Hawke’s Bay has a fantastic climate, great food and wine destinations combined with some stunning riding destinations.
From road riding circuits, to a huge network of dedicated cycle/walking pathways across the bay, to the fantastic PanPac Eskdale Mountain Bike Park with 80km of trails, it is a cycling paradise.
Reflected in this is the fact that the local clubs are some of the strongest and largest in New Zealand, hosting some great events.
If you are interested in joining the lycra set for some great training rides you will have no shortage of riding terrain, from the flat vineyard covered Heretaunga plains to the challenging rolling countryside of the surrounding ranges.
For a spot of racing go check out www.ramblers.co.nz to see their latest race program. If you are in town around October consider bringing your bike and entering the Tour of the Bay.
The 110k ride is part of the Rabodirect Recreational Ranking series for the fit ones, with courses ranging down to the 10k Funride – something for Grandparents, parents and kids!
If your tastes are more for the off road pursuits and exploring, bring your Mountain bike or hire one, purchase a visitor permit or HTMTB membership and go explore some of the wide ranging, well-marked tracks at the Club’s dedicated mountain bike park.
The views on Ledge Track back to Napier are stunning and well worth the hill climbing involved. Or check out the Hawke’s Bay BMX Club if you are interested in jumping, pumping and racing.
For those who prefer more leisurely riding there is still plenty on offer. Check out our Rotary Pathways, with maps and cycle hire info found at Visitor Info Centres. A favourite Sunday ride is a 30k loop, mostly off road on limestone or concrete pathways circling Napier.
From Pettigrew Green Arena, Taradale head down beside the river, on the rotary pathway to the sea and then head along the foreshore to Napier, around to the port of Ahuriri, stunning!
All of this is on the dedicated Rotary Pathway, away from traffic, shared between cyclists and walkers only – heaven!
At Ahuriri, just of the boardwalk stop off at ‘Milk and Honey’ for a latte treat before heading towards Park Island, again using road and pathways where you can, back to Taradale.
The Rotary Pathway networks link into the National Cycleway and its expanding network covers most of Hawke’s Bay. It is a great way to safely explore and hunt out local food/wine delights by bike, often following the many beautiful rivers flowing to the sea.
Don’t be surprised to see many local people cycling to and from work. You may see old ‘Deco’ styled bikes riding around Napier, Havelock North and Hastings cities.
With an active Hawke’s Bay “Frocks on Bikes” group, woman from around the Bay are enjoying cycling every day.
Often seen at local events or weekends this group embraces cycling in ‘heals’ and ‘frocks’ and creating a more stylish form of cycling.
Definitely no lycra here and always a coffee and chat involved, check out www.frocksonbikes.org for organised rides during the year.
For any of you who would like to meet some local’s cyclists, who want to show you around these local riding spots check out www.bigbluemtb.com and join up.
These guys and gals love cycling and sharing their local knowledge – so come join them and they can show you their favourite rides in Hawke’s Bay. Looking foward to seeing you soon.
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