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Bike riders looking for a challenge will find one at the new Rarangi pump track, next door to the playground on Rarangi Beach Road. Weaving in and out of the pine trees with a view across the sea makes this a scenic place to get some exercise and build up cycling skills.
The track is a joint project between the Marlborough District Council, Rarangi District Residents Association and DOC and is a bike track with a difference – you can pedal it or pump it (pushing and lifting your body to propel the bike over bumps and banked corners).
It can be used by all ages and abilities from three years old and up. You don’t need a special bike but it helps to lower the seat and pump the tyres up hard.
Clr Terry Sloan joined Tua Marina school children in trying it out and soon got the hang of it. “It’s amazing watching the kids and seeing how they improve after just a few times around the circuit. I’m looking forward to bringing my boys out to have a go.”
Rarangi Residents project manager Sarah Gray acknowledged the support of the Council and DOC. “The bike track has taken a few years to plan so it’s great to see it finished and already popular with kids and families.”
“People from all over Marlborough are welcome to come and use it. We just ask that you wear a helmet and please don’t ride the track when it’s wet.”
Sarah says the track cost was kept down thanks to generous support from local companies: Hirequip, Simcox Construction, HEB, Findlater Construction, Nelson Forests Kaituna Sawmill and Ground Effect cycle clothing.