MTB coaching April 12th – book your place!

This year we have 5 MTB coaching sessions. Each event will cater for complete beginners, novices and intermediate riders. The topics will change each time (except the beginner session) but there will be an element of flex depending on who comes along!

SESSION 1 : April 12th (register below)

Where: Woodhill  – location

When: 9am, Saturday  April 12th

Sessions on offer: 

Beginners: “An introduction to mountain biking” see below for details

Novice: ” Riding position and Balance and control”. This session is all about getting you into good habits to master the trails. Body position is key, knowing when and where to position yourself on a bike will transform your riding. Run by Royce and Jason

Intermediates “Mountain biking for roadies (and others)” – This is for you roadies out there! Come an find out if falling on the trails hurts more or less than falling on the road. Experience the freedom of riding without bib shorts, umm… actually it is more about learning tips, tricks and skills needed to switch disciplines and to get you thinking about getting those shaved legs on to the trails and into a race, this is also a good session for intermediate MTB’ers who what to learn a few skills. This session will be followed by an argument in car park about wheel size.

You will need to let us know if you’re coming on April 12th – just use the really subtle “Register now” button below, it’s that big red button, yes that one…

Register now


Next coaching events

  • Sat 14th June
  • Sat 9th August
  • Sat 4th October
  • Sat 15th November
What group is right for you?

Beginner – Never ridden a mountain bike before,just bought you first MTB or managed to borrow one for the weekend and wondering which which end goes in front? Then this is for you. These sessions are for the total beginner. They will look at the basics of MTB’ing.  The aim is to get you feeling confident to venture off the tarmac and on to the trails.  We expect that you will only do this session once. This will run at every coaching session numbers dependent.

Novices – You have ridden a few times and are happy having a go on the trails, but you still have to get off and walk more than you would like.  You have never considered things such as body position when riding, or how to enter and exit corners or brake properly. Small drop offs, basic woodwork and steep sections scare you a little, but you’d like to learn. You might be thinking about purchasing your first item of lycra or at least thinking about ditching the paint covered shorts for something a little more stylish and with more padding  – Does this sound like you? Then this is your group

Intermediates – OK, so you’ve riden quite a bit, you’ve maybe entered a race or are starting to think about it. You can hold your on on the trail, but every now an then you think;  “well I got down, but I know I could have done it better, faster or smoother”. Do you want to learn some advanced moves so you can corner better, ride drop offs with style rather than luck, maybe you’re thinking about spending more time in the air mastering your jumping – then these are the sessions for you. Oh and you’ve probably got an opinion on wheel size.

Each session will be tailored according to who turns up, but we will try and keep true the level of ability. If you’re not sure come along a bit earlier and we can make sure you are in the right group.

Happy trails, see you there.

Club Deal with Gloworm Lights – Until 19th March

Once again Jafakids has secured a HUGE deal with Gloworm lights that the whole club can take advantage of. This is a fantastic deal and a number of club members use the X1 on their helmet for mtbing and totally endorse it. X2 is more suited to handlebars. Deal closes on Wednesday 19th March.

Gloworm X1 – RPP is $249 – Club deal is $180!

Gloworm X2 -RRP is $329 – Club deal is $240!

Check out the details at:

To order please following the instructions below:

– Deposit the right amount into the JAFAKIDS account: ASB Bank 12 3085 0471250 00

– Email Jude Harris with your order and cc in Gerard Krishnan

It is expected that the lights will be available on the first Wednesday after daylight savings. Big thanks to Gerard for coordinating this great opportunity!





Preliminary results are now up. Please take a look as there is likely to be a few mistakes. When large bunches came over the finish together, we got times but didn’t manage to see all your numbers.

The main concern is getting your placing correct as your two placings combined form your overall points…lowest points wins. Times will just become important if we have a tie with the scores.

To all Masters Men in the 2nd bunch, don’t worry, I have reduced your times by 30 seconds in order to do the overall Masters Men placings.

Please email me at if you feel something isn’t right.

Results are here: King & Queen of the Cog 2014 PRELIM RESULTS

Sarah (… with tired eyes cursing that manual timing sucks)


Final Event Info

Thanks for registering for “King & Queen of the Cog”, we’re looking forward to having you! Here’s some final event info/reminders for you:


Road Race – Thursday 6 March

* Parking is at Kumeu Community Hall

* Toilets & changing rooms available in hall, no cleats inside please!

* Registration 5pm-5:30pm + goodies pick up

* Compulsory briefing 5:45pm

* Race start 6pm in age category waves, starting 30 seconds apart (some may be combined if low numbers)

* No aid station

* Please join us after the race for a quick drink at The Fireplace in Kumeu shops to check out your time, placing and to have a yarn about the mtb race on Saturday. Also a good time to ask any questions about the course. They are providing free hot chips for us and it’s a regular club hangout so they are used to full lycra-clad people in jandals 🙂


A few rules for the road race which will be reiterated at the briefing:

* All road rules must be obeyed as it is an open road

* No going over the centre line

* Only 2 abreast

* Kept as far left on the road as is safe

* Must wear a helmet in accordance with NZ safety standards

* Bike must be in road worthy condition

* Listen and obey all marshals out on the course


MTB Race – Saturday 8 March

* Event base is in the picnic area, drive right on through the first forest gates then turn left

* Registration 8am – 8:30am

* Compulsory briefing 8:45am

* Race start 9am (mass start)

* One aid station at 9km mark with water and lollies, or leave your own fuel there prior

* Prize-giving and spot prizes soon after the last person comes over the line; approx 12 noon

* There will be no refreshments available to buy at the event base and no shops nearby, so bring drinks/food to keep you going


New Age Categories

We have decided to combine some race categories to better reflect participant numbers as follows.


Open (any age can enter this)

Masters 40+


Also, can anyone give a competitor a lift to the mtb race from Avondale? If so, please email me or leave a message on the event Facebook page.


See you all soon! And it’s not too late to register online if your mates want to tag along…


Sarah Natac

021 278 9726

MTB Race Start Time CHANGED to 9am

Hi all,

Due to a double booking of the forest we need to change the mtb race start time to 9am. Luckily the double booking was with our friends over at the NW Orienteering Club, so we have worked together to organise for our event to move forward by 1hr and their event will move out until slightly later.

This reminds me that I must say a big thank you to Rayoniers (who run the forest) for their support by allowing us free access to the forest for our sport.


P.s. – Don’t forget to register please! Hoping to have 50 cycle enthusiasts on the start line 🙂