Bike club cranks up for supreme award
‘‘There's plenty of breadth from running development, recreational and competitive events to making trails’’ Tom Bamfield, president Manawatu Mountain Bike Club
The Manawatu¯ Mountain Bike Club powered its way to the supreme award at the Palmerston North Trustpower Community Awards.
The mountain bikers joined 12 other community groups and six youth community spirit finalists for the awards, held in Palmerston North’s Conference and Function Centre last Wednesday.
Club treasurer Peter Wells said while the 20 kilometres of trails developed largely by volunteers over the past five years in Arapuke Forest Park were a crowning achievement, it was its on-going development programmes that played a significant role in activities.
‘‘Our two eight-week summer mountain bike skills development programmes were free of charge to members and the general public, with up to 170 taking part each evening,’’ Wells said.
‘‘As well as Arapuke, we’ve developed trails at Foxton and Raumai in Bulls. We’re working with the council at Panieri Park and along the riverbank cycle path, so we’re right throughout the community.’’
Club president Tom Bamfield said the club boasted an active membership and he estimated that during the year they had put in about 2000 hours of volunteer work on the trails and into the development programme.
‘‘There’s plenty of breadth from running development, recreational and competitive events to making trails. That’s what impresses me about the club - the core of people who turn up to run these things.’’
The club will represent Palmerston North at the 2017 National Community Awards in Queenstown next April.
Trustpower Community Award category winners:
Youth Spirit Award - Teuila Nosa, Awatapu College
Heritage and Environment - Pit Park People
Health and Wellbeing - Just Zilch
Arts and Culture - Creative Sounds Society’s the Stomach
Sport and Leisure - Palmy Dirty 30/Palmy Rocks
Education and Child/Youth Development - Papaio¯ ea Pasifika Community
Mountain bikers pushing hard on the Arapuke Forest Park’s K Loop