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  • 09 Sep 2013 10:25 PM | Russel

    It has been a busy start to the new membership year. There is a lot to look forward to this spring.


    Events

    Shuttle Days

    First shuttle day for the year was held at Long Gully on Saturday August 31st. Amazingly, the weather was perfect, warm, and little wind.


    The next shuttle day will be 28th of September out at Maidstone, Upper Hutt. This shuttle day is being run as part of Upper Hutt’s Breakaway Cycle Festival with the support of Upper Hutt City Council. There are a limited number of spaces, and the only way you can reserve a spot is via the club website.  See http://www.breakaway.org.nz/ for more details about the festival.


    Wellington Downhill Series Is Back

    After a hiatus last year, the DH series is back.

    3 rounds this year, all at different venues.

    1. Maidstone, Upper Hutt 20 October sponsored by Cycle Science
    2. 98 DH, Karori 10 November sponsored by Mud Cycles
    3. Long Gully 8 December sponsored by Bike 88


    We have organised the events so that they do not clash with the NZDH rounds, so you can do both series if you are really keen. Along with prizes for each round, competitors will earn points from each race towards the overall series championship. For the super competitive, points from each round will also contribute to the new NZ Mountain Bike Crown.


    Each round will be a 1 day format, with practice in the morning, and one timed race run in the afternoon.


    Enter online and save $10 over on the day entries.


    Summer Of Enduro Is Coming

    The Wellington MTB Club is working with other clubs and track projects in the wellington region to bring together a multi round Super D and Enduro series running Jan through Mar this summer. There will be hard and less hard courses at most rounds. Just like the DH series, there will be men’s and women’s overall crowns up for grabs.


    We Need Volunteers To Run These Events

    Can you, or someone you know help out at any of these events. For the race series in particular, we need people to help with registration, driving and most important marshalling on course. If you, your friends or family can help out, then please email events@wmtbc.org.nz. Marshalling in particular guarantees one of the best spots to see the action.


    Dodzy Memorial Skill Park Fundraiser

    This weekend, Wellington plays host to the Trail Fund and MTBNZ conference. On Saturday night, there will be get together held at the Southern Cross. During the evening there will be spot prizes and a charity auction with goodies from Cactus, Camelback, Endura, Revolution Productions, Chromag and POC up for grabs. All proceeds from the event will go towards the skills park being built in Rotorua as a memorial to James “Dodzy” Dodds who died last year. Dodzy was a huge contributor to the MTB community, as a skills coach, bike designer and trail builder. Tickets for the event are $20 and cover entry and food. There will be a cash bar. Head to Trailfund.org.nz for your ticket.


    Track Building


    Maidstone

    After a few years with not much happening, both lines are getting some love thanks to Kerry and a crew of keen volunteers. Plenty of work has already been done, with step downs and berms reshaped. Long term the plan is to try and add a little extra length to the race line, but for the moment the focus is on getting the tracks running sweet for the upcoming Breakaway Festival Shuttle Day and Round 1 of the Wellington DH Series. Kerry has set up a FB group that is open to all for organising digs.


    Long Gully

    Both the Racetrack and Jawbone are getting plenty of maintenance at the moment. Jawbone should be in tip top shape come Round 3 of the WDHS. Dig days are being posted on the club FB page. Just a warning, the big ladder drop at the top of the track is currently closed as a number of the slats are broken. These should be replaced shortly.


    Mystic Portal

    The Council have Treescape in cleaning up after the big July storm. They will be removing broken trees, and those that are susceptible to coming down in the next big blow. It should take about 3 weeks. Once the tree clearing is finished, then the council have offered some digger time to help reinstate areas of the track. Please respect the track closure during this time. For more details, see the notice on the club site.


    Polhill

    Work on the Serendipity track is still forging ahead. The regular diggers have been getting a helping hand from Adventure Wellington and most recently 41 volunteers from the BNZ as part of their “Closed for good” day. It is looking good to have the track running sweet for summer. This winter has also been a busy one for planting in this area. Along with native’s supplied by the council, BTB has sourced a number of Nikau that used to be a common site in the gully. Check the BTB page for dig days.


    Miramar

    A semi permanent re route around the Boot Leg bridge is in place. It is a a bit of a grunt up the old farm track but worth it. A new entrance has been built at the Boot post clearing. Entrance is over the large branch and a roll into to a new corner.


    Work has started on the Pump Track extension and this will be the focus for the next few months. The big news is that we now have a container next to the pump track. a big thanks to the Infinity Foundation and everyone who has entered the Escape from Mt Crawford event over the past 2 years. The container is now a secure, and most importantly dry, place to leave tools.


    Mt Vic

    Most of the trails are open and it shouldn’t be too long before the big tree on Hippy’s is removed. Steve is working on a plan for mid week evening digs once daylight savings kicks in so stay tuned to the Mt Vic Trails FB page for details.


    South Coast Kids Track

    The club is partnering with a team in Island Bay to develop a new kids loop near the skate park in Island Bay. The SC Kids Track team recently got awarded grants from both Trail Fund (for tools) and the WCC Community Fund (for digger time). They will be breaking ground in the next month or so and hope to have a track up and running before summer. Check their FB page for updates.


    Have You Renewed Your Membership?

    Membership for the 2013/2014 season opened 1 July, so we are right into the season now. 

    Why join?

    1. Discounted race entry
    2. Discounted shuttle days
    3. Access to Long Gully
    4. Eligible for DH series overall crown
    5. (semi) Regular News letter
    6. Mega trail karma


    And to finish with, something new...

    Club Trail Rides

    You asked, so here we go, organised club trail rides.


    We have 3 planned this month:


    Wednesday Sept 18th - Join Jono to explore the tracks on Tinakori Hill(the legal ones) and Johnson’s Hill. Bring your lights as you will be gone till dark. Meet at the rose garden in the botanical gardens at 6:30pm. Jono knows where all the best single track is, so come ready for bit of tech.


    Thursday Sept 19th - Explore Mt Vic with Ranger Steve. Do you still get lost on in the Mt Vic labrynith of trails on Mt Vic? Suitable for intermediate riders and up, committee member and Senior Park Ranger Steve will take you on a couple of his favorite loops. Meet at the Pririe Street Playground/car park at 6pm.


    Sunday Sept 22nd - Who says there is no riding to the North of the CBD? Meet Jono again to explore the Skyline and Crow’s nest and probably some other hidden gems. Leaving from Izard Park on Wilton road at 10am.

    For more details, check the club Facebook page.


    See you on the trails!


  • 09 Sep 2013 9:57 AM | Russel
    ust got this from the council. Following the July storm, the tree team will be in there removing many of trees. The track will be closed for up to three weeks.

    Good news is that at the end of this, we have been promised some digger time that Eugene will put to good use reinstating the track. So please be patient, this doesn't effect long term access to the track.

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    Removal of Fallen and Storm Damaged Trees: Prince of Wales Park

    This letter is to let you know that the storm damaged and fallen pine and macrocarpa trees will soon be removed from above Hutchison Road as part of the City Council’s storm clean up work.

    Some of the standing trees will also be removed as they are at risk from new wind loadings and are a hazard to park users and the road (see Map over page).

    This work will be carried out by our contractors, Treescape. It will commence on Tuesday 10 September and should take three weeks, weather permitting.

    Machinery will be used during the removal and the tracks in the area will be closed.

    The site will be accessed from the Salisbury Terrace entrance to Prince of Wales Park.

    The timber and wood recovered from the trees will be removed from site and all other wood will be placed through a large mulching machine. There will not be any firewood available to the public.



  • 24 Jul 2013 8:14 PM | Russel

    The committee wish to inform the membership that a Special General Meeting (SGM) will be held at 6 pm on Wednesday 7 August 2013 at Catalyst House, Level 4, 150 Willis Street, Wellington.


    The purpose of the SGM is to:

    • present the Club’s annual financial statement for the 2012/13 year; and

    • consider Resolutions amending the Club’s existing rules (as set out in the Club’s Constitution).

    The purpose of this post is to explain the Resolutions to be considered at the SGM.


    The Committee has reviewed the Club’s existing rules to ensure that they are “fit for purpose”. As a result of this review, the Committee considers that certain rules should be updated to ensure they meet this objective.

    In accordance with rule 7.1 of the Club’s Constitution, a two-thirds majority of members present at the SGM must approve a resolution for that resolution to be passed.

    A copy of the Club’s existing Constitution can be found on the Club’s website


    Resolution 1

    Existing rule 3.5 provides that subscription fees and the date on which they shall be payable shall be determined by the Committee. This conflicts with existing rule 4.1, which provides that the annual subscription shall be set by the Club at the AGM and that the subscription shall become payable immediately upon application for membership.


    To resolve this conflict, the Committee propose the deletion of existing rule 3.5 and the insertion of a new rule 4.1 (see Resolution 2).


    Resolution 2

    As noted above, existing rule 3.5 and existing rule 4.1 conflict with one another. To remedy this, the Committee propose the insertion of a new rule 4.1. This new rule provides that the Committee in June of each year shall set the annual subscription (membership) fee for the forthcoming membership year.


    Resolution 3

    Existing rule 3.6 provides that any member shall be permitted to attend a General Meeting (ie, an AGM or SGM). In accordance with current practice, the Committee proposes that any member shall be permitted to attend any Club Meeting (being an Annual General Meeting, a Special General Meeting, or a Committee meeting).


    Resolution 4

    To clarify current practice (presently authorised under existing rule 3.5), the Committee proposes the insertion of a new rule 4.1(a). This new rule empowers the Committee to offer a reduced subscription (membership) fee in conjunction with the payment of an entry fee for an event organised by the Club.


    Resolution 5

    Resolution 5 clarifies that the Club’s membership year commences on 1 July and ends on 30 June of the following year.


    Resolution 6

    Existing rule 6.1.1 provides that the AGM must be held between the beginning of May and the end of June. This means that the Club must hold an AGM before the end of the membership year (and the financial year) to which the AGM relates.


    To remedy this anomaly, the Committee proposes the deletion of the existing rule 6.1.1 and the insertion of a new rule 6.1.1. The new rule provides that the Club must hold an AGM within three months of the end of its balance date of 30 June. The new rule also codifies the current practice that the Committee shall determine the date and location of the AGM and that the Secretary shall give written notice of the AGM.


    Resolution 7

    Existing rule 6.1.3 provides that at the AGM that the President and the Treasurer shall present reports to the AGM. The Committee propose the deletion of existing rule 6.1.3 and the insertion of a new rule 6.1.3 that sets out in more detail the business to be conducted at the AGM. The proposed new rule 6.1.3 is modelled on a rule contained in the sample rules for an incorporated society at the Companies Office – Societies and Trusts website (the Sample Rules).


    Resolution 8

    Existing rules 6.2.1 to (and inclusive of) 6.2.6 concern the administration of Committee meetings. The Committee proposes the deletion of existing rules 6.2.1 to 6.2.6 and the insertion of new rules 6.2.1 to 6.2.6. The new rules are modelled on rules contained in the Sample Rules.


    Resolution 9

    Existing rule 7.1 provides that a two-thirds majority of members present at an AGM or SGM must approve an alteration to the rules. The Committee propose that the words “and voting” are inserted after the word “present” to clarify that the majority is calculated by reference to members present and voting.


    Existing rule 7.1 provides a notice period of 14 days for the convening of an SGM. The Committee proposes the amendment of this rule to make it clear that the notice must be in writing (including email).


    Resolution 10

    Under the law, no rule change has effect until registered with the Registrar of Incorporated Societies. The Committee proposes the insertion of a new rule 7.3 that expressly reflects this.


    Resolution 11

    Existing rules 8.1 to 8.5 concern the appointment of Committee members. The Committee proposes to replace the existing rules with rules modelled on rules contained in the Sample Rules.


    Resolution 12

    Existing rule 9.3 provides that the Secretary and the Chairperson must sign every document affixed with the Club’s Common Seal. The Committee propose the amendment of existing rule 9.3 by replacing Chairperson (a term new that does not appear in any other rule) with “President”.


    Resolution 13

    The Committee propose the deletion of the existing rule 10.3 and the insertion of a new rule 10.3 that clarifies that the financial year commences on 1 July of every year and ends on 30 June of the next year.


    Resolution 14

    The Committee proposes the insertion of a new rule 13.2, which contains definitions of the terms “Club Meeting”, “Money or Other Assets”, “Rules” and “Written Notice”.


    Resolution 15

    Currently, the rules inconsistently use lower and upper case for the key terms “club”, “committee”, “president”, “secretary” and “treasurer”. The Committee proposes that the rules are amended so that in each instance where these words appear in the rules they are in upper case.


    Resolution 16

    Currently, some rules use the phrase “Annual General Meeting” and other rules use the term “AGM”. In the interests of consistency, the Committee proposes that the rules use the expression “AGM” except for in rule 6.1.1.


    Resolution 17

    Certain existing rules (for example, rule 5.1.1) refer to “social member”. The membership categories of the Club do not include a “social member”. Accordingly, the Committee proposes the deletion of every reference in the rules to “social member”.


    Recommendation

    I consider the Resolutions will promote the success of the Club and are in the best interests of the Club and its members. Accordingly, I recommend that you vote in favour of the Resolutions.


    Voting on all Resolutions at the SGM will be by way of show of hands.

    If you have any questions concerning this letter or the formal notice of the SGM, please contact either:

    I look forward to seeing you at the SGM.

    Yours sincerely


    Dave Preece

    President, WMTBC


    NOTICE OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING


    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

    that a Special General Meeting of the Wellington Mountain Club Incorporated (the Club) will be held on Wednesday 7 August 2013 at Catalyst IT, Level 4, 150 Willis Street, Wellington at 6:00 pm to consider, and if thought fit, to pass the following Resolutions to alter the rules of the Club. In accordance with rule 7.1 of the Club’s Constitution, to approve a resolution a two-thirds majority of members present at the SGM must approve the resolution.


    Resolution 1

    Delete existing rule 3.5.


    Resolution 2

    Delete existing rule 4.1 and insert the following new rule 4.1:

    4.1 The Committee in June of each year shall set the annual subscription fee, for each membership category, for the forthcoming membership year. The annual subscription fee shall be payable immediately upon application for membership.


    Resolution 3

    Delete existing rule 3.6 and insert the following new rule 3.6:

    3.6 Any member of the Club shall be permitted to attend any Club Meeting.


    Resolution 4

    Insert the following new rule 4.1(a):

    4.1(a) The Committee may set a reduced annual subscription fee (for each membership category) where the reduced fee is offered in conjunction with the payment of an entry fee for an event organised by the Club.


    Resolution 5

    Delete existing rule 4.4 and insert the following new rule 4.4:

    4.4 The membership year of the Club commences on 1 July of every year and ends on 30 June of the next year.


    Resolution 6

    Delete existing rule 6.1.1 and insert the following new rule 6.1.1:

    6.1.1 The Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held no later than three months after the end of the Club’s balance date (30 June). The Committee shall determine when and where the Club shall meet within those dates. The Secretary shall give all members at least 21 days Written Notice of the time, date, location and business to be conducted at the AGM.


    Resolution 7

    Delete rule 6.1.3 and insert the following new rule 6.1.3:

    6.1.3 The business of an AGM shall be:

    1. Receiving the minutes of the previous AGM;

    2. The President’s report on the business of the Club over the immediately preceding membership year;

    3. The Treasurer’s report on the finances of the Club and the annual financial statement for the immediately preceding financial year;

    4. Election of the Officers of the Committee and the election of Regular Committee Members;

    5. Motions to be considered;

    6. General business.

    Resolution 8

    Delete existing rules 6.2.1 to (and inclusive of) 6.2.6 and insert the following new rules 6.2.1 to (and inclusive of) 6.2.6


    6.2.1 Subject to the Rules of the Club, the role of the Committee is to:


    (a) Administer, manage, and control the Club;

    (b) Carry out the purposes of the Club, and use Money or Other Assets to do that;

    (c) Manage the Club financial affairs, including approving the annual financial statements for presentation to the members at the AGM;

    (d) Set accounting policies in line with generally accepted accounting practice;

    (e) Delegate responsibility and co-opt members where necessary;

    (f) Ensure that all members follow the Rules;

    (g) Decide how a person becomes a member, and how a person stops being a member;

    (h) Decide the times and dates for Club Meetings, and set the agenda for Club Meetings;

    (i) Decide the procedures for dealing with complaints;

    (j) Set membership fees, including subscriptions and levies;

    (k) Make regulations.


    6.2.2 The Committee has all of the powers of the Club, unless the Committee’s power is limited by these Rules.


    6.2.3 All decisions of the Committee shall be by a majority vote. In the event of an equal vote, the President shall have a casting vote, that is, a second vote.


    6.2.4 Decisions of the Committee bind the Club, unless the Committee’s power is limited by these Rules.


    6.2.5 A quorum for a Committee meeting shall be two Officers and two Regular Committee Members.


    6.2.6 Subject to these Rules, the Committee may regulate its own practices.


    Resolution 9

    In rule 7.1 insert the words “and voting” after the word “present” and replace the words “14 days’ notice” with the words “14 days Written Notice”.


    Resolution 10

    Insert the following new clause 7.3:

    7.3 No rule change approved at an AGM or at a Special General Meeting shall take effect until the Secretary has filed the change with the Registrar of Incorporated Societies.


    Resolution 11

    Delete the heading to existing rule 8 and delete existing rules 8.1 to (and inclusive of) 8.5 and insert the following new rules 8.1 to (and inclusive of) 8.8:


    Appointment of Committee Members

    8.1 The Club shall have a managing committee (the Committee), comprising the following persons:

    1. The President;

    2. The Secretary;

    3. The Treasurer; and

    4. Such other members as the Committee or Club shall decide (Regular Committee Members).


    8.2 The Officers of the Club are the President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer.


    8.3 There shall be a minimum of two Regular Committee Members, in addition to the Officers.


    8.4 The Secretary shall receive nominations for the Officers and the Regular Committee Members after the announcement of the AGM and from attending members at the AGM. All retiring members of the Committee shall be eligible for re-election.


    8.5 If the position of any Officer becomes vacant between AGMs, the Committee may appoint another Committee Member to fill that vacancy until the next AGM.


    8.6 If the position of any Regular Committee Member becomes vacant between the AGM, the Committee may appoint another Club member to fill that vacancy until the next AGM.


    8.7 If any Committee member is absent from three consecutive Committee meetings without leave of absence, the Committee may declare that person’s position to be vacant.


    8.8 Every member of the Committee shall hold office from the date of his or her election or appointment until the earlier of:

    1. the next AGM; or

    2. they resign by giving notice to the Committee.


    Resolution 12

    In rule 9.3 replace “Chairperson” with “President”.


    Resolution 13

    Delete existing rule 10.3 and insert the following new rule 10.3:

    10.3 The financial year of the Club commences on 1 July of every year and ends on 30 June of the next year.


    Resolution 14

    Insert the following new rule 13.2:

    13.2 In these rules:

    “Club Meeting” means any AGM, any Special General Meeting, and any Committee meeting;

    “Money or Other Assets” means any real or personal property or interest therein, owned or controlled to any extent by the Club;

    “Rules” means the rules of the Club filed with the Registrar of Incorporated Societies;

    “Written Notice” means communication by post, electronic means (including email, and website posting), or advertisement in periodicals, or a combination of these methods.


    Resolution 15

    In each instance where the word “club”, “committee”, “officer” “president”, “secretary”, and “treasurer”, appears in the Constitution replace that word with respectively “Club”, “Committee”, “Officer”, “President”, “Secretary”, and “Treasurer”.


    Resolution 16

    Except for rule 6.1.1, where the phrase “Annual General Meeting” appears in the Constitution replace these words with “AGM”.


    Resolution 17

    Delete each reference to “social member” from the rules.

  • 11 Jul 2013 9:41 PM | Russel
    The AGM of the Wellington MTB Club was held on 20th June, 2013 and was attended by 30 people.

    Full meeting minutes and are still to come but the following is available from the meeting:
    1. Presidents Report
    2. Strategic Plan
      including goals for 2013/2014 embership year and for the next 5 years. 
    3. Profit and Loss Report 1 July 2012 - 17 June 2013
    Next committee meeting wlil be held on the 6pm 17th of July at Level 4, Catalyst House, 150 Willis Street. All welecome, especially anyone who is interested in helping us organise shuttle days and the Club DH series to be held Oct - Dec.

  • 11 Jul 2013 9:19 PM | Russel
    I would like to thank my fellow Committee Members for their support and assistance during the 2012/13 membership year. Additionally I would like to thank those Members (non Committee) who frequently offer their assistance and time, and all Members & Sponsors for your continued support of the Wellington Mountain Bike Club.

    We have seen growth in our Club Membership this year (149 vs 56 in 2012), this has been largely in part to our expansion of club shuttle days and offering discounted memberships with our event entry.


    A year of change

    In December 2012, WMTBC become a Registered Charity. This is huge! it makes the WMTBC more desirable to funding organisations & has meant we could receiving donations from the general public and as you will see in the Financial Report, they have already started coming in.


    In previous years, the committee have been ‘front-end’ focused with running plenty of events - whereas this year, the committee has focused on solidifying the club’s foundations. A lot of time & effort has gone into streamlining ‘back-end’ management systems.

    1. Website
      WMTBC’s new website went live in July 2012. This streamlined our membership & event management systems & also allowed us to receive online & credit card payments.
    2. Accounting
      Utilizing ‘Cloud’ based systems, our Treasurer has streamlined our Accounting System.
    3. Document Storage and Collaboration
      O
      ur Secretary installed and streamlined the way the Committee stores and shares its files.

    I would like to thank all those who have been involved with these projects, the Club as a whole has benefited greatly from your hard work.


    Events

    The Club has continued our strong relationships with both Revolve & PNP in support of both there and our events.

     

    Once again, the Clubs Mt Victoria Super D & Miramar Enduro events were a hit. Competitors of the Miramar Enduro turned out with huge smiles, despite the abysmal weather. Mt Victoria Super D pleased the punters, but was run by skin of teeth this year. Major factors were the weather, time of year & a low number of volunteers.

    The Club are still struggling to get the volunteer numbers required at our events.

    Our shuttle days have proven to be hugely popular with both members and non-members. By running these events both within and outside of Long Gully, the Club has also attracted new riders who would normally shy away from DH events.

    Unfortunately, we were unable to run any DH races over the last year due to time & resource constraints, but rest assured, we are gearing up to run a Wellington DH Series in late 2013.

    However, this will still a huge challenge for us if we are unable to source volunteers to help with our events – this is particularly something the Club needs in order to remain successful. 

    Looking ahead to 2014, we’re planning more enduro style events as they are attracting new riders & members to the club.


    Community engagement

    Over the last year, the Club have officially taken on the trail management of Mt Victoria & Polhill (Brooklyn Trail Builders) in our ongoing effort to expand our trail presence in Wellington.
    We welcome Cr
    aig Starnes and Kev O'Donnell from BTB to the team.


    This means WMTBC are now managing trails in Long Gully, Miramar, Mt Albert, Karori (98 DH), Mt Victoria, Brooklyn & are currently working with the Wellington City Council (WCC) to officially incorporate the Portal trail into the WCC trail network.


    WCC kindly donated a small amount of WMTBC Trailhead markers, so you will start seeing these out on the Wellington trail network. The Trailhead markers let other trail user know that the Club built and/or maintains that trail and invites them to contribute to our efforts.


    Diggers summit.

    Held in association with Wellington Trail Alliance, the Diggers Summit was an opportunity for all volunteer trail builders in the Wellington region to get together, listen to talks from internationally regarded trail builders and swap their own stories so they could learn from each other. Wellington has a strong volunteer trail building community and the Summit was about making it stronger. The summit also helped expand WMTBC’s presence in the community and we will building on this when we host the MTBNZ and NZ Trail Fund conference here in September.


    Wellington City Council approved contractors.

    BTB were donated $5,000 from the Wellington Marathon Clinic to go towards paying trail builders to carry out work on their trails, so the WMTBC have had to register as an employer so we can pay employees. Before work could start, the WMTBC have had to gain approval from the Wellington City Council.


    After 4 months of paperwork, the club is the final stages of becoming an approved WCC contractor. What this means the club can do in the future: carry out paid work for WCC. We believe this is a first for any MTB club in the country to become an approved contractor to a local council and is a testament to the expertise of the trail builders in our club, and the quality of trail we can deliver.


    WMTBC in MTBNZ

    Two of our committee members have been elected into the Mountain Bike New Zealand committee.

    1. Jordan Moss: President
    2. Ben Wilde: NZ Trail Fund

    The club acknowledges the hard work that these two are doing to sort out the issues between BikeNZ and MTBNZ, and to establish the Trail Fund.


    Trails

    Long Gully:

    Thanks to Jono Baddiley, Tony Harvie, Adrian Armstrong, Dan Smith & everyone who has volunteered their time to maintain the Long Gully trails. Tony has been keeping the Race Track in top order, and Adrian has been fettling away on 420. During the beginning of the season, we had no owner for Jaw Bone, and it was getting quite overgrown. Thanks to Dan Smith, Dave Nendick, Brett Turia for getting this track open again and their continuing efforts along with Jono and Mike.


    Karori:

    Thanks to Tony Harvie for his continued efforts in Karori on 98DH. There have been some issues with young kids getting in there and altering the track, and Tony has been working with the Council Ranger team to work through this issue and he has been repairing these features.


    Mt Victoria:

    Steve Wallace has taken up the leadership role in managing the Mt Victoria trails as part of agreement with the council. This has included maintenance work on existing trails such as Hippy’s and TTS, along with helping out PNP with maintenance of the Zig Zag track. The Mt Vic Trails crew have also put in two new lines on the Super D track, including a short jump line to get riders off the walking track before the saddle and then a new line on Mt Alfred, once again to provide a more interesting alternative to the walking trail that leads into Rod’s Drop


    Miramar Track Project:

    MTP started off the year with an accolade, receiving an Wellington Airport Regional Community Award for Health & Wellbeing. This shows how Miramar and the Club’s trail building activities are acknowledged and appreciated by the community. Along with maintenance on the existing tracks, the new Solitary DH line has bedded in with more work planned to make it more sustainable, whilst keeping the feel. In recent weeks, work at the Water Towers area has ramped up again, with improvements to the Kids Track and the Pump Track extension.


    A significant amount of planting was done in the past year, with over 500 plants going in around the trail network, in particular Solitary and most recently around the Pump Track extension.


    Brooklyn Trail Builders:

    It has been a busy year for the BTB. The Windmill track was finished, and now offers a more interesting uphill alternative to the road to access the trails further out in the Te Kopahau reserve.


    On the city side of the trail area, work is underway on both sides of the valley. Work on the Serendipity track (Grade 4 down only) is well underway and targeted for the end of the year. This will provide an alternative descent to the very popular Transient track. Work is also in progress between Holloway Road and George Denton Park. After a long consultation process, led by the WCC, permission has been given to  build a new two way, grade 3 track up to the park. Once this is complete, then the existing Squatters track will be repurposed as a Grade 4 descending trail. These two tracks will provide a city side loop for this popular trail network.


    Along with ongoing maintenance, the BTB has worked with other stakeholders in the area to plant 600 trees in the area. A full report of the BTB activities is available on the club website.


    Portal:

    The club has been working with the WCC to get this track sanctioned as an official part of the track network. It is currently classed as an unsanctioned track in an area open for mountain biking. This quite different to an illegal trail (such as those on Tinakori Hill). Eugene Black has worked on a comprehensive plan to rebuild the features to council approved standard. The agreement is that once this, and the handling of the intersection with the walking track is done, this track will become an approved, official track. The club has committed some funds to this project, and we will be looking for funding to help complete these works.  


    Ongoing challenges

    1. Volunteers - as noted earlier. We need to grow the number of people who can both help organise, perform jobs and marshall at our events.
    2. Illegal trail building in the community makes both mountain bikers and WMTBC look bad - it affects our sanctioned work we are carrying out with the WCC.

    Looking forward to the next year.

    The committee has developed a strategic plan which puts in place some tangible goals we are looking to achieve in the coming year. We will present this plan at the AGM. These goals have been aligned with a broader vision for the next 5 years. I encourage you all to review these plans, and invite you to help us make these a reality.


    Please continue to support your Club & your incoming Committee. Thanks for all your support over the last two years.

    Best wishes to all in 2013 & 2014.

    Dave Preece
    WMTBC President

  • 07 Jul 2013 8:29 PM | Russel
    Ok, so you might not care there are local government elections later this year, but you should care about this.

    The Wellington City Council are asking for submissions on their Capital Spaces Plan. This is the plan that they use to sort out their priorities in sport and recreation, and that includes the track network. 

    If you want to see more and better tracks, then you need to make a submission. 

    It is easy, you can do it online

    Even though the online form has 10 questions in section two, none are compulsory. You can answer just one, or simply leave a comment at the end. 

    Simply just say something like that you are a mountain biker, and that you want to see Wellington continue to be a great place to ride. 

    The Club's stance is that overall the plan is pretty good. There is good support for mountain biking throughout the sections of the plan.  

    However, we'd like to see the council:
    • recognise Wellington's track network as a major asset to the city, and it needs more, not less, investment to realise it's potential. 
    • supporting informal recreation like mountain biking along side formal sports
    • looking to increase the amount of land available for recreation, particularly tracks. The club is particularly interested in areas on Watt's Penisula (Miramar north of the Prison) and the availability of any land that could be opened up for track development to the north, between the CBD and Tawa. 
    • investing and providing more support for the areas of the council that we work directly with, such as the Ranger team. We can do more if we have more access and support from the council. 
    • doing more to promote the trail network. It is rare to have such quality trails so close to an urban area. More people using the network, should lead to more investment and more tracks.
    This plan hasn't been reviewed for a number of years, and it may be many more before it is again, and it will set what gets money and what doesn't for some time to come. So take 5 minutes and fill out the form online
  • 02 Jul 2013 8:00 PM | Russel
    It has been a pretty exciting last couple of days in Welly. No doubt you will have all seen trees down right across the city. 

    Our friends in the WCC Ranger team have been working flat out. Over 400 callouts since last night and that is just for trees on roading reserves. With the weather looking better for the weekend, no doubt many of us will be looking to head out onto the tracks. 

    Please take care and look out for fallen trees and branches. 

    With the number of call outs and the focus on residential properties and road reserves, the council has not got out into the track network yet. So you should expect there to be windfall around every corner. 

    We have had reports that there is significant damage to some tracks on Mt Vic, with half the bench slipping away in places.

    Track Status - updated Tuesday 2 July 

    A big weekend for work parties and there are more to come in the following weeks. The following is the status of the tracks that are maintained by the club:


    Long Gully 

    • Race Track - Clear
    • 420 - A few small trees down
    • Jawbone - Clear


    98DH Karori - unrideable

    Trail leader, Tony Harvie, confirms that 98DH has been hit very hard by the storm. There are many large trees down in the area. There are also large trees down across the Kids Track and Wahine.


    Polhill - all tracks open!


    Miramar Track Project - major damage

    Ben, Russ, Sherwin and Caban walked all the trails on Saturday afternoon (June 22nd).

    • Jail Brake - Clear. A crew of 14 adults and a lot of kids turned up on Sunday the 23rd of June to clear the trail. Removed small trees and branches, debris is up to 30cm deep in places on the track, unblocked the drains etc. Trail will be in better shape than it was before the storm in a couple of days once it has had a chance to get rid of some of the water that has fallen this past week.
    • Solitary - Half a dozen trees down on a the section between the JB Pine Tree Berm and  Merge into JB, more down on bottom chute. Hope is to get the top section open by the end of next weekend. 
    • Conviction - Clear - The big slip has been cleared, and whilst there is still a big tree down across the curved bridge, there is a new diversion in place that takes you up towards Nevay Rd (bit of a steep push on a bike). At the top of the track you can turn left and continue on along Boot leg
    • Boot Leg - Clear to the Boot, closed after that. - A new exit of the track has been put in. This will need some gravel, but now takes you out to the clearing. From there the best bet is keep going down the grass and under the Pine Tree where the old Prison sign used to be. A new line is going in to link into the last part of the track and should be finished in a couple of weeks. 
    • Repeat Offender - Some trees down on the climbing berms. These will be cleared by hand, rest of track is clear.

    Mt Vic - major damage, some tracks open

    • Mt Vic Summit - severe damage.
    • Hippy's -  blocked by large tree. But alot of work has been done to tidy up the rest of the track. An Arborist has been in and looked at the tree and it has been assessed as too dangerous to try and clear it. A scratched out line appears to be in place, but a new permenant line will be marked out. Working parties to be advertised shortly. 
    • Super D* - is clear from the end of Hippy's through to the Finish. However there is a large Macrocarpa where the finish line should be and another on the berm closest to the Crawford Rd/Wellington Rd Roundabout
    • Shuttle Cock - clear. However there is a large gum tree across the walking track on the velodrome side that cuts off this loop.
    • Mt Alfred and Rod's Drop - Trees are still down, but new lines around the trees have been benched. 
    • Damian's - bottom clear, tree across section before the field. 
    • TTS - clear
    • Park Bench - clear
    • No reports for Grom, Rock Drop and Virginia .
    • Walking Tracks on North Face - severe damage. The old line down from the top is littered with large trees. In particular the section below Hippy's to the clearing. It appears all the walking tracks in the triangle from the Summit, down to Charles Plimmer Park and Majoribanks Street are blocked to some extent. No eta on when these will be open. Be aware, in some places very large trees have partly fallen over and are being held up by other trees. It is best to stay well clear of this area.  

    Portal - open

    The track is now open top to bottom with some diversions in place. More work is ongoing. 


    Rollercoaster - no report at this time


    Other tracks

    • Makara - lower tracks have been cleared, but there are trees down across Salley Alley and North Face. See Makara Peak Facebook page for updates.
    • Salvation is now open again (we think)
    • Deliverance is clear, but the track has changed signifcantly. A section of the track at the bottom has be rerouted.  
    • Tinakori Hill - Jono has been through and has this update
      "Many blockages over te ahu mairangi as well. At the northern end of the northern walkway (off wadestown road) two trees have come down - one you get get under (I cut the branches out of the way), the other has taken out half the track.

      The southern end of the walkway (4wd track that drops down towards the chinese embassy) is blocked by a massive slip that has taken out 3 or 4 large trees. Connector above chinese embassy walkway also blocked by a couple of large trees."
    • Colonial Knob - The track through to Ohariu Valley is not passable and quite dangerous...the pine forest has huge damage and many many fallen trees.
    • Wainui Track Project - clear, but very wet. Give if a few days to dry out. 

    What can you do to help?


    Join A Work Party - Earn Some Trail Karma

    If you have been thinking about joining a work party, now is your change. Most of the work required at the moment is pretty easy clearing of leaves and small sticks and branches.


    The club and our project will be organising work parties over the coming weeks to clear as many tracks as we can by hand. 


    Best place to look is Facebook

    For track damage, particularly to tracks that are managed by the club, please either
    • Contact us via info@wmtbc.org.nz with a photo and details of where the damage is or;
    • Post to our Facebook page
    We will be organising work parties to get out and fix these tracks just as soon as we c


    Large Fallen Trees

    For large trees and branches, the council will get in and clear these. We can all help by letting them know where to find them. A reminder - the use of chainsaws on WCC land by members of the public is strictly prohibited.

    When you come across a large tree or branch either:
    • Call the council on 499 4444 or
    • Use the Online FixIt Form
    • Even better, download the Fixit Smartphone App and send in the details

    WCC FixIt App


    Can't Dig - Then Donate!

    The Wellington Mountain Bike Club is a registered charity. You can donate on the site, either via PayPal or directly into the club bank account.


    When you Donate, you can choose which trail area is the recipient of your funds. Your money will be used for tools, equipment and materials to reinstate, maintain and if necessary, build new tracks in your chosen area.


    All donations over $5 are eligible for a tax credit and the club will issue you a donation receipt.



    As all ways, take it easy on your first DH run. Stay safe.


  • 11 Jun 2013 1:30 PM | Russel
    The days are short, the nights are cold, but riding doesn't stop for a little bad weather. 

    World Cup DH and Enduro World Series Underway

    A late start to the international racing season this year, but some excellent results for the Kiwis at Fort Bill. Congrats to the Bulldog and Blenki for making the podium and a shout out to the club's own Bryn Dickerson who qualified for the finals. 

    If you haven't seen it, Bryn keeps a blog of his exploits at Racing for my dinner. Here is hoping there is a post soon about his latest foray into the World Cup series soon. 

    Next race is at Val de Sole this weekend. Full coverage on Redbull.com

    At the end of the month, the Enduro racers head to France for the next round of the EWS. Will the (ex) downhillers continue to dominate, or will the all mountain specialists rise to the challenge?

    Club AGM

    The Club AGM will be held on Thursday, June 20th at 6:30pm. For full details, see the events page. 

    We will be running through a report of what was achieved this past year, a look at the clubs financials, electing new officers and going over some goals for the next membership year. 

    Nominations

    It is great to see the majority of the committee wants to stand again. If you would like to contribute for the management of the club, then nominate either yourself or someone else for a role on the committee. All nominees need to be current club members, and if you nominate someone else, please supply their details so that we can contact them and confirm they wish to stand. 

    Items for the Agenda

    If you wish to raise a matter for the membership at the AGM, then please contact the secretary and we will add this to the Agenda under General business. It helps matters along if you can put the details of the matter or proposal into writing so it can be distributed. 

    Why do I have to register?

    The club will be putting on pizza. We are told that some people don't like Hawaiian with Olives and Anchovies. If you want to ensure that there is something else on offer, then please register. 

    Wellington City Council: Our Capital Spaces

    The WCC are reviewing another of there management plans that effects how the track network is governed and how much funding it receives. This follows on from the Town Belt Management Plan that the club, and many club members submitted on early in the year.


    Your trails need you 

    to make a submission

    The club and our projects will all be making submissions. But the more submissions we can get from club members and riders, the better. All you need to do is take a scan of this plan on the council site, then fill in the online form. Aside from your contact details, you don't need to answer all questions, you can just answer one if you like. 

    The most important thing you can do is let the council now how important mountain biking on WCC tracks is to you. 

    The club will be publishing our submission on the club website after the AGM as it will be aligned with the strategic plan that will be presented to the membership at this time. 


    WORD Riding Camps

    Looking for something to do these school holidays? We have just received this from Ash@WORD. 

    WORD Winter MTB Camps!
    July School Holidays 2013
    We're launching WORD (Wellington Off-Road Riding Dept) winter MTB camps, whoop whoop! These will be open to kids of all MTB skill abilities. Each morning we'll jump in the WORD van and head off to a new riding location. From 8.30am-1pm we will be shredding, climbing, launching, shuttling and building in Wellington!
    $150 for each camp ($100 for the 2 day camps), sweet!  Bookings open NOW!
    10-12 year olds:15-17 July
    7-9 year olds: 18-19 July (2 days)
    13-17 year olds: 22-24 July
    10-14 year olds (Girls only!):  25-26 July (2 days)

    'Tis The Season For Digging

    The dirt is soft, so digging season is in full swing. 

    • The Portal is receiving a major overhaul, with all the structures being rebuilt to council standards. Once this is done, then it will be a canditate for being officially included in the track network. Check the Club facebook page for details. 
    • The Brooklyn Trail Builders are making great progress on their new track, Serendipity. There are multiple digs each week and they love to see new faces. The hope is to get this up and running and will bedded in before summer. 
    • The Miramar Trail Project are working away on 3 fronts, with Solitary receiving some tweaks, a new pump track extension in the works and some new features on the kids track. There will also be some planting days coming up. The project will be moving a number of their digs to Saturday afternoons, check the FB page for event details. 
    • Out in Long Gully, some new life is being breathed into Jawbone. A new berm is already in and there are some more plans afoot. Once again, check facebook for details. 
    See you on the trails (or at the AGM). 

    Russel Garlick
    Club Secretary
    secretary -at- wmtbc.org.nz



  • 28 May 2013 5:03 PM | Russel
    The Wellington Mountain Bike Club would like to thank all the competitors, volunteers and sponsors for all contributing to making this year's URGE Mt Vic Super D a grand success. A special thanks to our friends at PNP for helping out with the timing and traffic management on the day. 

    Here is a summary of the coverage on the web
    Thanks once again to our incredible sponsors:


    Full results are up here. 

    Junior Men (Under 15)  
    6    Eden Cruise    Junior 1 Men (Under 15)    05:36.7    05:40.7
    78    Finn van Leuven    Junior 1 Men (Under 15)    07:34.9    07:30.3
    89    Tom Booker    Junior 1 Men (Under 15)    07:42.3    07:42.9

    Junior Men (15-17)      
    14    Jack Compton    Junior 2 Men (15-17)    05:57.1    05:55.8
    15    Gregor Wilson    Junior 2 Men (15-17)    06:09.0    05:57.0
    33    Jack Humphries    Junior 2 Men (15-17)    07:28.9    06:23.9

    Old Men (30+)  
    1    The Weazel    Masters Men 1 (30-39)    05:36.4    05:24.0
    2    Mikey Northcott    Masters Men 1 (30-39)    05:30.0    05:25.8
    11    Tom Adams    Masters Men 1 (30-39)    05:51.2    05:51.3

    Older Men (40+)        
    8    John Jacob    Masters Men 2 (40-49)    05:49.0    05:46.3
    12    Jonny Waghorn    Masters Men 2 (40-49)    05:57.1    05:52.1
    19    Jeremy Blake    Masters Men 2 (40-49)    06:11.7    06:02.1

    Ancient Men (50+)      
    58    Dave Carlyon    Masters Men 3 (50+)    07:13.9    06:50.8
    73    Doc Wongsta    Masters Men 3 (50+)    DNF    07:15.7

    Novice Women          
    107    Abbie Bull    Novice women    08:53.2    08:35.6
    115    Isla Day    Novice women    10:53.1    10:13.1

    Open Women    
    65    Ash Burgess    Open Women    07:08.6    07:02.0
    99    Anna Harding-Shaw    Open Women    08:36.9    08:12.3
    -    Sarah Atkin    Open Women    07:04.1    DNF

    Open Men  
    3    Miles Davies    Senior Men (18-29)    05:24.2    05:26.2
    4    Elliot Pearce    Senior Men (18-29)    05:40.7    05:38.7
    5    Stefan Gardner    Senior Men (18-29)    05:47.8    05:39.6



  • 03 May 2013 11:37 AM | Russel
    Well it has been a long time between drinks on the newsletter front. That long, dry, dusty summer is just but a distant memory. Time to embrace winter, with all it's slidey, night ride goodness. 

    So what has been happening?

    Events


    Long Gully Shuttle Days

    Shuttle days were held in March and April, one dry and one wet. These wouldn't have been possible with out the help from all the volunteers. A special vote of thanks to those keep the gully trails in order. Cheers to Tony Harvie (Racetrack), Adrian Armstrong (420) and Dan Smith and his helpers for leading the charge on tidying up Jawbone. Just a note to all, that tools are often left on the side of the tracks in the Gully on purpose by the builders when they are working on spots. Please leave them there. 

    Events Manager, Mike Stirrat has been out with his camera, and you might want to check out the vids on Pink Bike. 

    Escape from Mt Crawford Mini Enduro

    Miramar Track Project ran their annual fundraiser and on a wet and wild Sunday a few weeks back we got 55 competitors who turned up and try to claim the King and Queen of the Mountain Crowns. Big thanks to Burkes Cycles for their support of the event, and PlaceMakers Evan's Bay for showing up with their mega BBQ Trailer. After some negotiations with LINZ (who are managing the Prison Land) we were able to start right out side the prison. Congrats to The Weazel for taking the men's overall, and Sarah Atkin for the women's. View the fill results.

    The lads from Burkes teamed up with Holden Bros to put together this clip that captures the day pretty well. 



    Mt Vic Super D is back!

    26 May

    Mt Vic Super D

    Yup it is back. And being held later in the year, we'd expect the course to throw up a few more challenges than the dry and dusty runs of the past couple of years.

    Get your entry in today via the club web site . This year there is a discount for all Welly MTB Club members, so entry is $35 for club members, $45 for non members. 

    Event organsior Steve has been doing some fettling on the track, so expect new lines to challenge you. 

    A big thanks to all the sponsors of this event, and especially URGE helmets who are back again as title sponsor and are fronting up with a new helmet to all class winners. 

    One change to be aware of this year is that there is a compulsory seeding run. So you will need to check the event time table and make sure you are there to get your run in. 

    We are still on the look out for volunteers to help with timing, marshalling and driving. If you are coming to the event, and bringing a mate or family member who can help out, then please drop Steve a line via the Club facebook page


    Trail Building

    In addition to all the good work going on at Long Gully, trail crews have been at work all around Wellington.

    Brooklyn Trail Builders

    The Brooklyn crew have been going gang busters on some new trail developments. The alternate downhill for the bottom of Transient, called Serendipity is well under way. 



    In addition to this, the club and BTB are working with the WCC to open up some trails on the other side of Polhill that would link into George Denton Park. This required a great deail of consultation with the community, and some hard work by all involved. 

    Dig times are:
    • Wednesday 12:30 - 2pm
    • Sunday 1 - 4pm.

    Mt Vic Trails

    Steve and his crew have been working on some new lines around the saddle area to reduce conflict with walkers on the Super D track. 

    The first is the new short jump line from Park Bench to the Saddle. All this wet weather is helping this to settle in. 

    The next phase is an alternate line into Rod's drop which will avoid the walking track. Once again this will be a huge bonus as it will add a new line and keep other trail users happy. 

    Diggers are being run mid week and are all advertised on the Mt Vic Trails facebook page.

    The club would like to thank Mud Cycles and Floyds Cafe for their support of these digs. 






    Miramar Track Project

    The wet weather means that trail building is back on in Miramar. Now the Solitary track has been ridden in, some refinements and improvements are being made to make it more sustainable during the winter months, whilst trying to keep the original feel of the track. 



    If you have been up at the water towers recently, you will notice there is a huge amount of clay sitting and waiting to be shaped into the pump track extension. Hamish Kay has some excellent plans to extend the existing track and build different lines to cater to both the huge number of kids using this track and more advanced riders. At the moment, digger time is what is required, so if you have contacts in the Earthmoving world, then please let the crew know via their facebook page

    Some new features are being built for the kids track off site and should be in place in the coming months. 

    Miramar runs their digs on Sundays from 2pm. Check facebook for event details. 

    Mystic Portal 

    The club is happy to announce that we have been working with the city council to get this popular track added to the track network. At the moment it is classified as an unsanctioned track in an area that is open to biking. The goal is to make some changes to the track to bring it to a level that the council will be happy to approve it.

    There is going to be some significant work required, particularly in the area where the Portal crosses the walking track and to replace some of the old decaying stunts. Eugene Black is leading the charge here, and is organising digs. Check the Club Facebook page for details

    Notice of Wellington Mountain Bike Club Annual General Meeting

    Thursday 20 June at 7pm

    Add it to your diaries, the date has been set for this year's AGM. It has been a busy year for the club, with a lot of working going on behind the scenes. This is your chance as a club member to come and hear about some of these developments, the plans for the future and give your feedback. 

    More details will be posted on the club website in the coming weeks. 


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