Plenty of riding options on offer

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When it comes to mountain biking there are always plenty of options in the Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes Districts.
Thanks to animpressive network of walking and cycling tracks, and an exciting events calendar, mountain bikes have become a sought after outdoor toy by riders of all ages and abilities.
Formed almost 10 years ago the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust has helped develop tracks in some of the region’s most scenic landscapes.
Routes now links the settlements of Albert Town, Luggate, Hawea and Glendhu Bay and there are plans to construct another track between Queensberry and Cromwell.
Whether you want to pedal oneasy riding tracks next towaterways such as Lakes Hawea and Wanaka, or tackle more challenging ups and downs on the Glendhu Bay to Wanaka trail, there is a ride for everyone.
During the summer months, for something completely different, there is also downhill riding to be had at Cardrona Alpine Resort.
Meanwhile, further south in Central Otago, the Otago Central Rail Trail, Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge Trails lead the mountain biker into a land of big skies and open, sparse landscapes.
There are also plenty of backcountry rides in the Bannockburn and Lowburn areas as well as in the Manuherikia Valley, the Old Man Range and Flat Top Hill.
The Naseby Forest also offers a variety of trails from beginner to intermediate status.
While there are plenty of options for hiring mountain bikes in both districts, if you decide to purchase your own, choosing the right machine is vital as there is a huge difference in what different models are designed to handle.
Bikes designed to take you for a leisurely ride around a lake front is unlikely to be an option for plummeting down a trail on aski field.
Different designs are geared to male and female body types. Visit your local bike shop and talk to staff who are most probably the most passionate bikers you will find.
You might also like to get advice on how best to transport your new toy, and accessories such as helmets.