December 2020 News and Upcoming Club Rides

Canterbury Mountain Bike Club News

Summer’s here and we’re happy to welcome the longer evenings and warmer weather – it means more riding of course! We’ve had a pretty weird year, to say the least, but we’ve managed to keep the stoke going with some great club rides (when permitted) and some awesome work giving back to our favourite tracks. We have a brand new committee and we’re excited to see what the new year brings – hit us up if you have any suggestions or requests for next year.

See you out there!



Track Maintenance

Our winter track maintenance events have been a success again this year, in conjunction with Nick Singleton, the CCC Port Hills Ranger. Steve Riefe has done a superb job organising the 4 events where volunteers carried out track improvement tasks on parts of Bowenvale Downhill, Greenwoods, Anaconda, and Witch Hill.

As usual, the final event for the season finished with a BBQ at the Rangers hut to reward the effort shown by the volunteers. Steve’s event posts were highly entertaining and hopefully helped encourage some of you to step up and get involved. Volunteer numbers were typically 10 – 14 per event and peaked with a record turnout of 26 to help with Bowenvale DH. Thank you so much to those of you that volunteered your time to keep our tracks maintained and especially to those who attended multiple events. A massive thanks to Steve for organising these events!


Reefton Relics Trip

We had a great turnout for the ‘Reefton Relics’ Labour Weekend trip, with 13 riders fronting for the weekend.

Day 1 was the Big River ride, where we split into 2 groups – one for the full 80km Big River/Waiuta loop and the other doing a 50km ‘In and Out’ avoiding the more technical Waiuta track. Day 2 was spent riding Murray’s Creek loop, while much shorter, still has some good climbs and challenges along the way.

Thanks to all the riders who came and brought their positive attitudes and banter, which is what makes these trips great.

Read the full Ride Report here.

Dec 13 – Ride at CAP & Christmas Dinner
Dec 20 – Café Cruise – Claire Glanville
Jan 10 – Local – Tanya Hyde
Jan 24 – Local Ride & Committee Meeting – Phil Shaw
Mar 21 – Paparoa Trip – Hannah Strickland

Please see the Announcements section on our Members Facebook page for a list of upcoming rides or the Events section for more info on scheduled rides.

If you would like to organise a ride we’re always looking for people to step up! Just shout out on our Facebook page or email us with your ideas.

Hannah Strickland – President
Sarah Manning – Treasurer
Ellen Nijhof – Secretary
Marilyn Gray – Membership Secretary
Committee: Steve Riefe, Tanya Hyde, Carl Schurgers, Mark Nielson, Claire Glanville, Jonathan Archer, Phil Shaw