Update from Tack Crew May 7th 2020

Logging around connection is now completed and the logging crew is just cleaning up some windfall near the old chain link track so we will be rebuilding the tracks and catching up on Maintenance ASAP. Logging crews should be gone by middle of next week

All of Outback and Steamfields are open and so is access in out of the hotel grounds. The current track system takes you back to the old link road horse crossing. Then you are required to do a bit of road riding to get around the logged area just follow the signs but you can ether go down the road and out of the park or up the road and head for Waipouwerawera or cut out around the back of craters of the moon. It’s all sign posted – please read and follow the signs!

We will be rebuilding the tracks as fast as possible and just need to tidy up some tracks first. The current plan is Walters first, then Tank Stand Down-hill as that will give access to the connection. Later we will attack the rest of the tracks to get the routes up and running There is going to be a period of time when we have to use the road around the connection.

We are thinking of running a few working bees to get them open earlier as we have no PD crews at the moment but we have to wait until we know the rules on level 2 in regards to social distancing and then flick out a notice.

Waipouwerawera has a wee slip sitting on the track at the half way point but it’s all passable Bruce is giving the track a tidy up at present We were about to do this as we went into lockdown so it’s a bit overdue.

All the rest of the tracks seem to be OK and have seen lots of traffic but please keep reports coming in as it saves a lot of time and money being able to plan our response. To report an issue please use Trailforks, the BT website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tour of Aotearoa

toa2 2018 route shown - 2020 may have minor changes.

Tour Aotearoa is one of the world's great bike packing trips, stretching 3,000 km from Cape Reinga to Bluff it follows a combination of cycle trails, tracks, paths and lanes connected by the most enjoyable country roads available.

This is a self-supported 3,000 km brevet from Cape Reinga to Bluff. A brevet is not a race. It is a ride following a set course, via 30 photo checkpoints, which you must complete between 10 and 30 days – no more and no less.

 From Monday 17th of January 676 riders will start from Cape Reinga in daily waves of about 70. Each of these riders has donated at least $100 to a charity of their choice and Bike Taupo has been one of the charities to receive funding. In turn BT contributes by doing maintenance and upgrades on the trails on the route.

Check out the link below which is to the site providing information and progress of the participants.

https://touraotearoa2020.maprogress.com/toa1

 

Spring Update 2019

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SPRING UPDATE


Kia Ora Bikers

Hope everybody is enjoying some warmer weather, we are starting to experience spring in Taupo, pollen is in the air and the bikes are coming out of the garage......

Its been all go at Bike Taupo as per usual and so we thought you all might like a little progress update!

First off, a big shout out to the funding organisations who support us getting our continuous projects underway. The tubes for our second underpass beneath Craters Road have been purchased and are currently sitting in the car park. We hope to have these installed in October.

This will eliminate the need to cross this road and assist with the running of events that have previously required traffic management.

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There have been logging operations underway in the mountain bike park recently with several areas closed off. Please keep an eye on facebook for recent updates. The trackcrew will have signage in place where tracks are closed. Currently:-

* Outback via Sugar Daddy to Hotel is now open but extreme care required when crossing laneways.

  • Steamfield’s loop planned to be fully open by the end of October.

Cycling Hub Car Park


The car park is well underway on Huka Falls Road opposite Four B and Kefi @ The Hub. Its been all go here with the car park being tarsealed very soon. Plans are underway for the shelter construction, toilets and wash bay.

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The new Otaktake track (O2K)

The new Otaktake track (O2K) is now 5km off the existing track out of Kinloch on its journey to exit onto Kawakawa Rd near Whangamata Rd. The trackcrew are working from the Kawakawa Road end and are about 1.8km down heading towards Kinloch to link up. This track is riding awesome with some stunning views over the lake. You can access this off the K2K about 2.5km from Kinloch, ride up and blast down!! (be aware - it is two way!)

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Thank you to Sarah Wraight for stepping in and covering while Cath was getting her brand new knee. Nobody is irreplaceable. Sarah is the new TDC Road Safety Coordinator and with Dide Harrison moving to Sport Waikato in a role to get more kids riding across the whole region, this whole Kids Bike Taupō beast is spreading.

We purchased six new mountainbikes with funding from Pak N Save, thank you Chris Grace. These bikes are used a lot in the TDC Road Safety Programme and have been a hit at the Thursday afternoon KBT sessions at Craters Mountainbike Park. It is great to have a selection of good bikes that fit a big range of people. They have been very useful at the Tauhara College Special Needs Unit and at ADDI too.

Thank you to Brett Cotter and his Big Bike Film Night for including the KBT part of the People On Bikes series in his line up. At Craters the other day, a rider from Auckland recognised Cath from the show and wanted her autograph!! :)

The Community Bike Shed, Fix a Dunga, is being well run by Jonny and Jo. They are there from 3.30pm to 5pm on Wednesdays in the school term. They are in the shed next to Taupō Cadets in the Spa Venture Park at the top of Spa Road.

There continues to be not enough of KBT to go around, especially in the summer terms. A good place to catch Ricky Biker is at the after school sessions. Please tell your friends to come along, if they want to have bike fun with like minded people of all ages. All sessions 3.30pm to 5pm. Regards, Cath (Lady bike)

Mondays – BMX Track

Tuesdays – SPARK Trails in Spa Park

Thursdays – Craters Mountain Bike Park in the old carpark

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If you have ridden the GLT recently please let us know what you thought by filling in this survey. Completing this helps us receive much needed funding for maintenance to keep this trail GREAT!

Also, as an added bonus every survey completed in October will go in the draw for a FREE Bike Taupo annual family membership!!

Great Lake Trail Survey

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Exciting news for Craters Classic participants in 2020. We have partnered with You Travel Taupo and "Have Fun Tours" in Australia to bring you the opportunity for a MTB adventure in August 2020.
This promotion has limited numbers and you will need to get in quick to reserve your space. Race our event in June then head off for a week of fantastic mountain biking on the Sunshine Coast to escape our winter! Plus, we will be giving away a FREE trip at prize giving.

Ride, Relax, Repeat........

You can book your space NOW!!

Check out the website for all the details: www.cratersclassic.co.nz or click on button below:-

Craters Classic Australia Mountain Bike Tour

Bike Taupo 2020 Membership tags are now available.

Your current red tags are still valid until 31st October 2019.

Everyone MUST carry proof of their valid club membership on them when riding / running within the Craters Mountain Bike Park via the ID tag attached to their bike, helmet, bag or person in a visible location

Renewing is easy. Follow these easy instructions:

1. Click the link below to login - If you have forgotten your username or password click on the Forgot Login link at the login page.

2. Once you are logged in scroll down or select My Membership on the side menu.

3. Find your plan and click the blue Renew Now link.

4. Find your credit card!

New membership tags for 2020 will be required from 1st November 2019.

Join Bike Taupo

Pete Masters (Chairperson) 021 744 957

Melissa Johnson (Administrator) 027 220 9389

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Xmas Newsletter 2019

 Well, its that time of the year, things are just a little crazy!!

Bike Taupo has had a busy year and we are all looking forward to a nice holiday.  I am off to Tasmania for a week of mountain biking and can hardly contain myself, reckon its going to be amazing, will share with you on Facebook!

Hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year, get out there and enjoy everything that mountain biking offers you, explore, challenge and stay safe!

Pedal on  -  Melissa Johnson, Bike Taupo Administrator 

Words of wisdom from our Chair...

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(Pete loves his photo in the newsletter, at least its an old photo so he looks younger!! :)

                                                                                                    

Bike Taupo have ticked some box’s this year by developing the Hub area and then getting the second underpass in on Craters Road, these have been huge improvements to Craters Mountain Bike Park in regards to running events and making it safer.

The Hub area is coming along nicely, some people may say slowly, but we have trouble visualising what we had planned on a drawing to what transpires on the ground, and progress is stage by stage!

The Underpass under Craters Road was a real game changer for the Huka mountain bike event making it safer as we had no road crossing to control.

Craters Mountain Bike Park has had a lot of logging over the last few months and we are also going to have all the Gums logged in January and February 2020. This is going to affect a large number of tracks and also the ability to ride from or back to the car park. We have arranged access on Q line Road once Walters Wiggles, Incline and Tank Stand down hill close. There will be lots of signage put up and we will open areas ASAP after the logging.

We will be bombing face book with information. We anticipate logging will start in the Chain Link area first then progress towards the Connection.

The Otaketake Track is open but we haven’t quite finished the Kawakawa Road section down to the car park on Whangamata Road.  The concrete path on Whangamata Road is in, its just the joining bits that are missing at the moment!

The Great Lake trail is riding well but have to say we did drop the ball a bit on maintaining the Waihaha section and it’s a bit overgrown! We have been too busy building new tracks and car parks.  It's under control and on the radar in next two weeks!

Don’t forget other great tracks in the area.  The Waihaha Hut track is riding the best it's ever been, Grade 4 in pure NZ native forest, its just magic riding.  Te Iringa is a great grade 5, summer riding in the beech forest.  Tongairio River trail is a lovely 18 km easy ride and the Taupo Huka Trails running from Control gates down to the Aratiatia Dam.

Enjoy the holidays.  Pete Masters  -  Bike Taupo Chair

 

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The car park area is progressing on Huka Falls Road opposite Four B and Kefi @ The Hub.  Its been all go here, car park is now tar-sealed, shelter (looking like a small house!) and bike wash underway, toilets are in place.  

 

 

Otaketake Track

 

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The new Otaketake track is completed!

 

GLT sweet single track, riding up and down from Kinloch or loop this section incorporating K2K and Orakau to give you an approx 38km of riding with stunning views.  

 

Please remember this is a two way track!!   -    enjoy :)

 

and.........

 

Don't forget to complete our survey on completion of your ride, this helps us receive much needed funding to keep this trail GREAT!  You can do this online or at the Tipsey Trout while enjoying your coffee!

 

Great Lake Trails Survey

 

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Kids Bike Taupo has a few daycare bookings over the holidays, but generally quiet.  Several grandparents have already contacted us to borrow bikes for their grandchildren.  It is fun to see them return each year and get a bigger bike.

Cath will help with the TDC Road Safety Adventure on 15 January and possibly E Bike Introduction on 16 January.  After school sessions finish on Thursday 19 December. 

Pihanga Reserve Party was amazing and we have Waitahanui on Friday evening.  These non commercial events really fit well with our Kids Bike Taupo Programme.  I hear the Christmas parade was fun and a big thanks to Sarah Wraight for taking Ricky Biker.  She reported that there were lots of comments that she wasn't Cath!!

The set up at the Cycle Challenge went well and I love having the TDC Road Safety people helping.  It’s not so lonely or as much work.  Thanks also to GJ Gardiner for the use of their wooden pump track.

Cath was involved in a meeting with TDC about a Crown Park biking upgrade.  We want to repair the concrete and repaint the little road for now and looking at a bigger plan.  Carpark, pump track, perimeter path, drink fountain.  That will be Long Term Plan stuff, but nice to know it’s not only me banging on about it.

Happy holidays everyone.  Keep supporting those little kids to get riding as soon as possible.  Balance bikes and then two wheels!  No training wheels on those Christmas presents.

Ho Ho Ho   -  Merry Xmas from Cath!

 

Cath will be back 20th January 2020, all sessions 3.30pm to 5pm

 

Mondays – BMX Track

 

Tuesdays –  Trails in Spa Park

 

Thursdays – Craters Mountain Bike Park (in the old carpark)

 

 

Entries are now open for Craters Classic 2020  

 

Another epic event coming your way on 14th June 2020, you wont want to miss this!  We are working hard on some great new courses for you which will be totally different from previous years.  Watch our Facebook page for updates, all info on the  website including a new family entry and groovy merchandise!!

 

get in quick for the early bird entry.........

 

ENTER NOW

 

Exciting news for Craters Classic participants in 2020.  We have partnered with You Travel Taupo and "Have Fun Tours" in Australia to bring you the opportunity for a MTB adventure in August 2020. 

 

Our first tour has now sold out and the second is half full.

 

This promotion has limited numbers and you will need to get in quick to reserve your space.  Race our event in June then head off for a week of fantastic mountain biking on the Sunshine Coast to escape our winter!  Plus, we will be giving away a FREE trip at prize giving.

 

Ride, Relax, Repeat........

 

You can book your space NOW!!

 

Check out the website for all the details:   www.cratersclassic.co.nz or click on button below:-

 

Escape with my bike in 2020

 

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Bike Taupo 2020 Membership

 

 2019 red tags are now expired.

 

Everyone MUST carry proof of their valid club membership on them when riding / running within the Craters Mountain Bike Park via the ID tag attached to their bike, helmet, bag or person in a visible location

 

Renewing is easy. Follow these easy instructions:

 

1. Click the link below to login - If you have forgotten your username or password click on the Forgot Login link at the login page.

 

2. Once you are logged in scroll down or select My Membership on the side menu.

 

3. Find your plan and click the blue Renew Now link.

 

4. Find your credit card

 

Bike Taupo Annual membership 2020  -  Join here

 

Join Bike Taupo Now

 

Thanks for reading, have a fantastic Christmas, keep safe and see you on the trails in 2020!

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  Happy biking :)

 

Pete Masters (Chairperson)

 

021 744 957

 

Melissa Johnson (Administrator)

 

027 220 9389

 

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