Mangawhai cyclists of all ages will be well chuffed now that Bike Mangawhai is up and running. Sadie Parker, ex-Olympic level mountain biker, has opened a bike store at 110A Moir Point Road with some great brands for sale (Giant, Avanti and Scott, plus Micro Scooters and all bike accessories), and a workshop. But that’s far from all. Sadie is a passionate biker who is deeply involved in lobbying the Council to put in more biking tracks all over Mangawhai, including one that will link Cove Road with Molesworth Drive along the edge of the estuary. In fact, work has already started on the beginnings of this track, and to get the show on the road, there’s a trackside planting day on September 3rd (all welcome – meet at 1pm at the Museum).
Sadie has also been part of the MAZ (Mangawhai Action Zone) group that has put together one of the best cycle areas around. Behind the Museum there’s not only 4km of excellent mountain bike trails, but a pump track is in the plans too. In case you don’t know what a that is, it’s a track full of lumps, bumps and cambered berms which a rider who knows what they’re is doing can negotiate without pedaling – by using only the impetus of the bike over the bumps. It’s a growing sport with a huge following.
Sadie runs skill sessions every Monday afternoon for kids. There are over 30 children aged 5-14 in couple of different age groups and she teaches them safety, techniques and lots of fun stuff. They even have a club, Mangawhai Rayders Cycle Club. All members ride in a club cycle shirt – “just to make it more like a family,” says Sadie. One of her kids ended up at the Northland School Champs recently and came fifth overall. The club also has 30 adults riding road and mountain-bike twice a week…so there is plenty of organised cycling and coaching in the town. The Rayders are proudly the second biggest cycle club in Northland.
“There are lots of us that just want to make Mangawhai more bike-friendly,” says Sadie. “Over summer it’ll be much better to bike to places – the beach for example. No more parking hassles!” But currently there are no bike racks to leave your bike locked to. Sadie plans to change that… more power to her wheels!
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