Submitted by Melissa Franklin
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Check the Hawkes Bay Mountain Bike Club website as a lot of the forest in the mountainbike park is currently closed.
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This is call "fling" because its a nice little introduction to the Eskdale MTB park. Remember to buy a vistors permit ($10) from any bike shop in the bay or the four square in Bayview. You can also get a yearly membership if your prefer, but the permit gives you 3 weeks access. You can also get a map of the park if you need to help with navigation.
From the start at Waipunga Rd run straight up the shingle road and head for Blink, Barley and Twoman tracks. These are followed by Bypass and a short shingle road section to the bottom of Lower Magog. Continue up Lower Magog until Thistle which joins Bolt. Bolt will exit on to the shingle road, turn left and run the road until a track (Merv's) starts on your right. Follow this track until it exits by the tanks. Head up the road past the tanks to find DH link track. Run this track and find Blink and it will exit you back on to the road, run back to gate.
Features of interest
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 95%
Gravel Road: 5%
Waipunga Road off State Highway 5. Drive over bridge and just past it you should see gate going up to forest on your right.
Parking on side of road. I wouldn't leave valuables in you car.
Just look for signs and you should be right
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Cold in forest in winter. Muddy when wet.
Look for fallen branches an pine cones as well as the odd MTB rider!
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