February 19th/20th- Moerangi
Arguably the best piece of singletrack in the North Island, our trip to Moerangi last year was a real highlight. 35kms of non-stop singletrack, climbing up to a peak of over 1000m, through some of the most remote and beautiful native forest you could hope for. Without a hint of mobile phone reception, this is real back-country riding and not for beginners. This year we’re toying with the idea of staying in one of the three huts along the track, just to get that real adventure experience! And seeing as we’ll be in the area, it would be rude not to take in the shorter Whirinaki trail as well!
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March 19th/20th – Whangamata
Another repeat visit, the Tairua forest (about 5km north of Whangamata), is owned by Matariki Forests and managed by Rayonier New Zealand. There is a dedicated mountain bike area within the forest which has been around for a few years and has loads of great trails (thanks to a dedicated bunch of locals) if you know where to go.
Fortunately our local contact Maurice will be on hand again to show us around.
April 23rd (Saturday) – Te Aroha
Last year’s visit soggy visit to the sweet trails of Te Aroha suffered somewhat from the rain, so we’ve moved it to April in the hope of better luck with the weather. Again Geoff Buysman will be doing the honours and leading the ride round his local trails.
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June 26th (Sunday) – Raglan
Planning on competing in the Karioi Classic this year? Some of us did the inaugural race last year and enjoyed it so much we decided this year to run a club ride beforehand. It’s 50kms of gravel roads, which may or may not be your thing, but the views are stunning, the surf is awesome and the post-ride food is damn good too! A grand day out.
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September 11th (Sunday) – Taupo
Tim will be taking a ride round Craters Of The Moon on the Sunday after the Day Night Thriller.