Trailforks Trail of the Month: Eagle vs Shark

Mar 17, 2015
by Brent Hillier  
TRAILFORKS

Eagle vs Shark, Rotorua, NZ

Trail of the Month


This month we take a look at a trail in the home of Crankworx's latest stop, Rotorua, New Zealand. Settled on the south shore of the lake with the same name, Rotorua is in the Bay of Plenty region on the North Island. Rotorua has a diverse selection of trails and with the upcoming EWS we'll see some of it's more technical offerings including a surprise for everyone. This months Trail of the Month comes from the other end of the rating spectrum. Although a Grade 3 / Green, don't write it off, we think you'll enjoy the trail known as Eagle vs. Shark.



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bigquotesThe idea for the Eagle vs Shark trail is to build on the concepts of flow that evolved with Rotorua's Corners Track and the Wairoa Gorge's No Pressure trail - both similar grade - and take it to the next level. I wanted my family to love riding this trail. Riding behind them on these trails I could see that beginner - intermediate level riders struggle with dropping switchbacks, so the number of these were minimized. The trail has super long rolling traverses that give you that feeling of surfing along a wave, top turn, bottom turn, no pedalling - you can coast the whole trail and natural speed control is accomplished with grade reversals. To keep it fun for all levels of rider we spiced it up by building in alternative lines on the sides of the trail where we could fit them in. - Jeff Carter (Builder)

Photo Credit Chester Boyes http www.chesterboyes.com
Photo Credit: Chester Boyes Rider: Matt Hunt



The Whakarewarewa Forest offers plenty of selection ranging from Green to Black including Billy T, Challenge and Dragon's Tail. Shuttles are available from Southstar Shuttles, the same owner as Southstar Trails who built Eagle vs Shark.





Looking for a lift up? Rotorua's Skyline Bike Park has Gravity assisted riding practically in town.


Wide flowing trail with huge mega berms beginning with views across Rotorua and descending into the Redwoods forest.

Photo Credit Chester Boyes http www.chesterboyes.com
If you like what you see then please support our friends at the Rotorua Mountain Bike Club and earn some Trail Karma while you're at it.


Big thanks to Chester Boyes for the photos!


MENTIONS: @RideRotorua @Sstar @RotoruaGravityPark @Lease22



31 Comments

  • 17 0
 A trail like this would be amazing. Lots of flow and alternate lines. Finding a trail that I can take my 7 year old who is not afraid of anything and my wife who trail timid, that I can ride and have fun while they are as well would be perfect. Keep up the good work.
  • 3 0
 It's such a fun track, you can go down it as a family (even though there's about 1-2 gnarly bits), or you can pin it down like a wc racer and you'll love that track so much either way.
  • 6 1
 This weekend will be the first time in 10 years I will have ridden trails in Rotorua. 3 days of nothing but me riding. Can't wait. But lets not forget the amazing trails Wellington offers as well. And some of the epic outings further south. Check out Wellington trails here - www.trailforks.com/region/wellington-region
  • 1 0
 There are more trails built by South Star Trails ( Jeff Carter). more like this one but some rock. video coming soon for the new trails poping up down there.
  • 5 0
 Love this trail of the month series. Makes me want to ride. What more can you ask for.
  • 4 0
 This is a cool looking trail, not techy, but speed can make it fun! love it when there are harder alt lines on trails.
  • 5 0
 That girl in the fox jersey !
  • 3 0
 ...can ride better than me! Not that that is hard to do, but she ripped!
  • 2 0
 Just got back from a week in Roto. Eagle vs Shark was the best trail we rode. Definitely worth the hike back up to the shuttle pick up. Because it's fairly new, it is in really good nick as well.
  • 1 0
 just came back from Roto and rode this trail, in fact one of the dudes in this video drove our jeep, top blokes. (the rooster outfit), yes not the most techy trail but it is super fast, very fast...and you connect with some other trails at the bottom, amazing. Has the best time riding in roto, insane + epic trails.
  • 1 0
 I'll be riding this trail tomorrow with Southstar Shuttles. Hopefully, if I can find it.. Let me tell all you guys and gals back in the states, New Zealand is worth the trip. Amazing views, sick dirt and pretty awesome people... So bummed tomorrow is my last day of riding. Frown
  • 2 0
 One of the most fun trails I've ridden. Don't be put off by the long ride back to the shuttle - it's mainly downhill or flat.
  • 1 0
 i hate this... all the best trails are up in the N.W. aint no body going to call my local trails "trail of the month" because they aren't flowy or wide or fast. they also aren't on huge shuttle-able mountains...
  • 1 0
 Tahoe Rim Trail, Bootleg Canyon, Kentucky Camp are all IMBA.com epic rated trails. What is wrong with them?
  • 1 0
 Yeah be real nice to find something like this trail here in Switzerland - my 11 and 8 yo are desperately wanting to ride on "real" trails but can't take them on some crazy alpine trail - this would be perfect to start!
  • 3 0
 Congrats on being featured
  • 2 0
 If its half as good as the movie its named after will be an epic trail haha
  • 3 0
 ahhhh, new zealand.
  • 2 0
 Seven more sleeps and I'm on it !
  • 3 2
 The trail looks like a lot of fun but this video was just akward. Made me feel like I was watching some weird Furry video.
  • 5 0
 Have you seen the film of the same name? More awkward, but brilliant and a great example of NZ humour.
  • 2 0
 the movie is great!
  • 2 0
 So I watched the preview for the movie and your right, it's just as akward.
  • 3 0
 Rad movie. All Taika's movies are rad. probably more rad than Micheal Jackson as a ninja
  • 2 0
 I thought PB hated trails like this.
  • 1 0
 Gonna ride this trail tomorrow!
  • 1 0
 Gonna listen that music again because I can't ride the trail!
  • 2 0
 I need to go to Rotorua!
  • 1 0
 I can confirm, this trail is awesome! I will be back to ride it one day!
  • 2 1
 Epic track.
  • 1 0
 Dat flow 3

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