Nelson Mountain Bike Club member Loui Harvey enjoying the scene over Nelson. Photo: Sven Martin.

Mountain Bike club gets trail boost

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Nelson Mountain Biking Club has had a welcome boost to their trail building efforts thanks to a $36,000 grant from the New Zealand Community Trust.

The money will go towards helping build a bike trail in Maitai Valley. The grant is part of New Zealand Community Trust’s latest round, which dished out almost $60,000 to the Nelson region.

Club administrator Belinda Crisp says the money is earmarked for a trail around Groom Creek aimed at beginners and intermediate riders.

The trail will end at the proposed new hub near the Maitai Valley Campground.

“Construction is subject to resource consent, which is currently being processed,” says Belinda.

She says the club is working with Ngati Koata and Tasman Pine Forests in regard to a formal access agreement for the land.

“If it all aligns then the plan is for the track to start construction later this year.”

Belinda says part of the terms of the grant is that the money needs to be used within three months, and if things don’t come together by October then they could lose it but will apply for an extension period.

NMTBC has submitted an area-wide resource consent which will cover new trails on Nelson City Council and Ngati Koata owned land including Fringed Hill and Sharlands/Hira Forest.

Belinda says there are more than 10 new trails planned in the 10-year strategy plan for the club.

“We’re super excited that we’ve been given a huge grant from NZCT and look forward to developing such a fantastic community asset in here in Nelson.”