Kapiti Coast, Wellington - November 2020
The Kapiti Mountain Bike Club (KMBC) has been active again building a new mountain-bike track in Whareroa Farm on the Kapiti Coast side of the Akatarawa Forest Park, with funding support from the Backcountry Trust.
The (as yet un-named) ‘Track 2’ drops down from Campbell's Mill Road into the Whareroa Farm mountain-biking designated zone, traversing both sides of the middle ridge of the three available to the club for track building. It finally drops in to connect with our first track – Red Tape, a short distance before Bridge 3.
Track 2 is an approximate distance of 1.2 kilometres, and once connected to Red Tape will provide an overall downhill ride down to the Water Settlement Race of around 2.7 kilometres. This new track has more features and is of a more technical nature than the faster, rollercoaster Red Tape track.
Stage 1 of Track 2 is now nearing completion. In November 2020, club president Steve Lewis supervised Dan August (BTR Trails) to complete a last roll-through with the digger, and finish mulching and do a general tidy-up.
Other volunteers who worked on the project include Cherie Ruscoe, Ryszard Balejko, Eeuwe Schuckard, Penny Cameron, Rob Futter, Paul Olson and Steve Meeres, most of whom serve on the KMBC committee.
Every effort has been made to establish a high track standard, with good drainage, ensuring future maintenance is kept to a minimum. Views from the track are superb, with the coast and Kapiti Island visible. The track’s northwest aspect will ensure it stays relatively dry, and suitable to ride 95% of the time. The club hopes to get the track completed before the end of the summer, with volunteers expecting to do more work over the Christmas break.