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  • 02 Mar 2023 2:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Revolve Super V is back again!

    We're never ones to curse things but... events do seem to be well and truly back up and running, and so with that comes the return of our Super V race! Super V is our one-of-a-kind, women-only downhill race. This year we're returning to Waimapihi (Polhill) on March 4!

    Super V is a fun race event that includes unlimited practice runs (with shuttle rides up!) from 10am - 1pm, and one timed race run at 2pm. There will be a great base camp to hang out at and dozens of like-minded women to meet and ride with. The race is open to women and girls of all abilities. Enjoy our shuttles all morning to the Brooklyn wind turbine car park, then ride down Car Parts, Ikigai and, to finish, either Serendipity (Grade 4) OR bottom Transient (Grade 3).

    Registrations are now live at the Revolve Cycling website 

    We cannot wait to bring this awesome event back to our community, hope to see you there!

  • 02 Mar 2023 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Entries are now open for the 2023 Kevin Blair Memorial Enduro, which will be held at Tunnel Gully on the 11th of March. Wellington MTB Club, PNP, Revolve, Manawatu MTB Club and Wairarapa MTB Club members all have discounted entries available, and there is a general entry if you're not a member.
    You can sign up and get more detail here.

  • 27 Feb 2023 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What a day!

    Thanks to everyone that came out today to the 2023 BAMBAduro. We had some great racing on trails that delivered on our optimistic hopes that they would dry after the deluge of the past week.

    It was so good to see so many smiles at the bottom of the hill (and the queue for the sausages and cakes). Your entry fees will go towards BAMBA making more great trails.


    The results for the event have been tabulated, and loaded up at WebScorer. We've split the results into the hard course (which will be used for the 2023 Wellington Enduro Series points) and intermediate course.

    For each course, the stages are displayed as laps, with the following order:

    Lap 1 - Bull Run

    Lap 2 - Electric Avenue into Wētā

    Lap 3 - Borderline

    Lap 4 - Off Camber Daze (OCD) (hard course only)

    The hard course can be found here, and the intermediate course here.

    If you've got any questions with the results, please let me know.

    Race photos

    We had several people with cameras out on course, and photos will be posted to the BAMBA Facebook page over the coming days. Keep an eye out for more drops for some bangers to jam your gram with.

    ...and coming up next

    Today was the second round in the Wellington Enduro Series, and we've got a great summer of racing planned. Sunday the 26th will see the Arapuke Enduro (hosted by the Manawatu Mountain Bike Club) - entries are available online here.

    And Revolve are running the 2023 Revolve Super V in Waimapihi Reserve on the 4th of March. It's a shuttled day (from the wind turbine down to the bottom of Serendipity in Aro Valley), with a timed run to finish the day off.

    We hope to see you soon!

    Not a member? It's cheaper for members...

    The Wellington Mountain Bike Club runs our membership through Trails Wellington. If you're a TW member, you'll automatically get membership to the Welly MTB Club. If you've already joined, cheers!

    Membership helps mountain biking in the city - Trails Wellington has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into trail development and maintenance over the past two years, and the more members we've got, the more effective our communication with council and land owners.

    And your membership will pay for itself after two races - members get significant discounts to Wellington MTB Club events (and events hosted by the clubs in the region that we are affiliated with). You can join at the Trails Wellington website (or through the Trails Wellington app on the Apple app store and the Google Play store).

  • 24 Feb 2023 2:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Erice off to the World Cup

    The massive news just over a week ago was that long-time club member Erice Van Leuven has been picked up by the Commencal Les Orres team, and will be racing the DH World Cup series (plus a few World Enduro racess, the odd european DH and others as her schedule fits).

    Erice has been a ripper on the local trails around Wellington ever since she first turned up at the Wainui Enduro on a 16" wheeled kids bike and raced the hard course, and Commencal supporting her is a testament to her speed, skill, and great attitude, and it's amazing that she's got an opportunity to show how far she can go.

    The team launch video can be found on YouTube here.

  • 16 Feb 2023 2:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Queen Liz Commiserduro recap

    Aidan and Tom, our longstanding organisers of our annual comedy-titled Mākara Peak Enduro, cracked it out of the park on the 28th of January with the Queen Liz Commiserduro. We had nearly 250 entries, and 228 starters on the day (making it our largest event ever).

    It's fair to say that the weather didn't entirely play ball, with the beautiful sunshine earlier in the week turning to a howling southerly and rain at the top of the hill.

    There was some great racing, with Pohatu and Leaping Lizard being a personal favourite for me. Results are up - Heir and Spare (hard) course and Just the Corgies (easy) course.

    As always, the Welly MTB Club loves to support the areas we race, and we're beyond stoked to announce that the contribution given to Makara Peak Supporters from this event was $6500. We love the work that the supports do building new trails, keeping existing trails running mint, and most importantly planting trees to make it such a good place to ride, and the contribution you make from racing our events really helps.

    The event was strongly supported, with Parrotdog, Mud Cycles, Marleen, Ground Effect, Hell Pizza and One Fat Bird all providing an excellent pile of swag for everyone.

    And finally massive shout-out to all the volunteers that helped on the day, and a resounding "thanks for the memories" to Tom and Aidan, who are stepping back after 9 years at the helm of this event. It's been a blast.

  • 27 Jan 2023 12:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dusty Trails (at last)

    Welcome to summer! It finally feels like the weather has joined the programme, and summer is here with a vengeance. The trails are dusty, and we're just about to kick into the 2023 Wellington Enduro Series. Our first event is running this weekend, and if you've been on the fence (or on holiday elsewhere), there are still a few entries available.

    We've also got entries open for the second round of the season - the BAMBAduro. And finally, the Capital Enduro is coming to Mākara Peak on the 11th and 12th of February, and is looking for volunteers to help out. More details below

    All events run by the Wellington MTB Club are fund raisers for the areas we race in. The club keeps $5 from each entry, and after costs all the remaining proceeds go to the trail areas. This means that there's between two and five grand going to volunteer trail groups to maintain and build more of the trails we love. So come out and enjoy a great day on the trails, grab a sausage afterwards, and bank some of that lovely karma. See you on the trails! 

    Queen Liz Commiserduro

    The first round in the 2023 Wellington Enduro Series is on at Mākara Peak this weekend. We've got a great course for both hard and easy course, and with the newly opened upper Pōhatu section, there will be some great racing.

    The course has just been announced, and it'll be a blast on a heap of new and old-school tracks.

    May be an image of map and text that says "(3) Shared Track Zacs (7) Hard Track Varleys (6) Hard Track Vertigo (2) Shared Track Pohatu (4) Hard Track Lower Starfish (1) Easy Track SWIGG (5) Hard Track Lower Leaping Lizard 1-Int 3-Int 3- 4 -SWIGG Hard-Pohatu Hard- Zacs Hard- Lower Starfish Hard -Lower Leaping Lizard Vertigo Hard Varleys 6- 7-"

    If you want to enter, we've got a few spaces available at the Welly MTB Club website. If you've already entered, and want to change the course you're racing, drop us an email at president@wmtbc.org.nz and we'll sort you out.

    See you Saturday morning!


    The team at BAMBA have been hard at work upgrading the Wētā trail (and keeping the grass under control) in anticipation of the 2023 edition of the BAMBAduro, which will be held on the 19th of February. Entries are available now at the Welly MTB Club Website, with the usual discount for club/Trails Wellington members. 

    And with a February date, there's a 37% greater change that we'll miss the semi-regular super-slick trails. In any case, the sausages and coke afterwards will be the perfect compliment for the "I would have been faster if..." banter. We hope to see you there.

    Capital Enduro Seeking Volunteers

    The Capital Enduro is coming to town on the 11th and 12th of February. It's going to be a great weekend of racing, and we'll be showing some of our best trails in Karori to racers from all over the country. The organisers hope to build this into a Enduro World Cup event, so look to see a lot more here.

    Intrinsic events who are organising the race are looking for volunteers to help on the day (there's an easy race on the Saturday, and Hard on the Sunday). If you're available, or you've always wanted to see the country's fastest racers on the trails that you ride, this is your chance. Volunteers will receive a merch kit from one of the sponsors, a good packed lunch, and refreshments on return to the race village. If you're able to help, please pop your details into the volunteer registration form, and the organisers will be back in contact.

  • 18 Jun 2021 10:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hi everyone. Many of you will have seen or heard about the launch of Trails Wellington a couple of weeks back, and might have questions about what it means for the Club and the things we do.

    If you’re late for a ride and don’t have time to read everything, the TL;DR is the Wellington MTB Club is partnering with Trails Wellington. Our memberships will be run through Trails Wellington, who will also provide trail funding for projects across the city. Together, we’ll all make epic trails for Wellington. Now get going – the rain will only hold off for so long, and you can read the rest when you get back.

    The Wellington MTB Club is stoked to have Trails Wellington as a partner, and have been really pleased with the work funded by Trails Wellington so far, including the rebuild of Jailbrake in Miramar and Serendipity in Waimapihi/Polhill and the work underway now on North Face in Mākara Peak and Hippy’s/Super D on Mount Victoria. We’re also working with Trails Wellington on a bunch of other stuff, including the much-needed growth in tech trails around the city.

    Trails Wellington has a vision of creating epic Wellington trails. Trails Wellington is a registered trust, and will fund trail development in Wellington City (with plans to expand across the Wellington region). It aims to bring together a strong voice for mountain bikers across Wellington with Council and land owners, reflecting the huge number of people who live in the Wellington region and love riding its trail network.

    Land owners such as councils listen to collective voices, and the larger our collective, the more we’ll be listened to. Trails Wellington is about giving mountain bikers a clear voice, advocating for trails and trail access. It’s through this voice that we’ll gain approval for great new trails, and continue improvements to the existing trail network.

    During the past 20 years, the Wellington MTB Club has built trails all around the city, managed hundreds of predator traps, and planted over 50,000 trees, timed thousands of runs at our events, raised and donated more than $100,000 to trail areas, and grown to represent you and 599 other members. Imagine what we could do if there were 3000 of us? We think that the Club partnering with Trails Wellington will be great for the trails, and that it’ll be great for you too.

    So how will the club and Trails Wellington work together? 

    We’ve delegated responsibility for a membership front-door and trails funding to Trails Wellington. On the former, you might have seen the recently launched app . The app is where you manage your membership. By joining Trails Wellington for just $30 per annum, you’ll automatically be joined to the Wellington MTB Club, and be added as a Mākara Peak Supporter. This will mean you get all the benefits of Club membership (discounted entry to events, CyclingNZ affiliation if you want to race nationally, and plenty of karma for supporting trails). 

    In addition, the Trails Wellington app has a great bunch of deals for members that will give you discounts at supporting retailers across Wellington, including stuff for your bike, care for your body, and beer for your belly. And you’ll know the money from membership will go toward building great new trails across Wellington.

    Will the Wellington Mountain Bike Club continue?

    Definitely. Our core mission is to grow the sport of mountain biking, to advocate for and build great trails to ride, and to provide you all with great experiences. We’ll continue doing all of these.

    We’re still involved with trail development via the Miramar Track Project, Mt Vic Trails Mystic Portal and Brooklyn Trail Builders. We’re still going to run our enduro series, DH races, first aid and other events for you all. We’ll still be donating the proceeds of our races to the trails we use for these events. There’s a lot of work to be done, and it’s great to have Trails Wellington joining the team.

    How will the club be represented at Trails Wellington?

    Trails Wellington will have a minimum of two trustees appointed from the Wellington MTB Club. We’re elbows-deep in collaborating with Trails Wellington on trail upgrades in the areas we look after and plans for new trails around the city. Trails Wellington will also have a representative who attends Club committee meetings.

    So how will it all work?

    • If you’re not a current member of the Wellington MTB Club - download the Trails Wellington app from the Apple App or Google Play Stores, create an account, pay for your membership (you can include a donation at the same time if you wish), and you’ll be underway. You’ll receive a follow-up email from the Wellington MTB Club with details on setting a password in our system.
    • If you’re a current member of the Wellington MTB Club - download the Trails Wellington app from the Apple App or Google Play Stores and create an account. If you want to support trail development further, pay the membership fee. If you want your current WMTBC membership to be transferred, please let us know at president@wmtbc.org.nz, and we’ll sort out getting your Trails Wellington account activated.
    • Get out there and enjoy riding with your banked karma – the Wellington MTB Club and Trails Wellington have an aligned vision – epic trails in Wellington city, and a strong voice for mountain bikers. Your support will help; welcome to the team.

    What if I’ve still got some questions?

    We want to hear from you. You'll be able to contribute to the discussion on our Facebook page, or feel free to drop us an email at president@wmtbc.org.nz.

    See you on the trails,

    Jono Baddiley
    Wellington MTB Club President

  • 28 Aug 2019 5:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s nearly September, which means that the annual general meeting of the Wellington MTB Club is imminent! We've also got a brief update below on Te Ahumairangi (Tinakori Hill). 

    Join us: Tuesday 3 September, 6:00-7:30pm at the Southern Cross, Abel Smith St 

    The AGM will be from 6:30pm at the Southern Cross bar on Abel Smith St. We’ve got the private room out the back booked, and will be providing nibbles throughout the night. We've set aside the first 30mins from 6pm for food, drink, and banter. The formalities themselves will be blessedly brief. We’ll have a report from the Committee on the past year, an end of financial year statement, and election of officers. This is a free event, no registration necessary. 

    you could make a difference.

    This year, Jono Baddiley and Jo Goudie will again be standing for (respectively) President and Secretary, but we welcome other parties to these roles if interested. But after many years of invaluable club support, Karin Mackie will be stepping down as Treasurer, so we’re looking for someone willing to help with club finances.

    Could you be our new Treasurer?

    We'd love to hear from you if you have any previous experience in a similar role or if professionally, you manage finances in some capacity. We're ideally seeking someone who is experienced with MYOB or similar financial system. A laptop is also provided with this role.

    The club runs on the effort of our volunteers, and the committee is central to much of this. We’ve got openings for people that are able to help in the following non-executive roles.

    Event Coordinators

    We run a number of events throughout the season, generally between January and May. The committee provides good support for these events so that no one person needs to take the event on by themselves. But, one person generally does need to take the lead coordinating role.

    We're seeking individuals who would like to have more of a hand in coordinating events in the 2019/20 season. It's super rewarding and due to the resources and experience behind the committee, it's more straight forward than you may think. You need to be reasonably mature and very organised. Previous planning experience is preferable but not essential.

    Community Manager

    The Club maintains a number of relationships with local community groups and businesses. Communication with these organisations is important to add value for our members, ensure the organisations are well represented in our activities, and to identify new opportunities for collaboration e.g. events and work parties. We're looking for someone to act as a liaison between the committee and these organisations. As a representative for the Club, a degree of professionalism is required in addition to good communications skills.

    Social Media Manager

    Our Facebook, Instagram and email channels are important ways that we connect with club members and the wider MTB community. After many years helping with this role, Aidan is stepping down to become a part time architect, and we’re looking for someone able to help with newsletters, photographs from our events, and generally being "down with the kids".

    We'll be asking for nominations (including self-nominations) for these roles at the AGM. However, feel free to drop us an email if you'd like to get in early or if you have any questions. Email: secretary@wmtbc.org.nz

    Te Ahumairangi update aka Snail update

    By now you’ve probably seen a story, or the extensive discussion on Facebook about an unauthorised trail that was built on Te Ahumairangi (Tinakori Hill), endangering a rare snail habitat. If you haven’t, this story on Radio NZ provides a reasonable summary.

    The club recently organised a planting day up on the hill to put in 200 seedlings where the unauthorised trail had been built. This isn’t something that we do lightly – we’ve been advocating for greater MTB access to Te Ahumairangi for the past 5 years, and opening up access, not closing it down is our goal. 

    Unauthorised trail building puts our discussions with the Wellington City Council and other land managers back significantly. In this case, it has put those discussions back to a degree that brought national media coverage.

    Trails such as this one jeopardise trail access all across the city, not just on Te Ahumairangi. Right now, we’re lobbying for grade 5 trails on Johnston’s Hill, and a long loop in Te Kopahau, so we have to maintain a long term view.

    Getting new trails built takes a long time – often we spend longer asking and negotiating for access than we spend building the trail, but the effort is worth it. All we ask is that if there’s a trail that you would really like to build, or features or changes that you want added to a trail, please come and talk to us first.

    See you all Tuesday at the Southern Cross.

  • 27 Apr 2019 11:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Starting soon, volunteer teams led by the Brooklyn Trail Builders will begin Winter planting in the Polhill Reserve, and over 3,000 new trees are expected in the ground before the end of the season.

    There will be a concerted focus on planting a diverse range of trees alongside the new downhill track (working name ‘Ikigai’). In addition to protecting the track from the weather and stabilising its banks, this planting will provide nourishment for the local bird life and support the Trail Builders' mission of replenishing Polhill's original forest.

    There are also several other sites around Polhill that volunteer groups will be focusing on, such as Brooklyn Primary School who will be continuing their great work planting around the top of Sawmill track.

    This Winter will see a big push to return 450 more nikau palms into Polhill’s many gullies. An additional benefit of the new downhill track is that it provides good access to many new locations for these nikau groves. While the palms will be initially quite small, your grandkids will enjoy watching them grow much larger.

    Keen to help?

    New volunteers are always welcome to help. Many hands makes light work, and planting new trees is a very rewarding experience. Keep an eye on Brooklyn Trail Builders Facebook page for information about planting bees.

  • 01 Jun 2018 2:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Spuds is open for business, and work continues...

    Work continues on the new descending mountain bike priority trail in Polhill, tentatively named Spuds (www.trailforks.com/trails/spuds). 

    The first section which connects Sanctuary Fenceline and Highbury Fling is open now for your enjoyment. Tweaks are continually being made to the flow and alignment, so keep an eye out for people and equipment on the trail. 

    Work on the next section has commenced below Transient, and will steadily make its way toward Serendipity over the Winter months. 

    A reminder that there are usually organised digs on a Wednesday 12.30 to 1.30pm and on Sundays 2pm to 4pm (with a BBQ and Garage Project beer incentive at the end!). Keep an eye on the BTB Facebook page for updates.

    Sincere thanks to all volunteers and supporters for getting us this far!

    Brooklyn Trail Builders and Justin Lester at Polhill

    vision for an iconic new loop

    As part of the consultation process for Wellington City Council’s 10-year-plan, BTB presented its vision for the future: an iconic 42km loop between Aro Street and the South Coast, via Te Kopahou Reserve and Spooky Gully. 

    This will be a long process. But rest assured, we'll keep you abreast of developments as they come to hand. 

    winter tree planting in polhill

    Planning is well underway for Winter tree planting in Polhill. There’s the annual tree planting with students from Brooklyn Primary School in June, but the main focus is at the Hoki Mai site, just below the Highbury Fling track. 

    An access route is going in over the next month, and volunteers will plant in the 2,000+ trees through July and August. Keep an eye on the BTB Facebook page for information on planting bees

    BTB has also bought 200 Rimu trees to be planted in Polhill Reserve during the next four years -– adding to the area’s biodiversity. The plants are currently growing in the ideal conditions of a shade house at the City Council's nursery. 

    Appreciative shout outs to:

    • Wellington City Council for both the Rimu tree project and providing a grant for retaining materials for the Hoki Mai access route
    • Mitre 10 Crofton Downs who’ve been very generous with discounts and helpful arrangements for the Hoki Mai site
    Brooklyn Trail Builders

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