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 projects underway. Now that the underpass number one is all completed, we begin work on number two! This underpass will be beneath Craters Road, twin tubes (in and out) to eliminate road crossing when going from the car park over to Tankstand, via Hammer and Nail It.
The tubes will be purchased soon so you may see them sitting in the car park while we continue working on funding for "the hole" to put them into! We would like to say a BIG THANKS to Craters of the Moon Trust, The Lion Foundation and Grassroots for their support of this project so far (hopefully there will be more to thank upon completion of the project!!) :) :)
We all know what a fabulous job Cath does with the children in the Taupo community. Cath's role is funded by a variety of organisations who assist to keep her on the road and visiting our schools. Just recently we have received assistance from the good buggers at Pak and Save who have donated funds enabling us to purchase some new helmets and bikes. Good on ya Pak n Save!!
The new O2K (Orakau to Kinloch) loop is about 1.3km on it's journey to exit onto Kawakawa Rd near Whangamata Rd. Photo shows the current trail end under some pretty impressive bluffs. The new bridge is now in and when this track is completed it will make for a great riding loop connecting with Chinaman's and then back to Kinloch via Kawakawa Bay
Saturday April 13th - Tongariro North Domain
9am to 12pm
Cash up that old bike or hunt for a pre-loved bargain at the Taupō Secondhand Bike Sale
Have a shed full of bikes? Old bike parts that you don't need any more? Or are on the hunt for a pre-loved treasure?
Then the Taupō Secondhand Bike Sale is for you! From pro-road cycling bikesto tandem wonders and kids first balance bike, there is something for every bike enthusiast at this community sale.
All proceeds from the $5 bike selling fee goes to support the work of Kids BikeTaupō.
Plus, every purchaser (or unsuccessful seller) goes in the draw to win a bikeservice from Top Gear Cycles and a free entry into the Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge (road or mountain bike event) or the Craters Classic MTB Event.
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Thanks for reading - Happy biking :)
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.....
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.
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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Bike Taupo Advocacy Group (Inc)
PO Box 1850
Membership is best done online on the BT website. We still offer the paper form option from bike shops which will cost an extra $10.
Even if you have been a member of Bike Taupo in the past you will now join as a new member.
Choose a membership category – Family, Individual or Youth
Enter your family details – partner plus children. You will get a tag for each name entered.
If you wish to join the Taupo Mountain Bike Club, dates of birth are required, then tick the appropriate box under DOB. Part of your sub will be allocated to the MTB club. You will receive a MTB club membership card giving you discounts at participating bike shops and concession fees for MTB club events.
At the bottom of the page there is the option to buy a map of Craters MTB Park or make a donation as an extra contribution to the work BT does.
Once you have paid, your membership will be confirmed by email and your tags will arrive in the post a few days later.
You will know that BT develops and maintains the Great Lake Trail. Ongoing funding is dependant on us getting user feedback.
Please spend a few minutes on this survey to help us carry on the good work!
We are starting stage 3 of the Waipouwerawera track this week. This will add about another 800 meters to the track and bring it out at BBC - watch this space. The track proved to be a winner in Craters Classic with riders loving it.
The new Inwards Goods track has been started to align with the new underpass. This will be a very easy grade (about 3%) to enable riders to get an easy warm up spin into Tourist Trap. We are also going to have a link track around to the Craters Road for those who want to bypass Tourist Trap and the car park.
Part of this new system will also consist of a new express / link track to come back from the bridge which goes over Q line Road to the new underpass. This will require joining up a few tracks and building a traverse from Return to Sender to the underpass.
We have been chipping away on Junk & Disorderly just to make it a bit more user friendly with a few passing bays. We also intend to fix that one shirty corner in the oak trees.
We have half the funding for the new ladder bridge. Once in, it will mean we can get the diggers across the bridge to ease out the steep corner under the big pine tree.
Is in great order apart from the Orakau - Kawakawa Bay section being a bit overgrown - this will be attended to shortly.
W2K has some beautiful riding at the moment after the digger went through over the summer.