2016 is off to a good start for the Franklin MTB Club. Grant Kern a local digger driver has been in to help shape up a new berm line into the south/eastern side of the hill.
All up there will be 13 corners once they have all been sculpted – which is in the process at the moment.
These corners will add a bit more variety to the park and will be fun for all to ride!
Each Monday there is an impromptu meetup for anyone wanting to ride the pump track. Generally kicks off from 5.30pm each Monday during daylight savings.
One of the committee members will generally be on hand to answer any queries and give some pointers.
Welcome to spring!
All the tracks at Puni are free for all to enjoy at any time.
The tracks at Puni Memorial reserve are drying out nicely and are in pretty good condition considering how wet was! It’s nice to see plenty of people out there making the most of more daylight.
The pump track is running really well at the moment, so grab the family and a picnic and enjoy! Pump track nights are back on each Monday during daylight savings from 5.30pm. This is more just a meet up rather than coaching – a great way to meet fellow members of the club
The jump line is always being updated, so check on the condition of the jumps when you are out there next.
The cross country track is in pretty good nick – enjoy!
We are in the process of planning a meeting to assign a new committee and to revive the existing one.
If anyone is interested in getting involved with the club in any way, shape or form please send us an email so we can include you in our future correspondence.
We look forward to having a more active and buoyant club come spring time 2015!
Just letting you all know that anyone is welcome to come and enjoy the bike tracks out at Puni Memorial Reserve.
The tracks are located on Council owned property so this gives us unrestricted access 7 days a week, so feel free to head out and enjoy what is on offer at the reserve!
Puni Bike track is running pretty well at the moment, with the long dry summer the riding was great!
The cross country track has been maintained consistently so is still running pretty nicely but as usual it will be a bit slick after rain – but that adds to the enjoyment!
The pump track is riding well, great to take the kids along to for a bit of fun.
Jumps are constantly evolving so check them before you ride them.
Kingpin corners is fun as usual.
We are in the process of getting the club up and running again/better come spring, so watch the website for more regular updates.
Sorry it’s been a long time between posts.
Being winter Puni isn’t really in its best form. I hear the XC track is in ok condition but it does tend to be a bit slippery at this time of year. Still great to see people out there riding though! With longer days and warmer/drier weather round the corner I’m sure it’ll see the track getting a lot more use.
Clinton and one of the younger riders (Luke) have been working at the top of the hill and have started working on a couple of drop offs for people to practice on, they’ll be finished early in August. This will make Puni a good all round skills training ground. Pictures to follow soon.
Auckland Council are still helping to maintain the grass areas and have recently been in to remove a few of the more dangerous rotten standing pine trees. Even with a few of these trees gone please exercise caution if you are in the bush during windy times, there are a few dodgy trees around.
The club definitely intends to have some working bees coming into summer and just tidy up a few of the areas that hold water during winter.
Also we want to get the club rides happening again this coming summer, with some weekend away trips to Rotorua and Taupo. Also do a few day trips to the tracks in and around Hamilton.
Happy riding and we hope to see more of you out there on the track. Keep an eye out for pump track nights starting up again as soon as daylight savings kicks in. This is great for everyones skills.
We have the possiblity of riding at another location only 10 minutes from the Puni Track which is on Private property and is a fun track, all singletrack in pines and gum trees. There is potential that this track will be allowed to be used by Franklin Mountain Bike Club members on a regular basis. This would be another great reason to sign up with the club as it will then give you access to another excellent nearby XC trail.
It’s worth heading to Puni for a ride, the track is mint!
Clinton is out at the track at the moment blowing the pine needles and grass clippings off the track. If anything it will be a bit slippery in the bush only because it is so dry. Great time to try and set your personal best time on the track – the riding conditions don’t get much better than this!
Happy riding and remember no smoking while you are out there please.
Wow, if you were to head out to Puni now don’t be surprised if you struggle recognise the place!
Thanks go to Auckland Council and the hard working crew at Downers – they have just spent a few days out there and finished clearing the uphill section of the cross country track.
I say thank goodness, with them doing it not all responisibility is left to Clinton to try and arrange working bees (and only the usual 1 or 2 people turn up) and then he usually just ends up doing most of the work himself – I get a husband and my kids get a father, rather than him slaving away on the track!
Auckland Council are going to schedule regular maintenance so the track should end up staying weed free and ridable, thank you so much Paul Dabbs and Stacey James for arranging this for us!
Photos to follow.
Pump track evenings are now happening on Mondays from 5:30 to 7pm. (Instead of Tuesdays)
Everyone welcome and it’s free. Just come along and get some riding tips from our committee members and meet other riders!