Over Summer the Belmont Area Mtb Association (BAMBA) built an 800m long Grade 3 descending track, Electric Avenue, adding to the expanding mountain bike trail network in Belmont Regional Park, Wellington.
The network is located in the ex-Danzig Forest area that was harvested in 2011 by Greater Wellington Regional Council and re-designated for mountain bike trails. Several hundred hours of manual labour and digger operator time were donated free of charge. BAMBA were short $1200 to complete the track. The Ground Effect Slush Fund stepped in with the cash. The job came in under budget so the spare $200 was used to install recycled polypropylene panels on the riding surface of Bull Run. Prone to rutting the panels make the trail more sustainable and rider-friendly.
Feedback on Electric Avenue from the riding community since it opened has been tremendous. The trail is a huge addition to the network, allowing an easier Grade 3 descent from the top of 4 Degrees, where previously all riders had to use the Grade 4 Borderline. The trail is wide, fast and flowing, and can be ridden by a range of abilities.