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Friday, July 31, 2015

July Update

Well silly Mr Haven managed to break another rib, so he has had a rather quiet month of July - no digging allowed.

But, Ali has pretty much completed From Wood to Sky, I would guess there is about 20m of track to build and then the usual method of going back and tidying up and then seasoning. With luck this track will also be ready to open with the other new tracks in Spring. Exciting stuff!!

Enjoy some pictures and soak in the hard work that Ali has put into this super fun track.

We still have a heap of new tracks to build and lots of planting and other crazy ideas.

We are still open over winter, except with the weather is not playing ball, you can always tell if we are open on our website.

See you out on the trails.
Mr Haven

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

June Update

Another month has zoomed by and lots of work has been completed.

The Muur has had it's finishing touches completed and is seasoning for Winter in preparation for a Spring re-opening.

The Climb aka AliTrack has had a few corners touched up and a bit of work done and is still open for riding.

The Gold Valley Challenge has been finished and is seasoning for Winter in preparation for a Spring re-opening.

The Longest Cut has had both ends connected by Scott and his Little Yellow Digger from T5 Contracting, there is still a bit of finsihing work to be done but this should be open by Spring.

The Zephyr is seasoning well and we should be opening it soon, we just need to finish the two bridges.

Eagles Nest has had the berms reworked and finished and will be riding and rolling well soon.

I hope to be able to cut down the pesky pine that is blocking AYUNC Track soon.

The rest of the tracks are looking and riding well, we will get in and spray the remaining tracks soon so that spring growth will be well under control.

Ali is working hard on his new track From Wood to Sky and I wouldn't be surprised if this is finished by Spring also, he has a few more tracks in his repertoire as well!

We will be planting a whole bunch of natives on the Eagles Nest in the next month or so.

Come out and lend a hand or just check out the trails.

And a few piccys from the work on the Longest Cut


May your wheels remain ever true
Mr Haven

Sunday, May 31, 2015

May Update

Well Autumn just seemed to keep on giving,  a bit more rain and a bit more cold, but a surprisingly amount of warm sunny days! And just to rub it in, when Christchurch shivers under a frost we are at least 5C warmer, but we do get snowed in most years (but that's fun to ride/run in as well.)

We've been busy preparing the park for winter, many of the trails have been sprayed and the trail corridor is cut back, we will get to the rest over the next month or two.

After I broke a rib, Ali and Iain have done a sterling job finishing the Gold Valley Challenge and have now also completed the remedial work on the Muur. Next up will be the remedial work on AliTrack aka the Climb aka Passo Del Stelvio. After this we will bash through the two traverses that branch off AliTrack

The signs are getting a new paint job and plenty of plans are afoot for new tracks and finishing the other half finished digger built tracks.

Here are a couple of quick and dirty videos of the new tracks:

The Gold Valley Challenge

The Zephyr

Trees for Canterbury have continued to support our regeneration plan with another couple of hundred trees to put into a few locations to supplement existing plantings and to start the long, steady battle of shading out the broom. Thanks guys, if you ever need some native plants, they have quality stock at great prices.

Many of the tracks will be fine over winter and as long as it's not pouring down the park will be OPEN - stay tuned to Facebook, Twitter or the website for updates.

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Come and give some trail karma, help out or join up.
Happy Trails
Mr Haven

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April Update

Autumn is here - lovely colours have entered the valley and some real rain, perhaps the first of the year, which was very welcome.

We've been busy as well - Gold Valley Challenge has been benched and all the bends have been cut, and Ali and the Road Gang are now charging up the trail making the finishing touches. It's looking great and should be an immensely fun uphill/downhill. The track is on track for opening in October 2015.

Also after a two year hiatus, the team from T5 Contracting and the little yellow digger were back in action at Haven. We managed to finish up the last leg of the now named Zephyr track, which completes an entirely off road loop at Haven, ducking and diving beside the creek. It's looking superb, we have two rock bridge river crossings and we still need to build two bridges for creek crossings. The track is closed until Spring to allow it to season.

With the onset of winter, we will be doing some tidying up on The Muur and AliTrack, as well as planting out more natives.

There are a number of other tracks on the cards as well, it great to be part of this experience.

The weather station is back up and running, but with Winter we will be managing entry onto the tracks, and closing a few of the newer tracks to allow them to bed in nicely.

But as always, there is plenty to do and ride year round, come out and help and ride.

Happy Trails
Mr Haven

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March update

Another month has whisked past, the days are getting shorter and it's a bit cooler, we are getting some very welcome moisture but summer is still lingering which is great.

We've almost finished the corners and the benching on the Gold Valley Challenge and we will have 90% of the track to 90% level, we are well on track to have the track all go for spring!

Then it's a winter of tweaking the Muur and AliTrack and finishing a connecting track between AliTrack and The GVC.

Ali is also plotting another track to connect Scollywood to the top of the 4WD Track.

We are also going to plant a heap of natives over winter and clear some space for some more woodlots.

We will also be having the Little Yellow Digger and the team from T5 Contracting  in mid April for some new trails to be cut.

It's been super to see so many new people (and old) out playing at Haven, help spread the word.

Come out and have some fun at Haven.

Happy Trails
Mr Haven

Monday, February 23, 2015

February Update

Here's another update.

It's been super to see some many new people out trying the tracks, it's cool to hear the laughter of people having fun and the odd ruh-roh sound as someone is giving it a go and has pushed their limits!

Please keep spreading the word, we love to see all those new tyre tracks on our trails.

We are progressing strongly on the Gold Valley Challenge - with only corner left to build out of 21 (from memory), then a couple of long traverses and then we have the long job of finalising and tidying up. We will be putting a big call out in March to give a hand pushing through these last traverses - many hands make light work!

Whilst we love summer, we are certainly looking forward to the change of seasons that will allow us to get the machines that make sparks out to tidy up, We have a tree down blocking AYUNC and Miners Track has a bit of long grass at the moment. We are planning to get to these in the next couple of weeks.

Over winter we hope to get a rock breaker into The Muur and deal to those pesky rocky corners, we will also be widening a number of corners on AliTrack - but we will still leave it as a suitable challenge.

We are also expecting the little yellow digger and the crew from T5 Contracting in March and there are cunning plans afoot to get some existing tracks finished and connected to the wider network. w00t - it's all coming together nicely!

We will leave you with some great photos on the Gold Valley Challenge and of our sturdy and stalwart trail  builder Ali that were taken last Saturday.

Until next time, may you wheels remains forever true
Mr Haven

Saturday, January 31, 2015

January Update

Another month passes at Haven, our very own boutique intermediate level mountain bike park on Banks Peninsula, and summer has certainly arrived. No rain for some time and plenty of scorching hot days with little or no wind! The grass has finally decided to stop growing so we don't need to mow every week but now we start worrying about fires!

Please be aware there is a total fire ban on and smoking is strictly forbidden at Haven.

We have been busy fighting back the growth into the trail corridor and  creating ride lines - everything is seasoning well and going great.

Monumental progress is occurring on Ali's new track - the Gold Valley Challenge, with a significant portion of the track completed. Ali tells me only 9 corners left to build! Here are a few pictures of the terrain, it's magical and will be another great place to hide from the Sun!

The digging has been surprisingly easy (touches wood), and we are progressing much faster than we imagined - that said, it goes a lot faster with more people, come out and join in the fun of building great trails.

It's been super to see so many new faces, indeed familiar faces as well, out enjoying the park and people trying us out - even in the heat of the day. Yes the weather station is still non-operational - we are working on it.

We don't have the best coverage at home, so can't always respond immediately to text, etc. 
We may also be out riding!

Still plenty of summer to be had, night riding is pretty damn good, if I say so myself, and we aren't that far away from Chur Chur.

Happy Trails
Mr Haven