The Waikari Creek tracks are now shingled, and sheltered from the weather. Beginners, including small children on mini bikes, can roll around the Redwood Loop while intermediates riders can take on Weir Two, Slytherin, and a new trail that is tentatively named ‘The Screamer’.
With the completion of the ‘Big Easy’ climbing track in 2011, Signal Hill is no longer the exclusive domain of downhillers, dirt jumpers and 4X riders. Cross country riders wanting to go on an off road adventure can also take on "The Hill".
The AOK Social Riders are officially my favourite part of the Dunedin mountain bike scene. Every Saturday afternoon, up to 60 riders meet and explore back roads, forests and mountain bike tracks around Dunedin. The rides are free, everyone is welcome and the chat over refreshments at a café or bar afterwards is an essential part of the afternoon.
You can almost guarantee, that if I'm not heading out on a hike, next Saturday afternoon I'll be cranking the pedals AOK riders and exploring another part of Dunedin.