Riding high at Altitude 450

Dirt bike riders have their last chance to enjoy the Tauranga Motorcycle Club’s new Altitude 450 trail track this season, with a one-off event this Sunday.

The new 15km track – which links in with 5km of existing trails – was carved out by club members undertaking regular working bees last year to offer a longer and varied 40-minute ride. The track, which has been slashed and chopped through terrain in the Te Matai Motorsports Park, is only open to riders for special events.

Riders are in for a treat when the Altitude 450 trail opens on Sunday at Te Matai Motorsports Park afor the last time for at least six months.

Club spokeswoman Nicki Meredith says feedback from riders who have taken part has been “fantastic”, with numbers participating in the February ride doubling to 100 as word got out about it.

“Everybody absolutely loves it – but there have been some instances of people going in outside the set ride days, which is an absolute no-no.

“Because the area is used by others, including for rallying practices, riders who sneak in could be wiped out by a car flying around the corner. The whole club could be banned from using it if it continues.”

To tackle the issue the club has installed warning signs, reminding riders legal action will be taken if riders are found in prohibited areas.

“The quite cool thing that people love is it goes through the bush, and there is a section that goes under the power pylons and there is a scrubby area.”

Meanwhile the club has begun work on a motocross trail in its leased area of the TECT ALL Terrain Park, with hopes it will be completed for its first event in spring.

“But there is a lot of expense involved - we’re probably looking at $200,000 all up – so it all comes down to applying for grants and fundraising.”

Riding on Sunday is from 9am-3.30pm, with registrations from 7.30am. Riding fees are payable by cash or cheque, with funds going to the motocross track.
Details: www.taurangamcc.co.nz




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