Trail Fund's Winter Grant Round funds signage, pump tracks and downhill track

Trail Fund's Winter Grant Round funds signage, pump tracks and downhill track

Three trail projects, two in the Nelson region and one in Wellington City, are benefitting from Trail Fund’s latest general funding round.

Looking to ensure local and visiting mountain bikers find the tracks they’re looking for, Nelson Mountain Bike Club applied for a grant for improved signage at Sharlands Forest. Building on the success of similar signage put in at Codgers MTB Park (also assisted by a Trail Fund grant), this is part of NMTBC’s broader plan to improve signage on all the trails it manages.

“Sharlands is possibly one of the more confusing areas for riders to find their way around, and it’s been particularly busy recently due as logging operations affecting access to Codgers MTB Park,” says NMTBC member Belinda Crisp. “We’re very thankful to Trail Fund for supporting this initiative. It will be good to provide clear direction for riders, especially since much of the area is out of mobile service range.”

Friends of the Glen, a community group in Glenduan, Nelson, received a grant towards the construction of a pump track for community use. The aim is “to encourage kids (and adults too!!) to get on their bikes, learn how to balance and handle their bikes and develop necessary skills to be able to carry on biking forever..”

The Wellington Mountain Bike Club (WMTBC) received the third grant to finish building the a new start section for the K-Hole track at Karori Park, which will be used in North Island Cup downhill races this spring. The return of the series to Karori Park is an achievement for the local builders, who have been working hard to bring it back to the capital for the past four years.

“K-Hole (previously 98DH) one the oldest DH tracks in Wellington,” says Mike Stirrat, a WMTBC member who has spent hundreds of hours building in Karori Park. “Over the past three years, the track has seen significant change, with hundreds of volunteer hours spent re-routing the track away from walking trails and introducing new features.

“We (Wellington MTB Club, myself and trail builders) are booked to host Round 4 of the NZDH series at K-Hole and our aim is to have all new features built, ridden and ready for the event so riders can enjoy it year in and year out.”

These grants are made possible by those of you who buy our Trail Fund merchandise, who donate money and by the businesses who support us.

The next general funding round closes on 1 November. Visit HERE to apply.