'Mountainbikers of Alexandra' is a relatively new club with with plenty of track development projects on the boil. The first to build family trails on Council land, and the second to form more advanced trails on DOC land.
The Craigieburn Forest Park track network lies just an hour and a half (by car) west of Christchurch in the foothills of the Southern Alps. A blend of high country and beech forest singletrack, it is outrageously good mountain biking in a stunning location.
The Hogs Back Track at Castle Hill is now complete. Conceived by the Castle Hill Community, the trail is the product of 6 years lobbying and plenty of hard work by individuals and groups via a series of well attended work parties. The new track links Castle Hill village with the Mt Cheeseman access road at Texas Flat via 8.5km of perfect rolling sub-alpine singletrack.
The South Canterbury Mountain Bike Club requested Ground Effect funding to surface a new trail in the Raincliff Forest 35 clicks inland from Timaru. The trail forms a beginners loop of about 2km.
A core of enthusiastic and keen members of the North Canterbury Cycling Club are actively involved in developing and enhancing the mtb area allocated in the recently created Ashley Rakahuri Regional Park - ARRP.
In their draft Conservation Management Strategy, DOC Southland sought suggestions for mountain bike access on sections of the Kepler and Hollyford Tracks. Mountain Bike NZ, Trail Fund NZ and Te Anau Cycling Inc. have made submissions in support of winter access to the Kepler, plus upgrading two connecting pest control tracks to enable a fabulous multi-day figure-8 trip.
During the early part of 2013, Ground Effect took on a project to extend to the Drac' Flat Track (try saying that fast after a couple of cold ones) at Craigieburn Forest Park. The Craigieburn trails lie just an hour and a half (by car) west of Christchurch in the foothills of the Southern Alps.
The Rarangi Pump Track is now, well pumping. Damian Stones and mates, with support from the Rarangi Residents Association and cash from Ground Effect have created this little piece of fun between Picton and Blenheim.
Bike Wanaka Inc. completed the Rock n Rolla loop at Lismore Park in Spring 2012. Locals and visitors are all happy with it providing fun riding for a wide range of abilities right in town.
Sidle 73 track in the Craigieburn Forest Park was built by a great bunch of Ground Effect customers over a weekend just before Xmas in 2012. We had a blast and really enjoyed the company - a big massive thank you for all your effort - it's hard physical work blazing a trail.
Bike Methven is forever extending the popular Mt Hutt trail network, previously geared towards the gravity set.
A dedicated group of local volunteers led by Craig and Rebekah Tregurtha have created a sweet singletrack at Living Springs near Christchurch.