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Editorial

What a stunning day over at the Odyssey working bee today, I took one of my vans across with a great crew of volunteers to help the Golden Bay club and Rameka Project people get a bit more done on the new Odyssey track. This track is going to be a grade 4+ alternative route down to great expectations. All of you who ride over there will know how good these tracks are and this one will be no exception and is deliberately being built by hand at 2 foot across to provide a suitable challenge to those that like it that way. Last year as a result of the Golden Bay Clubs efforts and a bit of a competition that saw three Trail Saints teams have a go too, the Red section above was built. So far this year, including today’s efforts, the Green section has been done and the track is well down the valley. A couple more big efforts will see the rest done and hopefully by summer if there is enough help. I am always happy to give them a hand, and will happily take the van over again as I did today with the trailer so that you can also get a run in afterward as the crew today did!
Jonathan Kennett led the thrust today with a mix of locals, Wellington imports and a few of us from Nelson. Bad planning though saw the annual Gibbs Hill race on today which took out a few of the usual locals but all was good, a great team saw some good progress though it is now getting a bit more difficult crossing some shale beds and more rocky terrain as the track gets closer to the bottom. The dirt though is fantastic and will make a great base. A couple of good berms were thrown in today which once they harden up will add some flow and all the way down there are some good “Features” appearing to keep you on your toes.
One thing I saw this time while I was over there, but forgot to take a photo of, was the way the team over there stop you sliding off the bridges they have built over the creeks. Instead of using chicken wire or plastic, both of which make a bit of a mess if you fall on them, they have used old tyres cut up and placed in strips across the bridges, a great way to get rid of those environmentally awkward old tyres and I would say long lasting as well.
For further info on the Rameka Project work you can keep up to date by watching their Blog

http://projectrameka.carbonsink.org.nz/

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How to Subscribe to our Weekly Newsletter

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The MTB-Buddies have a weekly Newsletter that details up and coming rides, new tracks to ride, social events and lots more. While this website has some information its not always up to date so if you want to get the MTB-Buddies Weekly Newsletter "The Weekly Wrap" then you can do so by following this link and subscribing (you can always unsubscribe at any time)

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Ben Nevis Video


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We are doing it again in November if anyone is keen

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Corkscrew

Just a head's up on the state of Corkscrew @ Kaiteriteri MTB Park.

NOW REOPENED!

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 Smiling

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Chings Highway

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
Cheers
Steve

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Trail Saints Progress

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 newport@ts.co.nz and we will add you to the list

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Eddy's Possums

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

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Nelson / Tasman MTB Track Book

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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.

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Road Riding Etiquette

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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

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MTB-Buddies Website Use

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.

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DOC Area tracks all good to ride

Hi Steve
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 Smiling We saw 6 people come down the trail on Saturday which was awesome.

Cheers,

Regards,

Kelvin Brown

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MTB-Buddies Weekly Rides

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Welcome to the Revolution, Round 2

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A little background

Over the last year or so, we (Steve Newport, Dale Swift and I, amongst others) have been trying to get the MTB-Buddies website up and going with useful content, lively forums and smart features. Since we were doing this around jobs, families and riding, the website always came out last, little progress was being made and hope appeared to be dim.
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