NOTICE: TRANS NZ 5 DAY MTB EVENT – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 25TH AND MONDAY 26TH
The Trans NZ mountain bike event is returning for its 4th year to Craigieburn. We would like to inform all those public users that use these trails of the event and the schedule for next week to ensure you have all the information and can choose to avoid the tracks to make your day more enjoyable out there! This is enduro style so only certain trails we use are being timed/raced on.
Day 1: Sunday February 25th
- Climbing to Lyndon Saddle from Craigieburn Road (untimed) 9am – 10am
- Luge (timed/racing) 9.45am – 11.00am
- Drac: first descent (timed/racing) 10am – 11.30am
- Rest of Drac: (untimed) 10.15am – 11.45am
- Cuckoo Creek Trail (timed/racing) 11.45am – 1.30pm
- Drac from bottom of Cuckoo to Cheeseman Road (untimed) 11.45am – 1.45pm
- Cheeseman Road (untimed) 11am – 3pm
- Cheeseman DH / Cockayne Alley down to Creek (timed) 12.45pm – 3pm
- Hogs Back Track (both timed sections and untimed sections) 1.15pm – 4.00pm
- Finish – Village Green
Day 2: Monday February 26th
- Dickson’s (timed) 8.15am – 10am
- Edge track into lower Craigieburn trail (timed) 9.45am – 12pm
- Coal Pit Spur (timed) 10.15am – 12.45pm
- Please try to avoid the trails we are racing on during the times outlined above, for everyone’s safety – especially our own
- Please avoid shuttling up Cheeseman Road between 11am – 3pm on Sunday February 25th for the safety of the riders on the road
- Please avoid using the trail to Castle Hill Village (village end of Hogs) between 1pm – 4pm on Sunday February 25th (there is now a new up-track you can use to avoid this part of the trail)
GIVING BACK TO THE TRAILS:
- Our DOC user fees comes to approximately $2,000 for this event, of which we are continually trying to work with them to see that these fees go back to the trails/clubs/communities in which we run the event
- But as yet this is not the case; so we work directly with Castle Hill Village / Craigieburn Track Committee as we want to see some money going directly back into the trails. So on top of the DOC fees we donate $15 per person back into the trails from this event. The Craigieburn Trails will get a donation of $2,000 from us that can be seen to go back into the trails of the area
- We truly appreciate the support of the locals and absolutely love spending time in the area every year
Please don’t hesitate to contact me, Megan, if you have any questions or concerns with any of the above. Notices of the above along with maps are now at the major trail heads until the event at the weekend. There is a wedding in the Village (Alistair Lodge) this same weekend as well, so we suspect the village (and trails) are going to be extremely busy.
Welcome to Spring 2017 on the Craigieburn Trails.
We have a workparty coming up on the first weekend in December building the new 2.5km “Easy Out” track on which initial construction is about to start. This track is being put in as an uphill only track (for bikes anyway; walkers will be bidirectional) at the Castle Hill village end of the Hogs Back Track.
The Ground Effect crew will be on the scene in person(s) this time continuing their amazing support for the Craigieburn Trails.
||9am, Saturday 2nd December 2017
||Carpark at the Castle Hill Village end of the Hogs Back Track
||Wheelbarrows, shovels, water, suncream, snacks/food, enthusiasm!
For more information or to RSVP, please email us at zn.gr1547843192o.sli1547843192artnr1547843192ubeig1547843192iarc@1547843192stnev1547843192e1547843192.
See you there!
We have been vaguely thinking for some time that we should formulate a policy covering the use of e-bikes on the Craigieburn Trails.
You can find our current position on permitted e-bikes here (also accessible under the Track Use/Code of Conduct menu), but it can be summarised as pedal-assist e-bikes with a motor up to 300W and no throttle are permitted on the Craigieburn Trails.
We had considered a free t-shirt for every e-bike rider, but decided against pursuing that idea… 🙂
Please be aware that the Trans NZ Enduro will be competing on the Craigieburn Trails on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th February 2016.
Riders & walkers are advised to avoid the timed race sections of the tracks listed below and on the attached maps, and to watch out for increased uphill rider traffic on the other non-timed sections.
Sunday Feb 28th
Up Lyndon Saddle and down The Luge: 9am – 11am
Along Dracophyllum Flat and up Cheeseman Skifield Road: 10am – 1pm
Down Cockayne Alley and joining in the final end of Dracophyllum Flat to Timm’s Stream: 11.40am-2pm
Hogs Back Track first half: 12.30pm-3pm
Final descent into Castle Hill Village: 1pm – 3.30pm
Monday Feb 29th
Up Hut Creek/Bridge Hill: 8am – 9am
Down Dicksons: 8.30am – 10am
Up Craigieburn Ski Road: 9am – 11.30am
Down Craigieburn Edge and lower Lyndon Saddle Track: 10.15am – 12.00pm
The Craigieburn Trails team are pleased to work with DoC and the Enduro organisers in facilitating this race; there is a levy paid by each competitor which goes 100% directly back into track maintenance and future development.
Contact Megan 021-069-7707 or moc.c1547843192bgnid1547843192ir@na1547843192gem1547843192 if you have queries/concerns.
Welcome to 2016 on the Craigieburn Trails.
We have a workparty coming up on Waitangi Weekend to firm up some parts of the Coal Pit Spur Track with a view to making it more sustainable for year round riding.
We have already had a large quantity of gravel delivered high on the Coal Pit Spur pylon track, but it needs a bit of help to get further in to the right bits of the track.
||9am, Saturday 6th February 2016
||Layby on SH73 at north end (Flock Hill end) of Coal Pit Spur Track
||Wheelbarrows, shovels, water, suncream, snacks/food, enthusiasm!
We hope to have a power-barrow on-site as well.
See you there!
After keeping a close eye on the conditions of the Trails after the winter, the volunteer crew up at Castle Hill have been out tidying up some of the smaller windfall on the tracks and checking that the tracks are dry enough to officially open.
We’re pleased to announce that the Craigieburn Trails are generally open for riding again this summer.
It’s been pleasing to note that the hard work put in last year (not least by Scott & Kev at T5 Contracting) has resulted in the tracks holding up really well over the winter.
Ground Effect have kindly contributed $1000 from their slush fund towards the cost of gravel to be barrowed in to the Coal Pit Spur Track with the aim of making it a year round track. Continue reading
Well, it’s that time of the year again…
With the recent rain, shorter days and lower temperatures meaning the tracks are struggling to dry out, we’ve reluctantly changed the status for the main Craigieburn Trails tracks to Closed for the winter. Continue reading
Proceeds from the sale of this map go directly towards building and maintaining the tracks. The essential guide to the Craigieburn Trails in a beautifully presented package, this map is printed on a soft micro-fibre cloth which is also perfect for cleaning your riding glasses, before scrunching up in a little ball and stuffing up your sleeve or alongside your hydration pack. The front of the map clearly shows all the main tracks in Craigieburn Forest Park and through to Castle Hill Village, including all the details you need for how to find your way to the individual tracks. The back of the map shows the location of the Trig ‘M’ tracks, along with with walking and biking distances & times. Purchasing your map direct from us here on our website ensures the maximum fundraising benefit to the Craigieburn Trails; a bargain at $19.95+P&P!
Both the Trans Enduro NZ and Gravity Canterbury’s Craigieburn Enduro will be racing on the Craigieburn Trails this Saturday, so please be aware of the competitions if you’re thinking of heading this way, and please follow the directions of all marshalls and traffic management officials.
There will be a fair amount of shuttle van traffic running on the ski field roads (Cheeseman, Craigieburn Valley, etc) at various times through the day.
Riders will be coming down The Luge starting at approx 9.45am and through to Castle Hill Village by lunchtime. The Trans Enduro NZ riders will then be on the Craigieburn Edge track in the afternoon.
These events are being run independently from the Castle Hill Community Association, with both events having concessions from DoC.
We’d like to thank the organisers of both events for their support for the Craigieburn Trails as we receive a levy for each competitor which goes directly towards future trail maintenance and development.