Top-class track a boon for bikers
If you think there is nothing for the kids to do in Kaikoura, why not come along to the Scarborough St bike track next Saturday, February 2 to see for yourself what can be done with some hard work and a few spare hours.
The dirt jump track is hidden from view behind the trees on the old tar depot site but once you get behind the trees you will be amazed at the dedication of the local bike brigade who have been toiling to create the masterpiece which could put Kaikoura on the map for some very positive reasons.
The brains behind the work, Quinn Nicholls, says the plan is to expand the existing track, complete with some pretty mean-looking jumps, until it is up there with the best in the South Island. He has just returned from a five-day trip around central Otago with a group of young local bikers, checking out the top tracks and riding more than 12 hours a day, and he says the Kaikoura track is getting some interest from as far afield as Wanaka, with other bikers on the circuit keen to hear how it is coming along.
"We have got big dreams for this place - we want it to be the number three track in the South Island, which would make it number three in New Zealand."
It already boasts an international-size jump with an eight-foot high take-off allowing for a jump of more than 20 feet through the air. While this may not be for the faint-hearted, Quinn is really excited about the prospect of so many talented bikers being given the chance to improve to this level.
But the aim is not to appeal to the advanced bikers only - the site has jumps and ramps to suit all ages, from children on training wheels up. Now he wants to get the community involved to help make the track a real asset for the town. He will be approaching local businesses over the next week or so looking for sponsorship, and hopes to encourage plenty of entries on the day.
There will be competitions to suit most age groups: under-12, under-16, seniors, and 30 and over. On top of that there will be a young gun/old dog tag team event for parents and kids to combine their talents. Spot prizes will be on offer, as well as certificates and times.
A sausage sizzle, tunes and MC for the event should ensure a great afternoon's entertainment for both riders and spectators.
Under-12s and under-16s will enter by way of a gold coin donation and entry for seniors and adults will be $5.
All money raised will go towards the development of the track. Plans for the winter include completing the second pump track and building some competition dirt jumps.
The pump and jump jam will start at 4pm on Saturday, February 2 and run for a couple of hours.