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Hello all, just had a recent holiday up your way, (from Cairns in Oz), and to my excitement found out that you lot have heaps of mtb tracks. I'm coming back this year xmas again for 7 or so days with some friends to ride. I saw a "book" with all the rides in it. Where can I buy this?
Just a head's up on the state of Corkscrew @ Kaiteriteri MTB Park.
Only a couple of spots that remain a bit sticky but we'll get them sorted eventually. While this track is still bedding in, we ask that people don't ride it during or immediately after heavy rain. Keeps it sweet for everyone else
Chings Highway is not worth attempting to ride at the moment
There are still several slips from the flooding, and a lot of growth from over summer.
Later this year it is our intention to regroom and fix this track up ready for next summer. If you would like to help with this send me a message
The new R&R entry track is progressing well. After three sessions we have got to about the quarter way mark
This will be a great track once finished.
If you want to help, then come to the working bees which are on every fortnight, or send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to the list
Eddy has now started his Winter Wind up of the local possum population
His demenour out on rides has changed from trotting in beside me, to being a couple of hundred yards ahead!
He is not quite as fast as he has been in the past now that he is almost 8, but he has already had a few in the last couple of weeks.
Current count is 168
The Nelson / Tasman MTB Track Book has been a huge success, and it is obvious that the information in it has been needed for some time.
The forst run of 150 was gone in two days, the second run of 150 gone a day later, so Supply is not able to keep up with demand!
A third run of 150 has been initiated to try and keep up.
For those wanting a book, most of the bike shops are holdiong a "Shop Copy" for people to look at and order against, so at this stage the best thing you can do is head to your local bike shop and put your name down for one.
If your looking at doing the Barron's Flat Ride, make sure that you are well prepared for a long slog with plenty of mud holes and dismounts.
Its definatly worth the effort if you are prepared for it, but the DOC litrature makes it sound a little easier than it actually is.
DOC say its an intermediate ride mostly downhill, sometimes boggy with the occational carry inplaces.
A more accurate description is probably
I have just come back from a romp down the Involution. The access road up is fully rideable from the quarry entrance, with the track narrowing to just a couple of bike widths where the road has simply dropped off down into the trees. The rest of the road is much as it was beforehand.
I went up the firebreak, and that is in good shape, as is the rest of the track to the Involution entrance. The main part of the track back down to the road is fully rideable, including the streams. The lower part from the road down is slightly different.
This was about people on the Moutere Highway, but I see it as applicable to any road cyclists, so I am posting it here for other roadies. The email came from Krista Hobday, the TDC road safety coordinator, who is a supporter of cyclists in the region
Any idea where we should ride this coming weekend?
What's your preference?
I has got my possum number 150 now!
I is a good boy, my master told me so!
master was not so happy when I got my number 150 rubbish bag though!
We are heading down to Wanaka next month for a wedding and thought we would take the bikes down.
Sticky Forest has been coming up in a few conversations, has anyone here ridden there.
Heading back via mid Canty etc with a stopover- any recommendations with good tracks nearby.
We are keen on riding the new track at Castle hill but there may still be a bit much snow there
The "Dogs" Tracks have had a bit of a makeover and been condensed into one "Super" track. Work is still in progress on the lower bypass, but the main run is awesome. Three ramps and a log jump (all with chicken lines)
And some great corners to boot.
The only rideable track is the yellow line in the picture. The green line is under progress and has a giant ramp and bouncy bridge!
The other two tracks (blue and White) have trees down and are in no way ridable any more so don't bother trying!
Ok Buddies... If you have found this, please add a comment and let me know how you are finding this so far.
Its going to take a bit of traffic and info to flow to get the interest up.
Eventually the Wrap will be posted here rather than to individual mail boxes too.
The syndicated forums are creating confusion I think. I have been using forums / message boards daily since 1999, and these are even catching me out. Any way to simplify?. Do we need to be dialled in with Australia/USA?
We are aiming to be a source of info primarily in Nelson, for Nelsoners, and secondarily to NZ as a whole, I think we may have cast the net a bit too wide. What do we all think on this one?.
edit..... see, i have even put this post in entirely the wrong place...
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Can you let people know we have completed track clearing on Matai (100% clear again now!) Rimu and Sharlands Creek. There was a lot of pig rooting on Sharlands and this is now fixed, as well as a lot of clearing where the ruts have formed on the exit out. The pipe in the creek has been recovered with fresh dirt too so should be riding nicely.
The more people we can get riding Rimu and Matai, the less clearing work we will have to do in spring We saw 6 people come down the trail on Saturday which was awesome.