The Wainuiomata Trail Project (WTP) has a new committee member, Max Pickering. Not only is he their youngest member at just sixteen years old, he is extremely passionate about the park and wants everyone to give it a go.
“Waiu Park, set in the hills overlooking Wainuiomata, offers walkers and riders a network of 18 trails. Whether you’re out for a leisurely stroll, new to mountain biking, looking for a family-friendly skills area, or on the hunt for a gut-busting uphill or technical downhill training route there’s something to suit all ages and abilities” says Max.
He got on a bike for the first time at just three years old and has been mountain biking the thirteen years since, loving every minute of it. His passion for mountain biking and Waiu Park spurred him into joining the WTP committee this year, wanting to give back to the park and have a say in its future. He sure is achieving this by starting to plan a jump trail to help progress the park. Wainuiomata Trail Project (WTP), with support from Hutt City Council, are responsible for maintaining and developing the trails in the park.
“Waiu Park provides a great way to explore our local ridges, valleys and native bush! Make your way along 4WD tracks and firebreaks, weave through native bush and wetlands, or cross streams and take in 360-degree views over the region, our local Waiu Park tracks are extremely special.” Max Pickering.
Max’s family has always had mountain bikes and would go for family rides at WTP when he was little. He suggests that for anyone wanting to get into mountain biking to try and find someone you know that rides so they can show you the beginner trails, WTP is a great place to start! However, for anyone with a bit of experiene Max’s favourite trail is the Beeline because it has a bit of everything.
Dirk Skagen, WTP committee president agrees “we have something for everyone at Waiu Park and it is very compact. You can do natural tech or flow trails within about two to three kilometres from each other. We love to see regulars using the tracks and trails but what makes us really excited is to see new people coming and experiencing the Park. My favourite way to use the park is riding Freewheel. I love rocks and I like the way it dares me to go faster, it’s just begging me for creative line choices and wheel flicking goodness.”
Waiu park is such an asset to Lower Hutt and the quality of the tracks and trails which we all get to enjoy is a credit to the WTP committee.