Dog Party at the Slalom Track - Crankworx Rotorua 2019

Mar 26, 2019
by Daniel Sapp  



There was plenty going on at Crankworx Rotorua for everyone. At dual slalom, it seemed that for every large group of humans, there was a pup or two along as well.

Rotorua and New Zealand's riding community is one of the most passionate and the concentration of dogs, many of which shred singletrack themselves, seemed especially high so it seemed proper to do a quick lap around to meet a few of them.


Tip German Sheep - Border Collie cross. 8 years old.
Tip is an eight-year-old German Sheep and Border Collie cross.

Rocky Border Collie 13 years old.
This Border Collie named Rocky is 13 and has watched the riding scene in Rotorua evolve.

Arlo Bulldog Two
Arlo, two years old. Bulldog.

Flo Heeler 8
Flo is an eight-year-old Heeler and absolutely loves the trails.

Rex Huntaway crossed w Beardy Cattle Dog 14 months
Rex, a Huntaway crossed with a Beardy Cattle Dog, is 14 months old.

River Swiss Shepherd 1
One-year-old Swiss Shepherd, River.

Just chillin
Just chillin'

Taking in the sights and sounds and watching all of the humans.

Norm Huntaway cross poly 4-5
We're not quite sure how old Norm is but the community guess is about four or five.

Skippy Fox Terrier 1.5
Skippy is a year and a half old Fox Terrier with energy to match his name.

Bronson unknown two
Pinkbike, meet Bronson.

Sky kelpy cattle cross unknown
Sky is a kelpy and cattle cross, age unknown.

George W Bush Spoodle 9
George (W. Bush), is a nine-year-old Spoodle.





72 Comments

  • + 136
 All of them are the goodest of boys (or girls).
  • + 70
 Best. 100/100 would pet again. Every one.
  • + 58
 I tried to make my cat a trail cat once... It was not successful to say the least, we spend the day sleeping and eating...
  • + 24
 I guess it wasn't a bad day in the end Smile
  • + 2
 Sounds great to me!
  • + 8
 My cat actually likes to come trail build with me and the dog sometimes.
  • + 14
 My cat is a lazy and temperamental a*shole that does not play well outdoors......dumbass is scared of the little birds and won't venture putside when they are around, but he will easily pick a fight with a gang of kookaburras (those laughing birds we have here im Oz that will est snakes) or as my eldest found out on the weekend.....will size up and stalk a freaking falcon.......dumb ass fur baby lol
  • + 1
 @smartfartbart: Nah for sure I love that lazy ass! And I love eating also, so we have this in common lol
I usually just chase her so she has to run and make some sport and to remind her who's the boss ^^
  • + 10
 I'm pretty sure that if I magically enlarged my cat and dog to the size of a horse my Labrador would happily let me ride the trails, on his back. My cat, whom I kind of get on with, would take advantage of his new size to torture and murder me.
  • + 2
 @rabbit-Tbone: Do i have a product for you....

www.yourcatbackpack.com
  • + 35
 Where are Sprocket, Cog, Kona, Brodie, Digger, Norbs and Spoke?
  • + 10
 They did have a Bronson so that has got to count for something
  • + 6
 @lamppost01: True.

I also read George W. Bush is an avid mountainbiker, so maybe that one counts too.
  • + 2
 Ha ha, I've got Kona here, he's an 8 month old Rhodesian Ridgeback! Not a trail-dog yet but his 4 yr old uncle (Obi, also a RR) is a beast on the singletrack, I had to get a CX bike for flat rides just to keep up!
  • + 30
 GSP for the win!
  • + 1
 We have 2 gsp's at home!
  • + 19
 Arlo for me. He's got those eyes we all have at 3 in the morning when sh*ts gone too far.....
  • + 5
 Haha I had to go back and look. He looks properly haunted.
  • + 13
 Woof. Love it.
  • + 10
 You guys missed the dedication... This one's for Ezra... (eagerly awaiting his comment[s]) Big Grin
  • + 10
 Ezra, where are you?!?!
  • + 8
 Clicked for the GSP, stuck around for all of the other amazing doggos!
  • + 7
 Somebody better take Skippy for a ride real quick. He looks like he's about to lose it.
  • + 7
 when you ride alone most of the time, on trails with no other bikers, a traildog is the perfect partner !!!
  • + 8
 Best article from crankworx so far
  • + 7
 I expect a full length review of each of these floofers by mid summer.
  • + 3
 no doubt i will get slammed for this but here goes:

i love dogs. repeat! i love dogs. i am the kind of person who will actively seek out contact with a roaming dog while out walking and have no issues with them being boisterous or jumping up or whatever. i just love them. so... two things regarding trail dogs. what happens if i crash from avoiding your stray trail dog? or even worse, what happens if i injure/kill your best friend in an unforeseen accident on the trails? (with regards to a rider crashing from avoiding a dogs 'movements', i can hear the response now "you should be in control of your bike, mate". to that i would say that plenty of us don't do this sport to operate at 70%. the point of it, to many, is being on the edge. part of the reason people have issue with trail dogs is because you don't know what its going to do and thus you have to reign yourself in when around a moving target that doesn't know any 'trail etiquette'.)

these are genuine questions. honestly, i think distinctions need making on a few levels. mainly, what kind of trail are you on, or what kind of 'spot' are you seasoning? and the obvious... how controlled/bonkers is your dog? i've seen very well behaved dogs that i'd rather be around than some of the dickheads on their bikes. but you're naive if you think its a simple as 'all dogs are fine on trails', because some dogs are simply erratic at best.

obviously this was a dog specific event, it looks great. but it does raise the trail dog issue.

one final distinction is that there is a lot of space in the USA so this probably isn't the same issue for you guys stateside.
  • + 3
 A little wheel on fur action occasionally makes for a good trail dog that senses the riders around him, so don't worry if you give em a little nudge. If your friend has a crappy trail dog ask him not to bring him. Dogs are trained not made to be good trail buddy's.
  • + 2
 Here's some other trail nuisances for you to consider:
1. It's the outdoors....wildlife is everywhere and much more unpredictable (insects, birds, rodents, large 4 leggers)
2. Little bikers who are notorious for making silly decisions on the trail
3. Other offroad enthusiasts on trail or at crossings (legal or not)
4. Wayward or clueless hikers on the wrong trail
5. My favorite...dipsticks with guns and beers who fire into the forest...sorry bro didn't know you were there
6. Skittish horses and their hyped up cattle dogs
7. MTB "donks" all geared up and bro'd up who are sending it w/o regard for others

You want to be "on the edge" then go to a bike park and cross your fingers otherwise be on the look out...trail dogs have been my least common complaint on this list.
  • + 2
 "What happens if I crash from avoiding your stray trail dog" - The same thing that happens if you crash avoiding a stray walkers dog? How would you differentiate?
  • + 1
 @kipvr: I’d differentiate by noting a dog tends to walk with its walking owners, but sprint with its riding owners.
  • + 1
 @Heydre:
Yes, I agree. Be on the look out. The bond and connection between man/woman and dog is thousands of years older than man/woman and bike. Dogs and bikes are two of my favorite things and there is no reason a responsible dog owner and bike owner can not enjoy both at the same time.
  • + 1
 @ToddandToni: sounds good in theory. so whats the next course of action if fido sees a squirrel and ends up under my wheels? obviously i would be devastated, but i doubt that would help.
  • + 1
 @kipvr: its a very good point you make. the distinction i would make is that trail dogs tend to be more 'pumped' on the whole. but i get your point. i think whats more important is what happens if i accidentally kill someones dog? i think in the spur of the moment, most people would seek to avoid collision with a furry friend, even if it meant additional danger for them. maybe i'm wrong, for me i think its instinct, the same as avoiding a stray human/child. but what happens if it can't be avoided? like, if a parent and left a toddler stood on a landing ramp (i have actually seen this) and something bad happens... in that situation, bad parenting would have caused another rider to have to live with whatever they'd done, forever. if i killed someones dog by accident, my guilt would only be superceded by my anger at the owner for putting me in that situation. or is that rider ego? have i no right to be there? was the dog merrily on its way and i just mowed it down? maybe its me that should have an owner and be on a leash?!

managing 7 billion people and their dogs is a headf*ck lol.
  • + 7
 Now these are the best articles on PB. Fight me.
  • + 1
 Having grown up with dogs all my life and now living on my own without the time to have a dog of my own, I love seeing other people's dogs when I'm out. Thanks Pinkbike, this is exactly what I needed. Also, Rex looks like he could go for days!!!
  • + 5
 What's the BB height on that last dog?
  • + 5
 Beautiful dogs!
  • + 1
 Ha, when I first saw Arlo I thought he was sporting a grill on his teeth!

Now I think all bulldogs should wear grills.

(I do understand that there is no humane way to get a dog to wear a grill so it's just a pipedream)
  • - 1
 I can see the health impacts that running around a trail can have on a dog and I personally would be worried about my dog getting injured weather it be by myself or another rider but at the end of the day if a dog wants to run it's going to run
  • + 3
 for real anyone who hates trail dogs needs to get their head checked
  • + 2
 Those are some happy pups. There is nothing better to a dog than being outside and eating.
  • + 1
 That bulldog is probly the most energetic bulldog ever made lol awesome trail dogs who doesnt love them awesome guys love a trailfog day keep it up
  • + 3
 I bet they have cool accents.
  • + 2
 My new dogs gonna be long and low with a slack head angle. Sausage dog it is!
  • + 3
 When I saw this I was hoping for racing
  • + 3
 The Just Chillin dog for me, he looks a dude
  • + 2
 That Bronson looks like a Nomad i knew once
  • + 1
 Norm is one of the best trail dogs in Rotorua. He has completed in the Low Key Super D races and has done rather well.
  • + 3
 Love these articles.
  • + 3
 Norm!
  • + 2
 They are all good dogs Brent!
  • + 1
 all 15 out of 10 good girls and boys.....
  • + 1
 Traildogs ftw tho! Except for when they fuck off to chase muntjacs.
  • + 1
 Best pinkbike feature ever!
  • + 2
 Bork
  • + 2
 enkäfer
  • + 1
 Most important post on pinkbike (since the last traildog post of course).
  • + 1
 Finally, an article about the most important part of crankworx
  • + 2
 dags
  • + 1
 This is the content I come here for.
  • + 1
 I vote for Skippy!
  • + 1
 RUFF LIFE!Smile
  • + 1
 I like dags.
  • + 1
 where da cats cat
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