Monday trail maintenance in the redwoods complete. Te rua, Te mounga and hot x buns all running fast and free of leaf litter. Head over and let us know what you think of the newly revitalised trails. Also let us know if you think there are any trails that need need to be added to the tlc list! 📷 @trail_digger_diaries 🚵🏼♂️ Jamie #trail #trailbuilding #trailbuilder #newzealand #southstar #southstarshuttles #mountainbiking #biking #newzealandmountainbiking #mtb #bike #mountainbike #mtblife #bikelife #downhill #enduro #enduromtb #bikes #nature #ride #dh #freeride #mtblove #instabike #gopro #bikeporn #downhillmtb
The new grade 2 in Tokoroa is now open as well as the the climbing track. They haven't been fully joined together yet but is easy to get to the climb once you've finished the g2. Please respect the track as it fresh and new. NB none of the other tracks are open so please stay off them. @demo4life @trail_digger_diaries @chazmak1 @camerondodd98 #buildingsmiles #tokoroamtb #goldendirt
The Gisborne MTB Park in Fox Street has its trail signs up. These are the first completely bilingual (English and Maori) signs I've seen in a Mountain Bike Park. There has been 3 weeks of fine weather and the trails are actually dusty - not many places in NZ can say that at this time of year! #gizzyhard #whoishandsomemike ??
Throwback to a wooden feature we built in Wairoa. We’re building some pretty interesting features at the minute. What do guys think about the use of wooden features on trails? Let’s use know in the comments! #throwbackthursday #trail #trailbuilding #trailbuilder #newzealand #southstar #southstarshuttles #mountainbiking #biking #newzealandmountainbiking #mtb #bike #mountainbike #mtblife #bikelife #downhill #enduro #enduromtb #bikes #nature #ride #dh #freeride #mtblove #instabike #gopro #downhillmtb
It's all coming together here in Tokoroa. Far right we have @camerondodd98 and @chazmak1 nice gentle climb. The rock face we have @trail_digger_diaries and @demo4life grade 4 that's full off log drops, off camber roots and a wicked rock chute #therock #buildingsmiles #golddirt #trailbuilding
Tuesday morning Whakarewarewa trail maintenance filling holes, clearing drains and air raking on Eagle Vs Shark, Jumps, Corners and Under Billy. After last Sunday's storm the trails were covered in sticks and pinecones. Now they are running smooth and fast again. Blowing off the pine needles also helps the trails shed water over winter. Trail work funded by @southstarshuttles.
Check out this gentle climb @camerondodd98 is building for Tokoroa mtb club.
Is Autumn the best time of year? The dirt has just enough moisture to damp the summer dust but not enough to make winter mud. The evening light and shadows are incredible. Today's Pot of Gold found in Cougar Park Tokoroa, where @demo4life and @jeffcarter21 marked a couple of new trails, while @camerondodd98 started on the build. Weekend Crashes = Not at work Monday: @break__the__mould MIA or just likes Mum's cooking: @chazmak1
Porirua's Trail 10 (Grade 2) gets 9m of new retaining wall and @jeffcarter21 gets a blister. This project had a Resource Consent limited topside batter height of 1.5m so we couldn't keep digging from the top and filling to increase the corner radius. The 600mm high retaining wall is specially ordered H5 treated timber - the same treatment that 50-100 year life house piles get. 480kg of 20MPa High Strength Concrete was carried in, hand mixed in a bucket and poured in the post holes. Behind the wall is a geotextile material that assists water drainage. The wall is filled, the berm is compacted and surfaced with a skim of gravel. It's a big effort for one corner, that's still a little tighter than ideal. The lesson from all of this is Resource Consents that limit batter height can have big cost implications. A better environmental and lower construction cost outcome is to specify maximum batter angles to allow for revegetation and not limit the batter height. Positioning switchbacks in locations with mellow cross slopes also helps, but that's not always possible with constrictions like other trails, terrain and minimising vegetation loss.
The @gisborneherald released a story today on the Fox St trails in Gisborne, link in bio.
View from @demo4life's digger drivers seat of a massive rock being moved on a new G2 descent at @manutukeeco near Gisborne. After finishing Stage 1 of Gisborne's Fox Street trails last week, we started this week on the first trail at this new park. The trails will be for riders staying at the very cool glamping tents onsite as well as regular open days for the Gisborne MTB Club. #buildingsmiles #creatingawesome
View from @camerondodd98 digger drivers seat of the new dirt pump track beginning to take shape at Amsfield School in Tokoroa
New g4 jump trail that @chazmak1 and @camerondodd98 have build down in Gisborne. Please note this is still closed so please respect it and dont ride until the club has opened it. @demo4life following @chazmak1 down
Who said a grade 4 trail cant be done with a digger. @demo4life and @prousegreg having been making this pretty sweet grade 4 in gizzy currently. It doesn't look it from video but there lots of off camber and lots of roots with a couple of logs gaps hidden in there as well. #gizzyhard Please note this is still closed so please respect it and dont ride until the club has opened it. @chazmak1 @benobrien49
Gisborne Wednesday after work ride on the new trails that Scott and Cam have built in the Fox Street MTB Park. So far we have completed the grade 2 climb, a grade 2 descent called Central Skids and a grade 3 descent called Tyburn. These trails are really a lot fun. I'm going to call Central Skids the best grade 2 I've ridden - @jeffcarter21 . Work is underway on a handbuilt technical grade 5, another Grade 2 and a grade 4. It's a full press this week with both of our trailcrews onsite. @demo4life @camerondodd98 @chazmak1 @prousegreg #trailbuilding #mountainbiking #gizzyhard
Sick video from Wednesday evening Ladies shuttles #Repost @robbie.dalziel (@get_repost) ・・・ Kombucha, baking and video taking. Amazing time and turn out yesterday at the ladies shuttle night!!! And go support @billiesboysofficial for the radical song (Sweet Voice) - - @goodbuzznz @wideopennz @capers.epicurean @czrotorua
Trailcrew @chazmak1 and @albe.snep after work riding on Hippy's Trail at Mt Vic park in central Wellington. 📸 By Greg Prouse. @prousegreg We sometimes get asked do you only build flow trails? And the answer is no, we will build whatever you want us to. Typically the demand starts out with easier grade 2/3 trails and as the community skill level increases the demand expands to grades 4/5/6 trails. With the higher grades we often mix up digger and hand built sections. The digger is good for big dirt features like jumps and berms and the hand building is good for tech features like roots and drops. Want some high grade trails built? Please get in touch. It would be cool to build some gnarlier trails in 2019.
Scott and Cam are creating some sweet shapes on this grade 3 flowing descent in Gisborne's Fox St MTB Park. This G3 trail should be finished in a couple of weeks. Just remember that all the new trails are still closed and to respect the trail closed signs @demo4life @camerondodd98 #southstartrails #trailbuilding