Sunday, October 25

Now with added map...

Map Meister Steve Newport (3rd from right) brought a few riding mates over from Nelson on Sunday to show them round the tracks. They were good enough to give big wraps to those of us who were there for our morning working bee, many of them being dedicated track workers in their own backyard.
Bryan Cohen (4th from right) gave the pump track a crack - which cracked him right back!Hopefully he was still able to man the barbeque at the bach later on...

Despite GPS'ing all of the tracks and spending several hours at his computer detailing them onto a Google Earth map, Steve still didn't sound wholly confident about where he was leading them so we've now uploaded the map onto the Tracks page for his - and your - future forays.

Sunday, October 18

It's hard to believe...

Jonathan Kennett handed out kudos to ten of the busier clubs building great mtb track around the country in the October '09 issue of NZ Endurance mag.

This is what he had to say about us....


"The speed of this club is staggering! It's hard to believe that the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park Society was only formed this year, yet they have already built four tracks. When I phoned the project manager for this article he was thrashing about in the bush designing a fifth track that will be ready to ride this summer.
There are also several existing tracks that aren't nearly as good as the new ones but they help expand the network into an area worthy of spending a few hours exploring. And other club members are working on a Pump Track.
Next time you head for a holiday at Kaiteriteri, forget the famous beach. The action is in the forest behind the town. The club has a good website at http: etc....."

Well, that fifth, 1.9kms, track is now finished and being enjoyed as Glade Runner, and since Jonathan phoned we've gone on to add Revelation, Shady Lady and a new entrance track into the Park!

Yep, there's some pretty hot action going on up in the forest... but the beach still holds its own.

Friday, October 16

Track Profile: Salivater

Salivater is where it all begins.

It provides a mouth-watering intro to the Park's growing network of trails. It's only 300m long but when you emerge onto a minor spur at its end, your juices will be already be flowing.

It starts with a gradual climb out of the Trailer Park, to the left of the Pump Track...

before gently gaining some height through two easy, bermed switchbacks.

It then sets off on a little sidle
through some pines

the track flanked by ferns and native grasses

glinting in the dappled sunlight.

The undulations disguise the subtle rise in elevation

until another pair of switchbacks reminds you of the height gain

before the final run to the track exit

and junction with SideWinder
and Half-Pipe.

All photos by Steve Newport.

Tuesday, October 13

Glade Runner sorted!

An awkward swampy section in one of this 1.9 kms track's many glades finally got sorted this week.

Andrew brought the Chings digger in and quarried on-site granite soil to create a nice little curvey causeway. It began with a culvert to channel the water..

and 50-odd barrowloads later it was hard-packed and ready to ride.

Mark Van Zoelen and his apprentice, Callum, came along to build a bridge over the deep stream cutting at the end of this section. Mark, of MVZ Builders, donated all of the materials along with his time.

Insider knowledge meant Deborah Morris was first to christen this long-awaited link-up, unexpectedly beating notorious track poacher mb!

Thursday, October 8

Park Logo

Here is our new logo - one that says mountain biking has arrived at Kaiteriteri!

Troll through the archives to see the Motueka High School entry that it's based on. Alan & Liz Eskrick, owners of signz n graphix in Richmond, donated the services of designer Sarah De Cent to smarten it up and we're pretty pleased with the final look so many thanks to the team there.

Big thanks also to Mat Tait for the time he put into helping us get there.

We're in the process of finalising our Park map along with a t-shirt & cap order so expect to see the logo out & about fairly soon.