22 Oct 2013

As Disney’s Lion King once observed, ‘it’s the circle of life’. When Be Rude Not To was bulldozed into oblivion back on 2011, it was a heartbreaking moment for thousands of mountain bikers who’d run their tyres over this incredible old trail. A tough pill to swallow perhaps but that’s the reality of building trails in a working forest.

Rather than mope, the Rotorua Mountain Bike club grabbed this opportunity to work with a blank canvas. Their mandate was to retain the shape and length of the original pinball ride; no doubt creating a trail that had as much flow as the original was a mammoth task.

With contour lines that had previous been hidden beneath the blanket of ferns suddenly revealed, it wasn’t hard to envisage the kind high-speed, jump-infested freeway that could be sculpted in amongst the stumps of the pines and redwoods. B Rude Not 2 was born.

Brad O’Mailey  from Mountain Bike Rotorua and local World Cup XCO elite racer Katie O’Neill nominated this trail as their favourite, taking the Flow crew for a rip through the berms, pumps and table tops on a misty morning. Already the redwoods are pushing their way back up and you know it’ll be only a few more months till ‘Rude is snaking through the trees once again. This one is a must-ride.

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2.7km of flat out flow.
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It’s easy to knock out fast laps of ‘Rude as well – the pedal back up the fire road is quick and mellow.
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With her seat at full height on a cross country race bike, Katie ripped the trail like nobody’s business. That’s one of the great things about Rotorua’s trails, you can enjoy them on just about any bike.
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The next day, this camera didn’t get off so lightly. Nothing like short-circuiting a $10K bit of equipment.
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Mick tries to hang onto Brad’s wheel.
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B Rude Not 2 starts right on the corner of Red Tank and Direct Roads, just near the tap.
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Excited? Just a little.

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The misty, wind-driven rain blowing up the valley made for an awesome sight, and if anything improved the ride. The soil drains so well, and the grip with a bit of moisture in the ground is insane.
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Big, fat berms. Lots of them.

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That big bushy green fella behind Mick is actually a young redwood. Rotorua’s redwoods grow faster than anywhere else on the planet. This guy was planted last Tuesday.

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