The Mt Pirongia MTB park is a small well designed and built MTB park close to the town of Pirongia approx 2hrs/200km from the Auckland cbd and is close enough for a day trip from Auckland. It is managed and maintained by the Waipa MTB club with around 10 trails from grade 2 to grade 5 for at least 3-4 hours of riding to make it worth the trip.
Where and when:
We will be meeting at the Sainsbury Road MTB car park which is at the very end of Sainsbury Road on Mt Pirongia. There is a sign post to the MTB Trails at the southern end of the town of Pirongia. There is limited parking in the area by the shelter/toilet so please try and carpool if possible.
You should aim to be there and READY to ride by 10:00 when we will have a brief introduction and ride briefing before heading out.
What to bring:
Besides your usual riding gear bring a tube, pump and tools to make basic repairs if required and enough water for about 3-4 hours of riding and snacks during the ride as well as a packed lunch. There is a cafe/bakery in Pirongia if you want to grab something on the way. Bring a chilly bin if you like to keep your lunch and drinks cool as we will probably go back to the car for lunch at about 12:00 for around half an hour.
A gold coin donation to the club who have an honesty box at the carpark will bring you good trail Karma for your day of free riding!
The ride plan:
We will ride together as a group with the usual no drop policy to check out most of the trails and conditions before Lunch. If you don’t want to ride the harder trails we may break into a couple of groups of similar skill/fitness levels. Because there are only around 10 trails in total at the park we will be riding most of them at least twice. Each group will stop to regroup at the start and end of all trails. Then after lunch lets get a bit crazy and have a free-for-all ride where you can decide which trails you want to ride for the next couple of hours and look at finishing and regrouping back at the carpark by 2:30. Remember to ALWAYS ride with at least ONE riding partner!
You can either head home afterwards or you are welcome to join some of us at the pub/café in Pirongia after the ride at around 3pm for a debrief and feedback of the days riding!
This is our first trip here so it will be a new experience for most of us!.. any questions please ask away!