Club trip to Rotorua planned for this weekend

Just to let everyone know that there is a club away ride to Rotorua this weekend – 2-3 February (if you are a member you should have received several emails about this already)

If there is anyone else interested in coming along please let Clinton know on 021 751 871 or email franklinmtb@gmail.com.

The plan is to meet in the Waipa Carpark at 10am on Saturday morning – we will be catering for all skill and fitness levels

It should be a great weekend away, hope to see some of you there!

Pump Track evenings are still happening

Just a reminder that the club holds Pump Track evenings on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7pm.

It is a good time to come to the track and meet some of the committee members and see what is going on out at the reserve (even if you’re not intending to ride the pump track)

Fire Ban in Place

Just to let you know that complete fire ban is in place for the Auckland region.

We ask that all users of the Puni Memorial Reserve respect this ban which includes no smoking in/on the Reserve.

Thanks, we hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather we are having (unless you’re a farmer then you’ll be hating it)

Cross Country Track Update

Just to let you know that a few willing club members have been out grooming the XC track in the last week or so.

Thanks to Arlo for mowing the uphill grass section of the cross country track so that is now under control, and thanks to Craig for following behind and spraying the grass to keep that in check for the rest of summer.

Clinton has been through the bush section of the cross country track with the blower and all of the pine needles have been blown off the track – so you can now see where the track goes a lot easier.

Thanks again guys – it is much appreciated by all of the users of the track!

Awesome Club Ride Helibike Adventure!

7 of Franklin Mountain Bike Club members embarked on an epic adventure this weekend!

There was a DOC organised Helibike in Pureora Forest Park on Saturday 19 January 2013.   Pureora is in between Te Kuiti and Taupo and it is literally in the middle of nowhere. The attraction to the area is the newly opened Timber Trail which is part of the NZ Cycleway but the biggest attraction for this weekend was that you could catch a chopper and then go for a stunning ride across some huge and newly completed swing bridges – the biggest one being 141 metres long and 46 metres high.

5 guys piled into Clintons van on Friday night and headed down to Piropiro Flats campground, they pitched tents in the minimalistic campground (there were toilets and not much else – no running water).  It was a cool night – frost on the ground and ice on tents on Saturday morning – crazy for the middle of January!  The remaining 2 riders has a really early start on Saturday and met the rest of the contingent down there on Saturday morning.   Continued below…

The Helicopter flight was 8 minutes and dropped the riders 30km south of the Piropiro Flats campground on the “Timber Trail”. From there you had the option of heading in the direction that took you away from the finish but this took you to the second biggest swing bridge in the forest.

 From there they headed back up the trail to the heli drop off point and started back towards the Piropiro Flats camp ground.  DOC have done a pretty good job, there are information signs pointing out the history of the forest – this was a logging forest that used trams and lougies to transport all the logs out.  People actually used to live in this forest – there was even a school set up once upon a time! There are a few singlemans quarters still just standing and remnants all over the place. Certainly an interesting part of NZ’s history. The riding isn’t technical and is easily acheivable for most people so certainly a ride well worth putting on your “to do” list.  The total distance ridden for the day was 43km.  The biggest swing bridge  is 141 metres long and 46 metres above the riverbed below – which is really impressive to see – and for your information this takes 40 seconds to coast across on your bike!

So all the guys that went certainly sounded as though they enjoyed their time away as a group. Arriving back in Pukekohe at 7:30pm with a bit more colour (sunburn/windburn) than what they started out with.  Here are a few pictures from the time away