MTB park gets makeover


Wairarapa’s new­est moun­tain bike park has closed down for a win­ter makeover and aims to open up in spring with more tracks and new events.

The goal of the Nor­folk Rd ven­ture has been to pro­vide fam­ily fun tracks with a di­verse range of track styles.

The park will be closed for the win­ter sea­son, over which time it will pre­pare to re­open for next sum­mer with a fresh ap­proach.

Track builder Paul Lang­lands thanked those who vis­ited Wairarapa’s new­est moun­tain bik­ing fa­cil­ity dur­ing its first sea­son.

With sup­port and feed­back from the pub­lic, Riven­rock’s knowl­edge of which re­quire­ments the users would like more has grown im­mensely, he said.

‘‘A mix­ture of new cross coun­try and gen­tle down­hill tracks are a part of the plan along­side pro­vid­ing new fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a bike wash sta­tion.’’

Lang­lands was em­ployed to de­velop Riven­rock and help it reach its full po­ten­tial. Lang­lands is an in­ter­na­tional pro­fes­sional rider with a vast amount of ex­pe­ri­ence in build­ing tracks all around the coun­try.

‘‘Riven­rock has the ter­rain and lo­ca­tion to con­struct some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary and I’m look­ing for­ward to be­ing a part of it,’’ he said.

With Lang­lands now be­hind the reigns com­ing into this clo­sure and a make-over of the park, he said he was ‘‘very keen to be­gin rais­ing Riven­rock to the level of other bike parks I have rid­den world­wide’’.

The new de­vel­oped tracks Riven­rock are set to re-open Oc­to­ber.

A fam­ily open day in­clud­ing a freestyle bmx show, ‘Top of the Rock’ Hill Climb sum­mer se­ries and a Down­hill race are just some of the events Riven­rock will fea­ture over the at up­com­ing sum­mer sea­son.

Lang­lands said Riven­rock’s goal was to pro­vide a world-class moun­tain bik­ing park. With the help and feed­back of those who have sup­ported this sea­son, he said, that goal was be­com­ing achiev­able.

‘‘The base for a great park is there, now is the time to move for­ward, de­velop and fine tune,’’ he said.

Riven­rock moun­tain bik­ing park is open to sup­port from lo­cal busi­nesses keen to give back to the com­mu­nity. Op­por­tu­ni­ties for sup­port are avail­able.

‘‘Not just an awe­some MTB (moun­tain bik­ing) park in the world, but a great fa­cil­ity in the Wairarapa is our tar­get,’’ Lang­lands said.

The de­vel­op­ment at Riven­rock is one of sev­eral ini­tia­tives around Wairarapa to of­fer more op­tions for peo­ple on two wheels. Plans are afoot to de­velop a track in the Rimu­taka Ranges and pos­si­bly another fam­ily style track at Mt Holdsworth road end

Paul Lang­lands de­signs and builds moun­tain bike tracks at Riven­rock at Mt Holdsworth in Master­ton.

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