Bike club cranks up for supreme award

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Rural - RICHARD MAYS

‘‘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

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/STUFF

Moun­tain bik­ers push­ing hard on the Ara­puke For­est Park’s K Loop

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