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Billy T (2.00km)
Rotorua RedwoodsLast Update: 30/12/2014
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Difficulty - Intermediate - Advanced - A & B Lines
Slope - Moderate - Steep
Space - Tight - Extreme Caution
Surface - Clay - Dirt - Heavy leaf and branch litter - Roots - Rutted
Trail type - Single track
Billy T starts from Tawa Rd a short and steep ride from the shuttle drop off through the gate and up the hill. It’s far too steep for me to ride. The trail ends on Moerangi Rd just off Hill Rd and a 20m or so from the start of G Rock.
The section from the start of Billy T to Underbilly is arguably the most technical of the trail. It contains some of the steepest sections of the trail and a number of challenging rooted sections, one of which caught the better of me as shown on the video.
From the intersection of Te Tihi-O-Tawa the trail flows around the mountain with some tricky rooted corners that require quick reactions before splitting as the trail brushes Hill Rd. On the video I head to the left and run down through a narrow rutted section, however there is a very large drop/roller to the right that leads to a massive gap jump – well beyond my skillset but gets a lot of traffic.
From the gap jump the trail narrows to a very technical section with plenty of roots that funnel into a drop and deep rut. I highly recommend riding cautiously on your first run to check your line.
The final section is largely flat but assisted with a small gap jump, flowy and pumpy section that may see some riders get to the end without pedaling.
Billy T is a great intermediate to advanced ride that requires good braking and cornering skill, quick reactions and confidence at speed.
Blog articles that mention this trail
- 25/10/2017 - Conquering Whistler's Top of the World Trail
- 17/6/2016 - VIDEO: The Fourth 365 Days of Reign - My 4th year of Mountain Biking
- 22/11/2015 - VIDEO: Nine Days in the Rotorua Redwoods
- 28/6/2015 - VIDEO: 365 Days of Reign - The Third (year of serious mountain biking)
- 26/1/2015 - VIDEO: 2014 FAILS - Will Ride, Will Fail