It’s that time of year again; the days are getting shorter, the temperature a little colder (although not by much this year..) but most importantly the rain has started again which means Woodhill is getting back to it’s best and Mark and Kelly’s Saturday rides are starting up again.
As in previous years Mark and Kelly Toplis will be running weekly Saturday afternoon rides at Woodhill catering to all abilities. The first will be on April 9th. Meet out the front of the pro shop at 2:15pm (make sure to arrive early so you can buy your pass and get kitted up beforehand). After the ride they’ll be heading to The Fireplace in Kumeu for post-ride refreshments.
Kiwi Crusade Start Line. Photo by Joshua Beaven
Simon Yates sent through this write-up on the Kiwi Crusade:
“There has been many adventure races in the Coromandel, but the 2016 Kiwi Crusade was the first Mt Bike Stage race there over 7 days total, looping from waterfront Tauranga up to Cape Colville & back.
Organiser, Darryl Gove supplied the Club with 4 team entries. The 7 day passes went to the Club’s XC 2015 winners – Tad ( passed onto Rob for being the race venue host) , and to Sarah Russell who had a fine first stage race. Bruce & Barry; Jeremy & I made up the 3Dayers. Continue reading
The opportunity of combining work and leisure presented itself, so work on Friday at a customer site in Nelson and ride the Coppermine on Saturday. Perfect, or so I thought..
I have done this race a few years ago, in that occasion I had chosen the Epic course which takes you through Diamond Ridge, nice name but it’s a devilish, unridable, root ridden few kms that I had to mostly run and walk.
So this year I choose the Classic course that, although the same length, bypasses Diamond Ridge. Has got to be better. Continue reading
The overall times are listed below by category. Stage times are available here. Continue reading
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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!
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 :
After 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!
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!
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?)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 23rd December 2015.