Another great day at Haven MTB Park, Christchurch's very own intermediate level boutique mountain bike park nestled on Banks Peninsula.
All regular trail builders (except me!) were having a well deserved day off, although Allister did come out on Friday to work on his secret trail, as he said he couldn't leave it for a week.
In typical Allister style, what seemed to be quite a big job (a singletrack trail from the bottom of the land up to the top across a gully in one of the valleys on our hill) has been reduced in no time with hard work and determination. The trail line has been found through the scrub and work has begun on the corners to see if they work - once this has been finalised, the connecting bench and general widening of the trail corridor will commence. Great stuff Allister.
However we did have a bunch of new members keen to chip in and to test out the trails come on out. A digger free weekend, so we can catch up on the hand finishing, plus with all the fine weather, the trail corridor needed a good trim.
We spent a fair bit of time of the River Track Extension getting a ride line through and getting the corners ready for the Berm Queen, then on to Frank'n'Furter, fixing up some holes left by the neighbour hares and trimming back the growth, plus raking out the freshly dug bench that completes the gap that we had in the trail. But boy it was hot work and I didn't want to wear out everyone before they had the chance to go for a ride.
A fun couple of laps, although my recent full time riding on the road bike seems to have made me a muppet on the mtb - oh well.
After a quick lunch it was back on the scrub cutter, cutting back the side growth on Anti Disestablishment, Mrs Haven was back from her ride by now and she was spraying Frank'n'Furter. AYUNC also got it's first cut back and it's looking sweet and fast again. Fred & River Track (from the Other End) had their first trim of the grass.
New signage is going up for the new tracks and a fresh coat of paint on some of the arrows that get baked in the sun! Mr & Mrs Haven are happy to show you around if you aren't sure where to go.
Going through some photos for a new poster coming out soon, I was amazed at how much stuff has grown, see if you can recognise the tracks.
We are getting plenty of visitors at the moment and we are always keen for more, if you want to come out for a ride, please make contact now!