New Picton trail challenge for junior mountainbikers
Trailblazing Marlborough kids have a brand new mountain bike track.
The Picton Junior Mountain Bike track opens on September 22 and is aimed at primary aged children and beginner riders.
The track has been designed and built with the help of Picton Trails in the pine forest at the back of Queen Charlotte College on land owned by the school.
Entry to the park is alongside the college, 50 metres from the Port Marlborough Pavilion car park. The gate for the park was donated by the Picton Flower Ladies.
Track organiser Glen Richardson said the project had been in the works for the last two years. He said he wanted to provide a more challenging site to bridge the gap between the simpler mountain biking tracks and the expert trails.
"It all started with Picton Trails member John Pickering who helped build the mountain bike tracks for more adult riders. I wanted to see something like that for young riders," Richardson said.
"The problem with the kids' tracks now is that they were not challenging enough for young riders to train for the harder trails."
Richardson said the new network of trails offered something for both kids and parents.
"The kids can have fun, and the parents can chill out. There's plenty of parking and picnic tables for the adults to enjoy. And the tracks are very safe for the kids to ride without the parents worrying."
Richardson said the tracks consisted of entry level to more advanced levels of difficulty.
"The 'Time to Go' track is for kids starting out, while the 'Moray Eel' is for riders with more experience," he said.
"We are so grateful for the lend of the land by Queen Charlotte College. It's such a peaceful little spot, and very dry," Richardson said.
"It's a great activity to keep the kids busy. And just in time for the holidays too."
- The Marlborough Express