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Wondering what you can do to help fund more trails this summer?  Well here’s your easiest answer yet:  Drink Beer! 8 Wired and Trail Fund have teamed up to raise money for trails with the Hoppy Trails Pale Ale - a portion of the sale from each beer goes straight to Trail Fund. Speaking from his part-time home in Colorado, 8 Wired’s ‘international man of beer’ Brian Watts says if it goes well the beer could become a seasonal regular. “I would love to have it year round, but it might end up being a six month or summer seasonal that we do...

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Flick is all about power, but their energy isn’t limited to the stuff that makes your coffee grinder work. The Wellington-based electricity provider also wants to make sure young riders, trail builders and Kiwis are empowered to get out and ride. To get in touch with trail builders around the country, Flick decided to invest at the source by teaming up with Trail Fund on a promo deal – for each riding top sold, Flick donated $30 for building and maintaining trails. Trail Fund used the money to fund electric wheel barrows, a decision Flick’s chief executive, Steve O’Connor, says...

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Trail Fund’s annual conference shed light on upcoming mountain bike-related guidelines for guiding, instructing and trail building Held in Rotorua, the annual Trail Fund Conference again provided attendees with a chance to ride together, dig together and find out more about what’s going on in the trail building space around the country. It was co-hosted with the newly formed NZ Professional Mountain Bike Association. After a morning spent riding the Whakarewarewa Forest, almost 50 attendees from varying trail building backgrounds came together for a series of ‘lightning’ talks. Andrew Wilson from Rotorua Trails Trust kicked off the conference with a...

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Te Anau’s small but committed MTB club has big plans for the area and, thanks to grant from Backcountry Trust, trail design is underway If it doesn’t exist, build it yourself. While this quote may not have been born in Southland, it certainly resonates with the people who live there, particularly one of the recent Backcountry Trust funding recipients, Te Anau Cycling Incorporated (TACI). With many keen mountain bikers as members, TACI has been working to develop a local trail network for years. Over the past five, the group helped develop the Perenuka MTB Park, a 7km network of trails...

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Editor’s Note: Specialized has taken its support of trail building to he next level by hosting dig days around the country. Trail Fund has been fortunate enough to partner with them on a number of these days. If you have been wanting to have a go at digging trails but are not sure how to go about it or whether you will have anything to offer – a Specialized Dig Day is just the ticket! The bike company has been running the dig days for two seasons after going along to a Trail Fund NZ conference and talking to people...

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