ODB Mountain Biking


The Onslow Dirt Babies (ODB’s) meet each Saturday morning at 8:30am at various mountain bike track locations around the region 

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The introduction of more user friendly and easily accessible mountain bike tracks in Wellington have rekindled the rush of riding on wonderful purpose built single tracks without the white knuckled danger of years gone by. Check out some photos of recent rides

The aim is to offer an alternative to compliment the parent Onslow Cycling group for such events as Lake Taupo Mountain Bike Challenge on the same day as the 160km road ride, or simply an alternative to keep your interest in cycling fresh on a weekly basis. Other multi day away trips will also be planned.

We have a very simple ethos.

    • Single Track is the aim.
    • Four Wheel Drive track is considered “Emergency Exit Only”
    • Tar Seal is for Sunday unless it’s on the way to get our coffee.
    • We stick together, fastest first, slowest second last, with an experienced rider sweeping up.
    • Use Easy and Intermediate Tracks. Advanced Tracks can be by individual or group arrangement.
    • Regular regrouping at track intersections.
    • Riders must be competent and self-sufficient (tubes, tools, hydration, food, etc.).
    • You don’t mind being called Dirty.

How to Keep up

Keep an eye out on the main OC web site training schedule for where each ride will be or join the MTB email group

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What to Expect

There is always a post ride coffee nearby

Makara Peak, Wrights Hill, Polhill and Wainui are the most frequent venues with a great selection of tracks for all abilities and some variety offered by simply riding different track combos. The weather also changes things, dirt one week and mud the next.

We’ve a wide range of rider skill and experience on the rides, everything from Karapoti Classic Veterans to Age Group National Champions to Weekend Warriors to Four Wheel Drive Track Newbies. The great thing is the better riders are there to coax the less experienced ones with great tips and advice.

We ride Hard tails, Soft tails, Twenty-Nniners, Twenty-Sixers, and the one in between, use SPDs, Flatties, Dropper posts, Tubeless, and try and avoid pinch flats and face p lant. 


Too wet to ride?

Try these indoor trainer routines


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Later in the year we will be focusing on training for the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge MTB options

 Contact Huka Challenge 85Km

Click here for the Strava segmented the Huka for your analysis.


 Contact Huka Steamer 60km

 Contact Huka Cruisers 35km


Contact Huka MTB Cruiser 35km        
Bib # Event First Name Last Name Gender Division Time Gear 2016 Comment
8763 35 Richard Chiu Male 35-44 2:22:24 OTB  
        1 Average 2:22:24    
Contact Huka MTB Steamer 60km        
Bib # Event First Name Last Name Gender Division Time Gear 2016 Comment
8306 85 Philip Orchard Male 60-69 4:39:53 ODB 1st in M60-69
8006 60 James Betteridge Male 60-69 4:39:55 ODB 2nd in M60-69
8128 60 Peter Bares Male 45-54 5:01:57 OTB  
        3 Average 4:47:15    
Contact Huka MTB Challenge 85km        
Bib # Event First Name Last Name Gender Division Time Gear 2016 Comment
7008 85 David Comans Male 45-54 5:47:56 OTB  
7013 85 Sheila Hart Female 35-44 6:07:22 ODB  



Philip Orchard and Slipper


Below the Steamer team - more photos of 2015 OTB Taupo MTB team

2015 Taupo MTB 1

Mountain biking the Old Ghost Road

Check out Mike's ride report


Mike & Honey Ride

Ride report by David Lloyde





Useful Links on where to go

Maps of rides  click here to got to Trailforks, the best little MTB ride map around


Wellington region MTB trail maps and data 

Makara Peak MTB Park 

Belmont Regional Park MTB trails

Wainuiomata MTB Park project 



What tyre Pressure?

What to carry on your MTB ride 

Global Mountain Bike Network

Check out this great site for the everything you ever wanted to know and more, including Top 10 Skills,  How to...,  60 sec expert and the "The Dirt Shed Show"...essential viewing for any real MTBer

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Get the skills to get the thrills and avoid the spills

Learn some Essential Mountain Biking Skills ..click photo for a 35min tutorial 


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Don't Try this at Home

who needs clip on shoes  or gloves!!

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 Danny Macaskill - Industrial Revolutions

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