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.