Maraetai Forest Update

Just an update. Things are drying out in the forest but no roads have been cleared yet. The main road has some 30 slips (between top of Rewa Road Hill and Ground Effect) and the road to the container has some 10 odd slips between intersection with Rewa Road and horse track, some are very difficult to negotiate. Please do not use the roads in these sections.
Unfortunately, until the roads are cleared by forest management it is a bit of a hard trek to get in there and do maintenance on the damaged tracks. The following tracks have substantial damage or trees down:

– Screamers (slips) – We will need to get in Trailpro to repair.
– Grenade (large slip at bottom) – will look at fixing this weekend.
– B’s Track (tree down) – this will need to be cut and removed.
– Exit of Sweet As (washed out)
– Loam Highway (large slip in same place as previous slip)
– Shrapnel (large slip at bottom) – will look at fixing this weekend.

Please stay out of these tracks until we advise they are safe and usable again.

If you plan to go for a ride, we suggest entering at the treatment plant end and heading to the top via Boundary Run.

If riding Native and Yippee, you will have to go up horse track to get up to the top again (you can not get down to the road). The following tracks have been ridden and given the all clear: Boundary Run, Ground Effect, Comfortable Numb, Native, Yippee, BIT, Tunnel Vision (top) (though rutted), Ground Zero, Eastern Spice (bridge washed out), Castaways, Three Blind Mice, McGazza’s.

Prospectors, Tunnel Vision (low) are fine but difficult to get out along road (not recommended).

We are unsure of the condition of Fools Gold, Goon Coasters, Two Dead Cows, top of Nile (we already know the rest of Nile is a Jungle of gorse). If you have an update please let us know.

If you plan on entering please please be careful.

Funduro – Sunday 27 November 2016

Come and enjoy a fun day out racing your mates, family and other club members. There will be 8 timed stages, which will be announced a couple of days before the race.

At the finish line there will be beverages (beer and non alcoholic) and pizza waiting for you, so don’t be late, you may miss out!!! There will be spot prizes and prizes for stage winners (M & F) and for the overall winners (M & F).

Race rules in brief:

  1. The event will start at 11am. Event check-in will be open from 10am and race briefing will be held at 10.45pm.
  2. Each competitor has three hours to complete the event.
  3. The race will be timed using the Strava app. You must have the Strava app on your phone to be in the race. No Strava no timing.
  4. There are 8 stages (most are short stages). You can do each stage as many times as you want within the 3-hour period
  5. There will be two shuttles running at the start of the race to take a load of people up to the container to separate people out.
  6. You will only need to go up to the container once. If biking, you can go up Trig Road, Horse Track or Boundary Run.
  7. All competitors must read, understand and obey the PCBC Race Rules.
  8. Be courteous to other riders.
  9. Have fun.
  10. Prize giving will start at 2:30pm.

The cost to enter online is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. The $30 for non-members includes a day pass (so you DO NOT need to purchase a day pass from GAS Maraetai on the day).

Note: we recommend entering on line so you don’t miss out on pizza and beverages after the race.

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Maraetai Forest Spraying – 6 May

Please note over the next few weeks the following is taking place so please look out for signage before entering the forest and obey signs.

Aerial spraying

This is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday 6 May) subject to the weather.  Forest closed signs will be in place if there is spraying, PLEASE respect these signs and keep out of the forest.  We had some issues last year with mountain bikers ignoring the signs and riding in the forest while spraying was taking place.

Goat culling

Coastal Pest Solutions (Ditch) will be undertaking goat culling next week (Monday 9 to Friday 13 May) in both blocks of the forest.  Each day that shooting is happening, Ditch will place shooting signs & road cones in the middle of the road at each entrance.  Please ensure you stay out of the forest block when the signs and cones are in place, as it will be dangerous.  Ditch will search the forest for people immediately before each shoot, but it’s much easier if there isn’t anyone in there.

Funduro – Sunday 1 May 2016

Come and enjoy a fun day out racing your mates, family and other club members. There will be 5 timed stages, which will be announced a couple of days before the race.

At the finish line there will be beer (for over 18s) and pizza waiting for you, so don’t be late, you may miss out!!! There will be spot prizes and prizes for stage winners (M & F) and for the overall winners (M & F).

Race rules in brief:

1. The event will start at 11am. Event check-in will be open from 10am and race briefing will be held at 10.45pm.
2. Each competitor has three hours to complete the event.
3. The race will be timed using the Strava app. You must have the Strava app on your phone to be in the race. No Strava no timing. Details of how to upload your times will be released closer to race day.
4. There are 5 stages. You can do each stage as many times as you want within the 3-hour period.
5. Each participant can use the shuttle twice.
6. The main road up to the container is out of bounds. To ride up to the container go up the lower half of Tunnel Vision.
7. All competitors must read, understand and obey the PCBC Race Rules.
8. Be courteous to other riders.
9. Have fun.
10. Prize giving will start at 2:15pm.

The cost to enter online is $20 for members and $30 for non members. You will need to have renewed your membership before the race or else you will pay $30. Note: the race entries are capped.

On-line entries close on 24 April 2016. Entries on the day will incur an additional $5 charge.

How to Enter:

There are two ways:
1. Click on the following link to enter and deposit your entry fee into our bank account: 38-9010-0141975-00. Online entries close: 24 April 2016. Remember you are not entered until payment is made.

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2. You can enter on the day between 10am and 10.30 am. However, entry on the day will incur a late fee of $5 and there is no guarantee that there will be spaces left or a beer at the end. We would strongly recommend entering on-line.

If the weather is atrocious or if for some unforeseeable reason the event does not go ahead on the planned day, the event will be postponed to the following Sunday, same time, same place.

Waiver:
You will be asked to tick a box on the entry form to say you have read and agree to this waiver before you can enter this event.

  • I acknowledge that I have sole responsibility for my personal possessions and equipment during this event and its related activities.
  • I confirm that my mountain bike is safe, in a good state of repair and are suitable to handle the rough and demanding conditions of this off road event.
  • I have read, accept, understand and agree to abide by the PCBC Race Rules above.
  • I will comply with all the directions given via email, pre-race briefing information, course maps/signage and marshals.
  • I am in sound physical condition (and have not been advised otherwise by a qualified medical person), capable of safely competing in the event.
  • I acknowledge and assume all of the risks associated with this event.
  • I accept full responsibility for obtaining adequate skills to negotiate and avoid hazards on the course and that I am waiving and releasing my legal rights to sue for any injury or damages what so ever arising out of or resulting from my participation in this event.
  • On behalf of myself, my executors, administrators, heirs, next of kin, successors and assigns, and anyone else who might sue on my behalf, I HEREBY WAIVE, RELEASE, AND FOREVER DISCHARGE all event sponsors, organisers, volunteers, all other persons, land managers and/or owners and their agents from any and all claims, causes of action, damages, losses (economic and non-economic), and liabilities of every kind, for death, personal injury, or property damage, which may arise out of, result from, or relate to my participation in, or my traveling to or from this event.
  • If signing on behalf of a minor (under 19yrs on the day of the event) I declare that I have full power and authority on behalf of said person to sign this form and accordingly release all liability from Pohutukawa Coast Bike Club Inc. and associates as above and indemnify on behalf of such persons.
  • I voluntarily acknowledge this Waiver and Release of Liability Form and explicitly agree to its content.

A big thanks to the following sponsors so far:

    

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Ladies Shuttle Evening – Thursday 3 March

We’re holding another Ladies Shuttle Evening on Thursday 3 March. Starting a little earlier at 4:45pm to make the most of the available sunshine hours. If you can only arrive a little later, that’s no problem, just meet us at the shuttle pick-up point.

Cost: $10 or $5 for students. Non club members need a day pass (purchase from GAS Maraetai or Torpedo 7). No pay no play.

Beginner to advanced, we can do whatever tracks we like over and over again.

See you there!

Ladies Shuttle Evening – 4 Feb

Ladies come have some fun next Thurs (4 Feb). Starting at 5.30pm at the Rewa Entrance gate or meet at the shuttle pick up later on.

Cost: $10 or $5 for students. Non club members need a day pass (purchase from GAS Maraetai or Torpedo 7). No pay no play.

Beginner to advanced, we can do whatever tracks we like over and over again.

See you there!

2016/17 Memberships

Our club year runs from 1 April to 31 March. 2016/17 memberships will be on sale from the beginning of March.

Until then if you’re not a member and would like to join, you can either join at full price ($50 single member or $100 family membership) for the remaining couple of months, or else you can buy daily passes at $10 a time (available from G.A.S. Maraetai or Torpedo 7 Sylvia Park).

Good news is that annual membership fees will not be going up for the 2016/17 year.

Health & Safety Plan

Its been a long couple of weeks but the following link is the updated PCBC Health and Safety rules and potential hazards. Please take time to read it and to understand the potential hazards in the forest and your responsibilities as a PCBC member. To those members who have recently joined, you should have already read and agreed to abide by these rules.

PCBC Health & Safety Rules Part 1

PCBC Health & Safety Rules Part 2

You are all required to report any near misses and accidents/incidents in the forest. This will allow any potential hazards to either be eliminated, minimised or isolated. You can do so by simply sending an email to pohutukawabike@gmail.com with details.

If you have any questions about the new document please send us an email.

Recently Reopened Trails

Hi ya
Callums opened some old tracks up for you!

Bakers Run is a very recently resurrected track that goes off Odens at the berm/wall bit before you start descending (see photo on Facebook) . It starts off ok, then gets a bit steep, then gets ‘why the f#%k did I come down here steep’ and then finishes with a ‘brakes locked, bum over the back, lost all steering, career off into the undergrowth steep bit’ or at least that was my personal experience. Ends at Breadheads bridge. Enjoy!

Breadroll is another recently resurrected track that goes off Breadheads at this point. Look out for the log with the dirt piled up!  See photo on FB. It’s a mellow but fun ticky tour sort of track that comes back onto Breadheads. Going to put an alternative techy loamy end to it at some stage but that’s it for now.

Check out the FB page below for photos.