Number 8 Wire

Grade: 4
Length: 450m

Getting There: Head up Arapuke Rd past About Time, turn right at the intersection with Eastern Bloc Rd and climb right to the summit of the park, a large clear area that is home to the Summit Hub and Shuttle drop off point, Number 8 wire starts on your right and heads back the way you have come up. Alternatively as you climb up Arapuke Rd from Siberian Express Number 8 wire is plainly visible from the road as you approach it.

Trail Description: This trail climbs briefly from the road through a rocky outcrop before winding down through old forestry slash, it then crosses a 4wd track, after which it rolls along by the fenceline for a short while before winding its way along the side of the hill to join About Time.

Short and a good introduction to technical trail riding this trail has some nice features to keep you on your toes. The initial cimb up to the high point has some nice rocky sections which will change with time, a good test of your balance and pedal co-ordination, rolling down through the old forestry slash there are a few soft spots to watch out for followed by a couple of steep little dips before crossing the 4wd track. After dropping away from the fenceline it swings around to the left and up a rock step up, which catches a few out, watch for ruts and roots hiding in the grass on the rest of the trail as it drops towards the road. A sharp left pops you through an old log and back on to grass after which its a pretty straight run down to About Time, just watch for the roots hiding in the grass.

Built:  2013 Mananwatu Mountain Bike Club

Getting Out:  Carry on down into About Time. 


Jemma Cheer

Jemma Cheer, 20 Grey Street, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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