Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby kavika on Fri 23/Sep/16 12:40pm

Looks like my cell signal drops off at Rarangi, so not ideal, however if you would prefer the option of getting a shuttle up the firebreak, get in touch and I will organise someone to cover me for an hr.

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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Fri 23/Sep/16 4:37pm

Awfully kind of ya Dave but I'm postponing the trip up.
Haven't gotten over my cold as much as I'd like and neither has my mate with his tonsilitis.

Might be next weekend.
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby kavika on Fri 23/Sep/16 5:17pm

Sweet. We are riding in Nelson next weekend, but may be free on the Sunday to offer the same. Let me know if it ends up working out.
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Wed 28/Sep/16 9:26pm

Looks like I'm on to drive up on Friday night.
Planning to ride Whites Bay on Sat.
Will it still be ok with all the moisture?
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby AgrAde on Wed 28/Sep/16 9:59pm

We drove there in drizzle the other day and just turned around and went back to chch. It was steep, slick clay, and a river. :(
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Wed 28/Sep/16 10:18pm

Hoping 3 days of only chance showers will change that :huh:
Dunno where else to go.

Any decent pubs instead?
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Sun 2/Oct/16 9:28pm

Bleugh
Didn't know there was so much road to ride between Rarangi and the Whites Bay turnoff.
Got mad when we were losing the altitude we made.
Finally got to the loop track and it was like peanut butter :D
Still better than a river so we carried on.
Got 20 mins in and it started to rain proper.
We'd rather push on than ride the road back to the car.
Thankfully it had stopped by the time we got to the singletrack.
Being unfit we took our sweet time to the top.
Running outta time and with Mt Robertson in the clouds we headed down the loop.

What a blast we had bowling our way down the wet offcamber roots.
Hard clay with rocks and a shallow layer of loam provided a surprisingly good enough amount of grip.

The track after the pylon was fun with all the berms etc.
The soil must've changed as it was slippery and glogged our tires.

Then the one after the road was next level slipper and steep.
Spent a lot of time on our asses sliding down or off the track in the bushes where there were trees to hang onto. :D
Deffo more of a dry season track.

Look forward to riding it again in the future :thumbsup:



Stupid Strava wigged out after the pylon :huh:
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby AgrAde on Sun 2/Oct/16 10:21pm

I'm keen to join you for the rematch.
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby kavika on Mon 3/Oct/16 4:54pm

Good effort. I hate that track in the wet, never been able to ride those off camber roots in the wet without crashing
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Mon 3/Oct/16 5:37pm

I won't lie, I thought I'd crash pretty badly a few times but just had to pick my lines and braking points or just think screw it and just go along for a ride :D
Probably rode way slower than you.

We regretted riding that track after the road crossing though.

So what's the deal with the shuttle?
Would love to skip a couple hour's road riding.
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby kavika on Mon 3/Oct/16 8:57pm

I usually cut down the walking track into whites bay, then back up the walking track that pops out at the start of the fire break (winter or before busy season kicks off).

Get in touch when you head up next and I may be able to drop you at top of fire break
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby Conners on Wed 11/Jan/17 11:03pm

Got out for a spin around the Whites Bay loop and up to Mt Robertson today - was totally awesome.
Knowing what the Whites Bay hill is like I passed on parking st Rarangi and drove over to Whites Bay and rode from there, so I missed out on the extras that you guys were talking about above.

Track was sensational in the dry - grip for miles. It would be horrendous in the wet though - I can imagine that the roots and clay ruts would be super slippy.

The Mt Robertson descent was great too, different flavour with lots more rocky sections that the roots down below.

I also passed on conquering the compound fence - although I imagine the view from the tower would be stunning :D

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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby Conners on Sun 7th Jan 10:13am

Conners wrote:
kavika wrote:a ride to Fosters Clearing and back is worth it

Agree - very good ride. Doesn't have the gnar of the other side of Wakamarina - but such an awesome flowy descent.


AgrAde wrote:Check out access on doc site, they have an alert saying closed for logging.

Dredge. Looking at the Doc website just now it looks like the road in to the Fosters Clearing track is still closed:
http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recrea ... ina-track/
But the track itself is open.

It’s so long since I’ve been up there that I’m struggling to remember how much of a road ride that would add if I parked at the closure - it’s hard to make out the roads on the satellite views on google/Trailforks etc.
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby Conners on Mon 8th Jan 4:47pm

Further reading of this PDF reveals that Kiwi road is 5km long - so can’t be too bad ;)

http://www.doc.govt.nz/Documents/parks- ... -track.pdf
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby jo on Mon 8th Jan 5:24pm

:lol:

Its a hot steep dusty gravel road from memory.

But you're right.... how bad could it be? :paranoid:
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