Rameka Open Day – Track Building

Over the previous few days, Jonathan had been hunting around the Project Rameka property for the original Rameka Track bench and finally felt that he’d found the first few hundred metres of it. This track is about 1-metre wide, and must be over a hundred years old. The gradient is perfect for a two-way mountain biking track, so we decided to clear it on the open day.

Several Nelson riders biked over the Rameka to help locals and Wellington cyclists. A big thanks to Peter, Kalvin, Simon, Greg, Andrew, Garry, Dean, Dylan, Barbara, Patrick, Ricky, Corina, Seamus, Murray, and Stu. About 300 metres was cleared and 200 metres also re-benched. It’s looking great.


This photo shows work being done on the historic Rameka Track. The Rameka Road can been seen down on the left. The recently bulldozed track on the right leads up to the Lorax Lair.

After the old track enters the pines, it follows a farm track for 150 metres to a water trough, then disappears. New track will have to be designed from there. We will email everyone before the next work party.

The day ended with saussies and hash browns around a log fire and nicely rounded off with lots of shaggy-dog jokes. Special thanks to Karyn for “How many ears does Davy Crocket have?” Any guesses? You’ll kick yourselves when you hear the answer …

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