Notice to all club members this years AGM is scheduled for the 10th of December 2013. The committee has put in a great effort over the past year:
- Stepping up to host a round of the national cup, increasing #’s for the spring series and Singlespeed Sundays in between.
- The Cranksista’s going from strength to strength.
- Some new destinations for away rides.
- Steps forward on trail advocacy with the Bike Facilities Plan, new trails at Hunua, Grammar kids leading the charge at Arch Hill and , and supporting and promoting other developments around the region.
This is an opportunity to review what has happened in the past year, plans for the next year and beyond, plus elect the new committee.
So come along, contribute to the meeting and enjoy some nibbles to keep you fueled up. We need your feedback on what you want to see in the coming year.
Fresh ideas and enthusiasm is what keeps the club ticking over, so get involved.
Venue, Sprig and Fern Tavern, Drake St.
Mingle from 7pm, proceedings from 7:30 some nibbles provided.
- 7:00 snacks
- 7:30 AGM
- Minutes of last AGM
- Presidents report
- Treasurers report
- Election of officers
- Plans for 2014
Held at the Sprig and Fern Tavern on Drake St in the City.
What is the Longest Day Ride?
You get on your bike and ride from Sunrise to Sunset on the longest day of the year, which is December 21st. Prior to the Longest Day Ride you put a ride plan together, grab some mates, gather donations and then ride you bike. Easy as! We’ve got a how to page on the site (http://www.aride.org.nz/longest-day/how-to-do-the-longest-day-ride/)
You can take a look at some rides that are planned for 2013 here. (http://www.aride.org.nz/longest-day/2013/)
We had 8 club members and 8 locals from Whangarei MTB club cruised a hot 55km ride on Saturday from Parua Bay.
There was a great mix of trails from gravel, single track, and old school, overgrown trails. The day was hot and sticky but the river crossing cooled us all down (especially Simon
We finished up on top of a hill over looking Whangarei Heads for a BBQ and beers, then a play on some mint, private trails!
Some were brave enough to give the giant (over the fence) see-saw a go…!
Only a few hard-core Aucklanders were left for the sunday 1/2 day ride. It started nice and cool in the morning mist…Followed by a tiki tour around some classic trails in the local MTB park. This is local John disappearing into White Tail. Then a bit more of a mission to find the Mad Cow trail…Thanks so much to the boys from the Whangarei MTB Club for sharing their fav places with us and their awesome hospitality. At the end of each trail we were offered cold drinks, shady trees, food and coffee and a hose or a pool to cool us off. We’ll definitely be back!
Newly elected Local Board member Luke Wilson was caught on camera on Saturday volunteering his time outside of his Henderson Massey ward…
Luke came to the Arch Hill Scenic Reserve to lend a hand with the mountain bike trails to see if he can emulate our model out West.
Luke rolling up his sleeves and getting his hands dirty;
Volunteers giving back to the trails they ride;
Entries for last round of Auckland Endura MTB series are pouring in and looks like we have world champion coming to big smoke!!
The venue is Slater Rd!! An excellent set of trails, not normally open to the public, so this a rare chance to check them out. Online entries close at 9:53pm tomorrow night.
22 and 33km options, as usual the team have a great course lined up, rego from 8:30, events start from 10am, check out our events page for more info.
Series results now posted on the website. Don’t forget that only two of your best results count and you have to race on Sunday. Final race placing will decide if you have the same amount of points.
See you out there!!
You may have heard the rumours about a mountain bike park at Auckland Airport. Well it’s true and the Runway MTB Park about to open! Our very own Gabb has been involved in designing this short mix of loops and feels that most of us will enjoy it. ”The brief was to make it family friendly,” says the ex club President, “but that doesn’t mean we can’t have testing corners, table tops, rock gardens, berms and there is even a cool Pump Track built with the help of Puni Reserve Pump Track creator Clinton Williams.”
So come along to the fun of the opening from – the club will be running a sausage sizzle and there will be drinks available. Click here for directions - the parking is just behind The Warehouse. The fun begins at 10am and features nothing more than trying out the tracks.
This is a great addition to the offroad riding options in Auckland, especially if live/work nearby (over 12,000 people work at or around Auckland Airport) and is an ideal place to take anyone who is new to the sport. Well done to Auckland International Airport Ltd for taking this initiative. If you like it, be sure to give them feedback – we might be able to get even more tracks!
(PS and there’s a really cool pub next door: http://www.szimpla.co.nz/)
Also, news on the Auckland Secondary Schools Series….
After many years of organising a great Auckland Secondary Schools Mountain Bike Series with help from ASB College Sport, Sadie Parker, Hira Wynyard and Rod Haag have handed over the reins.
The event needed to be led by a teacher and Jon Hasler from Auckland Grammar has kindly stepped up to be the main organiser. Lara Craggs (Auckland Grammar parent and Jafakids committee member) has been involved in the organisation with Jon as well as having some input from Blair Woodhead (Coach for MacLeans College) and our Jafakids Chairman Neil Welsford.
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From the AKDH Team
We’ll be running shuttles at Dome Valley on the 24th, usual spot but we’ll be running a special deal (only $10 and you don’t need to join for this one off). Help out at the Bike Day Out and you’ll likely be treated like royalty at the shuttle day (you might even get to shuttle for free).
Plus they are hosting a round of the NZDH North Island Downhill Series Dec 14th
From the Woodhill Bike Parks Team
We are excited to announce the return of the awesome-ness that we wanted to call …
“2014 Public MTB Product Launch, Bike Test, Airbag session, Pump rack race’n, sausage sizzling, eye googling, all in one place…PARRRRRTY” .. but it was too long. All of NZ’s industry together in one place for your viewing, riding and ogling pleasure. Right here at Woodhill MTB Park”
New Mountain Bike Orienteering series for 2014.
Another dimension to mountain biking, and a great opportunity to ride in some new area’s!
“Join us for 6 days of mountain bike orienteering action in some fantastic locations, including unique private forest tracks in Woodhill and Maramarua, as well as the world class Rotorua Whakarewarewa mountain bike area.
This event will appeal to mountain bikers looking to inject some fun into their riding experience, through to orienteers looking for a two wheeled challenge.
With good numbers expected, and people coming from across New Zealand and Australia, we expect a fun filled few days of riding and socialising in a carnival atmosphere environment. This is a multi-day format programme, with 4 long distance (or “classic”) events, a middle distance, and a sprint event. Enjoy the full carnival experience, or if time’s tight just sign up for an event or two only.
Mountain bike orienteering is huge fun, and is famous for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere that embraces newcomers and old-hands alike. We look forward to seeing you there, so enter now or get in touch for more information.”