Bike trail and beer match
“Off camber” days lead to a bike trail and craft brew: a match made in Petone
Years spent hacking out a new Belmont Regional Park mountain bike trail prompted a local rider and brewery owner to honour the new track with new ale. A teeth clenching mountain bike trail deserved a track-themed, locally brewed beer, right?
Finishing with a stunning rock drop and designed for ‘hardy, advanced’ riders, the grade 5 Off Camber Daze trail is the Park’s latest attraction, providing plenty of roots, chutes and switchbacks for 800m downhill through native bush. And the new addition is so fresh it’s yet to be uploaded to trail sites.
After helping build the track alongside other Belmont Area Mountain Bike Association (BAMBA) volunteers, Petone-based Baylands Brewery co-owner Steve Young believed completing the trail would likely leave riders ready for a top drop of ale.
His hazy, pale ale blend of Taiheke, Nelson Sauvin and Riwaka hops, Off Camber Haze, was launched in 2019 as a Belmont Area Mountain Bike Association (BAMBA) fundraiser at local bar, Queen of Jackson.
BAMBA head and Korokoro resident, Dan Forster, says Steve and his son Jamie are trail working bee regulars who joined around 20 other volunteers at weekends and sometimes after work over two years to build the trail.
“We’re really proud of our trail craftsmanship, and to have it represented in a local beer is awesome,” he says.
To create the trail amongst its wider network BAMBA has received a materials grant from Trail Fund, and Greater Wellington Regional Council also chipped in with material and time.
Staff from local companies provided labour on volunteer days, and visitors from trail build company Dirt Mechanics also worked on the track while holidaying from Oregon, Dan says.
At 3500 hectares Belmont Regional Park is Wellington’s largest regional park. Stretching from Wellington Harbour to Haywards Hill and Porirua, the park includes farm land, native bush and peaks of up to 456m. Visitors to the park can explore hilly bike trails, trek horse bridle ways and walk amongst historic bunkers and old town water supplies.
Riders can fine tune their skills on a pump track found at the end of Stratton Street before exploring the network of trails within the park. Afterwards of course, it’s only right to pick up a brew or two from Bayland’s Victoria Street brewery to relax with over a meal.