It’s Easter and the weather is pretty mint, so I headed out to Riverhead to do some riding early in the morning. This past summer has been really wet, which has been ideal for Wooodhill, but the recent sunny weather has meant I have been able to get out to Riverhead to ride some of the great trails the West Coast Riders MTB Club has built. Big props to them and the variety of tracks they have. There is some really nice single track laced with some great jumps and Helter Skeleter is a massive line with some pretty big hits. I would be lying if i said i hit them all, some of it just plane intimidates me. Since i first got to NZ I have definitely progressed in my riding and hopefully one day soon I will be able to hit this entire line.
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This past weekend I got to ride some new tracks around Auckland. I was pretty stoked to get shuttle-runs in, without having to make the 2.5 hour drive to Rotorua. The plan was to hit up Maraetai on Sunday where they run monthly shuttles. I always get a little nervous before I ride a new DH track, as you never really know what you are going yourself into, but in the end it wasnt too bad. They had 1 steep downhill track called ‘the trig’ which was wet, slippery and muddy. It wasnt a long track as it only took a few minutes to get to the bottom. It had some jumps, but overall it was just steep and slippery.The track def wasnt the best ive ridden, but not bad for around Auckland. The track needed some trail mainteneace as it was pretty rutted and in need a serious sweep since it was covered entirely in needles making line choice a bit sketchy. I think there were 8 trails at the drop point. I didnt ride all of them as i was told some were pretty cross-country which wasnt why i was there. I wanted down, fast, flowy with some jumps. I pretty much spent my time between ‘the trig’ and ‘two dead cows.’ My favorite of the day was definitely ‘two dead cows!’ It was a bit more flowy with a variety of jumps, from nice booters to some step ups.
Overall it was a great day! It is always good riding some new trails. Once summer hits and it really dries out it could be sick. The local mountain bike club is investing a lot time building so it is definitely a spot to watch. If you do plan to ride there make sure you get a permit as it you need one to be allowed in the forest.