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Since its inception, Kaikoura Cycling Club has longed to add mountain biking to the region’s many attractions. With its first actual gravity mountain bike trail under construction and a club with ten times more members than it had a year ago, the idea appears to be catching on Twenty years after Dwayne Fussell moved from Queenstown to Kaikoura assuming the hills were laden with mountain bike trails, he is beyond stoked to finally be building the region’s first proper gravity one – a 4.5km-up, 3.5km-down loop on Mt Fyffe. “I’d been to Kaikoura a few times for surfing and other...

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Written by Trail Fund co-founder Nessa Lynch Photos by Jono Baddiley A crew of 11 Welly folks (including three Trail Fund committee members) set out for the Paparoa Track on Wellington Anniversary weekend. We had been somewhat disappointed by the track not being fully open due to a major slip on the tops, but as penance the West Coast put on a stunner weekend, minimal sandflies, no crashes and only one minor mechanical. We set out from Smoke-Ho carpark near Blackball in glorious sunshine. There was general agreement that the climb to Moonlight Tops Hut was tough – the 10km...

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JoyRide is a Wellington-based mountain bike skills course company. Started by the high-energy Ash Peters, JoyRide has been running for about six years and offers group courses, private lessons and multi-day women’s and men’s camps in Rotorua and Wellington. Some of the company’s instructors are also trail diggers in their spare time, but Ash says JoyRide decided to go a bit further last year and become a ‘1% sponsor’ for Trail Fund NZ. “We couldn't operate without the trails and I think in New Zealand we're so lucky to have access to so many amazing ones – it just made...

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The annual Trail Fund NZ Conference and AGM is coming up on the weekend of 28/29 September in the humble trail-laden city of Wellington. It’s a great opportunity for everyone with an interest in building and riding trails to get together to talk all things trail, and yes there will be riding and digging as well as talking.There is a lot to discuss this year – the Trail Fund committee has been weighing up options for the future shape of the organisation and we want to hear what you think.The gist of it is that we want to make Trail...

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Liberation, release, freedom. Since 1999, the aptly named Wellington singletrack has delivered all three sentiments, as well as a few dozen others, to hundreds of riders from Wellington, its surrounds and much further afar. Located in dense bush and rarely fully dry, Deliverance was the brainchild of an enthusiastic group of friends who loved mountain biking and wanted to contribute to its evolution in the Capital. “I can still remember how it started,” says Tama Easton, who worked at the nearby Mud Cycles bike shop in the 90s and was one of the half dozen builders committed from the get...

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