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Spring is here and so is my birthday so lets celebrate both in style at FourForty Mtb Park!.. All the trails have either been fully groomed or rebuilt and there also some new trails that were built over Winter that must be ridden and after the ride we'll have a sausage sizzle at the onsite bbq! Btw that's me in the centre of the photo with the confederate plate at the first NZ Bmx Nationals in 1983!
FourForty is a mountain bike park one hours drive from Auckland City boasting downhill descents of 440 meters in vertical height. The trails cater for beginner to expert riders, and have a dedicated uphill trail to access the lower half of the park as well as a shuttle uplift service.
Fourforty Mountain Bike Park is located about 1 hours drive south east of the Auckland CBD between Kawakawa Bay and Orere Point.
For GPS purposes the address of the park is 521 Kawakawa - Orere Road https://goo.gl/maps/RK9vF8KJ9Bu, but please don't enter the actual driveway of 521 instead take the next driveway south of this address - that is the entrance. We will meet at the big wooden shed which is the park office and the shuttle loading point.
PASSES & PARK RULES
You will need to purchase a day pass to be able to ride here - you can see the pass options available in their shop, including pre-bookings or private group shuttle options: https://www.fourfortymtbpark.co.nz/page/Park_Information/
Single uplift $[masked] uplifts $[masked] uplifts $[masked] uplifts family/shareable $[masked] uplifts $[masked] uplifts $325.00
Park access and uphill trails
Park access only $10.00
Park access and 2 uplifts $25.00
An uphill pass gets you access to approximately half the parks elevation and trails - includes access to uphill trails/roads and trails, asphalt pump track. Excludes shuttle access.
Please take note the following details:
- You must sign a waiver before riding at FourForty
- There is no access to the trails without a pass
- Riding up the shuttle road is not permitted for safety reasons
- Appropriate gear must be worn at all times. Helmets compulsory, knee pads strongly advised (Full face helmets compulsory when riding the Ruapehu DH track only)
- They reserve the right to deny access to the trails if any gear to be used is unfit for use in the Bike Park.
WHAT TO BRING
The park does cater for beginner riders but its a good idea to bring adequate protection. Please remember to bring the following when visiting the park.
The following gear is recommended when visiting the park.
- Knee pads
- Certified helmet, this can be an open face or full face helmet.
- A well serviced and safe bike that is suitable for serious off road use
- Solid riding shoes, no jandals/flipflops or open top footwear.
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 Clevedon 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.
If you would like to hire a bike they have a fleet of full suspension Transition Patrol 160mm or Spire 170mm travel trail bikes for rent. They are available in sizes small, medium and large. No booking required. Pricing and details are as follows.
Transition Patrol/Spire trail bikes
- Half day $85
- Full day $139.00
We usually stop in at the recently opened Hallertau Beer Garden in Clevedon on the way home for a craft beer, wine or non-alcolohic drink
and a chat about how the days riding went...
Also beware that if there is bad weather/rain the Bike Park sometimes closes for safety reasons. Be sure to check their Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FourfortyMountainBikePark page or website before heading out to get the latest updates.
I'll see you there!
We meet at the Halfmoon Bay Marina carpark. From there we ride along the coast to Musick Point which allows great views across the Hauraki Gulf. From there we'll visit a number of lovely bays.
After Cockle Bay we'll climb up and ride to Meadowlands where we can ride along Botany Creek to Highland Park. An underpass at Pakuranga Rd leads back towards Halfmoon Bay where we could go for coffee.
There are a few steep hills to climb, so reasonable fitness is required, but no problem with E-bikes.
WHAT KIND OF BIKES
All sorts of bikes apart from pure road bikes with slick tires.
WHAT TO BRING
Spare tube, tools, water and snacks.
In case of heavy rain forecast the event would be postponed.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please only stay on the RSVP if you are actually going to attend the classes, when people don't turn up it's not fair on the provider or our other ACG members who would like to attend. Please be considerate and keep your commitment and RSVP's up to date at all times.
Well you asked for it.... so we have delivered.
IT'S TIME TO GET YOUR BIKE MAINTENANCE FREAK ON!
According to our last members poll over 50% of you are interested to know how to do some form of DIY bike maintenance, plus learn more about how your bikes work.
You may not have realised it but there is a little 'old school' style bike repair shop in Western Springs called Adventure Cycles (http://www.adventure-auckland.co.nz/adventurecycles/php/serv_class.php) who already offers maintenance classes to the public on the first monday of every month.... and anyone can go along and learn whatever is high on your priority list at the current moment.
Rather than reinvent the wheel (pun intended) we've decided to work in with them to offer you some maintenance classes.
Whether it be as simple as how to change a tyre or repair a puncture or way more complex like replacing your rear cassette, adjusting your derailleurs, changing brake pads, repacking your bottom bracket or any other multitude of maintenance skills you can ask their Shimano & CABDA certified tutors to show you how in a 2 hour session.
Simply grab your bike and take it into their workshop along with your wish list of things you want to learn that night and they will walk you through the processes in a very practical, hands on manner.
Anyone can go... young, old, male, or female it makes no difference --- if you want to learn a new maintenance skill then this is the opportunity for you and it only costs you $12 per session... and you can keep going back to learn a new skill each month if you wish.
Training given for both road and mountain bikes and probably just about any bicycle in between.
This won't be an event that has an auckland cycling group host present, it is simply set up to help bring a bunch of our members together for the night so you don't feel like you are going it alone... so jumpon the RSVP list and maybe even drag a friend along with you and make it a fun evening learning a new skill.
Note: this workshop is the old style of mechanic workshop so it would be best to wear old clothes that you don't mind getting a bit of grease and oil on etc as you won't find any german inspired crisp white floors at this place... its a real working workshop where you get your hands dirty.
COST is $12 per session (pay on the night - cash and eftpos available)
LOCATION: Adventure Cycles (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=9%20Premier%20Ave%2C%20Auckland)- 9 Premier Ave, Western Springs, Auckland
WHAT TO BRING: Your bike, money and your agenda of what you want to learn for the evening. Also wear old clothes you don't mind getting dirty.
START TIME: 6.30pm
DURATION: 2 Hours
WHEN: THIS EVENT WILL REPEAT ON THE FIRST MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH
LIMITED TO ONLY 5 PEOPLE from ACG each session so get on the RSVP quickly. Only take a spot if you are serious about attending.
So they know where you are from please mention that you are part of Auckland Cycling Group when you are paying.
It's that time of year again and time to dust off the bike lights, charge up the batteries and get back into Woodhill Wednesday's!
We will meet up at the tables in front of the shop by 5:20pm, hit the trails at 5:30pm and ride for around 2 hours - we will decide before we head off what trails we will be doing.
We have QR codes and Txt In options to make it easy and simple. Please stop at the riders gate to show your confirmation. We have an Ipad for those without mobile access.
You will need decent lights that will run for at least 2 hours and this ride is for anyone that can ride a steady pace for that time... all levels of abilities are welcome
Lights can be hired from the Park shop for $25/night
ACG operates a no drop policy which means we regroup at trail heads and trail ends to ensure everyone is safe and accounted for
Entry fee is $15 for a casual ride / $179 for a 6 month pass / $249 for 12 month pass
If anyone wants to carpool I suggest you mention it in the comments and see who can help out
We may stop in at the Beer Spot in Huapai after the ride for a beer/wine or n.a drink and they have food trucks for the famished!
If you are going to be late please message me to let us know and you can meet us at Map Station 2 at the start of Second Grade at 6pm... I hope to see you out there!
PS. if you are looking to buy nightlights for this sort of mountain bike night riding then please check out our ACG Night Light information page (http://nightlights.aucklandcycling.group) to learn about the various options