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Mountain Biking

Introduction

Auckland Grammar School Mountain Biking has a proud history. The club was started in 1997 and is now the largest school club in Auckland, regularly fielding over 25 competitors in the Auckland Schools competition. Weekly rides are well attended with upwards of 30 riders on a regular weekend. Our focus is cross country but we endeavor to support Enduro and Downhill members, recognizing this is an area of competition.

Club rides are on Sunday mornings with members meeting at 7.45am at Gate 4 every Sunday of the year. These rides travel to Woodhill, Riverhead, Totara Park, Waitawa, Hunua, and occasionally Fourforty Mountain Biking Park. We employ a professional coach who will spend time with each rider every term.

We also arrange trips away from Auckland to ride other fabulous tracks in the wider area. Boys are encouraged to represent Auckland Grammar in the North Island Secondary Schools competition in March and the National Secondary Schools competition in October.

We can only be so successful with the support of parents and Old Boys who regularly commit to helping with transport and coaching/supervising groups on Sundays. We ask that all parents commit at some level, even if only occasionally, such as transport, race assistance or even the BBQ. Parents who are able to regularly ride with the group and/or join the committee please contact the Master in Charge. We really value and appreciate all the assistance parents are able to give.

Our members generally ride in 3 groups depending on numbers attending:

Development

This group is for those beginning their mountain biking journey or wanting to build up fitness. In Term 1 they are expected to attend at least three basic skills sessions (either after school or Saturday afternoon) at Arch Hill Park in addition to the Sunday ride.

Development riders are expected to ride every Sunday as that is the only way they will develop fitness and skills and move up to the next group.  Riders are encouraged to enter the Auckland Schools competition if they feel confident.

The School’s Mountain Biking club is unable to accommodate riders who only attend on rare occasions as they pose a health and safety risk and we do not have the resources to provide the one-on-one supervision these riders usually require.

Intermediate

This group is for those building on their technical skills and fitness or those with advanced skills needed to improve their fitness.  Intermediate riders are expected to ride every Sunday and are encouraged to arrange their own midweek ride(s). Riders are expected to enter the Auckland Schools competition and encouraged to enter the North Island and National school competitions.

Advanced

This group is for those of advanced technical skills and a high degree of fitness.  All riders in this group are expected to compete in all Auckland and NZ Secondary Schools competitions.  From experience we find if boys commit to Mountain Biking as a sport they will progress to the Advanced group during their time at Grammar.

All our riders enjoy their time on a bike with a group of like minded boys, with many friendships made and maintained over the years.

General Information

Terms played: Terms 1, 2 and 3

Muster: Beginning of Term 1. Listen for notices in assembly

Practice Times:

  • Every Sunday – meet at Auckland Grammar School outside Gate 2 at 7.45am returning around 12.30pm. We ride during all school holidays
  • Term 1 – meet after school or Saturday afternoons at Arch Hill Park for Development Group skills and fitness training.
  • Term 1 – meet after school to travel to Riverhead for Intermediate/Advanced group competition training

Costs: $150 Club fee charged during Term 1 to the Parent Portal. Members need to cover their own park fees at Woodhill and Fourforty Mountain Biking Park.

Registration: Head to the School’s Mountain Biking page, click Sign Up at the top, and fill in the form. Payment will then be processed through the Parent Portal. You will see the Mountain Biking calendar on this site which will be kept up-to-date with meetings, rides and events.

Once you have signed up, you will be added to the mailing list to get weekly emails with regards to upcoming rides and also get the link to join the Facebook group which will include details of current Mountain Biking events. You can also follow updates and results on the Auckland Schools Mountain Biking Facebook page.

Equipment: Mountain bike, helmet, gloves, spare tube, muesli bar, water bottle/camelback

Meetings: Members must come to ALL meetings and respond to registration emails. Those who do not attend and do not register for their ride will not be allowed to ride on Sundays.

GrammarNet: There is a page on GrammarNet with information for riders – click here for details.

The Master in Charge of Mountain Biking is Mr Hasler. Students are able to speak to him in the History department (Room H1) during the School day or contact him via email.

We recognise some riders who wish to compete for Auckland Grammar School in Mountain Biking often have clashes with other sporting commitments. If you are in the situation please contact Mr Hasler with details. Mr Hasler would also like to hear from you if you are an Enduro or Downhill only rider.

Please note at present we do not cater for e-bike riders.