YAY, welcome to summer! Hasn't the weather been wonderful, just loving these sunny warm days, really makes you want to get out there and ride your bike :) Not so flash today however ......Lots of happenings at Bike Taupo just lately. We officially opened the underpass at our Partners evening on 15th October with the traditional cutting of the tyre tubes!
We have recently received significant funding from the Tourism Infrastructure fund to develop the area across the road from the Hub cafe incorporating the underpass. This will be predominately car parking, shelter, bike wash and toilet facilities. This funding is a huge win win for Bike Taupo and the community. Watch this space/Facebook for updates on progress.
More good news, the Government has committed $245,000 from the Ngā Haerenga, New Zealand Cycle Trail: Enhancement and Extension Fund for the Otaketake Link, which will branch off the K2K Track, between Kawakawa Bay and Kinloch, and run to the start of the Orakau Track. Read more here: www.beehive.govt.nz
Trackcrew boys have been very busy lately. We have replaced the old narrow bridge on the Rotary Track (ladder bridge) with a new and improved model, wide enough for a quad bike and not to grab your handlebars and turf you over the side! The old bridge has been flown into a stunning spot on the Waipuwerawera track, I guarantee you will want to check it out, please stop when admiring the view!
Pete (and friend) have been busy sorting out the Rotary track with removal of logs and stumps and realigning the section of track under the fallen tree, (which is now in two halves) this was slowly sinking and threatening concussion issues.....
Bike Taupo 2019 membership
2019 annual Bike Taupo membership will be available online and at local bike shops from 1st November. This year our BT memberships tags are red and we have a red/orange tag for those who opt to be members of the Taupo MTB club as well.
Join online and we will post your tags. If you join at local outlets there will be an additional $10 to cover cash/paper handling. 2019 annual membership is valid from 1st November to 31st October 2019. Current yellow tags are still valid until 31st December 2018.
When joining online your login username is your email address.
Your temporary password is the first letter of your name followed by your surname in lowercase. This password must be changed the first time you login.
If you cannot remember your name you can click on the link "Forgot Login" link on the login page. This will send you a link to your email address to reset your password.
Bike Taupo Annual membership 2019 - Join here from 1st November
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The Kids BT programme is going really well particularly because Cath is available every day. Our after school timetable (3.30 - 5pm) is: Monday BMX track, Tuesday Spa Park at the dirt jumps, Thursday at Craters MTB car park.
Early Childhood is our main focus and the teachers are really on board to get our children riding well on two wheels before they are 5.
The juniors at our primary schools have regular KBT sessions. We meet those who were missed at early childhood, so they can catch up with their peers. At this age we begin to layer on more skills, such as riding with one hand, see saw and jumps etc. The children, teachers and adults are all gaining more confidence to get riding.
We notice the flow on effects from these children riding well at a young age. The schools are beginning to take over and run their own adventure/bike days. Kids BT supports these sessions by lending bikes, helmets and support as required.
The next level to all this biking action is road safety for our intermediate children. The www.bikeready.govt.nz programme is going to be offered by the Road Safety Team at the Taupo District Council. Instructors are being trained now and level 1/2 will be rolled out in 2019.
Community Bike Shed
On Wednesday's 3.30 to 5pm during term time, the boys are at the Community Bike Shed. This is operating behind Sharon's Veg Shop on Spa Road (next to Taupo Cadets). The bike shed is to help people get on bikes. It recycles bikes back into the community and gives everyone the opportunity to keep their bikes maintained.
Check out the new bike pages on the revised DGLT website. Some great information and graphics here showcasing all our stunning district has to offer.
The HUKA CHALLENGE is coming Saturday 24 November!
If you would like to participate in this, please check out www.cyclechallenge.com for entry details OR - get up close and personal behind the scenes and help us Marshall the offroad section!
You will have a fun day out, with most likely some riding involved! Perfect way to spend a Saturday!
WIN WIN WIN
The Ruapehu Express event is coming to Ohakune again on the 23rd of February 2019. This is a great event with mountain bike and run option to suit all abilities, set in the stunning terrain and foothills of Mount Ruapehu. Check out the website here: www.ruapehuexpress.co.nz
Bike Taupo has two free entries into this event from the good buggers at Element Events. All you have to do is go to our Craters Classic facebook page, like us, then tell us why you deserve to win a free entry with a comment on the Ruapehu Express post.
We will consider who is most deserving! Post your comment before 20th November and be in to win.
Pete Masters (Chairperson) 021 744 957
Melissa Johnson (Administrator) 027 220 9389
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