Another season in the books! What a wild ride this past year has been. We didn’t quite get the “normal” season we hoped for but we rode the waves and thanks to the enormous support of our epic riding community, we were able to have an amazing season, despite some unpredictable setbacks.
As we look back over the past nine months, we’re filled with gratitude for each and every rider who made the trip out to Glendhu Bay to experience our trails first-hand. Your continual stoke has fueled us through the season and we can’t wait to bring you an even bigger and better season next year. Before we start planning for the next season, let’s take a look back at the 2021 – 2022 highlights reel:
Opening Day 2021:
As the old saying goes, it’s not opening day unless something goes wrong. In this case, a nationwide Level 4 Covid lockdown derailed our opening day plans by a week. Our trail team had been put in some hard yakka over the winter months but with the lockdown happening just before opening weekend, we didn’t quite have the time to get the trails running like they should have been. In the end, we opened the gates on September 11th with a great turnout from our superstar locals. We continued to work with challenging Covid related restrictions and we’re stoked to have finally come out on the other side, welcoming back all riders to Bike Glendhu.
Women’s Ride Wednesdays
It wouldn’t be right to do a season recap without mentioning the wildly popular Women’s Ride Wednesdays sponsored by Mons Royale. We took a page out of Bike Wanaka’s book and brainstormed how we can be more inclusive and get even more women riding in the park. The legends at Mons Royale were happy to jump on board and together, we created an epic Women’s Ride on Wednesday nights for all levels of riders, with trail passes for just $10. We saw all ages and abilities gathering to have fun and ride bikes and we can’t wait to bring back Women’s rides for next season with even more energy and epicness.
Crankworx 2021 comes to the South Island
We were stoked to be part of the legendary Crankworx 2021. This year, Crankworx hit the road after their stint in Rotorua, touring some of the best riding in the South Island. Bike Glendhu hosted the last leg of the tour with a Dual Slalom race. We saw some of the best riders in the world come out to contend for the podium. Although the weather threatened the race, we managed to have an epic final race day with a buzzing energy flowing throughout the park.
New Trails at the Park
Mid-January saw the opening of a brand new trail on the lower mountain: Curly’s Sweep. This trail is a dark blue trail and a step up from Jairolla, suited for intermediate riders. Halfway down the trail, riders can split off and link back up to Jairolla or can continue down Out Of Shape.
Out of Shape is a continuation of Curly’s Sweep in the same style of trail and difficulty. This then ends at a landing zone, where another new trail Cajun Spice begins. Cajun Spice is a step up with some larger jumps and requires you to hold your speed through the huge sweeping berms – a perfect next step up to progress your riding. From the landing between Out of Shape and Cajun Spice, we have some exciting plans brewing for even more trails in the future!
Another new trail this season is ‘Don’t Look Down’, a blue flow trail that takes you back down to the creek as an alternative to Fern Berms. The name comes from one bit of exposure that you don’t want to look down while flying by!
Our second annual Whyte Glenduro was back this year with an even bigger race field than in 2021! We saw the course change slightly to include some new trails and a slight change in post-race festivities due to event restrictions. Despite the challenges, we had some great feedback from the riding community and a strong turnout of some serious talent. Save the date for the same weekend next year for our 3rd annual Whyte Glenduro.
Our Planting Promise
This Earth Day, we gathered a full roster of community volunteers and planted over 180 plants around Jack’s Spot. These plants may not look like much now but in a few years’ time as they grow bigger, these plants will provide some much need shade for bikers during the warm days of summer.
In addition to our Earth Day plantings, we planted over 760 total plants throughout the park this year.
The Can-Am BGXC
Hosting an XC race has always been on the Bike Glendhu event wish list and we were stoked to bring our first XC race to the park in April. The race delivered a 35km course, made up of 5 laps of an epic 7km loop that links up Switch it Up, Monsoon Hoon, Rocky Borrow, Methane Exit & the 4WD van track.
The race saw some speedy peddlers from all over the South Island and the battle for the podium was fierce. We’re looking forward to bringing this event back for next season!
Thirsty Thursdays powered by Wanaka Solar
We saw such a great turnout for the Women’s Rides that we wanted to give everyone the opportunity to join a social ride at a discounted rate. The team at Wanaka Solar have been a huge supporter of Bike Glendhu since day one and we’re stoked to have partnered with them to bring you Thirsty Thursdays.
Wanaka Solar helped provide $10 trail passes from 5 pm – 8 pm and Velo Café made sure all the riders were able to warm up with $9 pints for the apres. When the sun started to fade as the season progressed, our Thirsty Thursdays merged nicely with our night riding. We saw heaps of riders come out and tackle their first night rides in the park!
The Glendhu Supreme
The Glendhu Supreme is always one of our favourite events for the year. It has always had a great local feel with an epic riding community and this year was no different. We saw plenty of riders come out for our final race of the season and battle it out for the title of King and Queen of Glendhu.
This year’s King is Lukas Schafer with a winning time of 53 minutes and 8 seconds. The Queen of Glendhu is Annabel Anderson with a time of 1:01:46. They were adorned with bedazzled Bike Glendhu caps and their names will go down in history as the Glendhu Royalty of 2022.
Closing Weekend 2022
We had a fantastic closing weekend with some beautiful bluebird weather. The vibes were high and everyone seemed to be having a great time enjoying their last laps for the season. Thanks all who came along! The week following we were hit by torrential rain, then the weekend brought the largest snow event we have seen in Wanaka for years! The park was covered in snow all the way down to the lake. Mother Nature was on our side for this one!
As we shut the gates for the season, we can’t help but look ahead to the year ahead. The stoke is high and we’re riding the waves of good vibes from our epic riding community. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to ride the park this year. It’s because of you that were are able to make this dream a reality. We’d also like to do a big shout out to all of our partners who continued to support us this season: Mons Royale, Black Fox Ride, Whyte Bikes, b.effect brewing company and well as countless other local businesses who helped us get to where we are.
See you in September!