Hawke’s Bay Mountain Biking Club had its official opening of the Taradale Dirt Park at midday Sunday May 3rd. The official opening was completed by local MP Chris Tremain, cutting the tyre tube ribbon, accompanied by Chairperson of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Alan Dick and Napier Deputy Mayor Kathy Furlong.
The new dirt track was built by Hawke’s Bay Mountain Biking Club with assistance of Pub Charity funding and is open to public to use all year round. This beginner to intermediate track has been built on land situated across the Rotary Pathway from Pettigrew Green Arena and Sport Hawke’s Bay. The new facility is located on land kindly donated by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and is proving very popular with local kids.
Three sixties had to be the trick of the day at the Taradale Dirt Park Opening, the best ones landed and the rest bailed! Guest MC Fred Christensen explained to local councillors and several hundred spectators some of the aspects of the fascinating world of Dirt Jumping.
Local Hawke’s Bay Mountain Bike Club riders Tom Beaton and Matt Knox stepped up to the mark and spectacularly threw themselves repeatedly off the steep starting ramp. The local boys put on a show to inspire the younger riders and then it was the turn for all those waiting to have a turn riding their bikes over the jumps.
Approximately 50 riders from 3yrs and above then had turns showing their skills, before the ‘trick’ competition started. Fred Christenson, cycling guru had the crowd entertained by his insightful commentaries on some of the more technical and interesting terms for dirt jump tricks. With music supplied by The Edge Roadrunner, some great air being made and a few spills, it certainly kept the crowd impressed and made for an entertaining afternoon at the new Taradale Dirt Park.
For more photos and details about Taradale Dirt Park check out highlights on http://www.hawkesbaymtb.co.nz.