We include mountain bike trails throughout the country, and all of those trails listed on this website are open to other uses, such as hiking or inline skating. Many mountain bike riders prefer singletrack over other types of trails, as singletrack is usually designed specifically for the sport, and therefore can have elements which highlight features of the sport whereas other trail types will usually be more straight, and not exhibit as many hills and other special features. Use our advance search feature to find trails that are suited to mountain biking. The lower part of the hill splits into essentially two sections: the light side and the dark side. Just because a state park does not close the trail, does not mean the trails should be ridden. Some trails such as Alaskan Pipeline have some fun, and very tricky features. Either way, the public and the mountain biking scene has benefitted! Within a few hours drive of Nelson are a bunch of multi-day trails some of them are Department of Conservation Great Walks including the , the , and the Queen Charlotte track.
Singletracks has information about more mountain bike trails around the world than any other source. In this episode, we talk about 1X vs. A lot of the riding in Nelson is through dense native Beech forest. Starting on Black Diamond Ridge the name hints at the difficulty , the trail follows the bush-covered ridgeline for a couple of kilometers. If I ask volunteers to come out and fix mud holes and then do nothing to discourage riders from tearing up their work, it will discourage them from volunteering in the future. The long term damage is caused by displacement of dirt.
Some singletrack includes technical trail features designed to challenge riders, such as , , , , , and. This hill towers over Nelson; at around 800m high, the climb starts at sea level and finishes at the very top with little relent. For further information and data, be sure to look over our mountain bike tourism infographic. Some say this was always his plan. The Dun Mountain loop is a big ride with some epic scenery. Get tips for dialing in various settings like compression, rebound, and air pressure for bike shocks and suspension forks.
This can cause water to stay on the trail and water is the enemy. Other rules are often posted for the considerations of specific individual trails. Epic technical riding is the order of the day in Nelson. Where the information is known, we include the level of trail difficulty, but in general most TrailLink. Hint: it involves staying awake for long periods of time.
Photo: Sven Martin Photos courtesy of Wairoa Gorge The coastal port city of Nelson has a strong cycling culture, and is said to be home to some of the best mountain biking in New Zealand, including the infamous , a private bike park built by American billionaire Ken Dart. Not for the casual cyclist, it is important to bring plenty of supplies, but prepare for a day of great riding and amazing views. Read trail reviews from riders and view photos and maps to plan your next ride. Add to this that even among seasoned trail builders, there is going to be some amount of debate on when a trail is too muddy vs. Some trails are on land that makes this hard, but when presented with flat land, armoring and wooden features do provide an option for toughening up the trails. On a well designed and built trail in a good location bench cut trail with grade reversals built on hill sides with good soil the impact is less than poorly designed trails or trails built in less than ideal locations. The trail is full of undulations, technical root sections, and punchy climbs.
The vast majority are new riders. Photo: Sven Martin Codgers can also be used as the start for a number of other trails. If anyone figures out a sign that solves all these issues, let me know. We are trying to do something better than what other user groups are willing to settle for. There are available for 629 and Peaking Ridge this misses out Black Diamond and Sunshine Ridge from , as well as a bunch of other trails including Involution, the Old Ghost Road, Queen Charlotte, etc.
Dart has been linked to the an enigmatic and exclusive mountain biking club that aims to build trails on private, pristine properties for the act of conservation using sustainable trail building techniques. Sounds like a good start! The researchers outlined four capacities that must be met in order to sustain a trail or trail system: Physical Capacity, the amount of space a given activity demands, Ecological Capacity, how much damage the environment can withstand before detrimental effect, Facility Capacity, what a given population needs in order to enjoy such recreational areas; and Social Capacity, the point at which one decides how many users the trail can accommodate comfortably at any one time. We need to protect our volunteers just like the trails we ride. Christchurch is about 6 hours away by car. There are plenty of restaurants, pubs and bars in the centre of Nelson, from cheaper to more expensive depending on your tastes. We will be dealing with this forever.
Singletrack or single track describes a type of trail that is approximately the width of the bike. Not only does Nelson have great riding, Nelson itself is a small but thriving city with great food and drink, amazing beaches, national parks, and incredible scenery. Photo: Ben Karalus The trails The Gorge has around 70km of hand-built singletrack through mostly natural beech forest, descending around 1000m per lap. Sunshine Ridge follows, and dishes up more of the same; the undulations are slightly longer, but none the less still hard work. The Gorge has a real variety of trails mostly through dense New Zealand forest. That is why it is important that we greet new riders even if covered in mud in a positive way. Hopefully the trail builders are part of the decision to have a race and what would cause the race to be canceled.