New track ready to ride

Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - SVEN HERSELMAN

Nearly three years after dream­ing of hav­ing a moun­tain­bike track to the Snout in Pic­ton one of its cre­ators can fi­nally en­joy the ride.

Pic­ton Trails mem­ber John Pick­er­ing was among the riders and Marl­bor­ough District coun­cil­lors and staff who cut the rib­bon be­fore try­ing out the new Kanuka track.

‘‘I’m re­ally stoked to see it finished. It’s re­ally good to ride,’’ John says.

Pic­ton Trails is part of the Marl­bor­ough Moun­tain Bike Club.

The Kanuka track al­lows riders to make their way out to the Snout, a point of land jut­ting into the ocean be­side Pic­ton.

The track of­fers views of Queen Char­lotte Sound and con­nects to the ex­ist­ing tracks in the do­main.

While the vi­sion for the 3.5-kilo­me­tre track on the western side of the Snout had long been in place, se­cur­ing the fund­ing, which came from Bike Walk Marl­bor­ough, took time.

Once this was achieved Nel­son­based track builder Chris Mil­don was con­tracted to build the track, John says.

Work be­gan in Novem­ber last year and took about three to four weeks.

How­ever, there was still a big ef­fort required to groom the track with 259 vol­un­teer hours clocked, John says.

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