Riding In Blenheim

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Mon 19/Sep/16 9:09pm

I'm off to visit a mate this weekend and thought I'd bring my trail bikes.
Where's good to ride?
Nothing too long a ride, he's got kids to get back to.
Thinking White's Bay and Wither Hills.
Probably won't have time for Wakamarina.

Any other suggestions?
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby kavika on Mon 19/Sep/16 9:26pm

Wither Hills aren't worth the time imo, Whites Bay loop is good if it gets to dry out, otherwise a ride to Fosters Clearing and back is worth it
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Mon 19/Sep/16 10:18pm

kavika wrote:Wither Hills aren't worth the time imo,


Even for a quick blat?

Cheers I'll keep my options open.
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby AgrAde on Tue 20/Sep/16 12:06am

Agree with Kavika on that one. I rode there once and it felt like a waste of time.
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby kavika on Tue 20/Sep/16 8:46am

I live 2 mins ride from the "mtb park" and haven't ridden there for 15mths. I would rather a 1/2 drive to go somewhere worth riding, but everyone is different, I just get easily bored I guess.
Picton has a few tracks popping up now, and there are multiple sections of track that sidle along the Queen Charlotte Drive which have recently been put in.

Anakiwa to Mistletoe Bay on the Queen Charlotte is a good ride for those with limited time,
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby Conners on Tue 20/Sep/16 10:59pm

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.
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Tue 20/Sep/16 11:09pm

Sweet, I'mma have a Strava/Trailforks gander.

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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby kavika on Wed 21/Sep/16 6:47am

Just beware of local Stravassholes. There are a couple here who are oblivious to the fact that the tracks are shared, and it's pure luck they haven't hit anyone yet.
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Wed 21/Sep/16 7:12am

45 mins drive to the trailhead and how long is the ride there and back?
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby AgrAde on Wed 21/Sep/16 8:39am

Check out access on doc site, they have an alert saying closed for logging.
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby kavika on Wed 21/Sep/16 7:42pm

Good spotting, wasn't meant to close this early, so looks like Fosters is a no go.
Whites Bay loop would be worth a nosey if weather stays like it is. Never been a fan of it in the wet.
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Wed 21/Sep/16 8:08pm

Ah pooze.

Metservice says it'll be mainly fine til the weekend.

With the Whites Bay loop, is it a good idea to do a partial loop to ride Double Eagle then restart and complete the loop?
Or is going up to Mt Robertson a better option?
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby kavika on Wed 21/Sep/16 8:15pm

I prefer the hike up Robertson to get the views, double eagle was in need of a little trimming, so not sure what state its in at the moment.
Once at the top, if one was to go under or over the fence of the compound, one might in theory be able to get a higher view, after climbing a few stairs.

When you drop out of the Rarangi End of the loop, carry on straight past the Pylon, and the track continues. You will drop onto the road, then immediately drop to the next level, where, if you look 5m or so to the left, you will see the track once again drops into the bush.
Couple of small jumps etc in the bush.

Once you drop onto the seal Rd at the bottom (assuming you haven't just ridden the 4wd Rd), almost directly in front, the track drops down the side of the hill again, and eventually leads onto the walking track at Rarangi (top of the stairs leading to Monkey Bay).

I normally park Rarangi, and push/ride the walking track up, and return via the above.
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Wed 21/Sep/16 8:32pm

Fair enough.
Cheers for the tips :thumbsup:
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Re: Riding In Blenheim

Postby kavika on Thu 22/Sep/16 6:49am

Which day are you likely to ride?
I'm on call, but will do a drive up that way today to check what cell coverage is like. If it's not too patchy there may be a chance I can drive the 2 of you from Rarangi to the top of the WB firebreak. This would allow you to do a run of Double Eagle, and have time to do Robertson too.
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