The Waipa Mountain Bike Club continues to develop awesome tracks on Mt Pirongia, southwest of Hamilton. Ranging from Grade 2 to 5, in summer they attract hundreds of riders a week.
Pirongia is an awesome maunga for building tracks, being an old volcano covered in mostly native bush, which makes for a great riding environment. However it does have one downside, rich and thick volcanic soils that don’t drain well turning flat sections of track to mud in winter. The Ground Effect Slush fund stepped in with cash for the purchase of an electric wheelbarrow to cart rock to the muddy sections of trail.
Adrian from the club summarised its first outing for us:
"On first use the e-Barrow showed how useful it's going to be. This weekend, a bunch of Waipa Mountain Bike Club’s keenest track builders headed into the bush to build a bridge over a creek on a new track under development. Now normally, the thought of lugging eight 20kg bags of rapidset concrete half a km into the bush on a wheelbarrow is enough to make even the keenest track builder cringe. But now, with our new Ground Effect-sponsored electric wheelbarrow it was faster and easier, meaning all the energy can be put into making great tracks. With that task out of the way, we’re already eyeing up other drainage trouble-spots where it will be useful in carting material in – it's sure to get plenty of use."
Back in 2015 the Slush Fund also subsidised the purchase of new trail signs.