Mountain Bike Rides
When you join the North Canterbury Cycling Club you get exclusive access to the private forest lands of Ashley, Mt Thomas and Okuku. Fantastic riding dirt roads, single tracks, no traffic, great scenery and great mates to ride with. Even a private single track at Forestdale below Mt Thomas. The local Ashley River Rakahuri track developed by ECANZ with the assistance of NCCC is available for both walkers and bikers.
For serious mountain rides we are near Mt Grey, Mt Richardson, Mt Thomas, and Mt Karetu plus the amazing Blowhard single track to the top of Mt Richardson. If 1,000m climbs and serious blasts down are your scene this club is for you.
Ashley Forest a private forest managed by Rayonier Matariki. The North Canterbury Cycle Club has organised access by permit. By being a NCCC club member and Forest Permit Holder, you get weekly reports on you are able to access the forest, any road closures, dangers or events that may impact access.
We have maps for sale. They're printed on A4 size water and tear resistant fabric. $5 each.
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MTB Captains report to date.
The last couple of monts have been business as usual for the MTB section Evening riding conditions have been very favourable with only a few nights unsuitable. It has also been great to see new members coming out to join some of the regular riders to explore what tracks are available in the district.
Other Local Rides
Poulter River Track
This ride can be done in a day or an overnite stay at the Casey or Poulter hut. The ride one way to the Poulter Hut is 27kms. Grade 2-3 conditions , reasonable fitness required.
There are many route choices in the Craigieburn Forest Park and offers good riding and great views over the Castle hill area. For example the Hogs Back and Sidle 73 tracks, the upgrade/reroute of the Dracophyllum Flat track, and the construction of the Coal Pit Spur track. These four tracks constitute the Craigieburn Trail, 24km of single-track with a couple of short linking sections of ski-field road from Flock Hill to Castle Hill. Generally considered to be intermediate grade 3.
This has been the venue for some competitive racing. The route can start at the start of the Okuku Pass at the end of the Lowburn road and end at Oxford township. This trip may require 4WD backup as the ride is about 75kms long. Travel arrangements would need to be worked out to get back to vehicles at the start along Quarry road.
The ride in from View hill to the saddle is Intermediate grade 3 to Advanced/Grade 4. A loop from Oxford over to lees valley, Wharfedale Hut, Wharfedale Saddle and return via View Hill is a 5-7hour ride. Very good fitness required. This track has had some major upgrade work done on it recently.
Ashley Forest Initiation Rides
Ashley forest offers many cycling routes with varying degrees of difficulty within the forest over mostly gravel roads. The club has been involved in developing some single tracks for the more adventurous. Intermediate grade 3.
Double Fence Line (Port Hills)
A steep start to this adventure around the Port Hills above Little river. Great views. Approximately 5 hours of riding. Intermediate grade, Good fitness required.
St James Cycleway
One of the Great rides, the St James offers easy to intermediate riding in a fantastic mix of high country and river views. It's about 65kms long with several huts choices along the route if overnighting.
Christchurch's Port Hills
Multiple ride possibilities catering for all riding abilities. Many single tracks available along with road and 4WD tracks. The Christchurch City Council puts out a brochure on its city and port hills riding areas otherwise check out this website. All grades of riding to suit all ranges of fitness available.
Little River Rail Trail
This is a flat easy going grade 1 ride from Motukarara to Little river of 22kms or 44kms if you choose to return the same way.
Ashley River Stopbank Rides
Multiple rides of varying lengths including the Rakahuri tracks reformed since the big wind and along the stopbanks to Waikuku. Grade 2
Forestdale, Mt Thomas
Note: Forestdale single track currently closed. This is formed single track thru private forested area near the start of the Mt Thomas walking tracks and is a great training ground for all experiences. Intermediate grade 3 generally.
Rangiora Pathways and Rakahuri Tracks
An easy going grade 1 ride through the small parks and reserves around Rangiora via interconnecting pathways which can end with a picnic stop near the Ashley river or for those wishing to continue, a ride through the old forest tracks of the Rakahuri forest which was destroyed by the 2012 winds. This is a family oriented ride which could be customised to suit those attending. Perhaps an advert in the local newspaper to attract the wider community would be advantageous for this event.