Feilding Herald : March 8th 2012
9 THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012 NEWS when you shop at Take Note! SAVE 4¢ when you spend $25 per litre at BP or Caltex* SAVE 10¢ per litre at BP or Caltex* when you spend $50 Not an AA Smartfuel Cardholder? Get your card at the counter today, FREE! SAVE on fuel p 9 Goodbehere Street • Feilding 323 6442 4094271AA brighten up your desk Funky E26 Stapler and Staples Half strip. Includes 1000 26/6 staples. Assorted colours. 7313468540159 Glue Stick 35g 8802946000357 Bostik Blu”Ta ck 75g 9310492000459 Funky Hole Punch 2 hole punch. 10 sheet capacity. Assorted colours. 7313461628151 $1199 each $249 each $799 each save 50% save 20% hot price $499 each save 25% Young gun can hold his own Stepping up to Elite grade has been tough for local teenage mountain biker Mathew Waghorn. At 18 years old Waghorn has plenty of tough and seasoned com- petitors in this grade. There have been a number of international riders out here to take advantage of the UCI points on offer. First up for this season was the National Championships in Nelson where he was placed 9th out of a high class field of 28 riders. The following day was the short course Eliminator event. Waghorn made his way through the heats to face off against New Zealand top cross country race Anton Cooper in the final. He had a good start and was able to hold off Cooper to take the title. Although disappointed with the cross country event results he was pretty stoked with the short course Eliminator title. Waghorn has raced two of the four rounds of the NZ MTB XC Cup. In Wellington he started strong but lost pace in the last two laps for the tough and technical course to finish in 13th place. He now has two weeks of hard training sessions including the Karapoti, New Zealand s longest running mountain bike event, lead- ing up to the big event for his New Zealand campaign, the Oceania Championships to be held in Rotorua. By then he hopes to have done enough to earn a spot in the New Zealand Team to race in Under 23 for the 2012 World Championships. Club's long and short of it Thrill seeking: Ross Murray, president and trail guru extraordinaire, enjoys his handy work. Photos: RAEWYN KNIGHT By BY RAEWYN KNIGHT The Feilding Ranfurly MTB trails are developing in small increments with the hard work put in by the Manawatu Mountain Bike Club trail builders. With around 4.5km of single track built or marked out across the area, it is a good additional riding area for the district. The area situated on the old Feilding landfill on Ranfurly Rd is open to the public at all times. It is a great place to get away from the traffic and enjoy a good off-road ride without having to go too far from home. The club recently had the oppor- tunity to show the area to a profes- sional MTB trail builder from Roto- rua who was in the area to advise trail builders for the Arapuke trail development near Palmerston North. He was very impressed with the trail progress to date at Ran- furly and excited about the potential for the area. He gave some invaluable advice for further devel- opment which will be taken on board by the local trail crew over the next few months. There are two courses marked out with arrows and signage saying Long course or Short course . The short course option misses out most of the more technical and uphill trail sections and is suitable for most riders. The long course includes everything built to date and does include plenty of climbing and technical sections. The recently completed berms and table-top jump section is a hit with riders and even rideable by younger members. The Manawatu Mountain Bike Club runs weekly skills sessions at the park on Tuesdays at 5.30pm. These are suitable for any rider wanting to learn to ride a mountain bike, to develop their riding skills further or for company for regular training. There is no cost. The last of the summer MTB series has been rescheduled to be run at the park on Thursday, March 15. Recreational and Under-13 riders ride the short course for 30 and 20 mins respectively and all other age-grades ride the long course for 45mins, plus one more lap. Most riders manage 2-3 laps for their ability. Registration is from 6pm, races start at 7pm. Only $5pp. If you would like to learn more about local MTB events or get involved in trail development, check out website www.mmbc.co.nz or www.facebook.com/Manawatu MountainBikeClub or phone Colin/ Raewyn 323 5230 (skills), or Ross 323 3288 (trail development).
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