Video: Rotorua Top Ten Trails #2 – B Rude Not 2

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Words by Flow | Images by Graeme Murray, Damian Breach

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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