, out of gears and on the pointy bit of my saddle, and I get passed my a midlife mother and her lovely teenage daughter, I have to admit to a bitter hatred of anything that plugs in.Especially if one of them is halfway down her cassette and doing about fifty rpm because ...

August 13, 2020

Three will do, thank you

Summer is still the flavour down here. We have been getting out on the bikes even more than usual, and I am really hoping that things do come in threes.Two dumb crashes while I slowly adapted to dry and dusty conditions were followed yesterday by a really dumb one which hurt more than the first two combined but also made me laugh out loud.Strava tells me I have ridden my favourite trail 84 times, but I reckon that is about half my total goes at it. So I should be getting the hang of it...

August 13, 2020

No School like the Old School

The other day we went for an unorchestrated spin in the woods.We had a plan, it went out the window. Our mate had actual written instructions, also rolled into a ball and binned.We followed our noses, if the not the path of least resistance, and ended up doing a lap of some old-school trails.After the ride we commented on how a mountain bike patch full of the trails we enjoy around here can lead to some being bypassed more often than not.The list of trails we rode included some that are hug...

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