iRIDE Specialized PNP MTB Series

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iRIDE Specialized PNP MTB Series
Stratton St, Belmont Regional Park, Lower Hutt
Sunday 2nd November 2014

For more information about the series visit the PNP web site … http://www.pnp.org.nz/mtb/races/iride-specialized-pnp-spring-mtb-series/

CLASS A
Men Open

10:00am.  2.5 Laps
Head north from Woolshed up 4WD logging road
At top turn right on to Old Coach Rd
Veer left up Bull-a-Varde (A arrow)
Veer left down Bull Run (A1 arrow)
Veer left onto Hill Rd
Climb Hill Rd past the Barking Dogs
Left and climb to saddle
Head south on Old Coach Rd enjoying view of Wellington harbour
Acute left up to View Point (A arrow)
Under Pylon and down Naked Flame
Left at Bull-a-Varde
Straight ahead along full length of Bull-a-Varde (A2 arrow)
Sharp right at end
Up, Down, Up and Down on Sweetacres Walkway returning to Old Coach Rd
Left heading south
South to top of Borderline
Sharp right and descend Borderline to Woolshed
Do 1 more lap (A3 and A4 arrows)
Now do your half lap
Head north from Woolshed up 4WD logging road
At top turn right on to Old Coach Rd
Head south on Old Coach Rd (A5 arrow)
Turn right down Borderline to Woolshed

CLASS B
Men U19, Men Master 1 & Men Master 2 Women Open

10:02am.  2 Laps of…
Head north from Woolshed up 4WD logging road
At top turn right on to Old Coach Rd
Veer left up Bull-a-Varde (B arrow)
Veer left down Bull Run (B1 arrow)
Veer left onto Hill Rd
Climb Hill Rd past the Barking Dogs
Left and climb to saddle
Head south on Old Coach Rd enjoying view of Wellington harbour
Acute left up to View Point (B arrow)
Under Pylon and down Naked Flame
Left at Bull-a-Varde
Straight ahead along full length of Bull-a-Varde (B2 arrow)
Sharp right at end
Up, Down, Up and Down on Sweetacres Walkway returning to Old Coach Rd
Left heading south
South to top of Borderline
Sharp right and descend Borderline to Woolshed
Do 1 more lap (B3 and B4 arrows)

CLASS C:
Men U17, Women Sport (19+) & Men M3

10:04am.  2 Laps of…
Head north from Woolshed up 4WD logging road
At top turn right on to Old Coach Rd
Veer left up Bull-a-Varde (C1 arrow)
Veer left down Bull Run (C arrow)
Veer left onto Hill Rd
Climb Hill Rd past the Barking Dogs
Left and climb to saddle
Head south on Old Coach Rd enjoying view of Wellington harbour
At View Point turnoff head south along Old Coach Rd (C arrow)
South to top of Borderline (C2 arrow)
Sharp right and descend Borderline to Woolshed
Do 1 more lap (C3 and C4 arrows)
CLASS D1: 3 Laps
Boys U15, Men & Women Rec (19+), Women U19
10:10am.  3 Laps of
Head north from Woolshed
Up 4WD logging road 50m
Left into single track
Over bridge and left heading south
Through gate below Woolshed
Cross grass next to blue gums
Head south downhill
Thru creek, along flat and climb up grass paddock to edge of road
Stay to the right of cones on edge of road
Descend back onto track to the bottom of Belmont Trig climb
Stay left of cones and tape
Thru creek and turn right over bridge
Return to Woolshed keeping left of all cones

CLASS D2: 2 Laps
U13 and U11

10:12am.  2 Laps of…
Head north from Woolshed
Up 4WD logging road 50m
Left into single track
Over bridge and left heading south
Through gate below Woolshed
Cross grass next to blue gums
Head south downhill
Thru creek, along flat and climb up grass paddock to edge of road
Stay to the right of cones on edge of road
Descend back onto track to the bottom of Belmont Trig climb
Stay left of cones and tape
Thru creek and turn right over bridge
Return to Woolshed keeping left of all cones

Tweaking and Tidying (Trail building)

Trail building planned this coming Sunday -12th October – 9 am onwards
Work this Sunday will be on Bull Run. In preparation for the PNP race on Nov 2nd.

Either be at the Old Coach Road entrance (end of Normandale Road) at 9 am if you wish to catch a lift – or simply walk or bike your own way in along Old Coach Road to the start of Bull a Varde and make your way down to Bull Run!  (Or you may choose to walk up from the Bottom, Via hill Rd.)  Your choice!
We plan to work on both the mid and possibly lower sections!
Hope this great weather holds eh!
Happy Trails…… Cheers Paul.

Minutes 09 October 2014

Location: The Woolshed, Stratton St, Normandale, Lower Hutt, 7 pm

Present:  Tyrone McGrath, Marco Renall, Matt Clarke, Craig McGinnity, Paul Scoble, Angus Cotton, Karl Laurence, Wayne Boness (GWRC).

Apologies; Jeremy Paterson (GWRC).

Minutes of last Meeting                                                                                               Minutes of 22 July 2014 were read by Paul. Angus moved they be accepted and Tyrone seconded – Carried.

Finances   (Presented by Treasurer)

Last meeting balance                                  $7,379.81                                            Interest earned                                               +$4.11

Less Presented Cheques:                                                                                       Angus – Meeting refreshments           -$26.49                                               Tyrone – Charity Chocs                           -$62.50                                                Marco – Morn Tea for wrk bees          -$63.82                                                       BIKE NZ (2015 Affiliation Fee)           -$200.00                                                Angus – Dig Day morn teas                   -$45.80                                                 Craig – Timber / Posts                             -$756.91

This meeting closing Balance             $6,228.40

Cheques written: “Not yet presented”

Angus – Meeting Refreshments        -$40.97

General Business                                                                                                        PNP RACE / Trails:                                                                                                        Tyrone asked Marco to confirm the course and trails that were to be used. Marco was not 100% sure but was certain Bull Run and Borderline were to be used for the races!The group suggested the use of: Naked Flame, the very top section of Sweetacres and also the total length of Bull a Varde too!  Marco was going to take a quick scout around on Saturday with Paul to get a better view of the possibilities etc.

Discussions were held around what needed doing to mostly Bull Run and Borderline based on the above. Tyrone stated we would work on Bull Run at next Dig Day and get some gravel to low lying areas of this trail using the stock pile ¼ way down plus work on the lower section.  The corners that the BNZ day put into place required tweaking and also retaining the berm. Also the berm that was in the section between the two grassed areas required good retaining and the berm also reinstated! Wayne (GWRC) stated that BAMBA could possibly source some used timber to assist with retaining and would investigate to see if the wood in question was suitable, then advise Tyrone.

It was mentioned that Borderline required its “Entry” to be in place prior to PNP race and also may need possibly another berm or two approx ¼ way down.                However Borderline was mostly now well established and many have been seen riding and enjoying it. Paul removed the exit as requested from GWRC and has established a new exit 20 meters further along to suit the new proposed car park planned for the future by GWRC.

Wayne (GWRC) stated if Borderline was to be used and open for the PNP race then it must have its required track signage up too. Paul will arrange the entrance and exit signs ASAP.

GWRC UPDATE:                                                                                                     Wayne made mention that on 11th November a stake holders meeting for the park was to be held at the Woolshed to discuss the use of the $150,000.00 that has come from the land used for Transmission Gully etc.  BAMBA needs to attend and bring along some good possible suggestions for what the funding could be utilized for that would benefit park users!

One good example could be the PUMP track which could attract users (young an old) to the park.  Another was putting in Ride-able cattle stops (Gibson Grates) for user friendly access.    NOTE DATE: 11 NOVEMBER – Timings:TBA

MoU:  Wayne has made some minor changes to this. Mostly to the H & S paragraph. To get this moving forward for sign off however it now requires a new “Future Track Plan” plus also a Map outlying these future trails etc.  Also GWRC have just been made aware that any earth works in the park now requires resource consent! Wayne has stated that he can have this covered for us by adding our AEE to their application through Cuttriss. However BAMBA need to put in an AEE for the Danzig area and add into it the trails that are in the new Future Track Plan.

REQUIRED ACTIONS:

Bull Run and Borderline – Carry out required work on sections of trail and berms / retaining. Cut back required weeds or vegetation overgrowing the trail down Bull Run.(Working bees plus possible Tues or Thurs nights too to get this done Prior to 2 November).

Borderline main entry and exit signage to be in place prior to 2 November also.        (Paul to arrange signage with Nicole from Fine Signs ASAP)

Future Track Plan and Map – Still awaiting completion since last meeting.             (Angus and Craig to arrange and send to Paul ASAP so it can be add to the MoU plus will assist with completing the required AEE.)

MoU – Paul to add new Future Track Plan and Map (when completed) to the MoU and then re submit to Wayne.

AEE – Paul to submit as soon as Wayne Supplies copy of AEE for 4 Degrees and can also add the new Future Track Plan and Map.

11th November – BAMBA committee member/s to attend stake holders meeting at the Woolshed.

Next Meeting: TBA?                                                                                              Meeting closed: 9.05 pm                                                                                               Paul Scoble, Secretary, BAMBA

BNZ Closed for Good

Awesome work by guys from BNZ for #closedforgood giving a helping hand. The rutty bit on Bull Run before the grass clearing as been replaced by a couple of switchbacks (still requires some sculpting and bedding in, but a good start), some nice mini berms on the Borderline Mahoe deviation, plus various minor tweaks and maintenance completed. Thanks to Nic, Robert, Andy, Tony, Kenny, Mike, Paul and Angus.

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The new line up and around
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The old line straight down
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Large boulder ‘feature’ removed from the new switchback

Trail Building – Sunday Sept 14th.

Hi all, Awesome turn out Sunday just gone with 19+ budding trail builders! Great work done and what a top day it was for it too.
ok so a heads up once again:
Trail building planned for Sunday the 14th September.
Again working on BORDERLINE!.
Either meet at the Old Coach Road entrance (end of Normandale Road) at 9 am if you wish to catch a lift – or simply walk or bike your own way in along Old Coach Road!
We will be working on the mid / top section.

Happy Trails. Paul.

Trail building / Working Bee: 31st August.

Hi all,
Trail building planned for Sunday the 31st AUGUST.
Again working on BORDERLINE!.
Either meet at the Old Coach Road entrance (end of Normandale Road) at 9 am if you wish to catch a lift – or simply walk or bike your own way in along Old Coach Road!
We will be working on the top section of areas that require berms and retaining etc.

Tools, Gloves and morning tea provided! 

Reminder also the Farm area is now closed! See prior posting / info!
Happy Trails.

Cheers Paul.

Farm areas closed to public access!

Farmed areas of the park will be closed for lambing and calving from TODAY! – 15 August to 20 October 2014.

Note: This will affect those who used the farm for the “Bull Run” loop ride!

No public access is permitted on tracks crossing farm land over this period. Please plan your trip to take account of this temporary closure. Access points onto the farm land will be signposted as closed.

These include:
•Old Coach Road
•Belmont Road
•Cannons Head
•Belmont Trig/ Cannons Head Track
•Hill Road
•Boulder Hill
•Upper Cannons Creek

THIS WILL AFFECT THE “BULL RUN” LOOP RIDE!
Please use the link below for more information!

http://www.gw.govt.nz/assets/Parks-and-Recreation/Belmont/BRP-Farm-closure-map-A3-2014.pdf

 

 

 

Working Bee / Graveling – The Bull Run

This coming Sunday (3rd August) it is planned to yet again lay down Gravel on sections of the “Bull Run” and tweak some areas that need tweaking!
Meet at very end of Normandale Road (Entrance to Old Coach Road)at 9.30 am if you wish to catch a lift – or simply make your way in along Old Coach Road to the start of Bull-a-Varde.
Happy Trails.

Minutes 22nd July 2014

Location: The Woolshed, Stratton St, Normandale, Lower Hutt, 7 pm

Present

Tyrone McGrath, Marco Renall, Matt Clarke, Craig McGinnity, Paul Scoble, Angus Cotton, Karl Laurence, Jeremy Paterson (GWRC), Wayne Boness (GWRC), Sandra Stevenson.

Apologies

Ron Harfield.

Minutes of last Meeting

Read by Paul.  It was noted by the Treasurer that the Last meeting Balance of $2,818.03 was given incorrectly and in fact it was: $2,818.08. Moved Karl and Seconded Craig they be accepted as correct – Carried.

Finances

Last meeting balance $2,818.08
Interest earned +$0.00
GWRC Donation Re logging / Trail loss +$5,000.00
   
Less Presented Cheques:  
Paul – Protector; Gloves / First aid kit -$323.15
Marco – Morn Tea wrk bees. -$80.26
Angus – Track marking tape / morn tea. -$34.86
   
This meeting closing Balance $7,379.81
   
Cheques written: ‘Not yet presented’  
Ty – Charity Chocs -$62.50
Angus – Meeting Refreshments -$26.49
Marco – Morn Tea wrk bees. -$63.82

General Business

Required actions (from previous meeting):

MoU: Still waiting to be completed. Wayne advised that it still requires a few tweaks here and there.  (At the time of the meeting Paul had just sent a Word Doc file of the MoU to Wayne so he can change it himself ASAP at his end!) Wayne stressed that due to Transmission Gully requirements and deadlines, it was unfortunate, but a lot of items have had to be put on the back burner until now. Hence the lengthy delays!

GWRC Invoice:  Completed by Angus and amount of $5,000.00 deposited into BAMBA account.

Gravel Supply: Jeremy (GWRC) came through (you beauty) and the amount delivered has already been deposited on both the top section of Bull Run and the first section of Bull-a-Varde. (Nice work by some – especially to Matt who has put some hours into this).

BNZ Volunteer day: Angus advised that on 11th July a day was spent on Borderline with volunteers from BNZ plus himself and Karl. They completed a section at the bottom of Borderline and also put in the middle deviation.

The next BNZ Closed for good volunteer day is scheduled for September 3rd 2014.  Some discussion was held over what was to be carried out and it was suggested that a high line be carried out from near Bull a Varde and act as an extension of borderline if other work is almost completed. This would shadow OCR – However it requires investigation as there is also a deep gully type section where a stream is located – Area to be investigated ASAP and marked if suitable.

PNP RACE – 2ND November 2014: Marco mentioned that it was planned to run an event starting at the Woolshed and to incorporate both the 4wd logging track (uphill) and also Bull Run plus other areas of the park as required and use Borderline too. The whole group in attendance agreed that this would be supported by BAMBA providing:  BAMBA complete Borderline to a satisfactory level and complete both gravel and tweaking the Bull Run (in areas that are in need of repair or attention)

Bull Run – Gravelling / Required repairs: GWRC is to supply approx 7 cub (at time of writing this had been delivered) and this is to be deployed on the mid-section of Bull Run. Following the 27th July working bee it is hoped to start this work on possibly Sunday 3rd August (T.B.A)

Borderline: Working bee on Sunday 27th July is to complete the lower bottom section and remove the ugly table top / jump which is in the gully.  More work is also required on some of the turns and berms on various sections.

Future track plan: It was noted that since the completed logging operation, the BAMBA future track plan requires updating and revising as it is now apparent that areas planned for etc are perhaps not as suitable as other areas. Angus tabled a rough overlay of what he had in mind and this seemed to go with what Paul, Craig and Ty were also suggesting / thinking. Some further investigation into these areas will be done in the near future and in the meantime the Exec committee will look more closely at the possibility of a grade 3 downhill trail approximately in the old “Choppers” region of the park.  A new plan needs to be developed and then an AEE put into effect to coincide with the MoU.

Required Actions

  • Borderline – Complete lower section and tidy up required corners and berms throughout trail.
  • Bull Run – Complete gravelling and carry out repairs as required.
  • Borderline top extension – Check and mark out if viable.
  • Future Track plan – go through current plan and align as per planned / discussed changes etc.

Next Meeting

TBA
Meeting closed: 9.05 pm
Paul Scoble, Secretary, BAMBA.

Planting and Digging

Good morning had today in the Park (even with the passing showers) with both planting of new plants in one area whilst others worked on Borderline! Gotta love getting outa the house!

Cheers to Jeremy for the BBQ at the end too!  Nice way to end the morning!

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