The Saint Cycles Riverhead Enduro is back!

Saint Cycles Riverhead Enduro 2016

It’s back! Once again we’re running our Enduro from Barlow Road in Riverhead Forest on Sunday 21st February 2016 with support from Saint Cycles and Hallertau Brewery.

This is a super-fun event, in a format that best captures the way most of us ride. And as much fun as we had in the mud last year, we’re hoping for a dry course this year!

Enter here, and check out the action from last year thanks to Airtime NZ :

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2016 Membership Now Open

2016 memberships are now available over on the Join Our Club page.

Prices haven’t changed since last year and are a bargain at $40 for an adult or $60 for a family membership.

As a member you get cheaper entry to our events like the Riverhead Enduro, Auckland XC Champs and Singlespeed Sundays. Your membership fee goes towards supporting the club’s operating expenses and events like social rides, trail building and advocacy.

We have big plans for this year so thanks for your ongoing support and we hope to see you out on the trails very soon!

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Waitawa Working Bee This Weekend

Waitawa MTB Working Bee – Sunday Feb 14th
Our man on the ground at Waitawa Regional Park is the ever present Gabb. Having been involved in a lot of the process of trail design/build on this new Regional Park, Gabb and friends have continued work there including some hand-build work in the exciting Eucalyptus area. And now you have a chance to be part of the history of this developing MTB park!
Gabb wants to get the new single track called The Eucalyptus up and open for the summer months and so we are running a Working Bee on Sunday 14th of February 2016 – yes that is Valentines Day so bring your loved one along (which may well be your bike!), enjoy a guided ride on the trails at Waitawa before lending your hand to shaping a great flowy downhill with a cruisy shaded return climb. Here’s the plan;
Sunday 14 February 2016 
  • ​​8:30am Guided Ride on all the trails. Meet at the MTB Carpark (the one with the best views around!). If you haven’t done the Old School Party Groove downhill yet, best you come along!!
  • 10:00am Working Bee begins (those not riding meet at the MTB carpark) – we will drop down to the shaded area of the Eucalyptus for the work.
  • 12:00pm Lunch provided by the Auckland MTB Club (if you RSVP to us or Gabb –waitawa@freakystyley.co.nz or 0220 789539 – by 5pm Saturday 13th Feb). This will be at the Eucalyptus area and you can ride back up to your vehicle if need be (400m up the gravel road).
  • 12:30pm Work recommences.
  • 2:15pm Lay down tools, hit the beach, have a nice cold beer, provided by the Club and the good folks at Auckland Council Southern Regional Parks.
What to bring
  • Your bike.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Gloves.
  • Sturdy footwear.
  • Togs.
  • A spade/trail tool if you have one, but plenty of tools will be provided by Club and our fine friend Waitawa Ranger Stan.
Where
  • Waitawa Regional Park, 40 minutes from central Auckland, 13km past Clevedon, just before descent to Kawakawa Bay – click here for Google Map location, see attached for specific locations.
Please consider coming along even if you cannot work the full day – we really need to show the Council that we are willing to lend a hand in the development and on-going maintenance of the trails they are providing us to ride for free. If each of us attends just a few of these Working Bees each year, that will go a long way to ensure we get permission for trails in other parks around Auckland. If you attend three or more you will get automatic membership to the Auckland MTB Club for your efforts (stay tuned for upcoming Hunua MTB Working Bees)!
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Kiwi Crusaders

Kiwi CrusadeAfter a flood of entries and much deliberation (OK OK, they were the only entries, so our decision was really easy :) ) we are proud to announce the winners of our Kiwi Crusade competition.

Representing the club in the three day endurance event will be:

  • Barry Page
  • Bruce Weir
  • Jeremy Smart
  • Simon Yates

Congratulations fellas and we look forward to seeing your progress. You’ve all been amazing supporters of the club (and MTB in Auckland in general) over the years so your entry is thoroughly deserved and we’re sure you’ll do us proud.

Now begins the hard work – training!

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Arch Hill Spin This Sunday

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This Sunday (13th December) is the third annual Arch Hill Spin. This is the club’s final event of the year, a super-fun mixture of relay race, wheel of fortune and party.

We’ll be throwing a BBQ afterwards and have even got a big pile of spot-prizes to give away thanks to NZ Mountain Bike Magazine, Auckland Transport and Planet Cycles.

Entry is a whole $10 so you have no excuses not to be there! (You have finished your Xmas shopping by now, right?)

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Kiwi Crusade Members Competition

Kiwi Crusade

So for the final deal this year, we are entering two two-person club teams into the 2016 Kiwi Crusade.

We have four rider positions (two teams) up for grabs to club members only, covering fully paid up entries (value $2200 per team), to race the three-day event, comprising over 300 km of fully-supported, five-star luxury mountain biking in the Coromandel.

In order to be in contention we want you to put your case forward why you hit the spot to be one of the four team members. Why do you deserve the entry? What makes you stand out from the crowd? What will your participation do for you, for the club and for mountain biking in general?

We are looking for a different age/gender mix of four committed riders to race for the 3 days. If you and a mate want to combine your entry that’s fine too.

To enter, email your nomination to president@aucklandmtb.co.nz by 23rd December 2015.

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Waitawa Working Bee Sun 22nd Nov

WaitawaAs the weather continues to improve we have lots going on every weekend and this Sunday sees our first Waitawa MTB Working Bee on the same day as our Saint Cycles Auckland XC Championship.
So if you’re not the racing type and would like be shown the trail network and to help out building new trails on this great network, then here are the details.

Akld MTB Club advocate Gabb has been involved in this park from before it’s opening in 2014 and will be running the day which will start with ​him showing us around on a few varying circuits of the network as well as the new hand-built trails we will be working on.

There will be 2 parts to the day, the ride and the work;
The Ride
If you wish to take part in the ride, be at the Waitawa MTB Carpark and ready to ride by 8:30am.
The Work
We will be returning to/meeting at the same place at 10:30 to start the trail work which is close to the MTB Carpark.
Like our excellent Hunua Working Bees, the club will provide a high energy lunch for you if you RSVP to Gabb by Saturday afternoon. We will then work on for another couple of hours before calling it a day and heading back to the carpark for the Auckland Council and trusty Ranger Stan to provide us with a BBQ feed to refuel your tired body and chat about all things MTB. Our disc golfing friends will be there too working on their part of the park (which we will ride through).
What to bring
Sturdy footwear – we are build new trail here. Gloves. Water. We will have plenty of Auckland Council provided tools but bring your favourite spade if you wish (just make sure you take it home with you!).

So if you want to be part of the action do let Gabb know by emailing waitawa@freakystyley.co.nz or calling/texting him on 0220 789539.
If we do well enough the new trail might just be opened immediately.

This is one of the trails we will work on. As you can see, the line has been set. It is now a case of making the surface bike-friendly

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Survey Time

Ahead of this month’s AGM we’d love to hear your thoughts on the club and what we offer. Please take a moment to tell the Club Committee what you’re thinking, what you like, what we’re doing well and what we could improve.

Click this link to open the survey, it only takes two minutes to complete, and will be available until 22nd November.

Thank you!

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Thames MTB Trails Open Day

Our friends in the Thames MTB Club are running an open day to show off their trails which they’ve been working hard on over the last couple of years. We’re looking into running an away ride for this but in the meantime here are the details:

When: Saturday 21st November 2015. 10:00 am – 2pm
Where: Moanataiari Creek Road ( The Scarface Trails )
Parking: A&G Price Yard in Owen Street, (directly opposite the Gold Mine on SHWY 25) also at Kuranui Bay.
NO CARS/PARKING up Moanataiari Creek Road. Shuttle, Bike or Walk up the road.
Shuttle available from 9.45am-1.45pm, leaving from the bottom of Moanataiari Creek Road.
Available: Sausage sizzle, Drinks, Coffee, Ice Creams, Trail Maps, Thames MTB Club Membership, Face Painting, Down Hill Shuttle service, Spot Prizes.
Program: 10:00 am – 2pm ride the trails and meet the club. Take the Pump Track Challenge. 12pm Judging best Decorated Bike & Best Rider Costume.

https://www.facebook.com/events/534055313426869/

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Final Auckland CX This Sunday

Photo: James Kirkham

The final race in the Auckland City Cyclocross series is happening this Sunday, 1st November at Waiatarua Reserve, Remuera.

Entry is open to anyone with a CX bike or MTB, there’s a kids race for the nippers and the entry fee is a steal. Rego is from midday with the kids race starting at 12:30pm and the adults race at 1pm.

More info on Auckland City Cyclocross Facebook page.

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