Blazing Bandits – Youth Group MTB Rides
Aimed at roughly 8-10 year olds, for regular group rides at Pan Pac Mountain Bike Park on Sundays at 10am.

You can check out the ‘Blazing Bandits‘ on facebook, with what they have been up to.

If any HBMTBC members in this age group are interested in joining them, then please contact Claire for more info ~ or 021 764 119

Photo – Group Ride on Sunday 25th August 2019, with 10 kids


Kids on Bikes 2014 – Event Report
Sunshine, clear skies and no wind was the best window of weather we could have expected for Kids on Bikes 2014 after a week of rain. 40 kids on bikes, from trainer wheels and baskets, to well loved and well used, to some highly cared for speed machines, all enjoyed Sunday mornings event (21 Sept).

A bike check from Revolution Bikes and Tui, the Youth Development member, started the day then the kids were off riding or running all over the trials arena or riding the tracks until their race time.

Parents, grandparents and supporters offered assistance and the number of parents choosing to ride with their kids was up on last year, KOB2014-headeroffering a fantastically supportive atmosphere for the kids. Parents not on their bikes were treated to coffee from The Coffee Guy and sausages from Blue Light Inc.

All of the kids finished the course with a medal, drink and chocolate treat but the biggest buzz of all was to see the smiles from them when they had finished. Genourous spot prizes donated from The Hub Cycle Centre, Bike Barn and Arataki Honey, nicely finished off the event.

Huge thanks to the HBMTB Youth Development team for organising this event, with Tui, KOB2014-startBrendyn and Rob setting up the course, the DH riders as accompanying riders on the course, Bevan the photographer, Maree the event organiser and Russell the first aider!

For Sponsorship, huge thanks to BAND, Sport HB, Kiwi Sport funding, Arataki Honey, Bike Barn, The Hub Cycle Centre and Revolution Bikes.

Mark your calendar for next years event – to be held on Sunday 20th September (the last weekend of Term 3), between summer and winter sport – get YOUR Kids on their bikes and join the fun!

Youth Development Mentoring Programme
In 2012, the Youth Development Committee set up a youth mentor programme, where experienced riders are connected with young mountain bikers (DH or XC) involved in regular riding and/or competition.

The intention is to set up the partnership to assist with basic information and knowledge around the specific area of interest. It is not expected the mentor will be actively involved in coaching or writing programmes but be a support for the rider and sometimes the parents with background information and guidance. Communication is by phone or e mail with the frequency governed by the mentor.

Check out this video Charlie Makea made with his mentor Aari Barrett in 2012

Check out this video Charlie Makea made with his mentor Aari Barrett in 2012

The partnership would run for 6 months with feedback from both parties, then the option for continuing for another 6 months if suitable. In the past most communication took place over the majority of the year.  If interested please register your interest.

If you are a youth rider of intermediate or early secondary school age, register your interest in having a senior, experienced rider acting as your mentor to Jennie Barrett ( Please include the following details:

  • Name –
  • Age –
  • Discipline (ie: xc, dh, freestyle) –
  • Experience or results of last 3 competitions –
  • Goals for the year –
  • e-mail address –
  • Parents / caregivers name –


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