Bike track open after repair work

Tidying up and a checking out the new bridge on the loop track near State Highway 1 are Mountain Bike Ashburton members Graham Russell (left) and James Reid.

Riders are enjoying the Allenton mountain bike track again after a big clean up effort by volunteers.

Big sections of the track were damaged and covered in silt after a severe flood at the end of May.

The 11.5km MTB loop track runs parallel with the Ashburton River and from Melrose Road to Trevors Road.

The section from the State Highway 1 bridge to Trevors Road was cleared by volunteer labour in late June, but the bigger section in Allenton has taken longer to clean up.

Mountain Bike Ashburton president James Reid said club volunteers had put in hundreds of hours of work to get the track back open for the biking community.

ranging from 22 tonnes to 1.7 tonnes, had been used and there had been plenty of shovelling as well.

Mr Reid said some sections were still a little rougher than before the flood, but the track was running well and feedback had been very positive.

The track included a new elevated section that runs from the skills park to the Tinwald bridge, he said.

“We were about to open that section when the flood came, but luckily for us it escaped any damage.”

The new section now meant the bike track was totally separate from the river walkway track in Allenton, which was aimed at walkers, runners and dog walkers.

The track work has been supported with $5000 grant from the Mayoral Relief Fund and $5000 from Ashburton District Council, which has committed $10,000 per year for 10 years to support the work of Ashburton Hakatere River Trail committee groups.