A group of 17 hardy riders turned up for a ride that would be more than they bargained for. The Wires Road ride starts 16km north of Paeroa, approx 25km grade 2-3, best avoided in the wet.
After a week of dry weather it was raining the morning of, not a good start… The ride started out with a steady climb, slippery rocks in some sections to a plateau at the top. There are views over to Whangamata on a good day.
Once up on the plateau it was onto the loop track, a few short sharp climbs, deep puddles and challenging downhill sections.
Once at the end of the loop we rested up at the hut, decision time, head back down the Wires Road or take on the Waipaheke Track, we went for the latter. Unfortunately there was a fair amount of walking with large motorbike ruts right up the middle of the trail. Good views out over the Waikato on the way back, but then a gnarlly descent on on bashing/walking over babyhead rocks. Once we made it down to the valley it became much more rideable, flowing singletrack along the river to the finish.
The team made it back safely but tired, taking a bit longer than bargained for, but agreed it was a great adventure.
As quoted in Mountain Biking North: “be prepared to carry your bike most of the way and enjoy pain and suffering , and the building of moral fibre. We’d recommend this ride only if it is dry, agree grade 3 on the Wires track by 4-5 on the Waipakeke Track.