Heaps of hard work have been done, and we now have a ridable trail !
However there is plenty waiting for a group of discerning trail builders to do....... If you are keen to build that perfect flowy corner, to widen the trail here and there, chip some rock if needs be, re-camber some existing trail, or introduce a better swerve around that native tree or just make North Face as Perfect as it could be, please come along.
The strategy is to work down from the very start at the 4WD track, (which is 100m from the summit, down the 4wd track, right next to T3 and Trickle falls) and re-examine everything to ensure Perfection! Will the track drain well? Are there spikey stumps that must go? Will the track be as awesome to ride as possible? There is nothing stopping us from polishing this diamond into something very very special.
We are kicking off at 10am, from the top. This means no rides up from the lower car park, however if you would like a lift please be at the St Alban's road gate before 9:45
The initial plan for Saturday 20th is this : We will be building a grade reversal into Switchback 1, checking out the run to Switchback 2, and adding a bit to the exit of that corner as well. Once we get that done, we shall venture down the trail checking everything.
The map shows where the start is, North Face is in RED.
Right by the T3/Trickle falls sign..
Lunch, tools and hilarious behaviour are all provided for you, and we will be there from 10am. Drop in all day, for 10 minutes or just to say hello.
Bring your bike !
Cheers Rob, Makara Peak Supporters
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Here is a report I would normally put on the makarapeak.org.site, but it is unreachable at the moment
Adding and also taking away!
Today about ten people attacked switchbacks 3 and 4, and made lots of useful changes to the nearby single-track. Nearly every part of the trail had something removed, changed or extended vertically or horizontally.
A previous narrow rocky corner is now a wider, allowing a faster run into a bermed sweeper, which runs into a fast banked right hand kink, the out into the open, along to a bit of step up, then a bomb into the bermed left hander, steaming out to a small rise with an optional drop into the bermed right hander, through a few wiggles and over mound ( potential air) into a dip, then up over a banked corner into a left/right/left/right combination over quite a rise. Simple really !
Thanks again to those who dropped in throughout the day as well, and hopped off their bike to help out.
We ran out of motivation about 4 when a cold breeze arrived, but a great day indeed. Legends all
The toight rocky corner before:
wider banked rocky happiness
And the exit being attacked…
Back breaking stuff!
Much dirt was mined from the following bermed sweeper
dirt was taken away..
And used on the first switchback, which at first looked like this:
Later in the day it was very spanky indeed:
Fettling the short run between the corners, which featured a rise with rock. This is now a ride with small step down:
A wee step down over the existing rock was cleaned up
Which then sends the rider right into the second switchback, which was extensively remodelled
the second corner was sculped in way that was, different to before!
Through a few small wiggles and then we have a rise, with the possibility of air for those in the mood:
new dirt was added!
And the following corner was banked to allow a fast entry:
Nice in-sloping :D
We could spend a wee bit more time chipping the rock on the first corner, but next Saturday (yep Easter Saturday) we can wind our way down towards the next pair of switchies, tinkering with a camber, here, slightly realigning a corner there, making more of a roller somewhere else as we go. Good times .
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