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  • 12 Dec 2016 10:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Some of you will understandably be quite pleased to see the back of 2016 as it exits the building. But in those times when it seemed like the world was spinning off its axis, bikes were always there to carry us back to a sense of normality. And with the holidays now less than two weeks away, we’re poised with our finger on the reset button. Roll on 2017!

    First up, we put a bow on the 2016 Wellington DH Series, then we’ll give you a glimpse of Enduro events in the new year. We've got some correspondence from MTBNZ regarding National Champs, then we’ll catch you up with some exciting news from the crew working at Maidstone. Finally, we’ve got some ideas for under the Christmas tree.

    Merry Christmas! WMTBC

    '16 Wellington DH Series 

    That’s a wrap for the 2016 DH Series. This year’s three race series started, and concluded at Maidstone. The conditions at both races were challenging, with a bit of surface moisture keeping everyone on their toes, and providing no shortage of entertainment for spectators. Karori was the scene for Race 2, and conditions were a contrast to Upper Hutt. This was welcomed by competitors, who got to throw down on the steep, technical track, and brand new sections, in optimal conditions.

    U19 Winner Jesse Cseh | Photo: Edward WIlcock/Peakside Media

    We were blown away by the level of competition this year. Across all categories, the skills and speed on display were impressive. It’s obvious Wellington is cultivating some serious talent.

    • Overall: Bryn Dickerson
    • Hardtail: Matthew Dale
    • M1: Dan Taylor aka Rasta
    • M2: Rob Willis
    • Open Men: Bryn Dickerson
    • U15: Isaac Martins
    • U17: Albert Snep
    • U19: Jesse Cseh
    • Women: Lisa Ng

    Full results

    We have a few shout outs. Firstly, a huge thanks to our volunteers. Cheers for taking the time to support these events. They simply would not happen without your contribution. Thanks to Kiwivelo, Mud Cycles, and The Cycle Centre for supporting the events. From day to day, these pillars of the community keep our bikes in top shape, and they’re regular supporters of local racing. And a final thanks also to our Series Sponsor - RED Clothing. We’re extremely grateful to Luca for supporting the series, and we were stoked to see him on track at the events. Please show your appreciation by following RED Clothing on Facebook, and Instagram

    DH National Champs, Cardrona Alpine Park, Feb 25-26

    Cycling New Zealand presents the 2017 Mountain Bike National Championships. This is NZ’s premier national mountain bike event, attracting New Zealand’s top Cross Country and Downhill Mountain Bike racers.

    The 2017 event will be hosted by Bike Wanaka - Lake Wanaka's Mountain Bike Club, in the beautiful Cardrona Alpine Park. For more information visit: www.mtbnationals.co.nz

    And hot off the press - MTBNZ have just announced the selection regulations for 2017 season international competition including Oceania Championships, World Cups, World Championship. They can be viewed here.  

    The New Year brings more local racing!

    We hit the ground running in January, with two events back to back, and your first chance to score Wellington Enduro Series points. On Wellington Anniversary Day, Mon 23rd - we visit Miramar for the annual Mt Crawford Enduro & Kiduro, and on Sun 29th, we return to Mt Victoria for the Yeti NZ Mt Vic Super D & Mini D.

    Entries for both events are limited, and open in January. Keep an eye on Facebook.com/WellyMTB, or WMTBC.org.nz for more information.

    '17 Wellington Enduro Series 

    The 2017 Series consists of 6 races, with category winners being decided from their best three results. Points will be allocated based on competitors’ age group results. More details in the lead up to Race 1.

    • Race 1 - Mt Crawford Enduro & Kiduro, 23 January
    • Race 2 - Yeti NZ Mt Vic Super D and Mini D, 29 January
    • Race 3 - Polhill Enduro, 5 March
    • Race 4 - Revolve Super V, March
    • Race 5 - Makara Enduro, 18 March
    • Race 6 - Wainui Enduro, 30 April (TBC)

    Keep up to date with MTB events at: www.wmtbc.org.nz/Events-Calendar

    Maidstone - New Trail underway

    If you’ve been keeping an eye on Facebook, in particular TGL Contracting, you may have noticed some impressive work underway at Maidstone. The new DH line has been built with the help of your Wellington MTB Club membership, and additional funding from the Upper Hutt City Council.

    Initial feedback has been really positive on the track's jumps and progression, but there is still a fair bit of work still to complete before we can call it done. You can donate to Maidstone to help us complete the new line here, and by selecting Maidstone DH Track.

    Trail Builder Bryn Dickerson testing one of his creations

    Need a new pack? Evoc have your back

    In the lead up to The Mt Vic Super D (or while stock lasts), Burkes Cycles and Capital Cycles in association with Evoc are offering 20%-50% of Evoc packs.

    Head in store and check the range of packs on offer. Whether you're heading into the bush for an overnighter, or planning a full on day in the hills and need to carry provisions, these packs are awesome, and would make a great gift for the mountain biker in your family.

    Cheers to Marleen Wholesalers (distributor of Evoc & Maxxis), Capital Cycles, and Burkes Cycles.

    Cactus Outdoor WMTBC Member Discount

    The team at Cactus Outdoor are New Zealand-based purveyors of quality outdoor clothing, and their kit is about as tough as kit comes.

    Thanks to Cactus, all Wellington Mountain Bike Club members now qualify for the Cactus Pro-Team discount. Benefits include trade pricing, preferential repair and alteration services and access to other special offers from time to time. 

    Next time you’re in store at 241 Thorndon Quay, simply mention that you’re a WMTBC member, and boom – the best kit and a sharp price. Alternatively, shop for Cactus Clothing online, and simply email or phone to confirm your WMTBC Club membership.

    Head into Capital Cycles for a Club Member Discount

    We’re stoked when local businesses show support for our community. There's always a lot of work to do so we could use all the help we can get. The Club is a volunteer led organisation, so your membership goes a long way. It buys materials and equipment for projects like Polhill, Miramar, and Maidstone to name a few, and helps drive events like the Wellington DH and Enduro Series.

    To show their appreciation for your contribution - Capital Cycles have very kindly offered to put up a Club Member discount in store. See the team at Capital Cycles for a 10% off discount on parts and accessories

    Applies to non-sale items only. Excludes labour, and bikes. At the counter, simply provide your name and email to confirm your Club Membership.

    TrailFund NZ Rider Survey

    Would you like to see better trails around the country, greater access given to mountain bikers on existing trails? Please take 10 minutes to fill out the TrailFund Rider Survey 2016.

    It's for all mountain bikers, and it is very helpful to Trail Fund NZ, and other organisations (including DoC and local councils) who work in developing mountain biking and the necessary infrastructure.

  • 12 Nov 2016 7:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The team at Cactus Outdoor are an avid bunch of mountain bikers. We have that in common. And much to our excitement, they recently opened a store at 241 Thorndon Quay.

    If you’ve not come across Cactus Clothing before, check them out here. Cactus are New Zealand-based purveyors of quality outdoor clothing, and their kit is about as tough as kit comes.

    Cactus also love to support the mountain bike community, which led them to contact the us recently with a very generous offer for our members.

    Cactus Outdoor Clothing

    All Wellington Mountain Bike Club members now qualify for the Cactus Pro-Team discount. Benefits include trade pricing, preferential repair and alteration services and access to other special offers from time to time.

    More info on the Pro-Team Discount here.

    Next time you’re in store, simply mention that you’re a WMTBC member, and boom – the best kit and a sharp price. Alternatively, shop for Cactus Clothing online, and simply email or phone to confirm your WMTBC Club membership.

    Big thanks to Cactus Outdoor - an iconic, tough, Kiwi made brand.

    Cactus Outdoor | 241 Thorndon Quay | Web: cactusoutdoor.co.nz | Facebook: CactusEquipment | Instagram: cactusoutdoor

  • 12 Nov 2016 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We’re stoked when local businesses show support for our community. There's always a lot of work to do so we could use all the help we can get. 

    The Club is a volunteer led organisation, so your membership goes a long way. It buys materials and equipment for projects like Polhill, Miramar, and Maidstone to name a few, and helps drive events like the Wellington DH and Enduro Series.

    To show their appreciation for your contribution - Capital Cycles have very kindly offered to put up a Club Member discount in store.

    Capital Cycles

    See the team at Capital Cycles for a 10% off discount on parts and accessories. Applies to non-sale items only. Excludes labour, and bikes. At the counter, simply provide your name and email to confirm your Club Membership. 

    Capital Cycles | 84 Dixon St, Wellington | Web: capitalcycles.co.nz | Facebook: capitalcyclesnz | Instagram: capital_cycles

  • 06 Oct 2016 1:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Winter is behind us! In a few weeks it’ll be like it never happened. Before you know it, that incredible day will come when you can put your bike away covered in dust, and you can wear your favourite kit for more than one ride unwashed, without looking like a creature that crawled out of a swamp.

    We’ve got a few updates for you all in this newsletter, kicking off with the upcoming DH Series. We’re also pleased to announce the return of the Wellington Enduro Series, and Mt Vic Super D next year, the Brooklyn Trail Builders have more than one taste of exciting news, and we’ll update you on progress out at Porirua DH. We sign off with a cheeky little edit featuring Wellington's Bryn Dickerson.

    2016 Wellington DH Series

    The annual Wellington DH Series is upon us once again. Registration is open now at the Events page.

    Race 1 - Maidstone, Sat 15th Oct | Race 2 - Karori, Sat 5th Nov | Race 3 - Maidstone, Sat 26th Nov

    This year’s three race series kicks off on Saturday 15th October at Maidstone, Upper Hutt. Mark Latham and his team have been hard at work at Maidstone over the winter months, in addition to receiving a $1,500 cash injection from Trail Fund NZ, so riders can expect some welcome improvements to the characteristically fast, exciting race track. Race two will take place on the now infamous K-Hole track, behind Karori Park, Nov 5th. And likewise here, the track has had a good freshen up recently courtesy of Curtis and his crew. Riders will be treated to a few surprises, likely to keep the intensity high on race day. For the deciding third race, we return to Maidstone, Nov 26th.

    Finally - a BIG shout out to RED Clothing who have come on board as series sponsor. Jump over to the website and show your appreciation.

    www.rideeveryday.nz/ | www.facebook.com/REDmtb

    Volunteers - WE NEED YOU!

    If you’re keen to help out with the DH Series, we’re urgently seeking drivers, and course marshals. Please email events@wmtbc.org.nz with your name, contact details, and availability.

    2017 Wellington Enduro Series

    We’re very pleased to announce that after a brief hiatus, the Wellington Enduro Series returns in 2017, kicking off on Wellington Anniversary Day with the Mt Crawford Enduro & KidDuro, followed closely by the Mt Victoria Super D on Jan 29th. The Wainuiomata Enduro, Polhill Enduro, and for the women only, the Revolve Super V - will round out the series races in the months following.

    More details to come!

    Brooklyn Trail Builders - Update

    Wellington Marathon Clinic has approved funding of $10k to go towards the cost of gravelling lower Transient track, with the Wellington City Council funding the balance, and also graveling part of Windmill Track. A contractor will be on site this month, closing the track for about a week to complete the work. We’d like to thank WMC for their continued support. They’ve previously supported BTB with a grant towards the development of Clinical, and we’re really pleased to be able to work with other community groups that appreciate the trail network like we do.

    We’ve also obtained a $5k private donation, and a $10k grant from DoC for the purchase of traps to be installed in Carrey Gully, below the Turbine. We’re doing our bit to make Wellington predator free! Also, a further thanks to iRide for a $160 contribution from the donation box in September. This month, you can find the donation box at Capital Cycles.

    On the awards front, BTB recently won the Sport & Leisure section of the Wellington Community Awards. We now have three sizable awards over the last few years. Keep your eyes open for commemorative native trees we’ve planted in the Reserve, each accompanied by a brass plaque, to mark the awards.

    Finally, consultation will start soon for the descending track in Polhill, run by WCC. Please support the consultation when it comes out, and share with others in our community to get behind it.


    New Porirua DH update

    Since the closure of Long Gully in 2014, the Wellington Region has been lacking a DH track suitable to host Nationals rounds. However, over the past months, we’ve been working with a couple of partners within the region towards the development of a new track suitable for DH racing, behind Porirua. The track will be good - nearly 350 vertical meters of descending, and features that are guaranteed to make it a classic.

    We'll keep you up to date over the coming months with developments, hot off the press, including invitations to join the trail building team.

    Mt Vic Dig Day, Sunday 16th Oct. 

    Here's your chance to get a taste of what trail building is about - get involved and give back to the mighty Mt Vic for a morning. Riders of all levels (and non-riders) are encouraged to come out, cut some new lines, earn some trail karma and have a hand in expanding the formidable Welly trail network. 

    Rod ‘Rodfather’ Bardsley along with experienced trail builders and good sorts from WMTBC, will lead digging on the Mt Vic Super D Trail on the day. Work will be focussed on cutting back vegetation and preparing the riding surface, tidying up the Super-D line along the side of the road.

    Huge thanks to Specialized NZ who will be on site digging, and supporting volunteers with food, drinks, tools, AND maybe some bikes to ride afterwards!

    Full Details here

    It's always worth the effort

    Bryn Dickerson knows a thing or two about bike handling. Check out this edit from Joram Adams, featuring Wellington’s Bryn, who recently returned from his successful World Cup DH campaign.

  • 12 Aug 2016 12:35 PM | Dave

    The Wellington Mountain Bike Club has a new President, John Baddiley.

    Voted in at our AGM this week, John is a long standing committee member and has been involved with the club for well over ten years and is heavily involved in the Mountain Bike community both in Wellington and across the country.

    I have complete confidence that John will carry on the success and growth of the Wellington Mountain Bike Club and encourage you to show your support to John as well.

    Kind regards,
    Dave Preece

    (ex) Wellington Mountain Bike Club President (2010 - 2016)

  • 26 Jun 2016 7:16 PM | Russel

    This year’s Wellington Mountain Bike Club AGM will see a big change for the management of the club. Our longest standing and current President, Secretary and Events Manager, (Dave Preece, Russel Garlick and John Whale), will be standing down from their respective roles.

    Dave, Russel and John leave behind a big legacy as they have been involved with all aspects of the club.

    So how can you help?

    For the club to exist and carry on into the future, it needs people to step up and take on the following roles at this years AGM;


    The President is the principal leader of the Wellington Mountain Bike Club and has an overall responsibility to ensure the club functions are met.


    The Secretary is primarily responsible for ensuring that all club members are informed of club activities. This includes taking the minutes at meetings and producing the club newsletter.

    Events - Event coordinators required

    This is where the club has it’s biggest demands and is under resourced. We are seeking people to help organise and run club events throughout the year:

    1. Wellington Downhill Series
    2. Enduro events
    3. Regular shuttle days

    The club needs more people to help organise and run these events. With more people involved, we can divvy up smaller tasks to make sure everything runs smoothly for organisers and participants.

    The current committee is proposing to splitting the events role into a number of roles to reduce the workload.

    The committee is seeking people to fill these new roles that will be voted on at the AGM in August. Nominations to secretary@wmtbc.org.nz.

    DH Series Event Manager(s)

    This is the key contact for the DH series that we run each Spring consisting of 2-3 rounds. The club has developed templates for events covering everything from promotions, entries, to management on the day. This person would act as the coordinator for these events

    Shuttle Day Coordinator(s)

    Our membership loves shuttle days, and frankly we have this pretty much down pat.

    The online system handles entries and registrations. What we need are people who are happy to advertise the shuttle days, book the trailers and vans, and organise drivers. This could be a single person, or done by a group. Once again all the contacts and templates are in place and are ready to be used, and improved upon if so desired.

    Mt Vic Super D Event Manager

    Mt Vic Super D is one of our marquee events. It is a big job to organise, over a period of months leading up to the event. The complex nature of Mt Vic, with multiple parties and stakeholders being involved means there are additional notifications and discussions to be had that we simply don’t have with our other venues.

    Because of this, we are suggesting breaking this out of the Events Manager responsibility, and having one person whose job it is to get it across the line.

    The work needs to start early in the Spring with coordinating road closures or traffic control permits. Once again we have event templates and checklists, it is a matter of having someone with the time to execute.

    New Downhill race venue - New champion required

    Over the last 5 years we have been working to find a suitable venue to build a new Downhill race track and race venue. We have been working with Mana Cycle Group in an effort to make this happen in Colonial Knob (Porirua). With club President Dave stepping down, we’re seeking fresh blood to pick up where he left off driving this important project.

    There is a track marked out, we have World Cup talent leading the design, and we have endless offers of help to build the track. Problem being - the whole project needs to get across the line with the local council before any spade hits dirt.

    A draft proposal has already been prepared, but needs revising. The project also requires earthworks to be carried out for shuttle turnaround. For this to happen, Porirua City Council requires the appropriate paperwork in order to give resource consent.

    We need a Civil Engineering company to draft up the appropriate documents for the earthworks.

    We then need to find the money to carry out the earthworks (est. $15-40k), and that is all before spending a cent on the track itself.

    Once the proposal has been completed and submitted to Porirua City Council, the Mana Cycle Group then plan to lobby (with our help) to upgrade their park consent to allow greater vehicle access for shuttle operations. Without this, it will be simply impossible to run a national event there.

    While the project lead role has been filled by Dave to date, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be the President’s responsibility going forward. We’re simply looking for the most committed and capable candidate/s to drive the project as their specific role within the club.


    Currently done by the Secretary, on an irregular basis. The committee currently relies heavily on Facebook for updates, but we are aware that we have a large number of members who don't use this medium. We would also like to engage with our membership on a regular basis. Would require capturing the current news from the monthly committee meeting to be shared with the membership.


    Currently done by the President and Secretary. This is a new role to ensure that content on the site is current and up to date.


    A new role. The current committee would like to engage more with the bike shops in the region to help promote membership and events.

  • 26 Jun 2016 5:35 PM | Russel

    The Wellington City Council is currently seeking feedback on the Open Spaces Access Plan (aka The Tracks Plan). The plan is what the Council Officers will use as their guide when it comes to managing the track network for the next 10 years.

    The Club's Stance In Short

    There are a lot of positives in this plan for mountain biking. There are some good new track initiatives, an acknowledgement of the importance and need to engage with volunteer trail builders and an extension of MTB priority tracks into the Town Belt, outside of Makara Peak.

    The club is concerned about moving the decision making around new tracks from Council Officers to Councilors, as we don't want to see tracks become a political football. We'd prefer to see a framework within the plan that defines how this decision making is made, that is ratified by the Councilors, and the day to day detail left to Council Officers.

    We would also like to some more clarity around assessments for new tracks. The plan has some good guidelines and principles, and some that are harder to work with (e.g opening up the canopy). We would like to more clarity around the assessment process - who is making the decisions, how can the competing objectives of all the council plans of access and protecting biodiversity be resolved in practice. 

    E-Bikes are an issue that are likely to divide the riding community. As such the Club is neutral towards them, so need for nor against. However we agree with the plan for limited access on a trial basis so that some research can be done the impact of this type of riding with other trail users.

    Missing from the plan is any kind of plan for the Council to engage about changing the status of Te Ahumairangi /Tinakori Hill. The club is calling for an open consultation on opening up at least some of the advanced trails for MTB use.


    Thanks to all those who turned up to our Drop In Session at the Southern Cross. You can download the slides from that event. TracksPlanPresentation.pdf

    Following the event, we did receive some additional clarification from Council Officers that is included in this post.

    A Call For Riders To Make Submissions

    Submissions by individuals in Council consultations are extremely valuable. The Club will be making a full submission on behalf of our members, but we encourage all members and the wider community to do at least a written submission. If you feel more strongly about a specific issue than the club does, then make that known to the Council. Whilst we have had some small changes made to plan mid term (for example opening up Polhill to MTB), largely the Council and Officers will wait until the plans come up for renewal.

    The best way to make a submission is to use the online form at. You can fill it out in 5-10 minutes. Once you have done it, encourage your riding mates to do so as well. Written submissions need to be in by 5pm Wednesday 13 July.


    Some pointers:

    • You don't have to answer every question. Just the ones which you have an opinion on.
    • There is a question at the end of the form that you can use to raise ideas that have not been mentioned in the form. The Te Ahumairangi consultation would be something to talk about here.
    • Keep it short. Use bullet points. These will make it easier to read. Just state what you would like to see in the plan, with a brief reason why.
    • Use your own words. If we get a lot of people copy and pasting what the club says, then those words will have less meaning. In the worst case, they would all get counted as one submission. If you agree with the club, take what we are saying, and try and put it into your own words.

    Have A Strong Opinion On A Topic? Make An Oral Submission.

    The Council appears to place a high value on oral submissions. Committing to turn up in person has a big impact on them. Councilors respect when an individual takes time out of their day to front up.

    Individuals typically get 5 minutes to speak during an oral submission. Organisations like the club, typically get 10 minutes. Oral submissions will be scheduled for the first week of August.

    Some pointers:

    • Do state how important the tracks are to you personally.
      If you use them for walking, running, dog walking, or any other use, let them know. Get them to see you as a trail user, rather than just a biker. If access to MTB tracks is part of the reason why you are in Wellington, then say that as well.
    • Acknowledge that this is a good plan for MTB. Because it is.
      Riding bikes in the town belt is great way of meeting the Council's stated goals of engaging with the local environment and driving healthier communities.
    • Stick to your main point.
      Keep it to the one or two main points that you want to make. Don't try to hit half a dozen topics, you won't have time.
    • This one is up to you, but leave the mud slinging to the haters.
      The club has had greater success with taking an inclusive, reasoned and pragmatic approach. You may get scheduled after a hater. We'd suggest that you let them look like an irrational fool rather than attacking them. But it is your submission.
    • Leave time for questions.
      Councilors like to ask questions. Some of these will be easy, and support your stance (some of the Councilors are very pro mountain biking). Others won't be. So be ready for that. If they ask you something obscure, then it is ok to say I don't know, or I can't answer that, and use it as an opportunity to make your point again.


    The Club Committee will make a submission on behalf of the club. The content of this submission is based on the polling of the committee and the reading of the community, in particular club members, by the committee. Where is says "the club" below, please read it as "the committee". 

    The Good

    MTB Priority Tracks Outside of Makara Peak

    The Council is proposing to change a number of tracks in the Town Belt to MTB Priority. This means the tracks are still dual use, but instead of Walkers having priority, this would shift to Riders. The Club expects that this will require some education of the general public and some good sign-age so that all users are aware of the status of a particular track.

    By and large, it makes sense which tracks have been nominated as rider priority. They are mainly tracks that were built by riders for descending. A notable exception that the club would like to see added to this list is Serendipity in Polhill. This is a track that has been designed as a descending MTB track, and there is a good alternative in the same area for use by other trail users.

    Near Country / Epic Loops

    The plan identifies a number of tracks as priorities for development that would be longer half day to multi day rides in the region. This includes more work on the Skyline track and a new Makara / South Coast loop that would take users from Makara Beach, around the South Coast and wind farm, to link up at Red Rocks. The proposal is for this track to be a multi day tramp. The club hopes that this track will be built to an Intermdiate / Advanced MTB standard, along the lines of a Queen Charlotte or Heaphy. This type of track would be a major asset to sit along side the generally shorter rides.

    Adding Paper Roads To The Track Network

    The club is supportive of adding paper roads to the network. This will help make it clearer that these are open for use by riders and will again assist with planning longer rides in the region.

    Limited E-Bike Access To Track Network

    The club is neither for or against Ebikes. This is a divisive issue for our community. As a new technology, there is little genuine research on to the impact of EBikes. IMBA has posted one report on the physical impact to trails (finding was that there was no observed difference between ebikes and bikes).

    The club is supportive of the council's plan for restricted access within the track network. We are happy to see that the Council has kept this to either 4wd tracks for climbing and to descending trails, where the imapct of the speed differential between ebikes and normal riders is nullified.

    We understand and appreciate that the council is trying to open up off road commuter routes for Ebikes and see this as a positive initiative. Our preference would be to see that Ebike definition is refined to electronic pedal assist, rather than electronic drive independent of pedaling for any bike that is using a track, as opposed to a 4wd track.

    THE "Needs A Little Work"


    It is great to see that the council is looking to invest in making it easier to find tracks and to make connections between the various areas. However the Council seems to be focusing on digital wayfinding. The club thinks that this money would be better spent on physical signage. Digital wayfinding is already taken care of by crowd sourced initiatives such as Trailforks.com.

    We have seen how the roll out of new signs at Makara Peak has improved the user experience and we would like to see better signage in the Town Belt. We appreciate that signage is more expensive to maintain, but our stance is that it is more useful.

    THE "We Are Concerned About"


    The club is supportive of having a clear framework for assessing new track works, for either brand new tracks or significant reworks. 

    The club is also supportive of the goals of Our Natural Capital Plan. Mountain bikers enjoy recreating in the bush because it is a green space, this is why our club includes planting in our trail building activities, and works closely with ecology groups in our project areas. 

    Section 5.4 attempts to document how these decisions will be made in principle. We want to have more clarity around how the assessment will be run in practice to ensure that the biodiversity values and recreation values are balanced. 

    Questions we have are 
    • who will make the assessments? Council officers or 3rd parties? 
    • how will biodiversity values be balanced with recreation and community engagement values?
    • who makes the final decision? Council officers? Councillors? 


    In section 5.4,  plan states that tracks "keep the tree canopy intact and not create canopy gaps - this can be accomplished through good track design".

    The club would like to see this wording changed to reflect that track development "keep the tree canopy intact as much as practicable, and should minimse canopy gaps".

    The Our Natural Spaces plan already outlines management for canopy gaps. Section 11.24 notes these as high priority areas for revegetation.  The same plan called for "evidence based guidelines for trail development" (Implementation Plan Section 1. Protect 1.4.4) to be developed. We want to know if these assessment criteria are the result of these evidence based guidelines. 

    In both Polhill and Miramar, our experience has been that canopy gaps in the regenerating native forest created track building tend to close in relatively quickly (a few years in the case of the Miramar Trail). These canopy gaps also provide light wells to assist with the planting and growth of our species that can be pushed out by the monoculture of Mahoe and 5 Finger in many areas. 

    In short, we want to see and be involved with the evidence based guidelines for trail development. We believe this issue of canopy gaps is overstated and would like to see the evidence for this track assessment criteria. 

    All Decision Making Being Done By Councillors and Not Council Officers

    In the plan, where it reads "Council", this means the Mayor and Councillors. Council Officers are those who work for the Council itself, like the Park Rangers and Reserves Team. The Club has a long standing effective relationship with Council Officers. This relationship is works because the Council Officers base their decision making and advice on the content of these plans.

    The club accepts that some decisions should be at the Council level. For example we can appreciate that high value spend and issues such as opening up access in closed areas require community consultation and decision making facilitated by the elected officials. However we are concerned that the bulk of day to day decision making around new volunteer built and maintained tracks is being taken off the Officers and put in the hands of Council. The club believes that the Council should focus on creating and approving plans that have clear guidelines around decision making for Council Officers, rather than getting bogged down in day to day operational decisions.

    The "JUST PLAIN Missing"

    Extending MTB Access in Te Ahumairangi / Tinakori Hill

    Te Ahumairangi is currently closed to riding, with the exception of a small number of tracks that have limited value to riders. In particular is the ridgeline track that descends down from the top of the hill to the Scout Hall. These tracks are essentially 4wd tracks, and represent the old school of mountain biking. They tend to be steep, fast, and dangerous in that they are also used by other trail users to climb to the top of the hill.

    In previous consultations (Capital Spaces and Town Belt Management Plan), the Club has called for a consultation to be run on Te Ahumairangi. The hill represents a large area containing significant exotic and regrowth native bush, which according to the Council's own plans, makes it a candidate for track development as opposed to remanent native forest. The area is not designated as an ecologically significant site in the current "Our Natural Capital" plan. The area to the north of the CBD lacks the short rides close to communities, which is another stated goal of this Council Plan.

    The club is not proposing to turn the area into a mountain bike park. What we would like to see is the area opened up to riding as per other areas of the Town Belt, such as Karori, Wright's Hill, Polhill, Mt Albert, Mt Victoria and Cenntinal Reserve in Miramar. The council's existing Town Belt management plans contains the needed provisions to manage trail building, as a restricted activity.

    As we have shown with our recent work on Mt Victoria, we believe that we can address any perceived or actual concerns about trail user conflict by making changes where MTB trails intersect and cross existing walking tracks.

    At the least we would like to see the Council open up access to some existing tracks that the club has identifed low impact to other trail users. We would encourage to Council to start a consultation process on Te Ahumairangi and give the entire community the oppurtunity to contribute to this discussion.

    Descending Track As An Alternative To Upper Transient

    The implementation plan provides no mention, either in planning or implementation, for a MTB priority track as an alternative to Upper Transient. The Polhill track network, built by one of the club's projects, the Brooklyn Trail Builders, is one of the major successes in the track network. We expect the popularity of these tracks only to increase over time. We are appreciative that Council approved the building of Clinical as another route into the area and to take pressure off Transient.

    The Club has always been supportive of a harder descending route to mirror Transient. The Serendipity track has successfuly diverted the bulk of descending riders off lower Transient. We belive that a similar trail is required for Upper Transient from the Ashton Fitchett intersection.

    Get Involved and Make A Submission

    If you enjoy riding on these tracks, there are two things you can do:

    • Join the Club.
      More members helps us when making our own submissions. It gives them more weight. If you are a member, make sure you renew.
    • Make a submission.
      Take an hour, scan the documents, they are fairly easy to read. Don't be put off by the length of the document, there is a lot of white space and maps. Make a written submission, and if you are able to, make an oral submission. You can do it all online - http://wellington.govt.nz/have-your-say/public-inputs/consultations/open/open-space-access-plan

    This is your chance to have your say on tracks, take it!

  • 18 Jan 2016 12:59 PM | Dave

    We have the announcement surrounding the future of the Mt Vic Super D.

    Since it’s conception in 2011, this event has become a Wellington staple. So, it is with great regret that we have decided to pull the pin for 2016.

    Running large scale events on Mt Victoria was always very difficult due largely to it being a huge logistical exercise, its central location and increasing concerns from the public.

    Instead, we are working with the lads at Dirt Merchants to make this year's Polhill Enduro epic. The kids’ Mini D, previously part of the Mt Vic event, will shift to Polhill. More details in the coming weeks.

    But, to kick off 2016, we have the Escape from Mt Crawford event: http://wmtbc.org.nz/event-2129642

    We'd like to thank everyone for supporting the Mt Vic Super D over the years. Without the support of volunteers and local businesses, these events can't happen. So, cheers!


  • 18 Nov 2015 2:02 PM | Dave

    It's all about Wellington Mountain Bike Trails! Orders for the first "Welly Tracks MTB Group" T-Shirt have opened here.

    Leon the Wellington Lion, decked out in his rad glasses and Enduro-specific helmet, is ready for your viewing and is on a wide selection of T-Shirts for Men, Women and Youth. And the best bit is they are all available in five different colours. Even better is that five to ten dollars per T-Shirt will be donated to Wellington Mountain Bike Trail Building.

    But if you aren't from Wellington, we still love visiting and riding your trails, and you can still wear this sweet looking T-Shirt! To buy or for more information please visit

    Words by http://spokemagazine.com

  • 16 Nov 2015 12:47 PM | Dave

    We have been notified that Wellington City Council (WCC) will be closing some unsanctioned and illegal trails. Does this mean the end for those trails? Maybe not. We're waiting for the press release from the WCC before we put out a more detailed response on a per track / area basis. We’ll keep you up to date.

    It was great to see so many who are passionate about tracks and riding, willing to give up their Wednesday evening to come to our committee meeting last week.

    From the Club’s point of view, we have been working with the Council on Te Ahumairangi (Tinakori) for a number of years. With the track closures we are going to ramp up these efforts. Just as with other trail areas (Mt Vic Trails, Miramar, Polhill etc.), there will be a new sub-group formed with a page on Facebook. Our point man on this is initiative is Jono Baddiley who has been involved in these discussions for a number of years.


    Over the last few years, Welly MTB Club has being doing a lot to advocate for all riders in the Wellington area, not just gravity riders, not just beginner-intermediate riders either – but all riders. We are passionate about riding and building trails. We are also an open and accepting bunch, if you share a passion for riding, trails, and Wellington, then you will find a good fit with us.

    • The Club respects, and works within the plans and policies of the various land managers we work with. Whether it be WCC, Porirua City Council, Upper Hutt City Council, or private land owners.
    • With council lands, we accept that there are plans and policies that guide, and sometimes restrict our work. However, they are written in ink - not stone. So that means we can challenge them and advocate for them to be changed and updated.
    • The Club has done significant work in the last 3 years working within these frameworks to both secure access and funding, and then open up areas for riding for both Club members and non-members alike. This requires research, time, relationship building, and patience.

    We engage not only with Council, but also other interested parties to seek alignment, develop relationships and resolve any issues, whether they be perceived or real.

    • We can point to the fantastic work done by the Brooklyn Trail Builders in the Polhill area, and Miramar Track Project. Both these groups have engaged with schools, local ecological groups and other trail users like running groups and this contributes to the overall success of these projects.
    • We can also point to the work that has started and is ongoing on Mt Vic to engage with Rotary on their planting efforts and other stakeholders to reduce track user conflict.

    With respect to these trail closures, in order to enact change, we do it by following the framework laid out by the land manager (WCC), and always aiming to strike a balance with the needs of Wellington’s mountain biking community.

    All we ask in return, is that you respect our time as volunteers.


    If you want to discuss something with the Club, then please get it added to our committee meeting agenda. Committee meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of the month, at 7pm. The location changes from time to time. Please email secretary@wmtbc.org.nz to add items to the agenda. Everyone passionate about riding, trails, and racing, who is prepared to engage and help out, is welcome at meetings.

    If you are passionate about the areas that are getting closed, that’s great! Get involved. Here is what you can do:

    • Passion is great, ranting is not. Engaging with land managers and other stakeholders is how we get the ball rolling.
    • Get engaged with other stakeholders, try to understand their points of view, go to their planting days and community meetings.
    • Join the sub-projects (look out to the Tinakori / Te Ahumairangi group coming soon).
    • Join the Club. More numbers for us helps us when we are advocating on your behalf.
    • Plans and Policies are just documents. You can lobby and campaign for them to be changed.

    Above all, respect the Land Manager's process. If that means no digging and no riding in an area, then please respect this. Disrespecting the process makes it harder for those advocating on your behalf. The Club will assist in any way it can using our knowledge of the process and relationships with Council, but riding and building in these areas undercuts any effort to open them up to riding.

    If you want to delve further into the various plans that WCC use to guide their management, then check out the following:

    The Town Belt Management Plan

    Updated in 2013, the club successfully lobbied for greater access and recognition of mountain biking.

    The Open Spaces Access Plan

    Updated in 2008, this plan is not currently scheduled for review or update.

    The Track Recreation Activities Policy

    The notable error in this document is Polhill Reserve, which is now open for riding and a good example of how things can change.

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