Bikers take to latest trail with relish

Last updated 12:00 21/06/2014
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AFTER THE CEREMONY: City councillor Tim Skinner rides the new Widdershins mountainbike track, which was opened yesterday.

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Nelson's newest mountainbike track might encourage anti-clockwise riding but its construction went like clockwork, completed on time and within budget.

Widdershins (a term used in the Scottish lowlands for travelling anti-clockwise or leftwards) was launched yesterday by a selection of riders.

The track links the top of Glider Rd with the start of the Involution Trail through the Marsden Valley and Barnicoat Range.

Six Nayland College students, Nelmac designers, Nelson Mountain Bike Club members, Nelson City Council representatives and members of the public started either half way up the valley, or rode from the top of the trail.

Councillor Tim Skinner cut the ribbon.

The trail was built in eight weeks.

Skinner credited the efforts of Nelmac, especially conservation ranger and track designer Ian Phillips, the council and the Nelson Mountain Bike Club. Nelmac conservation ranger Ben Pointer, operations manager Mike Gafa and team leader David Newton were all there.

Also present was Nelson Mountain Bike Club president Paul Jennings.

Year 12 Nayland College student Rocky Smith, who rode the uphill section of the track, said it looked like a lot of time and hard work had been put into it.

Smith is a keen mountain biker who is able to gain NCEA level two credits through mountainbiking as part of outdoor education.

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