New track ready to ride
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.