Archives for January 2013

Club Family Fun Day – Waitangi Day

Club family fun day is on this Waitangi Day – Wednesday 6th February at Sanders Reserve, Albany/Paremoremo . A fun event for the whole family; cyclist and non-cyclists, young to old, bring them all. The day will include bunch rides, mtbing, pump track fun, classic kiwi kids relay games (for adults too) and a BBQ lunch. Read on for further info and RSVP details.

Bunch rides: Bunch rides will leave from Avantiplus Waitakere at 9:30am (all levels) for an easy ride up to Albany aiming to arrive at about 11am. There will be a van to take your day bags up to the reserve.

Mtb rides: Meet in the car park at Sanders Reserve at 9:30am for an explore around the 20km+ of trails at the park aiming to be back at the car park at 11am to rendevous with the roadies.

Everyone else, it would be awesome to see you at the park in the morning. There is a fab pump track for the kids and lots of walks to do around the park along the coast. We’ll aim to all meet around the visitors centre at 11am for some relay games, followed by a BBQ and then a few more games. Look forward to the comedy judge!

RSVP for catering purposes (sausage sizzle plus snacks and drinks) to

$5 per individual adult, or

$10 per family


Bunch Riding this Weekend – 26/27 January

The weather looks stunning.  Time to touch up on your tan?

Saturday 26 Jan – 0800 From Avanti Plus  Waitakere- 35km & 45km Options.  Expect to be back at Avantiplus around 0940.

Sunday 27 Jan – 0730 – From Avanti Plus Waitakere – With the Rev 100 looming up in February its time to make good use of the fine weather and get in a few miles.  Two bunch rides depart at 0730 a longer 70-100km and a shorter 50-60km

For further information on DoC regular Bunch Rides see the “Club Rides” Menu item above.

Thursday Night Race Report

by Tony Kelly

It did not look great as I headed to Kumeu, it had started to drizzle and the wind had started to increase.  It was raining quite hard with some strong gusts of wind , everyone thinking “is it on or off”.

Jeff and Sean had the course all set up so it had to be yes, we are going to ride.

Marshalls sent to their stations and the first two were called to the start line, rain had stopped, wind was still there.  41 starters all finished a little tricky going down Tawa rd with some heavy gusts of wind.
Rex (T REX to some people) put on a great display on how to clean out a road side ditch, then rejoining the race.

Results 1st

  • Robin Page
  • Gary Duff
  • Blake Vela
  • Andrew Poulgram
  • Andrew Brown

Well done Robin he is 15 yrs old.

Se you all on Thursday.


Wed Night MTB Social Ride…

… has officially started again for 2013!

The place to be on Wed night is out riding with fellow mtbers, learning new tricks, letting off steam, pushing your limits, or just cruising after a hard day at work (if you feel like crap, still come along, you’ll feel awesome afterwards – guaranteed!).

The rides are not structured or coached, this is just the direction to head to if you are looking to join up with some cool people and have some fun on your bike. All abilities are welcome as the group just naturally splits based on how people are feeling or what they want to do on the night. There are always plenty of experienced rides and/or people that know the forest well for you to join up with.

Anyone can join the social ride, members and non-members. Meet at Avantiplus Waitakere at 6pm or at the Barlow Rd entrance (off Ararimu Valley Rd)  to Riverhead Forest at 6:30pm. (Note: The social rides moves to night riding at Woodhill Forest after daylight saving finishes – keep an eye on the DOC calender)




SRAM Tour De Ranges – Jan 19 2013

SRAM Tour De Ranges , 19 Jan, 2013.

DoC Riders wishing to Car Pool should meet at Avanti Plus Waitakere at 0615 with a view to departing for the event 0630 latest.  You will need to organise yourselves into vechicles.  As the Shop and the Events centre (Ardmore) are both very close to the motorway departing the shop at 0630 will have you at the event about 0700.  Futher event information is avalibale at the SRAM link above.

8:00am – 110km Elite Men
8:05am – 110km Elite Women
8:15am – All remaining 110km cyclists
8:30am – All 30km cyclists
1:00pm – Awards and Spot Prizes