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Three trail projects, two in the Nelson region and one in Wellington City, are benefitting from Trail Fund’s latest general funding round. Looking to ensure local and visiting mountain bikers find the tracks they’re looking for, Nelson Mountain Bike Club applied for a grant for improved signage at Sharlands Forest. Building on the success of similar signage put in at Codgers MTB Park (also assisted by a Trail Fund grant), this is part of NMTBC’s broader plan to improve signage on all the trails it manages. “Sharlands is possibly one of the more confusing areas for riders to find their...

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Established in 2003 when free ride and downhill were still king, Gravity Canterbury has done an incredible job of fostering and supporting an impressive network of riders in Christchurch. And while the club admits its heart still lies in downhill, that doesn’t mean that it won’t accommodate other growing networks of riders. “It’s a fairly strong club with about 350 members, and we’ve had a consistent number of members since we started,” says club member and trail builder Nick Sutcliffe. “There’s no doubt that downhill racing always has been, and still is, our main focus, but we’ve recently branched out.”...

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The annual Trail Fund NZ Conference and AGM provides an opportunity for volunteer and professional trail builders, and land managers from local and central government to get together, share ideas and learn from each other. After four goes in the North Island, the Trail Fund conference is heading south for a weekend in September. Given the average summer we had, we’re banking on a decent spring and heading to the sunniest place in New Zealand – Nelson! To take part in the discussion, or just listen in, join Trail Fund NZ in Nelson to dig, ride and discuss the roles...

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Yet again, Trail Fund NZ distributed more than anticipated to mountain bike clubs around the country. This was largely thanks to merchandise sales and financial contributions from its ‘1% for Trails’ sponsors, who donate 1% of their revenue to Trail Fund NZ for the purpose of supporting trail development projects around New Zealand. Instead of allocating up to $2,000 to three recipients as planned, Trail Fund NZ offered grants to four deserving recipients to help them further their trail building goals. “With eight deserving projects on the table, it was a tough choice for our advisory board, and we couldn’t...

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Trail Fund NZ's Autumn Funding Round is offering three lots of $2,000 for your digging pleasure! GET YOUR APPLICATION IN NOW! We have at least THREE grants of up to $2,000 available. More funds may be available if quality applications are present. This round is largely thanks to all the merchandise sales we had leading up to Christmas – thanks everyone who bombarded family and friends with Trail Fund paraphernalia. Trail Fund NZ must receive funding applications by 5pm on 1 April. Projects must be volunteer-led and mountain-bike accessible. To read the full funding guidelines, click HERE. Find the application HERE More Community...

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