New bike track offers cyclists a challenge
Mountain bike fans have a new challenge to tackle in the heart of South Auckland.
Auckland Airport has invested $200,000 in building the 4km Runway Mountain Bike Park, which officially opened on Saturday.
The track is part of a push to increase amenities for those who access the area regularly, airport property manager Peter Alexander says.
‘‘Twelve thousand people work here already.
‘‘It’s going to grow significantly with development plans we have.
‘‘It’s about making this truly a great place to be by building amenities that other places don’t or can’t build. People riding bikes becomes a lunchtime activity.’’
But the track’s not just for airport workers or tourists – members of the community are also encouraged to use it.
Mr Alexander says the track is part of a wider transformation of the area known as The District.
A new football field and upgraded entry and exit point along George Bolt Drive are almost complete, while an outdoor art gallery is already finished.
The Auckland Mountain Bike Club worked closely with the airport to design the track.
Club spokesman David Gabbitas, who also helped design the course, says the track is suitable for all riders.
‘‘The brief was to make this family-friendly but also challenging.’’
Some changes were made to the course after testing was done with club members and their children.
‘‘We have little rock gardens but you can also go around them. There are a few jumps but they are ones you can roll over.’’
Crushed rock under the track will allow for all-weather riding, Mr
Bike challenge: Auckland Airport property manager Peter Alexander and Auckland Mountain Bike Club member Dave Gabbitas at the airport’s new mountain bike track.
On track: Riders check out the new mountain bike park set up by Auckland Airport, with Abbeville Estate in the background.
Versatile: Riders take a break on the track which is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.