North Island, New Zealand
Rotorua, Lord of the Rimmers
Flew from Queenstown to Auckland . $60 excess on the golf bag bike, pppffftt, oh well. Travelled down to Rotorua in another monster truck SUV. On highway 1 drove past the National cycling velodrome in Cambridge, looked like a pump truck next to it, probably a track somewhere too, but with the tight schedule and time short, stopping was not an option, as we were missing a Maori show as it was.
Rolling in to Rotorua saw a downhill zorb track and another skyline gondola. Beneath were some crank works obstacles visible.
Arrived just before dark and got this shot of the geothermal activity, just behind the Holiday Inn.
A free tear off map revealed the location of a Bmx track, within riding distance!
With the car being used by my travelling companions to visit Maori land the next day, I would be free to roam. Track first then explore the gondola area.
A national standard track U inside a U, with a pump track and trails. Host to the national championships in 2012. The pump track was a welcome addition to loosen up on, with 6-7 turns of good shape and direction change.
The trails had wooden roll in with a step down. I had a sense of others had felt when they had to drop in at my trails with a similar step down. Visions of the front disappearing and impacting on the front of the backside was the fear, with no transistion, it would be a hop. It worked seamlessly though, threading landing perfectly.
The track started with a step up step down triple, double, semi step up table in to a long outside U. Split on exit outside pro line, inside step up step down, then two larger taller doubles. Third straight consisted of two doubles a roller then double. The last straight, step up table to pick up double to quad rollers and a table to finish. No room for a finish line, it maybe wishful thinking that the finish line is the table? The holy grail of finish lines with a victory waft, an actual look back and exciting mid flight battles for the line. At the end of the finishing straight was a building with 1 to 8 at the base.
Being only 5 years in to racing this set up is a new one on me. On further investigation I am reliably informed on its use. Finishing places at the end of a race, so anyone can raise an arm and protest. Seems like a nice time to immediately reminisce the battles that had taken place, for about 30 seconds or so…
Next up was the pump track at the bottom of Rotorua’s gondola.
The best pump track I have ever ridden. Started on a bridge over the finish line with two lines so you could effectively race a mate. Dropping in, the section of berms and rollers were for gaining speed in to the last straight after an almost 270 degree berm. The rollers were fun to jump or manual and mix it up.