Summer Photo Competition - $250 IN PRIZES thanks to Skinners Bikes Mowers Saws.
Just snap a photo of rider/s on the ASHBURTON RIVER TRAIL (includes the pump track area) - share on social media with the hashtag #ourrivertrailor email to email@example.com. Don't forget to include your name and age category. Entries close 29 January 2018.
Womens Skills sessions
15 November 2017.
List of Womens Skills Sessions now on the events page - note that dates may change due to weather.
Survey - tell us what you want
Thanks to all those that completed the survey - we'll take the information to the next committee meeting and form a plan of action.
25 October 2017:
ATTENTION - Mountain Bikers in the ASHBURTON DISTRICT. Can you please fill out this short survey about your mountain biking preferences and what you would like the Mid Canterbury MTB Club to offer. You do not need to be a member to fill it out, but you do need to live in the Ashburton District. Just click on the link below.
Please share this link with other local bikers. Can you please complete the survey by Friday 3rd November. Thanks!
Club activities for coming season
1 October 2017:
Daylight savings is here so its time to get out on that bike!
The new committee are getting organised with event and track maintenance plans.
The new skills area with the pump track and jump lines is nearing completion. This is a great asset for the club and the community and we plan to hold regular skills sessions and pump track challenge evenings here. We'll tailor the evenings to suit eg all women, school challenge, inter-club challenges etc - there are plenty of options here to suit all types of riders!
Don't forget to join the club if you'd like to keep up to date and receive discount at club events. Membership runs from 1 October to 30 September and need to be paid by 1 December each year.
Some upcoming South Island MTB events:
Aoraki Secondary Schools MTB Champs - includes Intermediate (Yr7-8) - Oamaru 16th September
South Island Masters - MTB Racing - Nelson 7th & 8th October
South Island Secondary School Champs - Dunedin 14th - 15th October
Winter Chocolate Fish races on hold due to track conditions (August 2017)
6 Hour Race - SOLD OUT
WE ARE NOW SOLD OUT!!
Please make sure you're payment appears in our bank account (06-0837-0334774-00 (ANZ, MC MTB Club Inc)) by FRIDAY 12th May - ie make sure you bank it by Thursday, thanks. $50: 18 & over, $20 :17 & under.
Race details will be emailed to you on Tuesday 9th.
Any queries regarding your registration can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
ENTRIES ARE OPEN FOR THE McCDONALD'S ASHBURTON 6 HOUR MTB RACE - SUNDAY 14 MAY 2017
Entries close on Monday 8 May at 10pm, or sooner if we sell out like last year. Entries are limited to 100 teams and 40 solo riders so be in quick! More details on our 2017 6 Hour Race page.
Riders will be emailed race details on Tuesday 9th May.
Womens Skills Sessions - UPDATE
Posted 28 October 2016
We have added an extra session for beginner/novice riders on 7th November. Also, there will now be a charge for the Mt Hutt skills session of $5 to cover a shuttle ride to the top of the trail. Check out the events page for details.
Chocolate fish summer series dates
Posted: 17 October 2016
Races will be held every 2nd Tuesday, so mark you calendar with the dates below.
Womens skills sessions for 2016/17
Posted: 13 October 2016
Our club in conjunction with Bike Methven are holding a series of progressive skills sessions - suitable for beginners through to more experienced riders.
ALL MUMS WHO ENTER THE RACE WILL RECEIVE ROSES - WHY?
MID CANTERBURY MOUNTAIN BIKE CLUB
Dig days & track sponsorship
Want to help out at dig days or sponsor a section of trail? Our Tracks page has all the details.
The club holds regular 'Chocolate Fish' race events through the summer and winter, pump track challenges, skills sessions, dig days plus an annual 6 hour race in May.
For more info check out our: Events page or our Facebook page for more details.
Thanks to Megan Ellis for always turning up with her camera! She takes some great photos at most of our events, check out her facebook page. Megan Ellis Photos.
In the mid 1980's an approximately 25km track was developed along the northern side of the Ashburton River from Ashburton to the coast. Over the year maintenance on the track fell away and the track deteriorated, becoming overgrown, rutted and difficult to use.
In 2008 local mountain bikers made submissions to the Ashburton District Council's walking and cycling strategy, proposing resources be put into upgrading and maintaining the Ashburton River Track for both MTBers and walkers. This would provide the district and town with a significant local asset close to the town centre.
The submissions were well received and over the past five years the redevelopment of the track has progressed so much that there are now tracks on both sides of the Ashburton River, one leading to Lake Hood and another to Hakatere beach.
With the growth of mountain biking in the last few years a number of races and rides in the Mid Canterbury district have become popular for both recreational and experienced riders. The Mid Canterbury MTB Club holds regular chocolate fish races, club rides and a yearly six-hour team relay race.