News for August 2016
Rides for August & September have been posted. If you've any requests just email HVMBC Rides!
Club Captains Yearly Roundup.
The HVMBC membership numbers seem to have been fading through 2015/2016 although we usually suffer a dip around renewal time in April. We are not the largest club by a long shot but we have a good keen bunch of cross country riders who enjoy some wild rides from time to time.
Financially the club is quite stable, income from events has been low but we have had no major purchases this year.
The HVMBC is all about cross country mountain bike riding and that is what we do; Sunday rides every 2nd weekend and Wednesday evening rides every day of the year, plus away trips and some MTB event organising, this is where the clubs profile is raised by being involved with events like the Get2Go challenge for younger folk coming up in August.
This past year's highlights include:
June: Antler Lodge, Akatarawa Valley.
In June a few of us booked in to Antler Lodge to see if this would be something different to do closer to home. This is a purpose built lodge, a wee bit rough and ready but a great spot up on top of the hill behind Camp Akatarawa and a great spot for a 'lads' overnight trip close to the Dead-Stag ride but not much riding on the northern side of the valley.
July: Rotorua Club Trip.
Late July we took a trip to Rotorua, always a popular choice and around 18 of us took advantage of a couple of cheap police houses made available to Grant, him being a good copper shared that option with us. Lots of good riding in the forest and shuttle runs over at the gondola with a key transfer option on the Western Okataina allowed us to ride one way, all in all a great extended weekends riding.
GET2GO secondary schools challenge. For the 8th year HVMBC have organised and run the MTB component of the challenge where the schools also do orienteering and kayaking. This year the event was held in the Hutt Valley for the first time and will now alternate between The Hutt and Mt Victoria.
HVMBC Xmas BBQ held at Belmont Regional Park. A fine afternoon and a good ride up into the hills and around the tops was followed by an evening of continuous good food and 'a few' drinks until it was time to turn in. In the morning a further ride was called for by those that had survived the night.
April: The Old Ghost Road.
Back in April I had the opportunity to ride the Old Ghost Road down south and although the weather was pretty terrible I would have to say forget The Heaphy! If it is single track you are after high in the mountains of the West Coast then this track ticks all the boxes. Amazingly well built, true technical single track that would challenge the best. Make sure this one is on your 'to-do' list sometime soon.
We had a trip out to Glendhu Station on the Wairarapa Coast to check out this area and see if there was enough riding for a future club trip and although we had a good ride around the coast past Toro and over the hills on the station the following day this was mostly 4WD tracks and not really enough single track riding to make a return trip.
This year HVMBC members have been assisting with track building and maintenance in and around the Hutt Valley, Whareroa Farm and further afield, if you are interested in 'doing your bit' then have a chat with one of the committee.
The HVMBC just gets out there and rides, if it is somewhere new or a recently opened track then that's great otherwise we ride tracks in the sunshine and in the wind and rain, ride them all in the dark and have a good time doing it.
And so finally in closing a big thank you to the committee for all their efforts in keeping The Hutt Valley MTB Club rolling along now in its 25th year and due a party to celebrate that fact.
A reminder that according to our club captain we are approaching Winter (i.e. we're not there yet), and surprisingly enough the tracks are slippery when wet - so take care out there.
A bit of advice to those that have got a few kilometres under their belt. Remember you don't repair as quickly as you may have done in the past, do not follow Captain SMeeres over a blind hump, yes it will hurt, and ride to ride another day.
Club Away Trip Reports!
The slack, good-for-nothing Web editor has finally managed to lift a finger and get a trip report up on the site. Take a gander at Away Trip Reports for a write-up on a bunch of trips, and keep looking for (hopefully) regular updates. I plan to add a few photos over the next few days...
Please pay up on your membership fees! There are a number of people that have still not paid... If you haven't received a request for membership payment, then it is likely we do not have a working email address for you! Please send our treasurer or membership officer your updated email address and please forward on your payment. Thanks!
Wainuiomata Hill - Road Safety Reminder
Following a recent crash, we'd like to remind HVMBC members that making a U-turn at the top of Wainuiomata Hill is illegal and highly risky.
If you are parking in the lay-by, or dropping off / picking up riders there, you must drive to the bottom of the hill and turn around at the Parkway roundabout.
If you are crossing here as a pedestrian or with your bike, please check very carefully for approaching vehicles.
Hutt City Council continues its efforts to obtain funding from NZTA to put in the bridge, but no certainty yet as to when it will go ahead.
Road Safety Coordinator
Phone: 04 570 6730
Mobile: 027 480 7206
AK-Attack MTBO event
The Ak-Attack 2014 results have now been put up on the web - please follow the MTBO links.
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