Kia Ora Bikers
Hope everybody is enjoying some warmer weather, we are starting to experience spring in Taupo, pollen is in the air and the bikes are coming out of the garage......
Its been all go at Bike Taupo as per usual and so we thought you all might like a little progress update!
First off, a big shout out to the funding organisations who support us getting our continuous projects underway. The tubes for our second underpass beneath Craters Road have been purchased and are currently sitting in the car park. We hope to have these installed in October.
This will eliminate the need to cross this road and assist with the running of events that have previously required traffic management.
There have been logging operations underway in the mountain bike park recently with several areas closed off. Please keep an eye on facebook for recent updates. The trackcrew will have signage in place where tracks are closed. Currently:-
* Outback via Sugar Daddy to Hotel is now open but extreme care required when crossing laneways.
- Steamfield’s loop planned to be fully open by the end of October.
Cycling Hub Car Park
The car park is well underway on Huka Falls Road opposite Four B and Kefi @ The Hub. Its been all go here with the car park being tarsealed very soon. Plans are underway for the shelter construction, toilets and wash bay.
The new Otaktake track (O2K)
The new Otaktake track (O2K) is now 5km off the existing track out of Kinloch on its journey to exit onto Kawakawa Rd near Whangamata Rd. The trackcrew are working from the Kawakawa Road end and are about 1.8km down heading towards Kinloch to link up. This track is riding awesome with some stunning views over the lake. You can access this off the K2K about 2.5km from Kinloch, ride up and blast down!! (be aware - it is two way!)
Thank you to Sarah Wraight for stepping in and covering while Cath was getting her brand new knee. Nobody is irreplaceable. Sarah is the new TDC Road Safety Coordinator and with Dide Harrison moving to Sport Waikato in a role to get more kids riding across the whole region, this whole Kids Bike Taupō beast is spreading.
We purchased six new mountainbikes with funding from Pak N Save, thank you Chris Grace. These bikes are used a lot in the TDC Road Safety Programme and have been a hit at the Thursday afternoon KBT sessions at Craters Mountainbike Park. It is great to have a selection of good bikes that fit a big range of people. They have been very useful at the Tauhara College Special Needs Unit and at ADDI too.
Thank you to Brett Cotter and his Big Bike Film Night for including the KBT part of the People On Bikes series in his line up. At Craters the other day, a rider from Auckland recognised Cath from the show and wanted her autograph!! :)
The Community Bike Shed, Fix a Dunga, is being well run by Jonny and Jo. They are there from 3.30pm to 5pm on Wednesdays in the school term. They are in the shed next to Taupō Cadets in the Spa Venture Park at the top of Spa Road.
There continues to be not enough of KBT to go around, especially in the summer terms. A good place to catch Ricky Biker is at the after school sessions. Please tell your friends to come along, if they want to have bike fun with like minded people of all ages. All sessions 3.30pm to 5pm. Regards, Cath (Lady bike)
Mondays – BMX Track
Tuesdays – SPARK Trails in Spa Park
Thursdays – Craters Mountain Bike Park in the old carpark
If you have ridden the GLT recently please let us know what you thought by filling in this survey. Completing this helps us receive much needed funding for maintenance to keep this trail GREAT!
Also, as an added bonus every survey completed in October will go in the draw for a FREE Bike Taupo annual family membership!!
Exciting news for Craters Classic participants in 2020. We have partnered with You Travel Taupo and "Have Fun Tours" in Australia to bring you the opportunity for a MTB adventure in August 2020.
This promotion has limited numbers and you will need to get in quick to reserve your space. Race our event in June then head off for a week of fantastic mountain biking on the Sunshine Coast to escape our winter! Plus, we will be giving away a FREE trip at prize giving.
Ride, Relax, Repeat........
You can book your space NOW!!
Check out the website for all the details: www.cratersclassic.co.nz or click on button below:-
Bike Taupo 2020 Membership tags are now available.
Your current red tags are still valid until 31st October 2019.
Everyone MUST carry proof of their valid club membership on them when riding / running within the Craters Mountain Bike Park via the ID tag attached to their bike, helmet, bag or person in a visible location
Renewing is easy. Follow these easy instructions:
1. Click the link below to login - If you have forgotten your username or password click on the Forgot Login link at the login page.
2. Once you are logged in scroll down or select My Membership on the side menu.
3. Find your plan and click the blue Renew Now link.
4. Find your credit card!
New membership tags for 2020 will be required from 1st November 2019.
Pete Masters (Chairperson) 021 744 957
Melissa Johnson (Administrator) 027 220 9389
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