Auckland MTB Club AGM – 28th November

It’s that time of the year, the most important evening for the club our annual AGM.
The evening is an opportunity to hear about the developments and achievements from the past year in events, club rides, trail building and advocacy, but more importantly for you as members to provide input and support for the future direction of the club.

Venue and Agenda TBC.

 

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Postponed – Arch Hill Night Rider

Due to forecast thunderstorms, we have made the decision to postpone the race until next week. Hopefully the weather is more kind to us then. It should be a good night – great atmosphere, great course, and great hot soup and buns after! Look forward to seeing you all then.

2017 Arch Hill Night Race Poster postponed

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Updated Arch Hill Working Bee Schedule

 

We are currently building a brand new trail at Arch Hill and need your help! It will add about a kilometre of trail and inject some new excitement into the trail network.

Dates:
Saturday 9 September 9.30am-1.00pm
Saturday 16 September 9.30am-1.00pm
Saturday 30 September 9.30am-1.00pm

Bring your own spade, pickaxe, rake if possible. Wear gumboots or sturdy shoes and bring gloves. Water bottle and snacks recommended.

Meet at the Ivanhoe Road Carpark at 9.30 or else follow the footpath to where the new trail begins (in pink).

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Don’t forget the Arch Hill Night Rider on Wednesday 6 September!

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Arch Hill Night Rider 2017

2017 Arch Hill Night Race Poster

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New Arch Hill Trail in Progress and Upcoming Working Bees

We are currently building a brand new trail at Arch Hill and need your help! It will add over half a kilometre of trail and inject some new excitement into the trail network. Starting with some switch backs, you climb up above the walking track to stunning views before a choice of two downhill lines back down, one fast and flowy, one more technical and challenging.

Dates:
Saturday 29 July 9.30am-1.00pm
Saturday 12 August 9.30am-1.00pm
Saturday 26 August 9.30am-1.00pm

Meet at the Ivanhoe Road Carpark at 9.30 or else follow the footpath to the other end and find us there at the start of the new trail. Bring your own spade, pickaxe, rake if possible. Wear sturdy shoes (Gumboots would be ideal if it has been raining) and bring gloves. A water bottle and snacks would be good too.

arch hill map atwt

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Twin Coast Cycleway & Waitangi MTB Club Ride

Few of us headed up north for the Queens Birthday weekend and here are couple photos.

Waitangi MTB Park – Nicely groomed machine build trails. It is clay based so little bit slippery this time of the year but trails are well built with good drainage! There is a good amount of trails for a whole day of riding. Make sure you go talk to Johhy from Paihia Mountain Bike Rentals before the ride. He will sort you out with map, day pass and recommendation for the best trails to ride. Another article about the Waitangi MTB Park is here.

  

Twin Coast Cycle Trail – This is one of the latest additions to the NZ cycle trail network. It is 45min drive from Paihia to the start of the trail in Horeke. If you need shuttle just talk to Paihia Mountain Bike Rentals.  We decided to tackle the whole trail in a day which ended up being 96km (including the bit from Opua to Paihia) and just under 8 hours total (6 hours riding time). If you want to take it bit slower you can easily spend the night in Kaikohe which is about half way.  There was only one bigger hill to ride up but otherwise, the trail is following old railway corridor, therefore, the grades are very gentle. Plenty of scenic views and some of the old railway bridges, tunnels along the way make sit for a nice ride. The only not so good thing is the number of gates bollards and cattle stops along the way. Most of them require dismount and remount which gets bit tiring. Still enjoyable ride though!

     

 

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Away Ride – Twin Coast & Waitangi – 4th & 5th June

Ride Leader: Nomes

Keen to ride from one side of NZ to the other? We’re heading on a CX mission to check out the new Twin Coast Trail. It’s an easy grade trail, so the plan is to ride the full 85km from Hokianga Harbour, with a few stops to check out the Wairere Boulders, lunch at KaiKohe, then cruise into Paihia for sunset. Bring your mountain bike as well since we’ll be checking out the trails at the Waitangi MTB park on Monday.

Map for Twin Coast Cycleway

Rough itinerary:

  • Saturday 3rd June – Meet at Paihia for an afternoon cruise to recce the MTB trails or roll up later for a beer and bike chat.
  • Sunday 4th June – Early morning shuttle to Horeke. Ride the Twin Coast Trail back to Paihia.
  • Monday 5th June – 2-3 hour morning ride in the MTB park before heading back to Auckland

More details will be added to the facebook event page.

Please register your interest with events@aucklandmtb.co.nz so we can confirm numbers for the shuttle.

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Arch Hill Dig Day – Saturday 27th May

We are starting a new trail code-named A.T.W.T (above the walking track) very soon. If you would like to be involved in the design or build let us know! We are always keen for lots of input as to what sort of trail people want and lots of hands make light work when it comes to building. Our current plan should add between 0.5 and 1km of trail and needs to be designed to have something for everyone. There will be a tough switchback climb to start (this is inevitable, unfortunately) but after that, it is very gentle and meandering until the turnaround and then downhill all the way back down! There is lots of room for different downhill lines so that we can have a technical challenge for those who like that sort of thing but also really nice flowy alternatives for everyone else.
So first dig day is on Saturday 27 May from 9.30am  to start the build. We’d love to see you come along and give us your input and help with the building. We will meet at the mapboard by the field on Ivanhoe Road. Bring a spade/rake/pickaxe/water bottle and snacks.
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Riverhead Shuttles – Barlow Road

First shuttle running Baconator!
Secon shuttle running Native!

$20 per head (cash only)

BBQ on site, bring yer snags!!

9:30am Rego, 10:00am -2:30pm
Meet at the WMC Club House – Barlow Road entrance from Ararimu Valley Road

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The Arch Hill Spin

 

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The Arch Hill Spin was on Sunday and was a big success. Thanks to everyone who came along and made the day so good.

The results can be found here

All the photos from the day can be found here

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