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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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